Going off Nutrisystem plan because of stress?

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Hi, I haven't been around much lately. My mom went in for knee replacement surgery this week and I have been running to see her and working full time. I feel like I don't know if I am coming or going lately. I know she'll be fine and home in another week or two. BUT, I can not stay on program. I start out with great intentions and then go off plan just making poor choices.

I KNOW it is from stress. I live with my mom, sister and 2 neices and usually my mom and me band together to do housework etc etc my sister has lupus so she is limited to what she can and can't do plus she works fulltime. I know I am a total caregiver but I feel so guilty that I haven't been eating right lately. I will not throw in the towel and give up but I guess I am looking for someone to tell me it's OK and I'll do it just be kind to my self right now. I say those things to myself but then alittle devil gets in my head and says your a failure.

Thanks for listening to me vent like a crazy person. Any advice would be great!!!!..

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Your question was: Going off Nutrisystem plan because of stress?.

Barb, being kind to yourself is taking care of yourself,. It will be okay if you do take care of yourself. You will feel better, and not have the baggage of guilt and poor choices to regain ground on later. ((hugs))..

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Life is always going to go on around us, and when life is out of control, at least we can control what we eat. I find it gives me a sense of accomplishment and helps me get through whatever life hands me. If you are feeling your best by eating Nutrisystem and taking care of yourself, the rest will fall into place. It always does..


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You sound like a loving, caring person with a good heart. Just remember that it is just as important to take care of "you" so you can be strong for those who need you..

I wish you all the best..


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Life happens. It's how we deal with it that tests us as individuals. You have a lot being thrown at you right now, so take a deep breath, prioritize, simplify, and don't sweat the small stuffToday's daily dose talks about listing the four most important things in your life, then says to go back and list yourself as number one ! I think they know that most of us would not have automatically listed ourselves as a number one priority..

And if yo have a bad food day, just start tomorrow as a brand new day. If I start getting off track, I will plan specific menus in advance, set those foods/add ins aside, and not look at any other food choices ( hopefully) A couple of "strict" days help me get back on track. And if all else fails, come to the boards, it's almost better than eating.

Hang in there - maggie..

Comment #4

I hope this helps, it's so very true. I got it from the Shrink Yourself website..


Maurice Sendak's book "Pierre" tells the story of a little boy who says, "I don't care " to everything. When a lion shows up threatening to eat Pierre and Pierre retorts his usual, "I don't care", the lion eats him. The moral of the story is, care..

So often I hear people who struggle with their weight say, I saw the piece of cake and a voice inside me said, "I don't care, I'll just eat it." Or [they'll tell me,] I sat there with the whole box of Samoa Girl Scout Cookies and heard myself say, " I don't care, I'll eat the whole box. After all Girl Scout Cookie season only comes around once a year." Or getting ready for the gym and that same voice will say, "I don't care if I never wear a bathing suit again, I'll just sit here and watch Oprah.".

I'm here to tell you not to believe that voice. The truth is that you do care. You care very much. That's why you've tried diet after diet and that's why you looked for and found our website, book, or online program..

Human beings feign disinterest when something feels too hard. If you have a child you've probably heard them say, "I don't care if I never ride a bike." "I don't care if those kids invite me to their party." They care very much, but they're afraid of failing, and so are you..

It's not that you don't care, it's that you feel defeated or afraid to set yourself up to fail. And why shouldn't you? Diets set you up to fail because they don't offer you the information you need to lose the weight you want. You don't need an eating plan. You don't need someone to tell you that a box full of caramel coated cookies isn't good for you. You already know all that..

What you need is to find your hope again by seeing real change. The kind of change you're looking for in your body begins in your mind. It begins with a conviction to care. Care for your health. Care for your self-esteem. Care for your future. When you care, you can stay true to yourself in the moment and make better choices...

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This is so true! While eating comfort junk food, fast food, sweets, etc., might temporarily numb the feelings, we all know the resulting negative feelings make an already hard situation even worse..

Life will always throw us curve balls!.

Get up, eat your Nutrisystem breakfast, throw a lunch bar in your purse with your other add ins, and eat your Nutrisystem dinner and add-ins, enjoy your dessert.... and you will be good to go, and wake up the next day feeling proud and stronger, not defeated and frustration ...

Comment #6

Hi Barb, remember the best way a caretaker can take care of others is by taking care of herself first!.

How old are the nieces? can they help?.

What is really important? the empty laundary basket or your health?..

Comment #7

Sweetie, there is just WAY too much estrogen floating in the air around you!.

Give yourself some "ME TIME"...You need to put yourself at the top of your priority list!..

Comment #8

Thankyou all for the support. These boards are great for that..

Sheri thankyou for the article because it is true, I do CARE!!!!!.

Today I woke up with determination and hope!!!!! You are right about taking care of yourself first. I always think about when your on an airplane they tell you to put your oxygen on first and then help the person next to you, because if you don't help yourself you can't help anyone else...

Comment #9

Bubbly, it sounds like you have so much going on right now. It is sometimes difficult to stay on plan on a normal day let alone when "life happens." Take your changes one meal at a time. Know that you are not alone. We are here for you. We are all going to have our ups and downs and events that challenge us. Stay tough and know you are making positive changes for yourself by sticking with NS...

Comment #10

I am very impressed with your rapid loss. I am curious as to what your secret is? I've fell off a few times, but I've only had a 6 lbs loss in a month 1/2...

Comment #11 sole caregiver for my 92-year-old father and holding down a full-time job...I understand the stress and frustration you are experiencing. When I get too stressed, I have always turned to food. (And the man is STRESSFUL!!! LOL).

It's not always possible to find much "Me Time" when you are in caregiving mode...but it's very, very important to try to do so. The analogy is when you are on an airplane and there is a loss in cabin pressure, the oxygen masks will automatically pop out. The instructions are very clear...PUT YOUR OWN MASK ON FIRST, before you help someone else. Because, of course, if you pass out from lack of oxygen, how can you help anyone else??.

I think one of the "Me" things you could do would be to eat better and be healthier...right? You would feel better physically - and we know the physical really affects the emotional. And if you do try a bit harder to stick to the program, you will feel like you are accomplishing something...which will make you feel better about yourself and lift your spirits. Then it's easier to deal with the caregiver stress....

Don't know if this is helpful, or will provide any motivation....

Best of luck!!!..

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Jansy...that is great advice...I'm going to try and remember that as well!..

Comment #13

I wish I had some advice to offer you...but I do feel your pain..

My father went in for unexpected open heart surgery while having a stent checked out a month ago...they live in MD (Im in NJ) and I'm the only sibling close enough to help out. I feel like I've been living in my car and my mother and I are completely exhausted..

I hope things get better. You CAN and WILL do this! I know it's hard, but try to put your needs first then take care of everybody else. It will turn around. Best of luck to you...

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