Weight Loss

Week Two on Nutrisystem #NSNation

Today marks the end of Week 2 on Nutrisystem. I’ve been getting the hang of how to combine fruits, veggies, fats, and proteins together so that I am not eating as frequently as I did the first week on Nutrisystem. Doing this enables me to have more freedom during the day to leave the house or get some work done without worrying about food.

A Nutrisystem day looks like this:

Breakfast: 1 Nutrisystem meal, 1 dairy OR protein, and 1 fruit

Lunch: 1 Nutrisystem meal, 2 vegetables, and 1 dairy OR protein

Afternoon Snack: 1 fruit, 1 dairy OR protein

Dinner: 1 Nutrisystem meal, 2 vegetables, 1 vegetable OR fruit, and 1 fat

Dessert: 1 Nutrisystem dessert

I’m not starving; this feels like a lot of food to me, and depending on how I switch everything up, I can become quite satisfied. Vegetables are the biggest challenge for me. I allegedly liked eating them when I was a baby, but if I refused to eat them at meals when I was a child, my parents would never force me to. I have been eating the same vegetables for the past two weeks, rotating between V8 juice, mixed greens, and carrots because at this point I have yet to try anything else. When I tried another eating plan a few months ago, I was making sandwiches that had tomatoes on them. I like tomatoes, but I’m extremely picky about them. There is only one restaurant where I will eat their tomatoes, and it’s a bit pricey and too expensive to frequently regularly. If I could figure out how they prepare their tomatoes, and maybe even where they buy them, I might eat them every day. A tomato needs to be diced up and mixed with other things for me to even consider putting it into my mouth.

In order to make this eating plan work, you really do have to give up a lot of things. But we’re human, and we make mistakes and don’t always make the right choices. I wasn’t 100% faithful to the plan this week; I had one cheat meal at Applebee’s where I ate a cheeseburger and fries and drank Pepsi and one refill. It takes a lot of willpower to avoid favorite foods, but I realized that I don’t particularly like Applebee’s cheeseburgers or fries, and so this is one thing on their menu I am not likely to order again. I still love Pepsi, though, but I drink only water throughout the week–lots and lots of water.

It is still possible to eat at a restaurant and make a healthy choice. We went to Red Lobster for a friend’s birthday dinner, and I based my decision on calories. Instead of choosing fried foods, I ordered the flounder with mashed potatoes as my side, and only ate half of the meal. Instead of a Caesar salad, I ordered a garden salad with balsamic on the side. I limited myself to 1 biscuit (you know the ones…the amazing garlic cheddar biscuits? They are 150 calories each!), and came out with a meal that was under 500 calories. I saved my leftovers, but didn’t actually end up eating them–including the biscuits, which have gone stale on my kitchen counter.

Don’t feel like you can’t go out occasionally while on this plan. But if you do go out, check online to find out if their nutrition information is available, and make your decision based on the calories. Applebee’s has an under 500 calorie menu with some pretty tasty looking options, for example. Unless it’s a local restaurant that’s not a franchise, you should probably be able to get the nutrition information. If not, consider ordering a salad that has chicken and fruits in it so that you can get your vegetable servings and protein servings for the day.

How did I do this week?

My starting weight on Nutrisystem was 150 lbs. I lost 1 lb. the first week, and I lost 1 lb. this week. I’m now at 148.4 lbs., and I’m looking forward to next Thursday so I can see another small decrease on the scale.

My measurements were almost identical to last week, with the exception of my upper arm, which has decreased by 2 inches, if I have measured correctly.

Your Last Measurements

Date: 07/21/2011 01:50

Upper Arms: 11.0

Chest: 36.0

Waist: 33.0

Hips: 38.0

Thighs: 23.0

I’m feeling really good about this week, and excited about the start of Week 3.

Check out my Week One post!

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*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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