You guys….here we are…week 6 and 7 of my Nutrisystem journey. It really has been a journey. I’m not calling it a diet because honestly…it really isn’t. But it hasn’t been easy. And I’m gonna get real on this post because I want to talk about the challenges and roadblocks that have come my way, because we all have them. What I’ve noticed is there are triggers for me that cause me to come face to face with derailment. My period, high-stress situations and certain people. Its interesting because you kind of know that you crave certain things during that time of the month. For me its salt!! But when you are on this kind of program where you are only choosing from certain foods that you already have you really start to investigate what’s going on. Thankfully I had all sorts of choices that met my cravings, and still fit within my program!! So I wasn’t just adding food to add food!!! I have never been so thankful for a big bag of approved Nutrisystem popcorn in all my life!
Another trigger in my life is stress. The anxiety rises and I start craving things. But focusing on how I can stave off the stress really helped. It’s almost like a reset of the brain. I open my cabinet and I’m like okay…this is how I’m feeling, it’s okay that I’m feeling this way, deep breath and make a smart choice. If I just had a snack its the perfect time for more water and a little bit of crystal light. The trick for me is to not let these cravings or anxieties fester because for me that just makes them worse. That’s a sure way to find yourself in the middle of a total spiral.
Before Nutrisystem I would have probably made some terrible terrible food choices when I was feeling this way. But one of the benefits I’ve noticed about this program is a new-found discipline. It educated me without a forced education. Nutrisystem encourages you to really explore your food, understand the calories in it, understand what makes up a good meal and to do that within their system AND outside of their system!!! That to me has been one of the biggest things that has helped me overcome challenges. There are options for me outside of the Nutrisystem program and life after it will be amazing and I won’t backslide.
So what can I say to you about all of this? Acknowledge your challenges and don’t try to run from them. Accept them!!! Identifying your triggers, whatever they may be, can help you navigate those challenges better.
Find people in your life to either mentor you, or just be an encourager. Someone you can talk to you about your struggles and just be real about it. You don’t want to go this alone that’s for sure. Life alone just sucks, and no one should have to do that. Check out The Leaf for great ideas for navigating your journey, whether you are doing Nutrisystem or not. This article, about the science behind the sugar crash is just one of the fascinating articles I’ve read on there. Educating myself has been one of the greatest things about being a part of this family.
This week’s successes – I still haven’t weighed myself, but I tried on a pair of “skinny” (not actually skinny, but a size smaller than I normally wear) and I am so close people!!!!!! So close!!!! I know that’s a success!!
Favorite Foods – I’m still loving the Loaded Mashed Potato and the white mac and cheese for lunch. I’m still not tired of them!!
Least Favorite – So I’m going to admit that not everything is perfect. I’m not a fan of the Oatmeal Bites for breakfast or the Steak and Cheese hot pocket type thing for lunch. And I got two new dinner’s to try out – Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes and the Pot Pie. The Meatloaf was good, but the potatoes weren’t a winner. And the pot pie was just meh. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but finding peppers in my pot pie isn’t my thing and the crust that they use is kind of strange and does really break apart easy.
Goals – I decided next week I’m going to weigh myself. Just for curiosity sake, maybe take some measurements. I’m going to be honest and say that I haven’t been working out quite like I envisioned myself doing during this journey; but life has been one crazy mess after another. We’ve had all of the sicknesses during these last eight weeks that one could possibly have. Stomach flu, strep throat, bad colds all around. Hubby travelled and the kids didn’t handle it well. It’s been a rollercoaster. But if I can feel successful despite all of these challenges, imagine what a slightly less challenging time would be like!!!??