Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This is why I have no time to write blogs.

I took the dogs out for, oh, two minutes? Three, tops. Olivia is at my mom's and I'm home alone with Adelle "destructicon" Knepper.

Oh well. I can maybe blog again in like 17 years...at least she is really cute!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 7: Real Pictures of Food

I had another ridiculously fantastic week on Nutrisystem.  I'm down another 1.4 pounds this week, and my workouts have been kicking ass.  Next week is my halfway point and I'm thinking about posting some beginning and midpoint pictures of myself.  Maybe.  We will see if I am brave enough!

My Progress So Far:
Week 1: -2.4

Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Total: 13 Pounds lost!

Since I am working out so much - an hour a day, at least five days a week - I have been dipping into my Optional Extras.  On days that I work out, I eat some of the extra foods that are allowed but are optional while on Nutrisystem.   I can have a max of three servings of extras, here are some examples:

  • 1 Cup of Popcorn
  • 1 Cup Sugar Free Gelatin
  • 1 tsp. of Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp of Cream Cheese
So I'll add seeds to my salad, or have a whole grain mini bagel with cream cheese as one of my smart carb choices during the day.  I'm always so much more hungry when I exercise and these extras really help with that.  And obviously it isn't hurting my weight loss at all!

I wanted to post a couple of pictures of the actual food I'm eating so that you can see a non-stock photo.  Do you know the problem?  I am so excited to shove my food into my Nutrisystem Hole (technical term) that I forget every.single.time to snap a quick pic.  I managed to remember once and so here is a picture of the trail mix bar that I had for lunch this week. 



Nutrisystem Trail Mix Bar
One of my favorites.
 
And while I was going to find the Trail Mix Bar picture, I found a picture I took of the totally old school step aerobics video that I've been doing.  
I'm pretty sure it is from the mid-90's.
They are all wearing slouch socks and
high tops with velcro.
But it burns 500+ calories so giddy up!
  There's  no real point in a success/confession section this week.  The entire week was a success - great workouts, loved all of my meals, no cheats even when I went to 3 parties over the weekend.  I haven't been so close to being my "normal" size for three years, and I definitely didn't feel so hopeful trying to do it on my own.     Basically: Two months in and I still love Nutrisystem and I am still happy to answer any questions that you have!    If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.
 
Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 6: Cheaty Cheaterson

I'm done with week 6 of Nutrisystem and it is still just more of the same - I freaking LOVE Nutrisystem!  And while I do have a cheat to confess, I must tell you that I kicked ass this week with everything else!

I had lunch planned with a few friends, and Mark gave me the green light to take the entire afternoon to just shop and enjoy some time alone.  I ran out the door so fast - no time to change your mind, you enormous sucker bahahahahahahaha - that I forgot my lunch that I planned to eat in the car on the way to the restaurant.

I was half an hour from home with no time to go back and pick it up.  It was either, make a good choice in food at the restaurant or cut my blissful aloneness in half to go home and eat a Nutrisystem meal.

I love Nutrisystem, but not that much.  I get zero time alone.  I've tried to buy some bathroom alone time by teaching Olivia about privacy, but now she just stands outside the door and asks me if I'm peeing or pooping, and then says something like, "Oh, I just heard you poop!"  So yeah.  I ate at a restaurant.

A noncreamy soup and a side salad, and I took off the croutons and had ranch on the side.  It's almost sad how pleased I am with myself over this.  It makes me hopeful for the transition off of Nutrisystem in a couple of months.  So far, so good:

Week 1: -2.4

Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Total: 11.6 Pounds lost!

I am hoping to lose around 10 more pounds for sure, and maybe 15.  I haven't been normal and unpregnant in so long that I really need to reevaluate my weight goal.

Someone pointed out to me that I should post actual pictures of the food I am eating instead of pictures from the Website.  And I agree!  I plan to do that after I get my next order, which should be here in a little over a week.  Then I'll snap pics of my favorite foods and put them up so you can see what they look like from the view of my scratched up phone camera.

Confessions:

1. Cheated and ate out.  First time in six weeks, which I think is awesome!  I didn't even really want to but I would've been starving if I hadn't.

2. Didn't get all of my veggie servings a couple of days this week.  Not cool.

Successes:

1. Ate out like a Cheaty Cheaterson and didn't stick my face into a bowl of nachos!

2. Drank at least 64 ounces of water every day.  I've been horrible about this so I'm counting it as a success.

3. Nutrisystem recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day.  While I didn't do that exactly, I did do hour long workouts four days this week.  Which equals out to 30 extra minutes.  I WIN.  Just a this.  I still kind of fail at life.

4. Got a couple of comments about my weight loss from friends and family.  I got a text from a friend saying that my face looked thinner after I posted this picture on Facebook:



Waffles and Chuggington for the girls.
Nutrisystem Pancakes and Cuddles for me.
(Also, there's my gel stained kitchen!  I hope to post a before and after sometime this millennium.)
 5. I wore a pair of my old jeans, single digit-sized, and was able to button them.  Admittedly, they were slightly snug, but 6 weeks ago I couldn't even come close to buttoning them.  And so many more of my old shirts fit nicely.  Such a great feeling!


If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.


Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Monday, March 18, 2013

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Fact: I birth babies with rashy butts.

Olivia was the worst for sure because she always had some sort of redness and irritation that I was fighting.  It would get better for a day or two, and then all of a sudden Hello Red Butt Baybee.  But Ainsley was always rashy and now Adelle tries to fit right in too.

I would have sworn to you, over the past four years, that I tried everything to keep from getting diaper rash.  Different brands of diapers.  Keeping her super dry.  Keeping her super clean.  Only using wipes for dirty diapers but not wet diapers.  But still, my babies would end up with diaper rash and a bad attitude no matter what.  Bring on the diaper rash cream!

I'm not sure why it took me until kid #3 to figure out that I should be using diaper rash cream to prevent diaper rash instead of shaking my fists at the heavens and cursing it every time it showed up.  It's like, "AHA!  I am supposed to put this cream on her beefy little bottom all the time instead of just when it looks like it needs it!  Who knew?"

Everyone.  Everyone knew.

Except me, and maybe except you.  But now you know!  It is crazy how you can take care of babies for so long and feel like you actually know what you are doing, what with keeping them alive and fed and everything.  And then all of a sudden you realize that you were missing something very simple and very useful all along.
These butts are rash free!!!

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I've tried all different brands, and my very favorite for everyday prevention is Boudreaux's Butt Paste.  It smells good and wipes off easily.  I can't stand creams that are sticky and require lots of wiping to remove.  I don't have that problem at all with Boudreaux's Butt Paste (I use the Original Butt Paste, but there are a couple of other options - All Natural Boudreaux's Butt Paste and Boudreaux's Butt Paste Maximum Strength).  Plus it keeps away the burning heat of the evil Rashadon!



No Rashadon threatening to crush our Butt City!!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 5: Happily chugging along.

This is the first week on Nutrisystem that I lost less than a pound.  I knew it was coming though so no biggie.  I still lost .4, for a total of 9.4 in five weeks.

Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Things are still going well.  I am excited to order my next month of food and try some new things.  I also plan to really start exercising again this week.  My freaking back is finally healed up and I'm ready to get moving! 

A couple of questions popped up in my last post that I'd like to answer.

So I get that the meals are healthy because the portions are the correct size and seem to be balanced, but are they actually using healthy ingriedients? Are there trans fats present, in say, the chocolate donut?

Yes, the meals are healthy.

There will always be someone out there who has a different definition of what is healthy: Clean.  No Sugar. Paleo.  Vegetarian.  Vegan.  No Carb.  Whatever.  If you are a person who is against eating packaged and processed food, then you are going to object to Nutrisystem.

Take the chocolate donut for example.  All of the Nutrisystem foods are listed on the Website complete with ingredient list and nutrition information (Click Here for the donut information).  When you make your menu choices you can make an informed decision about what you will be eating for the next month. 


Chocolate Glazed Donut
My favorite breakfast!

And in answer to your particular example, all Nutrisystem foods have zero trans fats.

What does Mark eat while you do the nutrisystem 'thing'? I have a Mark of my very own (honestly, he even has a birth certificate that says so!) and I just feel like it would be a hassle to make him something and then something different for me. Is it easy for you to both eat at the same time while you do this plan? Thanks!!

Well, I do still menu plan and cook separately for Mark, Olivia, and Adelle.  Sometimes I try to coordinate so that we are eating similar meals (pizza, roast beef, etc.) but most of the time I don't do that.

However, planning and preparing my Nutrisystem meals seriously requires almost zero effort.  I just look at what I have, pick it, and pop it in the microwave.  Doing something separate for me is the same as the regular cooking I was doing because everything Nutrisystem is basically ready to go. 


Menu planning is the same as before too, because I still eat the same fruits and vegetables that everyone else eats, so not much has changed there.  Actually, I require more variety than Mark and Olivia - they could have a taco and pizza rotation every night - and so I just pick a few favorite meals to prepare and then serve leftovers too instead of planning 12 meals each week with two nights of leftovers.

Successes:

- I had to buy new pants.  My maternity pants make me look like I am wearing a loaded diaper and fall down as soon as I move around.  My regular pants make me look like a sausage.  Annoying, but I'm counting it as a success because at least things are changing. 

(Also, if you have suggestions for jeans, I need them.  I am big in the belly still but my legs and hips are almost normal.)

- Five weeks, parties, and girls nights - NO CHEATING.  Rarely tempted, either.  I have 11 more weeks left and I'm already starting to get sad at the thought of this being done!


Confessions:

- No working out and not enough water for me.  But I should be able to work out soon and I'm determined to drink my freaking water.  For some reason, since I had the twins, I hate drinking water.  I used to drink tons and now it requires so much effort.  Weird!

- My wedding rings still don't fit, and I haven't worn them in two years.  Not really a confession, but more of a goal.  I'd like to wear my pretty rings again!

I've been working on three blog posts that are non diet related and they are taking forever. I swear I will finish at least one this week!  Having two kids is a total time suck...who would have guessed?

If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.


Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Nutrisystem, Week 4: A month already!

I am more behind on blogging than I am at life, but only barely.   I've got too many projects going in addition to the two humans I am in charge of feeding and bathing and generally keeping alive.

It has definitely been nice to not have to worry about my food and my meal planning this week.  And I lost another 1.8 pounds!  I am winning at Nutrisystem even though the rest of my life appears to be questionable.

Week 1: -2.4

Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!

I did have my first difficult week this week.  Mostly, I think, because my p-e-r-i-o-d is coming and so I want to Eat All The Things.  I had one actual day where I thought all day about cheating because I really wanted something snacky.  Not my unlimited veggies.  Something delicious and horrible.  Instead I ate an extra 1/4 cup of almonds and then some water with no calorie lemonade added in.

Then, I had a meal that I didn't like and didn't want to eat.  And since I have 28 days of each meal, I can't really try something else because it would screw me up.  So I decided on a giant salad with a bit of cheese and dressing, and some whole grain crackers. It ended up being fine but sucked slightly because I usually really enjoy the Nutrisystem meals so I felt like I was missing out.

AND THEN.  (The woe is nearly done, I swear.)  I went to a game night.  It was so much fun, I loved it.  However, they had so much delicious food - NACHO BAR ZOMG.  I ate before I went so I wasn't hungry, but the social aspect of it was kind of weird.  Everyone was eating but me and I didn't know most of the people so I felt weird being all, "I'm on a diet and stuff" because I didn't want to make people feel bad for enjoying food.  Which I'm sure they couldn't care less what I ate or didn't, but I'm neurotic.  I should have brought something with me, because everything Nutrisystem is totally portable.  Maybe next time, unless they were freaked out by the bedroom eyes I kept giving their bowls of nachos and decide that I am never invited again, ever.

But!  I found some new foods that I totally love again this week. 


Honey Wheat Bagel
Slightly sweet and really, really good.
Definitely doesn't taste like "diet food."

Chicken Tacos
For some reason I thought these would be Meh.
Nope.  I was sad that I didn't have three!

Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
I told Mark that I felt like I was eating at a nice restaurant.  SO GOOD.
I served it the same as this pic - brown rice and zucchini with Italian seasoning.

I am so excited to start month 2.  I am hoping to lose at least 8 pounds, but I think at this point of any diet there will be a plateau.  I have been really lucky so far though!  Plus I think I am ready to exercise again so that will help.  I'm still loving the Nutrisystem plan!

If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.


Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.