Weight Loss

Weight Loss

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I finished 3 days of Couch to 5K (Week 6) this week.  I thought that I would repeat Couch to 5K – Week 5 because I couldn’t get through the 20 min jog in Day 3 without taking a break.   But when I peeked at Week 6, I found out that it goes back to interval jogs with walks.  I was very relieved and decided to press ahead.

These are the three running routines that I completed this week:

  • Monday  – jog 5min – walk 3min – jog 8min – walk 3min – jog 5min.
  • Wednesday – was supposed to be – jog 10min – walk 3min – jog  10min – but I wasn’t able to finish without stopping, so instead I did:  jog 10min – walk 3min – jog 6min – walk 1min – jog 5min.
  • Friday – since I didn’t finish Day 2 the right way, I tried again on Day 3 and I did it!  10min jog – 3min walk – 10min jog – without stopping!

It wasn’t easy – but as I neared the end of my 10min segments and wanted to quit, I kept repeating the message in the above picture to myself.  It turned into chanting almost, but it got me through.  Thank you Jen (Jenerally Speaking) for pinning this and sharing it with the Empty the Trunk Facebook Group!

I will definitely be needing her motivation and more to help me finish the next running goal – 25min with no breaks!  I seriously doubt I can do it, but intend to just go out and push myself as long as I possibly can and hopefully surprise myself with how far that turns out to be.  I know I can at least do 10 minutes straight, right?

I’ll let you know how it goes.

I also keep thinking to myself…If I can go this far toting around an extra 70lbs – imagine how great I’ll be once I lose it!

First things first though, I need to start losing this weight.

Weight Loss

  • I lost 0.8 lbs.
  • Total weight loss = -2.4 pounds.
  • First goal = Lose 10 pounds (7.6 to go)

I met my goals!  I finished three days of Couch to 5K and I lost weight.  Maybe it wasn’t a shocking amount of weight, but it’s in the right direction and I may have indulged in some wine and fast food knowing that would all be off limits once I started the Nutrisystem plan.


I received my 18 days of pantry ready food in the middle of last week and was overwhelmed with the sheer volume of food that was delivered.

  • 18 breakfast options
  • 18 lunch entrees
  • 18 dinner entrees
  • 18 dessert selections

I know they told me that I’d get 18 pantry ready days, but seeing it in person was an eye opener.  Tons of food!  And that doesn’t even include the 10 days of frozen meals!

Seriously – the price seems very reasonable now that I realize 90% of the food you will eat for the entire month is paid for by that membership fee and delivered to your door.

My Thoughts

I started the food program on Friday, so have been following it for 2.5 days now.  My first thoughts?

  • No wonder you lose weight – that can’t possibly be the full lunch/dinner entree!  (clearly portion control has been one of my issues)
  • This is diet food?  How can chocolate and cinnamon rolls be diet food?
  • I sure am glad I like hard boiled eggs & string cheese because they make the perfect protein snack & I need to have 3 a day.
  • Spinach salad with that hard boiled egg & lite sesame ginger salad dressing is darn good!  Plus I can eat unlimited spinach.
  • I miss wine.  Ok, I’ll treat myself with wine when I lose the first 10 pounds.
  • Kids are SUPER irritating when they tell you  – “Mom!  You can’t eat that!  It’s not part of your food.”  So irritating, they may not survive if they say it again.  ;) kidding!       kinda
  • I may have to divorce my husband if he has any more bets with the kids on whether “She can stick with it or not.”
  • I miss wine.

I haven’t spent much time on the Nutrisystem support forum or their facebook page yet.  I look forward to delving into them this week.   I have a few questions for the dieticians too:

  • Are there any additives to the food to suppress appetite?
  • Is it purely a calories game or is there more to it related to the types of food?
  • Can I substitute lunch entrees with dinner entrees?  Or do they have to be eaten for the specific meal?
  • Do they recommend not straying for a certain amount of time?  Or can I go “off diet” one or two days a week?
  • Is Crystal Lite acceptable instead of water?

I’ll let you know what I find out in next Sunday’s post!

Weekly Weight Loss Tip:

Reevaluate your portions!  If you are unhappy with your weight, they are a likely contributor.

If you struggle with portion control, consider using a “diet helper” such as Sensa, which is designed to make you feel fuller on fewer calories. Check out this Sensa review to learn more.

How did you do with your goals this week? 

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17 Responses to Weight Loss

  1. I’ve thought about trying to use nutrisystem to help me lose these last 10 pounds. It always seemed pretty pricey. I can imagine the kids subtle reminders being quite annoying. Congratulations.

    • I thought it was pricey too until I saw everything that comes with it. The flex plan is $199 a month up to the gourmet at $259 – but it is seriously 90% of all your food for the month. You need to add in vegetables and protein like eggs or cheese, but that’s it! That doesn’t seem like too much when I think of our grocery budget PLUS it is a weight loss plan on top of that. I was impressed. The portions are small (to me) and I tried the “favorites” package and don’t necessarily like some of the choices, but since I’ll be on it for a few months, now I’ll know better which ones Iike for ordering next month.

      The kids? Yeah, they just may not make it. Mama doesn’t have her wine and is hungry – not a good combo! :)

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  3. You’ve met some pretty impressive goals so far. That’ll be a fun celebration when you reach your first 10 lbs and are enjoying that glass of wine. Good luck with the program, sounds like you’re really on the right track! :)

    • Thanks Lori! I am most proud of my jogging accomplishments and am ready to have some weight loss ones to go along with the exercise kudos. I really appreciate your support! Thank you.

  4. Look forward to reading about your first full week on the NS plan. I’m sure those portions look wicked small right now (I did Jenny Craig a few years ago and nearly fell off my chair with how “little” food I was eating in a day – proves that most of us are eating too much of the wrong thing and not enough of the right things) but I’m guessing your stomach will shrink over time and your brain will shift to understanding what “hungry” and “full” really mean. Just think how fab you’ll look as well in your “skinny” jeans in a few months! Good luck, you can do it!

    • Thanks Portia! How did you like Jenny Craig? This is the first food provided weight loss program I’ve tried. I did Weight Watchers a couple of times, but it isn’t strict enough to keep me on track. I am not liking some of the foods, but will custom select for next month and then I’ll know what I like and don’t like.

      I haven’t been too hungry (other than a weak afternoon yesterday). I like the 5 meals a day that they have me doing. And eating more veggies is great for me. Mostly though the proof will be in the pudding (or scale rather). :)

  5. First, good luck and YAY you for taking the first steps toward better health. Second, have you poured the NS cereal in the bowl yet? That was maybe the biggest wake-up call for me. It is maybe a fourth of what I typically pour for cereal, and I buy rather healthy cereal for our family.

    I lost 11 lbs in five weeks on NS. I went an extra week b/c I did sub out a few salads, etc. to put a bit of time between some of the meals. I liked breakfast & lunch best. Didn’t love some of the dinner choices. They do approve Crystal light as water intake. Keep at it! You’ll be so pleased with yourself.

    • Thanks Rajean! No, I haven’t tried the cereal yet – but based on the size and skinniness of the bag I can only imagine! :) I haven’t stuck with it EXACTLY – but I am doing pretty well and definitely eating more protein and veggies (spinach mostly). The dinner I had last night was not to my liking – enough so I didn’t eat it and had a skinless chicken thigh instead. But breakfast has been remarkably good and the frozen meals came today and look FABULOUS! I will be thrilled with 11lbs! ;)

  6. Congratulations on all your changes! May your children and husband survive! Lol!

    I’m good with my weight right now–you can hate me, but my health is terrible. I’m to the point I really NEED to start eating better and exercising!

    • LOL – thanks! My family needs all the luck they can get to see me through this :). Actually it’s been much better the past two days (since I wrote the post). I guess the spinning head and evil mutterings coming from me scared my kids and hubs into behaving themselves.

      I wouldn’t hate you! I’m thrilled that your weight is good – health is more important though. I highly recommend the couch to 5K program if you are looking for exercise. I also love Zumba! Although I haven’t made it to a class in a few months. Is there anything you like to do re: exercise? I find if I like it I’m much more likely to stick with it! Amazing concept, I know. :-)

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