Week 9 On Nutrisystem

Another week, another pound.  We are headed to a bunch of water parks and theme parks this week, so there will be a ton of walking (ok, chasing) kids around- so even if I miss the gym, it will be OK- I’m sure to get my exercise in. I will be bringing my breakfast and lunch bars with me to stay with the plan while I travel, as well as a waterbottle to make sure I stay hydrated and to help me feel full.

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Week 8 On Nutrisystem

I lost another pound this week, whoohoo!  As slow as the weight loss has been for me, at least I am losing.  I am either going to the gym or doing a workout video 5 days a week, and I’m pretty active on the weekends anyway.  I want to see a bigger drop, so I am planning on giving my Nutrisystem counselor a call later on today to see if they have any tips for me that I am not currently doing.  As much as I know that it is not all in the scale, which is true-  I want to see the drop!  I feel good and have a lot of energy, so that’s great.  I spent a very active weekend (as any of you who follow me on Twitter, Foursquare, or Facebook know) and had no issues keeping up with 4 kids at a waterpark, so that’s good news.
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Week 7 On Nutrisystem

Ok, I actually lost a pound this week, huzzah! This has been slow going for me- which is a little frustrating, but at least it’s going in the right direction.  I am following the plan and getting exercise regularly, and maybe next week I will see a bigger loss.  Yes, a pound is great- but I’m totally hoping for a few of those to drop next week- I’ve been doing really well following the plan, and getting  my workouts in, so I really (selfishly, impatiently!) want to see a big drop.  My Nutrisystem counselor reminds me that it is not all in the scale, which is true-  but I’m a brat, what can I say, ha.  I do feel good and have a lot of energy, so that’s great.  I spent a very active weekend (as any of you who follow me on Twitter, Foursquare, or Facebook know) and had no issues keeping up.  I also was really good, and stayed away from the birthday cake  🙂
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Week 6 On Nutrisystem

For the second week in a row, I neither gained nor lost anything this week.  Yes, this is frustrating, since I am following the plan and getting exercise regularly, but I’m hoping for a payout soon.   My Nutrisystem counselor says it’s not all in the scale, which is true.  I’d still (of course) like to see some weightloss on the scale, but I do feel good and have a lot of energy.

The food is easy to stick with and fast to make, which is a plus for any busy mom or working woman.  Who wants to spend all that time futzing with a complicated diet when you can just use the pre-portioned meals?

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With the 3 day weekend we just had, Nutrisytem emailed us all some healthier options for grilling and eating out since they realized many people would be having BBQs this long weekend.  Here are some of the options they sent-

Side Dishes
Mixed Green Salad with Fat Free Dressing
Veggies (Celery, Carrots, Radishes, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes) with Low Fat Dip
Low Fat Cheese with Whole Wheat Crackers
Hummus & Whole Wheat Pita Bread Slices
Pasta salad (Whole Wheat) made with Fat Free or Low Fat Dressing
Potato or Macaroni salad made with Low Fat or Fat Free Mayo or Mustard
Baked Potato Chips & Tortilla Chips
Coleslaw (Made with Vinegar)
Shrimp cocktail with Fresh Lemon
Mixed Nuts (Unsalted)
Baked Beans
Corn on the Cob- Boiled or Grilled
Pretzels (Unsalted)

NutriSystem Flame Broiled Beef Patty or Chicken Breast
Grilled Veggies (Asparagus, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Onions, Zucchini)
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Week 5 On Nutrisystem

I neither gained nor lost anything this week, which is (of course) a little frustrating.  I have been exercising daily as well, so perhaps it will show next week?  Sigh.  Always frustrating when you don’t see the results you’d like, but at least I feel good.

It’s very easy to stick to the food plan on Nutrisystem, since there is a variety of food options and the food is actually pretty good.  The fact that it is all pre-packaged makes it that much easier- no thinking required.  Supplement your diet with fruit and vegetables, dairy, and foods that are “pre-approved”  and it’s that simple.
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My First Month On Nutrisystem

Week four on Nutrisystem, and I lost 2 more pounds.  It’s not last week’s 6 pounds, but hey, it’s a weight loss, so I will take it!  What’s funny is, I actually made it to the gym more then I did the week before and I feel better- but didn’t lose as much weight- go figure.  I will take what I can get, and keep on working hard.

I will confess that we had a barbeque on Mother’s Day and I ate that for dinner instead of Nutrisystem, but I was careful with what I ate (I didn’t eat the hamburger buns like a weirdo, no mayo on anything, and things like that) so I did my best to eat better even though it wasn’t a pre-packaged meal.  Hey, life isn’t pre-packaged, we all have to learn how to eat well as well as follow the diet- and I think I did both well this week.  Now, if only the scale concurred, LOL.


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Week 2 of Nutrisystem #NSNation

Well, as most of you know, I was on a cruise last week, and there is a no-food allowed to be brought on the ship rule.  So- no Nutrisystem allowed on, and none for me.  But guess what?  I totally gained weight- what they say about cruises is true.  I had almost no access to Wifi, thus no work was done,  and I ate way too much of way too fatty foods, and I don’t even care.  I should- but I don’t, LOL.  It’s fine- I will take it off this week.  I’m home for a bit now, and can finally give this diet the attention it deserves.
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3 tips to Healthy New Year

Now the New Year is here, its time to buckle down and start hitting those resolutions.  One of the biggest for many people is to get more fit.  There are quite a few ways to do this, we will explore 3 of these.

1) Healthy Eating – This is one of both the easiest and most difficult at the same time.  Eating healthy isn’t something that can be taken lightly.  It involves changing your mind set.  Going from cookies and chips to vegetables and fruit can sound very difficult, but when you are the main grocery shopper it can be easier.  Instead of getting two packs of cookies, just grab one.  Start slowly and steadily working in more and more healthy snacks and less not so healthy ones.  Find out what you crave about those snacks.  Do you love the crunch of chips?  Grab some baby carrots.  Does your sweet tooth seem to be the only tooth you have?  Why not grab a hand full of berries?  Another trick is to fill up on water.  Before sitting down to a meal, have a big glass of water.  This will help trick your stomach into being full quicker, so when you do eat things you probably shouldn’t you’ll eat less of them.

2)Exercise more often – Exercising can be difficult to schedule into our busy days.  But who says it has to be scheduled?  Instead of taking the elevator at work, take the steps.  Take the long way when walking from one place to another, no more short cuts.  It may not seem like much, but these steps add up day by day and soon enough you’ll notice definition forming in your legs and some of those bulges will become leaner.  Spend an hour a half hour outside with your kids every day.  You’d be amazed how many calories can be burned chasing after a little squirt.  As an added bonus you are spending time with your kids AND teaching them how to be healthy.
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