Week 12 on Nutrisystem #NSNation
When I was in Los Angeles the last weekend of September, it wasn’t possible for me to strictly follow my Nutrisystem weight loss plan. I was carrying on my luggage, so I needed as much space in my bag as possible for the things I needed to bring with me. While most of the Nutrisystem-provided meals that I eat require no refrigeration, other portions of my various meals do. I think that secretly I was looking forward to the break, to the challenge of trying to eat on my own and seeing how well I would do.
As it turns out, I did not do so well. Our breakfasts, lunches, and some dinners were planned out for us, and though water was provided, we were presented with things like bagels and cream cheeses, donuts, fruit and pastries for breakfast; sandwiches, salad, soda, cookies, and brownies for lunch. There was actually one day when I could have followed the breakfast meal entirely, but I wouldn’t had a way to measure out fruit portions, and there was only so much fruit available on the spread. I tried to eat in moderation.
Another thing working against me was getting enough sleep. I think the entire trip I must have spent less than 6 hours sleeping. The last night I was there, I only got maybe 2 hours of sleep, if even that. Coffee and soda were what I used to keep myself awake through the various presentations I attended. Without them, I’m absolutely positive I would have fallen asleep.
I was not looking forward to coming home to see the damage I’d done. I was devastated when I stepped on the scale for the first time, and it said 145. That meant I was 4 lbs. heavier than when I left. I began weighing myself daily, even though I’m not supposed to be doing that. Over the next week, I finally saw the weight drop back to exactly where I was when I left: 141.6 lbs.
So I am back where I started before I left. I’m relieved that the trip wasn’t as damaging as I had suspected it would be, but there was one good thing that came of it. I can now tell when my body is weighing more. When those 4 lbs. were back on me (and for all I know, it could have been water retention, too, but I’ll never really know) I could see the difference in the body I was getting used to, and the body I was trying to leave behind. That difference–the one I could finally see–is what will motivate me to keep going forward, even when I feel like giving up.
And I did feel like giving up. I enjoyed having a few alcoholic beverages with my friends, drinking a milkshake one very late night, and having favorites like fried calamari and french fries. That bad behavior continued a little when I returned home. I wasn’t ready to give up the soda again. It’s a constant battle with soda. But if I eat out, I remind myself that by ordering a soda, it increases my bill by nearly $3, and then I have to tip more. Sometimes that helps. Other times, I tell myself that I don’t care.
This is not an easy road. It takes a lot of discipline, something that I don’t have a lot of still. It takes willpower, and a support system. It takes trust in oneself to make the best decisions for my body and my life. I’m comforted in the fact that I am 3 lbs. away from having a BMI of 24. When I hit 24, that means I’m no longer considered overweight. My current BMI is 25, so I am on the very low end of being overweight.
What differences in my body will I see at 138 lbs.? I’m not giving up, so I will find out.
Here are my measurements for this week:
- Upper Arms: 11.0
- Chest: 35.5
- Waist: 32
- Hips: 36
- Thighs: 20
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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.*