Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 5: Happily chugging along.

This is the first week on Nutrisystem that I lost less than a pound.  I knew it was coming though so no biggie.  I still lost .4, for a total of 9.4 in five weeks.

Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Things are still going well.  I am excited to order my next month of food and try some new things.  I also plan to really start exercising again this week.  My freaking back is finally healed up and I'm ready to get moving! 

A couple of questions popped up in my last post that I'd like to answer.

So I get that the meals are healthy because the portions are the correct size and seem to be balanced, but are they actually using healthy ingriedients? Are there trans fats present, in say, the chocolate donut?

Yes, the meals are healthy.

There will always be someone out there who has a different definition of what is healthy: Clean.  No Sugar. Paleo.  Vegetarian.  Vegan.  No Carb.  Whatever.  If you are a person who is against eating packaged and processed food, then you are going to object to Nutrisystem.

Take the chocolate donut for example.  All of the Nutrisystem foods are listed on the Website complete with ingredient list and nutrition information (Click Here for the donut information).  When you make your menu choices you can make an informed decision about what you will be eating for the next month. 

Chocolate Glazed Donut
My favorite breakfast!

And in answer to your particular example, all Nutrisystem foods have zero trans fats.

What does Mark eat while you do the nutrisystem 'thing'? I have a Mark of my very own (honestly, he even has a birth certificate that says so!) and I just feel like it would be a hassle to make him something and then something different for me. Is it easy for you to both eat at the same time while you do this plan? Thanks!!

Well, I do still menu plan and cook separately for Mark, Olivia, and Adelle.  Sometimes I try to coordinate so that we are eating similar meals (pizza, roast beef, etc.) but most of the time I don't do that.

However, planning and preparing my Nutrisystem meals seriously requires almost zero effort.  I just look at what I have, pick it, and pop it in the microwave.  Doing something separate for me is the same as the regular cooking I was doing because everything Nutrisystem is basically ready to go. 

Menu planning is the same as before too, because I still eat the same fruits and vegetables that everyone else eats, so not much has changed there.  Actually, I require more variety than Mark and Olivia - they could have a taco and pizza rotation every night - and so I just pick a few favorite meals to prepare and then serve leftovers too instead of planning 12 meals each week with two nights of leftovers.


- I had to buy new pants.  My maternity pants make me look like I am wearing a loaded diaper and fall down as soon as I move around.  My regular pants make me look like a sausage.  Annoying, but I'm counting it as a success because at least things are changing. 

(Also, if you have suggestions for jeans, I need them.  I am big in the belly still but my legs and hips are almost normal.)

- Five weeks, parties, and girls nights - NO CHEATING.  Rarely tempted, either.  I have 11 more weeks left and I'm already starting to get sad at the thought of this being done!


- No working out and not enough water for me.  But I should be able to work out soon and I'm determined to drink my freaking water.  For some reason, since I had the twins, I hate drinking water.  I used to drink tons and now it requires so much effort.  Weird!

- My wedding rings still don't fit, and I haven't worn them in two years.  Not really a confession, but more of a goal.  I'd like to wear my pretty rings again!

I've been working on three blog posts that are non diet related and they are taking forever. I swear I will finish at least one this week!  Having two kids is a total time suck...who would have guessed?

If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.

Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.


Wendy said...

I'm drinking a lot more water too- and I think I know why you hate it. This area's water tastes and smells like chlorine! I've resorted to using those aspertame-filled cancer sticks. Not cigs; single serve water flavors. Helps to mask the funky water taste/non-taste. I guess you could also get a little lemon juice to add to the water, too which helps it feel like you're drinking something. I have six pounds to lose; wish I could convince J to let me do NutriSystem if even for a few weeks just to get that going. Sigh....

Rebecca said...

My wedding rings don't fit either, and I've refused to get them resized. I'm right there with ya, 10 lbs down, and starting to notice the changes. I also just started exercising this week, and it boosted my weight loss a little. So proud of you for what you're doing! Keep it up!

laurdye said...

I recently started drinking sparkling water (plain with no flavor). Just the added fizz helps me drink more water! Also fun to drink with a straw! I think I have the needs of a four year old......

Hunter's Mom said...

Okay. I just ordered. Thank you for enabling me. I am the ultimate convenience food junkie, and fail at every diet that requires me to actually cook my meals. I know how lazy that makes me sound, but I'm just being real.

No worries on non-diet posts.. I really like these. Please don't stop updating (even though you might be contractually obligated to continue.) :)

Erin said...

I have problems with jeans too! I'm bigger in the belly and normal in the hips/thighs/legs. The jeans that I absolutely love are Tommy Hilfiger, Hope Bootcut (i like the Chelsea rinse which is dark.) They are mid rise and cover my gut well, lol, but look very nice on and not like "mom jeans!" They are a bit pricey, but I can get them at a pretty good price on sale at Macy's (not sure if you have one near you.)

thebabyfilesbysara said...

Hi Jen! I'm really encouraged by your journey to get healthy! I tried giving up "not working out 3-days a week" for lent (yes, it is a double negative) but I'm finding it really hard to stick to!

Also, I hated drinking water too for pretty much my whole life, but after a month of MAKING myself drink it I got addicted, and now I instantly feel parched if I dont have a glass of water or water bottle with me at all times. I swear its made my skin so much better too!

ALSO, you may not remember me but I e-mailed you a month or so ago after finding your blog..! I was so inspired by yours I decided to start documenting my own TTC journey.. It's VERY VERY new and not the best blog, but if you want to check it out here is the link:


Leah said...

You're doing great! I'm losing by just calorie counting - down 19.5 so far. Gotta recommend crystal light for the water thing - it's the only way I can get it down. I use grape and a big water bottle and probably drink 3 or 4 a day. It really helps with the hunger and it keeps my hands and mouth busy. Good luck!!

ABLynch said...

I used to have a hard time drinking water too, but then I got a SodaStream and the fizz really does help! I don't put anything in it other than a little lemon juice, but now I drink a liter a day (plus a tea and a soda).

Whitney said...

My favorite post-maternity/pre-regular jeans were Levis. They had a nice rise to them that gave me good support in my tummy, but didn't feel like mom jeans. They also weren't psycho tight on my thighs and calves. I had to buy 2 pairs in 2 different sizes while I was slimming back down to my pre-prego size, but it was definitely worth it because I wore them every day.

Catriona said...

Hudson Jeans work great for me. I have a similar body type - big post-babies belly but slimmer hips and legs, resulting in my pants constantly sliding down. They are $$ but I buy them at Nordstrom Rack (still almost $100 but I feel like they are worth it). I'm 5'2" and don't even need to hem the baby bootleg ones! And they were recommended by my 19 year old sister, so clearly they are not mom jeans. ;)

Robyn said...

You're right that anyone who objects to eating processed foods won't find this stuff healthy. That doughnut ingredient list is a nightmare of processed ingredients and chemicals. That won't improve anybody's health. I'm not trying to be rude or insulting -- to each her own, I just think it's awful that places try to market their food as healthy and then provide absolute junk. Just because it's low calorie doesn't mean it is good for you. It's OK to say "to each her own," but please don't suggest this is healthy food.

Christina Zastrow said...

I learned the jeans things myself this month and it's crazy! If I could make my own jeans I would wear a 10 at the waist and an 8 from the hips down. Try juniors sizes! I wear a size 11 if I shop in the junior department, but it works.
Also, I teach preschool so I deal with small people all day long, and I've not had a problem with them being inappropriate as long as I shop carefully.