I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the right answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably can answer it..
Well what happened? Did you fall victim to the holiday season and go off of NS? Beating yourself up won't do anything. Start over! We can begin together. How much did you lose from Aug-Dec?..
I'm only in my third week so I'm sure there are a lot more people that will be able to give you more of a long-term outlook on things but here is what I've learned thus far:.
Plan out your meals ahead of time. As the saying goes, those who fail to plan are planning to fail. This doesn't take nearly the amount of time that you may think. I spend probably 5-10 minutes max getting everything together in the morning. You may choose to plan out your meals a week in advance or do it on a daily basis, as I do. If I know it's going to be a crazy day, I'll pack a bar for lunch so that I can eat it on the go, etc.
Stock up on the things you know you're going to use a lot. I have yogurt and string cheese every day so I buy packs of them so that I don't run out throughout the week. Also, I buy a ton of frozen veggies since I go through what amounts to a small bag every day..
Tell some people that you are close to that you are doing Nutrisystem. I didn't broadcast it to the world but my roommates, a few close friends, and some of my coworkers know. This helps for a few reasons: accountability- if you eat junk they're more likely to call you out on it, support- you can have your own personal cheerleaders (heck ya!), and lastly, they understand the gist of the program so they don't ask me why I'm bringing my own pizza with me when we're doing pizza night or try to get me to drink a few beers. (btw- the nutrisystem pizza is really good).
The scale.. sigh, it is what it is. Some people will weigh themselves every day, some weekly, some monthly. Regardless, remember that it just measures one aspect of your health. In addition to weight loss, you're losing body fat, inches, and probably improving your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other things that aren't as glaringly obvious as the little monster lying on your bathroom floor. If the scale goes up a pound or two, so what, it'll come off soon.
I recommend measuring yourself so that when the scale slows down you'll be able to see the inches falling off, and come on, those are the numbers you really want to see shrinking anyways..
Use the tools they give you, heck they're free, might as well. I have the iPhone app and track my food throughout the day on there as well as my exercise, or log into the website. Try a variety of foods, some things I thought I'd hate are now some of my favorite things. Make a note when you try something new as to whether you think you'd order it again. Also, read the boards. I try to make it a habit of reading them for 15 minutes a day.
One last point to my ridiculously long novel that I've written here, if you're going out to eat, which is ok, try to plan in advance, if possible. If you know where you're going ahead of time, check out their nutrition facts online so you can find a good choice that you'll be happy with..
Well that's my take on things, I hope it helps you. Best of luck to you!.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your reply is very helpful. I see we are very similar in weight and goal. I will mos def use your tips when I get started. I was really worried that I wouldn't have enough to eat, but now I'm wondering how am I going to eat all of this! Glad to hear that the pizza is good. That is my absolute fav! Thanks again..
I agree with Denabut I'll add my two cents worth: make sure you log everything you eat. Drink ALL of your water...make sure you eat every 2-3 hours- (you can break meals up to make that work).
Use these message boardsread, read, read...I have learned so much about nutrition, choices, mindset, etc. I ate what I wanted to several times over the holidays, but I did it within reasonand I LOST ove 10lbs between Thanksgiving and New Years!.
Eat a variety of foodsthat way you don't feel deprived. Try to make your meals LOOK as attractive as possiblethen you don't feel like you are "dieting"..
I have not kept it a secret that I was doing NSdidn't broadcast it either, but I have gotten a lot of support in unexpected places!.
I have lost 55lbs since July 5...I have about that much more to lose. I'm hoping by this July to be close to goal....
I think that one of the most important things for me has been to log my food faithfully. I don't fudge on the amounts, etc. Be brutally honest about it. If you cheat, LOG IT. Don't kill yourself over it, just pull up your bootstraps and get back on program. Sad to say, I have consciously made the choice to "cheat" a few times (including Thanksgiving and Christmas3 times over the holidays...), but I have accomodated and incorporated...
It was so worth it!!! But the next day, I was totally back on program. With all that said, I DON'T cheat on a regular basisthat would sabotage my diet. But I have learned to eat in moderation, whether it's nutrisystem food, flexing, or holiday fare. Retrain your mind. Go to PamSB's page and read what she has to say...she gives the best advice..
My biggest mistake was all of october. ugh I hate myself for it, I had all my ns food, but I was eating whatever I wanted still. why would I pay money and not eat it? I had gotten discouraged after a slight gain, but one day I looked at the food then looked ay my fat and remembered WHY I ordered and I got back on track! it's been downhill from there. My advice is to stay motivated and try to remind yourself daily why you are doing this!!..
I can't believe no one has mentioned this:TAKE A "BEFORE" PICTURE!.
I took one, and I look at it every time I feel like eating anything that isn't good for me..
Good threads to look at daily on the message boards are: "Post Your Before and After Pictures" that is stickied(it is posted at the top and will always be posted up there) in the Nutrisystem General Support Forum. Another good one is "Pictures ofNutrisystemfood made at home" that's posted in the Food Talks and Tips Forum. It's not stickied so you may have to hunt for it. The Before and After Thread will give you lots of motivation and inspiration to keep going if you ever feel upset that you aren't seeing results. The Pictures ofNutrisystemfood Thread gives you a sense of what the food looks like and what you can do with it..
This is my 3rd week, and the first week, the cravings attacked my mind. But I learned how to put them at bay and didn't surrender. Give yourself a chance to let your body know that YOU are in charge, not your cravings..
The one mistake I've made so far: I'm in class from 11am-5pm Tuesday and Thursday and usually I ate my breakfast at 7am or 8am and then have my lunch at 10am. I pack some fruits and veggies and a protein to eat while I'm in class and then have my dinner entree as soon as I get home. One day, I forgot to eat my lunch before I left and felt extremely faint and had a huge headache all day. It didn't go away until the next morning, even though I managed to eat all myNutrisystemfoods, it just wasn't planned out very well. So eat all of your food and plan it out effectively. (2-3 between each meal)..
Debbie and Dena above had some great ideas....
One mistake I made was that I forgot to take my multivitamin for a while and got really run down. As soon as I started up again with the vitamin, I had tons of energy and was able to lose more, because I had more energy to exercise..
Do print out the "Mindset Makeover" that is on the website. I got a printed version through QVC when I started, and I would peruse it just before I went to sleep every night, to keep me focused on my new way of life/eating pattern. There are invaluable ideas in there and lots of tips for keeping the weight off once you get to goal. Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress!..
The only mistake I made is not starting it about 5 years earlier..
For me, Da Nile was more than a river in Egypt...