Weight Loss

Weeks Eight & Nine on Nutrisystem #NSNation

Good morning! I hope yours is as fantastic as mine is turning out to be. I’ve been a little behind in updating you on my progress with Nutrisystem, but I promise the wait is worth it. Thursdays are weigh-in days for me. This morning I didn’t even send a prayer to the scale gods because I was so confident of what it would say…and I was RIGHT!

As of today, I have lost a total of 8 lbs. in 9 weeks, and today marks the beginning of week 10 for me. I am not as behind as I thought I was…either that, or I have caught up by behaving myself–well, mostly behaving myself. Today brings me down to my absolute lowest weight for as long as I can remember: 142.8 lbs. Sure, it’s on the higher end of “142”, but if I keep doing what I’m doing and ignore the temptations, I might just hit the “140” mark by next week! And that would mean my weight on my picture ID will match my actual weight! How cool would that be?

I think what made all the difference in the last two weeks is not eating out very much, which means less temptation for me, because I am still building up a stronger will. “Just say no” is a very hard phrase for me to put into use when I go out to eat at certain places. There was also the night that my husband thoughtfully brought home Inn-N-Out burgers and fries because one was just built down the street and we had wanted to try it to see what all the fuss was about. The good thing is that we both agreed their burgers and fries don’t taste very good, so I won’t be going back there. They have absolutely nothing on their menus other than burgers, fries, and shakes.

We also met my parents for dinner at this chain restaurant called Black Bear Diner. Unfortunately there were not really a lot of menu choices for me, and the portions were huge. I was going to go for a simple dinner salad (salads can be deceiving, did you know that? You might think you’ve made a good decision getting that one salad at Chili’s…but look at the calories. Sometimes the chicken fingers and fries are actually lower in calories than that salad…I’m not saying you should eat the chicken fingers and fries, though. I’m just saying be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth.) and some fruit, but the fruit bowl was $4.99, and I have fruit at home.

I was pleased to see that they had a “Fit” menu that featured a few items that were under 500 calories. And when I say a few, I mean…3. It was an unimaginative menu, kind of hard to find in the midst of steaks, fried foods, and pancake platters…and it only contained omelettes. Ever since I gave birth, I have had very strange reactions to eggs. They make me sick. I won’t go into all the details, but for someone who has a sensitivity or allergy to eggs, this menu is USELESS. I actually thought about writing a letter to the restaurant expressing my disgust at their menu. Or a passionate letter to Jamie Oliver…

Well, I did end up ordering eggs because I couldn’t justify the price of the salad and the fruit when I have those things at home. So I ate two scrambled eggs, 2 slices of bacon, and part of the pancakes. I drank water, and yes, I got suckered into ordering a milkshake (seriously…they were making them right in front of me, walked 3 or 4 right past me and delivered them to tables, and then had the nerve to ask me if I wanted dessert! The good news? I wasn’t completely selfish; I shared those empty calories with my dad.)

Now let me tell you about what my mom ordered. They have a lighter portions menu, which says that it is less food, and therefore less calories. Sure, maybe 5 calories less…the lighter portion menu is seriously enough for 3 meals. She got a salad, vegetables that looked like they were bathed in butter or oil, onion rings, and several slabs of some kind of steak.

Black Bear Diner boasts large portions, but they’re also serving up some serious health problems for their customers. Bigger isn’t better…not when it comes to food. Just looking around the restaurant, there were not a lot of healthy sized people eating there, and that includes my table. I may be improving my health and eating habits, but I’m still not quite there. 10 or 15 more lbs., and I just might be. Black Bear Diner might be a good option if you’re a farmer doing hard labor from sun up to sun down, but it’s not the right fit for today’s society, which is frankly pretty lazy (yes, myself included. How do you think I added an extra 30 lbs. or so to myself?). How many of you have a desk job where you sit at a computer all day? How many calories do you think that burns?

This wasn’t really supposed to be a restaurant review, but I needed to share that with someone–and you’re all listening. So in short, if you’re trying to lose weight, you’re eating out, and no calorie info is available, choose wisely. Maybe ask for a substitution. How about a salad with that burger, instead of fries? Leave off the cheese, because it’s probably not low-fat.

So yes, I learned something this week. No matter how good food tastes, it’s not worth the health problems that could bring. I want to chase my energetic 3-year-old around the lawn without getting winded. Better yet…I want to be here to chase her future energetic 3-year-old around.

And on a happier note, I have measurements to share with you!

  • Upper Arms: 10
  • Chest: 36
  • Waist: 31 (this is a really really big change! AND I can actually see the curve in my waist. Most excellent!!! Did I mention I can fit my 28 jeans from Vanity again?)
  • Hips: 37
  • Thighs: 21

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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