Weight Loss

Week One on Nutrisystem #NSNation

I made it through Week 1 of Nutrisystem, and it wasn’t easy. Since childhood, I have had really bad eating habits. Horrible, in fact. In recent years, I’ve been known to eat just one big meal at the end of a day rather than smaller meals throughout the day, which are thought to increase metabolism. Nutrisystem requires me to eat more than 3 times a day, and it’s been a challenge. In reading the forums on Nutrisystem’s website, I see that I’m not the only one struggling to remember to eat. Sometimes I feel the hunger bug prompting me to eat, but other times I have to make myself eat. I do think I’m eating a lot of food, but it’s different because what I’m eating is low calorie food as opposed to fatty or high calorie food like I have done in the past.

The first few days of eating my Nutrisystem pre-packaged meals and my fresh grocery add-ins made me really tired. All I wanted to do was sit on the couch and stare at the wall, not moving. I had to force myself to get up and move around, go for walks, to get the blood in my veins circulating. With a few simple adjustments, I increased my protein intake and decreased my dairy intake and I had more energy. Since I was feeling a lot better, I even tried a workout DVD.

A typical Nutrisystem meal day for me works out to approximately 1200 calories. Depending on what I eat, this can go up or down. So far, I have stuck really closely to the Nutrisystem plan, though I have had a few moments of weakness where we’ve gone out to eat and I’ve chosen something to eat that I probably should not have. If you have a Carls Jr. in your neck of the woods, did you know that just one of their Six-Dollar burgers contains over 1,000 calories? If you add a regular soda and fries to that, you are consuming just about your entire days’ worth of calories needed. I’m proud to say that I didn’t order a burger, and instead ate a charbroiled chicken sandwich. I still ate some fries (which I’ve discovered I don’t really like at this particular restaurant), but I drank diet soda.

The one thing I really cannot do is completely deprive myself of eating out. Unfortunately in my family, it’s something that happens quite a bit. Nutrisystem also supplies a Meal-On-The-Go guide which has helped me to make smarter choices when dining out. Instead of ordering a big meal at Macaroni Grille, I ordered a house salad and a stuffed mushroom appetizer. Normally I’d be consuming something very cheesy, but I passed.

In just one week, I’ve almost completely adjusted my eating habits. I don’t always like eating tons of veggies, but I am starting out slowly with V-8 juice, mixed greens, and carrots. I’m hoping as the weeks go by, I’ll be willing to try out new vegetables, or give hated vegetables a second chance (yes, even you, broccoli. But I’m just not ready to make that commitment to you yet.)

In one week, I saw one pound lost. At this point, I’m not ready to rejoice because my body often fluctuates up and down. The scale said 149 on the one week anniversary of this journey, but today the scale was at 150.0. I don’t think until I see something below 149 that I’ll think this new eating plan is working. When the scale hits 145, I’ll completely believe.

Today marks the first day that I have started recording my measurements:

Your Last Measurements

Date: 07/13/2011 02:10

  • Upper Arms: 13.0
  • Chest: 36.0
  • Waist: 33.0
  • Hips: 38.0
  • Thighs: 23.0

Inches lost are good, though, right? Well, let’s give it a week and then reevaluate to see if I’ve lost any.

I’m still staying positive about this experience, but I’ve always been an impatient girl. Wish me luck!

Favorite breakfast: Double Chocolate Muffin

Favorite lunch: Steak and Cheese Melt

Favorite dinner: Salisbury Steak with Macaroni and Cheese

Favorite dessert: Creamy Fudge Bar

Least favorite breakfast: Chocolate Chip Scone

Least favorite lunch: Cheese Tortellini

Least favorite dinner: Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Least favorite dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookie

Take control of your life and learn how to lose weight while eating healthy on Nutrisystem. All it takes is one phone call to 1-888-853-4689 or a quick visit to their website.

*Nutrisystem is providing me with 4 months of free food and support service as part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. In exchange, I will be posting each week with my progress. All thoughts expressed are my own, and my experience using the system may vary from that of other participants.*


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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