I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you help..
Yes, actually, I do have some info for you. "Weekends off" are a soft-approach (I prefer the term "chump plan") marketed by Nutrisystem as an alternate method mainly to increase program attractiveness and sales. What it doesn't do: help you achieve your goal, help you stick to the program, help you learn the right eating habits, or give you enough forward momentum to keep you encouraged. Now I'm not saying you're on the "weekends off" shtick, but you've just started, you're taking one, calling it the weekend (as opposed to just one day for a single occasion), and it's someone else's birthday rather than your own. If you're willing to start making exceptions right away, you're getting off to a rocky start, and that's not good..
So here's my advice to you (for what it's worth, and because you asked for it):.
1) Absolutely no "days off" for at least the first four weeks of the program, until you are well acclimatized to the regimen, and accustomed to the portions sizes, eating schedule, and have retrained your way of thinking regarding food..
2) Let the others indulge in all that "food, food, and more food." Pretty much 95% of it (or maybe more) is going to be food that got you to how you are now, right? It's not on the menu, trust me..
3) Forget cake. Let me say that again. Forget cake. You might as well go eat some rat poison for all the good it's going to do you. Nutrisystem has sweets if you need that binge (order some fudge brownies)..
4) If you want to succeed, then apply yourself 100%, 100% of the time, no matter what. It starts in the mind as a conscious decision..
5) If you fail at all the above, log every single thing you put into your mouth either in your meal booklet or online, so you can see the damage you are doing to your plan. It's harder to rationalize it, if you have to account for it later..
Don't get me wrong, man...I'm not here to rain on your parade, or be rough with you. I'm here to help you succeed. I'd rather steady you before you fall than pick you up after. Either way, let us all know what the outcome was..
By the way, Happy Birthday to your daughter! =D.
2/19: 241.8 (start).
65/3/6 (Days NS/p90/smoke-free)..
I loooove that post! I was on the flex plan and after first weekend switched to regular (you can do it with the food you have and just speed up the next box)...
Nice job Gary. welcome to the Men's room Tim. All black and white here, no soft punches. Listen to these guys. good luck!.
Get exercise and drink water..
Tell you what, if you get 3 hours of exercise that morning, then you can justify the cake...but I bet you may not want it after working that hard...
Ok the party is over and I stayed on plan, no cake,no chips,no bad food, Gary,ApolytonGP and Bob THANKS so much,.
Good job Tim, your first weigh in should be a good one now!..
Proud of you for staying on-program, Tim. Our motto around here is 100%, 100% of the time. If you fall off, we send Sean Lowry around to remind you (lol). But seriously, glad you made the commitment. If you can do that, you can do it all..
2/19: 241.8 (start).
67/5/7 (Days NS/p90/smoke-free)..
Good job man. Being strict at the beginning is crucial. Way to set the tone...
Nice job, Tim - I gotta hand it to you .... You hung in there and didn't screw up. You're a bigger man than most..
I gotta say something - after I read your initial post I didn't even want to waste my time on you. 3 days in and then off on the weekend.
A kiddie party??!!? No way, man. Not gonna work at all..
I'm glad Poly, Gary and Bob had the patience to give you some much needed advice ... You took it and did the right thing. Kudos to you guys for taking the time to give this dude some much needed direction..
You're OK. Welcome to the Marino Room..
Now ... Don't cheat - EVER. Join a gym or kick your own ass at home with p90X, etc ..... Eat the biggest-monster salads you can handle. Don't cheat - EVER. Drink a 1-1/2 liters of water (or 0-cal drink mix) a day and drink it all before 3:30/4:00 so as not to disrupt your sleep.
It's really important to measure. Use your teaspoons and tablespoons, etc .... no eyeballing and no "handfulls" .... 6 almonds means 6 and only 6..
Good Luck, Tim .... Please don't disappoint us - or yourself...
Sean said "please"...? o.O.
Dude, you been hanging around the women's forums again? LOL.
2/19: 241.8 (start).
68/6/9 (Days NS/p90/smoke-free)..
Hey fellas. New to the boards, they are a bit weird to me so far..
I have been on Nutrisystem 60 days -26 lbs. Fairly easy so far. Things seem to be slowing down a bit lately though..
I use the "LoseIt!" Iphone app for tracking calories, excercise and weight. Nice app. Keeps me on track for my goal of under 1960 calories per day..
Steamed veggies are a key for me. That and daily salad for lunch..
Later, I'll be back if I see I'm doing this right...
1960 calories a day??? That ain't Nutrisystem unless I'm missing something... You should be more around 1500 calories a day unless you are doing some extreme workouts...
I messed up a bit. My budget is 1927 meaning I should never go above that. My totals for this last week are: 1702, 1354, 1441, 1342, 1793, 1572, 1780..
I try not to go above 1500 but going 1927 is breaking the budget..
My workout aren't that extreme at this point. Some running/walking. about -350 calories a day..
Sorry if this is the wrong thread for this. I'll get this figured out...
You shouldn't be over 1600 calories a day if you're following the plan...
I went back and added it all up 62 days, 1627 average calories for everyday. Pretty dang close. And those totals are very accurate. I will try and tighten it up a bit. Interestingly the frist couple of weeks when I was losing the most (5 lbs per week) were my highest calorie weeks...