Nutrisystem 1 Week Completed And Wow
Well, I have just completed week 1 of my Nutrisystem journey and all I can say is wow! I will be honest, I have mixed feelings about my use of the program, but they are not a reflection of how fantastic the program is, but a reflection of my struggle. I promised you I would be honest because it is the only way I will succeed and the only way to give hope to those of you who struggle too. I am going to back into to my story so it will keep the Nutrisystem program in the spotlight where it belongs. I am happy to report I lost 6 pounds my first week on the program! Yay!!
Food is my drug. Are you nodding in agreement? If you are, then you know how difficult it is to put the drug down. I firmly believe that if you have been an overeater like me, it is extremely difficult to change that behavior. After my third child, I went from a size 10 to a size 18 and I have been straddling that fence for almost 15 years now. After a back injury 18 months ago, I have been on steroid therapy and have gone from 200 pounds to 240+ in less than 6 months. Now my knees hurt, my back won’t heal, my blood pressure and cholesterol are up and it is difficult to get up from a chair. I have even developed dunlap disease…you know, when you belly has done lapped over your belt? I am absolutely ashamed and have become a hermit because I can’t face the critisism, questions and ridicule I have experienced these past few years…all from my family.
I have probably been taking in between 2,500-3,500 calories per day, so there is no question how I gained so much weight. For me this struggle is as much mental as it is physical. The first breakfast on the program was a chocolate covered donut and a protein shake. The remarkable thing about much of the Nutrisystem food is that you can literally feel the denseness of the fiber and protein in the food. This donut was the standard size for a donutafter the first bite I knew how the program works. The carefully designed program packs so much nutrition into such a small item! I was surprisingly full until lunch, which was a delicious cup of cheesy chicken and broccoli. Again, I was satisfied with the taste as well as feeling full. The same held true with the dinner of a mouth-watering steak, spinach and couscous. My husband took a small bite and could not believe how good it was! You can add fresh grocery items like vegetables and fruit to the program. The veggies above are from a stir-fry Chelsea and I made while she was in town for a visit this weekend. I added one of my Nutrisystem chicken breasts for my protein. It was delicious, filling and satisfying.
My problem comes later in the night when I would have been mindlessly snacking from about 9:00-midnight or so. Although you get a desert each evening on the program, you don’t get to snack endlessly with whatever crap you want to stuff in your mouth. This was extremely difficult to get through. I honestly did feel I was going through a bit of a withdrawal. This feeling has not gotten much better for me as the week came to its conclusion. I know this will pass and I just need to ride this out and feel the feelings and keep writing in my journal. If I plan to succeed, I must, must, must follow this program to a “T” and pray through the times when I want to cheat so badly I would sell my child for a bowl of ice cream. Until next week friends…
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I am receiving the Nutrisystem program complimentary in exchange for my reviews.