Nutrisystem, Day 1
Thursday, July 28, 2016
I have been gaining and losing the same 15 pounds or so since around 2005. I feel good when I get to the bottom of the 15, and then sabotage myself and end up at the top of the 15, and then I see that number and kick it back into gear. I have been doing this for so long it's not even conscious anymore. But something went awry and this time I blew 10 pounds past my 'oh sh!t' weight and now have officially started Nutrisystem. As of yesterday.
It's going to work. Following this plan is going to take some weight off and get me back on track. I remain a bit skeptical about long term success, but let's get some of this weight off and reset some habits and build some new and improved (or resurfaced) habits and go from there.
Here's the good that I've already found:
1. It's making me very aware of what I'm eating.
2. It's making me SLOW DOWN. If I only have this tiny stupid bar for lunch, I take tiny bites and savor each one to make the meal last.
3. The food isn't as bad as I assumed it would be.
4. I prefer the SparkPeople calorie counter to Nutrisystem's app.
The first week of the plan is this Turbo10 thing where you're eating their meals and shakes for 7 days straight, with at least four servings of vegetables added throughout the day. OK, cool. So here's a rundown of yesterday, official Day One of Megan Gets Her Ass Back In Gear 2016.
715AM: Breakfast was a "Cinnamon Struesel Muffin" and some cherry tomatoes. Which is a weird combo, granted, but whatever. Tomatoes apparently count as a vegetable and they were on the counter. The muffin is mislabeled. Struesel is supposed to be this floury sugary crumbly bit on the top of a baked good and there was 0% struesel. It was just a cinnamon-ish muffin. It was fine. Like something you'd buy at the gas station on a road trip when you can't find a better option. Also it was small.
9:30AM: Hungry. Morning snack is one of their Turbo Shakes. Basically a chocolate protein powder you mix with water and ice. It lacks any kind of rich flavor, but it's drinkable.
12:00PM: Hungry. Lunch was a fudge graham bar and a side salad with baby kale, cucumber, tomatoes, and carrots with some rice vinegar and olive oil. I suspect the olive oil isn't technically allowed but a dry salad just isn't going to cut it. The bar was fine. Like something you'd buy at the gas station on a road trip when you can't find a better option. Also it was small. (Sound familiar? I think I'll be repeating that phrase a lot.) I ate tiny bites and made it last as long as possible.
2PM: Hungry again. Afternoon snack is a NutriCrush shake. Same as the Turbo Shake, I think, except it has more carbs apparently, which in my carb-addicted brain made it taste moderately better. Also I popped it into the NutriBullet with the water and ice making it more smoothie/milkshake like which I think helped.
3PM: Hungry again. Unapproved snack time! I had two slices of tofurky and a piece of vegan cheese because I was still hungry. But of all the unapproved snacks I could have had, I'm not feeling too guilty about that one.
7PM: Not particularly starving for the first time all day! Dinner was their vegetable lasagna and some bok choy sauteed in olive oil. Again with the unapproved olive oil but whatever, it was one freaking teaspoon. The lasagna was surprisingly decent. Though small. The bok choy was delicious.
All in all, it still added up to only 1117 calories, which is freakishly low, but that's the point of week one. A reset. They say up front that you'll be eating more after this first week so don't panic. Also after this week I get one lunch and one dinner per week on my own - they have strict guidelines for what counts as each meal, but at least it doesn't have to be a prepackaged meal of questionable quality.
Midway through day 2 now. I've committed to this for two months so I have a long way to go if I keep thinking everything tastes like it came from a gas station. :) Though, to be fair, the food is actually much better than I anticipated.