July 4, 2013 - First Goal Weigh-In, 1 lb. Over Goal

Thursday, July 04, 2013

When I began Nutrisystem in mid-January, I set a goal of losing 30 lbs by July 4th .
This morning I did my July 4th weigh in and have lost 29 lbs. in that time, so I was 1 lb. over. I'm going to take that as a win, throw that extra lb. on the pile with the others and set my next goal.

My next goal is to lose 17 lbs. by October 20th, my 59th birthday.

What changes am I making? Very few.
Future goals will be for shorter intervals no more than 3 to 4 months.
My main goal will be 100% compliance with the Nutrisystem Flex plan.
100% Compliance includes the "My Daily 3" part, and I will begin tracking my exercise.
I will continue to track my nutrition on spark people.

I am very pleased with my basic nutrition plan and do not plan to change the grocery additions. I do not track water, number of fruit & vegetable servings because that was never an issue for me - portion control and over indulgence in sweets, especially ice cream, was my main issue. The major variance I have to the Nutrisystem plan is that I do not snack -- it is not convenient or enjoyable for me to snack at work and I am not hungry between meals. The only change I have made to my regular meal times is to have dinner earlier - no later than 7pm.

My Basic Nutrition Plan is
Breakfast Protein Shake + Latte (1.5 cups Almond Milk)
Nutrisystem Day: Nutrisystem Breakfast Entree
(If I miss breakfast entrée, I have it instead of the Dessert entrée)

Lunch Nutrisystem Day: Nutrisystem Lunch Entree
Roma Tomato, Basil, Non Fat Cottage Cheese
Rotel Salsa and Non Fat Cottage Cheese
Fruit if having NS Lunch Bar (will skip fruit with Dessert)

Dinner Nutrisystem Day: Nutrisystem Dinner Entree
Non Fat Cottage Cheese (Flex Days Only),
Salad (Baby Kale, Romaine or Baby Spinach, Mushrooms, Carrot, Tomato)
Low Fat & Sodium Salad Dressing
Frozen Vegetables, mushrooms, carrots, spices,
Fat free cheese
Roasted Vegetables
(Salad & SmartCarb Vegetable, if had NS Bar & Fruit Lunch)

Dessert Nutrisystem Day: Nutrisystem Dessert or Breakfast Entree
Frozen Blue Berries, Strawberries, (skip if had fruit at Lunch)
Cool Whip and/or Greek Yogurt
Decaf Latte

Dinner Out on Fridays
Flex Days = Friday and Saturday or Sunday
On flex days I substitute up to 1 PowerFuel and 1 SmartCarb for each Nutrisystem Entrée and I choose Vegetarian or Vegan Power Fuels and Smart Carbs.
On Vegan Flex Days, I count beans and legumes as PowerFuels and SmartCarbs, as I limit nuts to 1 serving per day.
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