4 week weigh in – No I haven’t died of starvation!

I realize I’ve been terrebly neglectful of this blog lately.  I really apologize for that.  Part of that is due to the fact that I just haven’t had time to do much of anything on a computer outside of work.  The other part of that is that I’m finding myself addicted to the Nutrisystem website…  sooooo much information to absorb!  Although you may be happy to know that I’m starting to get to a point that I’m reading articles and posts and thinking, “Oh, I knew that already.”

I’m guessing (or at least hoping) that you are curious about how my weight loss has been going.  Today marks my 4th weigh in since beginning Nutrisystem 4 weeks and 1 day ago.  My result…  I’m down 9 pounds from my sign-up weight, which makes me down 11.6 pounds from my actual starting weight! 

(For my sanity, from this point forward in my blogging I’m only going to use my sign-up weight to calculate differences since it’s plastered on my NS home page.  If you really want to know the grand total, add 2.6  :-))

What am I learning on Nutrisystem?  What types of foods I should be eating and when and in what quantities.  My tastebuds are totally re-programmed.  I’m actually tasting the sweetness in my fruits and vegetables because my tastebuds aren’t skewed with overly sugared, over salted and overly fatty foods.  I imagine that if I ate a fast food burger right about now, I’d end up in the bathroom for the rest of the night with an upset stomach. 

Am I hungry?  Almost never!  The other night hubby asked me, “Are you eating again?”  My response, “YES!  I’m never hungry because I’m always f’ing eating!!!”

Am I motivated?  Hell yeah!  Looking around the discussion boards I see so many members who have reached their goal weight, gone beyond their original goal (!) and are maintaining their weight lower than what they originally hoped to reach.  If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.  Some of them still order NS food for ease, conveniece, flavor (yes, flavor…  some of it is really tasty) but most that do this don’t eat 100% NS all the time.  There is a program called Flex where you have 5 days of NS food and 2 days of your own.  Other people order 1 months worh and spread it over two months.  Others end up completely on their own.  I like the fact that when I’m ready, I can tailor my maintenance to what will work for me…  in a way that’s what I do now with my add ins.

Oh, the add ins.  A lot of people ask about that.  On the plan you have a NS breakfast entree, lunch entree, dinner entree and a snack.  Throughout the day you supplement this with 2-3 fruit servings, 4-5 veggie servings, 3 dairy/protein servings and one fat serving.  It does sound like a lot, but consider that I buy one bag of dried pineapple (which is usually more expensive than fresh or canned) for $2.29, and from that I get 12 fruit servings.  A 1 pound bag of carrots gives me about 8-12 servings.  The items you supplement with aren’t nearly as expensive as some people might think.  And you don’t have to have 2 salads a day, every day either (in fact I skipped my dinner salad because I was too full).

I have to say, of all the diets and weight loss systems I’ve ever tried in my life, this one has worked the best and was the only one that I was ever able to maintain (even for a little while), and that’s why I came back to it.  If you’ve ever thought about it, check out the website.  They are offering really good prices right now.  And if you should decide to give it a try, drop me a line.  I’d love to keep up with you there too.  Also, as a member I can send you a coupon for $30 off your first order.  Not trying to be pushy, I’ve just found something that’s making me happy about my weight for the first time in a very long time, and I’d love to be able to share the feeling.

Happy eating!!!


End of Week 5

I’m gonna get straight to it.  I didn’t lose any weight this week, but I didn’t gain any weight either.  Considering that I’m writing this just 3 days after Halloween, no gain is a victory!

Part of the reason (besides CANDY) I didn’t lose any weight is because I haven’t made my exercise goal since I set it 2 weeks ago.  I haven’t even come close.  And I know that’s part of my problem… just not enough time to get it done.  At least not lately.  We’re still trying to recover from hubby’s week and a half at motorcycle rider coach training.  Good news is that last night we started cleaning up the house, got the dinner table back where it should be, and made dinner at home.  I’m hoping that getting back to a routine will help out.

Week 6
My goals for the coming week…  I’m revising that exercise goal to just add one day of either walking or cardio at the gym to my 1-2 days of belly dancing.  (start small and it’s easier to adapt, right?)  And on that same thread, I’m going to make sure to have 2 servings of fruit/vegetables each day.  For both of these goals, I do plan on upping the numbers once I adapt to this, so that I eventually end up where I would like to/need to be.

3 pounds in 5 weeks…  not bad but I can do better!!!!

End of Week 4

Muahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!  I’m having fun with Halloween/School Spirit Week.  It’s nerd day, so I’m dressed in my Pi t-shirt (tucked in), rolled up jeans & tube socks (with the stripes around the top).  I’m also wearing my glasses and a pretty dorky hairstyle inspired by Gilbert’s girlfriend in Revenge of the Nerds. 

So I’m having fun crossing that idea with Urkel…  I keep having the urge to ask people for cheese.

So anyway…  on to the results….  And the verdict is…

One more pound down!!!  Actually, two.  The one I gained last week plus one more new one…  so if you’re keeping track, that makes 3 pounds in 4 weeks.  That also puts me back to where I thought I was starting from in the first place!  lol!  But, I’m working on it, that’s what counts.

Week 5
I was unsure what I was going to have as my goal for the up-coming week when I got up this morning.  There are a lot to choose from, but I don’t want to go through them so fast that I run out before the end of the year!  In fact, I read an article yesterday about how to cut your calories and lose weight while still eating fast food – some of which I actually haven’t done yet and am willing to do – but I’ll save those for a later date (and I’ll put the article on my links list if you’re interested in checking it out).

So, my challenge for the week found me today.  My husband and I have been talking for at least a year about doing a combined performance at some point – me belly dancing and him playing capoeira – creating a story around the idea of a love spell.  So he tells me this morning that I’ll need to learn how to do a turkish drop for the choreography.  Knowing this move can be dangerous if not done properly, I start looking up information and found a link to exercises specifically for helping with back bends!  YES!!!  This is it!  This is my challenge for the week…  this also helps me keep up with my challenge for last week too!

Onward and downward!!!

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