Slim Down Update & Buffalo Mac n Cheese

It just came to my attention that I haven’t updated my slim-down here recently! I guess after I was done with my food reviews, I didn’t really know what else to say!

I will say that it has been 10 weeks and I have lost 17 pounds! Sooo crazy, right?!? I can only wonder where I’d be if only I hadn’t kept putting this journey off.


One of my favorite side effects of all this healthy eating and working out, is when I do have an “off” day or night, my body is in a mode that it won’t ruin everything. My hubby and I went to Vegas last weekend with a couple friends to see Garth Brooks (amazing!) and when I got back, I was only up 1.2 pounds and it came off very quickly when I got back. Not hating that!

I now have two other friends who have joined me on doing Nutrisystem. One has been doing it for a little less than a month and has lost 10 pounds and the other one just started.

Now that I’ve been doing this for awhile, I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with ingredients and food combos. I’ve been doing a lot of research on eating better and clean and I can’t wait to be “on my own” soon. I’m not at my goal yet, but I’m excited.

One of the combos I have discovered is adding Frank’s Buffalo sauce to the Nutrisystem Mac n cheese. It is So. Good. I love it! I’ll bet you could even make mac n cheese on your own (substituting white cheddar) and then add the sauce into it. It would be delicious! 

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Slim Down: Week 4

So there was a bit of a delay in this week’s post. If you noticed, sorry about that. If not, then, you should be fine. :0) I tend to type these posts up in spurts of downtime at work and I was not feeling well Wednesday or Friday so I didn’t have anything I’d already written and I really didn’t want to re-write anything. Better late than never, right?
I’m really starting to notice the weight loss in myself. The way my clothes are fitting, how I feel when I sit or lay down… there’s just less of me and that’s a good thing. I also feel healthier. The working out and the vegetables that were missing before are really making a difference.


I’ve also noticed that when I do cheat, it’s easier to only cheat a little and it doesn’t completely ruin all my hard work. One night, my hubby and I went to celebrate losing 10 pounds each and we split our favorite cheeseburger. Because of the portion control we’ve been experiencing, I was perfectly content with only half of the burger (it is a big burger). I was only up .2 pounds the next morning and it quickly melted off by the day after that.

Also, this past weekend, a friend and I went to see The Little Mermaid concert at The Hollywood Bowl (so, ridiculously amazing, but that’s another post for another time), and we picnicked with a group of people. I didn’t eat terribly, but it was definitely not in the Nutrisystem plan. The next morning I weighed in and I had maintained my weight.

Progress report: 4.6 lbs lost this week* for a total of 12.4 lbs lost since May 1. (*Well, a week plus a few days…)

Breakfast:

  • Oatmeal Cranberry Bites: I really liked these! They were really delicious! At first I didn’t think there’d be enough, but I felt like it was a good breakfast.


Dinner:

  • Meatballs in Tomato Sauce: The package calls this “spicy” tomato sauce, but it wasn’t spicy at all. It tasted like regular marinara sauce. That being said, this was very good. I made some spaghetti squash to go with it (since it is part of the unlimited veggies) and it made for a really good meal. Oh! About the spaghetti squash: I’ve always roasted my spaghetti squash. You know, cut it half, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper, put it the oven. I don’t really like doing it this way because 1. Cutting uncooked hard squash (like spaghetti or butternut, for example) terrifies me. I swear, I’m going to stab myself one of these days; and 2. I never felt that the cooked squash was really a good noodle substitute. The squash remained a bit crunchy.


Well, all that changed when I made this, dear readers. Are you ready for this? I used my slow cooker!! I know, I know… I’m probably really late to the party on this one, but let’s just pretend I’m not and I just blew your mind with this amazing kitchen discovery. Deal? It was perfect. All you have to do is poke some holes all over the squash (no stabbing threat!), put it in the slow cooker with 1-1/2 cups of water, and cook for 5-6 hours on low. You cut it in half after it is cooked (much easier) and the squash inside was so soft! It was life-changing I tell ya.

  • Turkey medallions with mashed potatoes: This was really, really good. I loved it. The turkey was good. The gravy was good. Even the mashed potatoes were good. I made some veggies to go with it and it was a really filling meal. I’m definitely adding more of these for future orders.


Dessert:

  • Cheesecake Bar: Not bad! A lot of these bars I find to be good flavor-wise, but really chewy. Like, my-jaw-hurts-when-I’m-done-with-it chewy. This was soft and creamy in the middle and actually did taste like cheesecake. Two thumbs up!
  • Chocolate cupcake: Really good. It was almost like a Hostess cupcake, but without the cream filling. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that it was frozen and you just have to let it sit out to thaw. Usually when I’m ready for my dessert, I’ve just been grabbing it and eating it. If I had known, I would have taken it out of the freezer sooner, but it didn’t take too long to thaw, so it wasn’t that bad. Just good to know for next time.

  • Apple pie: One my guiltiest of guilty pleasures for food are those little handheld pies you get at the grocery store for, like, 50 cents and they never expire. You know what I’m talking about, right? This was a healthier version of one of those. I would have liked a little more of the apple filling—and maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream—but it was really good.

Slim Down: Week 3

It’s weird that I’m 3 weeks into this thing already. I don’t think I’ve ever stuck with a weight loss plan even close to this long before! I’m definitely seeing results, so there’s no way I’m quitting now!

So, my husband showed me how to do squats with weights and deadlifts. Ugh… They seem to be working, somewhat, but they are not my favorite. At all. I did figure out how to set workouts on the elliptical to maximize my use of that machine, and I love it! It adjusts the resistance and incline throughout the time on the elliptical that you preset and it burns so many calories. It is hard to believe that less than a month ago, I could barely do a mile with no resistance and now I’m getting in 3+ at various resistance levels. I guess it’s true when they say to keep it up and it’ll get easier! I will admit, though, if it weren’t for Netflix on my tablet, there is no way I could be doing this!
From here on out, my food reviews will probably be more minimal because I’ve tried most of the things that Nutrisystem offers and weeded out what I did and didn’t like. 

Progress Report: 1.4 lbs lost this week, for a total of 7.8 lbs lost since May 1.

Breakfast:

  • Pancakes: I don’t know why I waited until week three to try these… I love pancakes! These were really good and the perfect size. Again, you can add some sugar-free maple syrup (which doesn’t sound good to me), but you don’t need it. There is a slight maple flavor already in the pancake. I just gave each one a couple sprays of my zero calorie butter spray and was good to go.

  • Egg and Turkey Sausage Sandwich: Another one like the McMuffin, but this was actually decent. If you remember, the Canadian Bacon one was not good. It was bland and had no flavor. This one was much better. The sausage made a world of difference.

  • Bagels: This was a surprise option because bagels are supposedly so bad for you. It was definitely smaller than a regular bagel, but it did not lack anything else. It was really good! 


Lunch:

  • Tuna Salad: So good! Perfect lunch. I’ve always been a big fan of tuna sandwiches and this did not disappoint. I’ve never put water chestnuts in mine and Nutrisystem apparently does, so the crunch was something I had to get used to, but it was good. I toasted some whole grain bread from Trader Joe’s and put the tuna on top of that. Then I sprinkled a couple tablespoons of lite shredded cheese and put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to melt the cheese. It was just like an open-face tuna melt that you would get from a diner, but it was only 240 calories!

  • Pepperoni Melt: This was a pizza version of the broccoli cheese melt I had last week. Basically a Nutrisystem Hot Pocket. My review of this one is pretty much the same: the outside crust was fine, but dry. The filling was good. This one tasted just like pizza.
  • Red Beans and Rice: The problem with this meal was there just wasn’t enough! It was so yummy, I wanted more! The flavor was spot on, the sausage was good, and the rice was perfectly cooked. My next month’s order already shipped or I would have added more of this one. I will say, though, it leads me to wonder how this rice can be so delicious, but the rice that comes with the enchiladas is so wrong.

Dinner:

  • Ravioli Formaggio: During the first week, I had a ravioli meal that was not frozen. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. The pasta was so-so and the sauce was somewhat lacking. This ravioli dish was frozen and much better tasting. The pasta was a good al dente and the cheesy filling was nice and creamy. The sauce was still somewhat lacking, but it was much better than the shelf-stable ravioli because it didn’t have the beef in it. Shelf-stable beef is a bit weird to me. Overall, I liked this one.

  • Meatloaf Sandwich: I’m not going to lie, I don’t remember selecting this when I placed my order! My husband says he remembers me adding it, so I must have, but still. It wasn’t bad. It was very similar to the hamburger, but a little bigger and the seasoning was a little different. I used one of my “extras” and added some ketchup. Not bad at all. (PS Those tomatoes you see are from my local farmer’s market and they were delicious! Just a sprinkle of salt and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Yum, yum!)


Dessert:

  • Orange Cream Pop: OOOOOOHHHHHHH this was a real treat!! It tasted like a creamscicle! I immediately went into my account and made some adjustments to get more of these. So good! Even my kids liked it!
  • Vanilla shortbread cookies: Eh. Same as the small chocolate chip cookies from last week. The flavor is fine, but the texture is off. It felt very stale. Like I said before: I don’t think they are stale, I just think it has something to do with the preparation.
  • Fudge ice cream bar: This was good, just like a fudgecicle. Pretty much what you’d expect. Actually, if you’ve ever had a Healthy Choice Fudge Bar, you’ve basically had this.

Slim Down: Week 2

I knew it!! Week 2 was soooo much better than week 1. I actually get to eat real food along with my Nutrisystem stuff, so I’m not hungry all day long. And the frozen foods are WAAAAAYYYYY better than the shelf-stable stuff. If anyone decides to do this plan, pay the extra few dollars and get the plan that allows the freezer foods because you will be much happier. I mean, some of the shelf-stable stuff is still good, but so far what I’ve had is just a bit ‘eh’ for me. Maybe that will change since the only shelf-stable stuff I’ve had is from the Turbo Takedown box and it wasn’t necessarily things I had chosen. 

Before I move on to the food for this week, I feel like I need to give a special shout out to the desserts here. Who would have thought a diet plan—any diet plan—would have desserts on the menu? And these ones are actually good. No seriously. Really good. This is my favorite part of the whole thing because my sweet tooth is larger than I am and I am powerless to stop it. I don’t know how they make these so good but still diet-friendly and maybe I don’t want to know, but keep ‘em coming.

Progress: 2.4 lbs lost this week for a total of 6.4 lbs lost since May 1.

Breakfast:

  • Turkey, Ham, and Cheese Omelette: Frozen eggs reheated? I was a bit leery, but then I remembered that I make frozen breakfast burritos with eggs and they are good, so relax, Abby, and eat your food! It was good! I added some hot sauce to mine because I was afraid it may be a bit bland, but it wasn’t at all. I didn’t really need it.

  • French toast: Mmmmm… French toast! I cooked it in the microwave and then popped it into the toaster to make sure the outside had a bit of a crisp to it. The inside was nice and soft. I couldn’t add syrup to it (well, I technically could. I am allowed 1 tablespoon of sugar-free maple syrup. Um, thanks but no thanks.) I did, however, use a few sprays of some 0 calorie butter spray. It wasn’t real butter, but it was close enough.

  • Buttermilk Waffles: Do you like Eggos? Me too! That’s pretty much what these are: Nutrisystem’s answer to Eggos. I’m supposed to get a “Power Fuel” with my breakfast, which I rarely do, but for this one I added a little bit of all-natural peanut butter.
  • Canadian-style Turkey Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Muffin: Sort of like an egg McMuffin at McDonalds, but with much less flavor. The packaging says that it is egg white, but they are yellow, so I’m guessing there’s some food coloring deception going on here. This wasn’t the greatest. It was very bland. Maybe it could benefit from some salsa or ketchup. I’ll try that next time and see what happens.


Lunch:

  • Broccoli & Cheese Melt: They have a few different kinds of these “melts” that are more-or-less Hot Pockets. The outside crust is a bit on the dry side, but not terrible. The broccoli cheese filling was surprisingly really good, though. I was expecting it to be just “fine.” I was expecting sort of limp broccoli and a fake cheese sauce, but it was actually pretty fresh tasting. The cheese seemed like real cheese and the broccoli was still tender-crisp.

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich: This was about the size of my palm and comes plain. I thought it was going to be too small, but it was actually enough for me. I was able to add a slice of tomato and some green leaf lettuce (unlimited veggies) so it really tasted like a regular grilled chicken sandwich. I could have used an extra, like mayo, ketchup, or bbq sauce, if I wanted, but it didn’t really need it. Maybe another time just to shake things up a bit.

  • Pulled Pork with Sweet BBQ Sauce: I was a bit nervous about this because it is one of the shelf-stable meals, and really, how good could shelf-stable pulled pork be? Pretty good, actually. (Not quite as good as this, but I wouldn’t expect it to be!) The sauce was really yummy and the pork was nice and tender. It is supposed to be served on a whole grain roll, but I couldn’t find one with low enough calories, so I just bought some Trader Joe’s whole grain bread, toasted up a slice and serve the pulled pork over top, open-face. This was a surprisingly good lunch option and I even ordered extra for next month.
  • Hamburger: I will admit I am a big sucker for a really good cheeseburger. I LOVE Cheeseburgers, so my standards are pretty high. This wasn’t bad for what it was. I mean, it’s a diet-plan frozen burger…what do you want? It could have been really bad but it wasn’t. The patty was actually nice and thick and it wasn’t dried out. I added lettuce and tomato (I forgot the ketchup at home). It was more filling than I’d expected since it was so small, so overall, I was happy with this one.

  • White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese: Oh you know the way to my heart, Nutrisystem. This was really good. I was worried at first because after it came out of the microwave, the noodles looked like they were WAY undercooked. But after leaving the container covered for about 5 minutes (like the directions say), it was perfect.
  • Cheesy Broccoli Rice: I liked this one, but it was a bit salty tasting and I wish there’d been more broccoli in it. It was a dry cup that you add water too, so I guess I could see why there wasn’t more broccoli. Maybe next time I’ll just bring some on the side and add it in myself. It’ll stretch the dish, too, because there wasn’t very much in there at all.


Dinner:

  • Chicken Enchiladas: Some might call this one an enchilada… some might call it a taquito masquerading as an enchilada because it was about the size of one. It was small, but tasty. The sauce was good, the chicken filling was very flavorful. There was a Spanish rice on the side that was just OK. The rice wasn’t soft like I like. It was actually sort of crunchy (i.e. undercooked) which is not how I like my rice (unless you are talking about mixing it with butter and marshmallows and calling a treat!). I would have almost rather had two of the tiny enchiladas and skipped the rice, but whatever.

  • Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza: OK, this was good. I mean, really good. I made mine in the oven (since I had it on anyway for the kids’ dinner), so the crust was perfectly crispy. For a microwave option, there was a little tray in the box that has some sort of silver lining on it which is meant to give your pizza a crispy crust in the microwave. I can’t yet attest to whether it works or not since I didn’t use it, but maybe I’ll try it on another pizza.

  • Stuffed Shells: I had high hopes for these, but they were just alright. That Parmesan roasted broccoli you see there was pretty dynamite, though, if I do say so myself.

  • BBQ Shredded Chicken: After how much I liked the pulled pork, I was optimistic about its poultry counterpart and I was not disappointed. The pork was a sweet BBQ while the chicken was more of a tangy/slightly spicy BBQ. It was good. I ordered extra of this for the next shipment.
  • Chicken Parmesan: This was really good. Some of these meals remind me a lot of Lean Cuisine meals (well, the way Lean Cuisine used to be. They changed something recently and not for the better) and this is one of them. I will definitely be adding more of these for future orders.

  • Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast: This was really good. I mean it. So good. Great flavor and the chicken wasn’t dried out at all, which is what I had expected. Like everything else, it isn’t a big portion—and it isn’t supposed to be—so I served it up with some roasted veggies, which I’ve become sort of obsessed with on this diet.


Dessert:

  • Fudge brownie: It didn’t look like much when I took it out of the package, but it was oh-so-good! It was moist and fudgy and tasted exactly like a fudge brownie should taste.
  • Chocolate Brownie Sundae cup: Any diet that lets me eat something called Chocolate Brownie Sundae is alright in my book. It was really yummy too. Mmmmmm…. Ice cream…. :0)

  • Chocolate cake: Very similar to the Fudge brownie, except more cake-like and a bit bigger. Delicious!
  • White Chocolate chip cookies: These were good, except the consistency can only be described as a bit stale. I don’t think they were stale, I just think that however they are made to be “healthier” made for a more chewy/dense cookie.
  • Chocolate chip cookies: Same as the White Chocolate chip cookies.

Slim Down: Week 1

I never knew 7 days could be soooooooo looooong!! This was the worst week. Seriously. I’d heard the first week on Nutrisystem would be like Hell Week, but now I know it to be true.
When you get your box of food, there is a smaller box inside labeled “Turbo Take Off” that you are supposed to use for your first week. You can’t eat your other foods yet, only the stuff in this box. Also, no snacks unless they are part of your unlimited non-starchy vegetables. Oh, and the shakes, but I’ll get to that in a minute. I’m no nutrition expert, but my guess is the purpose of this week is jump-start your metabolism, in a sense. You are only eating about 1000 calories or less a day. I actually double checked this with a Nutrisystem person via their online chat portal. It seems like not many, but that’s the idea. Whatever, I guess that’s what I signed up for.

The first couple days were the worst of the worst. I was so hungry. I was counting down the minutes until my next meal (every 3 hours). I think we made a mistake in starting on a Thursday. We had only been doing it for a couple days and it was the weekend already. Weekdays aren’t so bad because you are at work and busy and doing other things. The weekend, especially a holiday weekend, when you are just home and not distracted by work all you have to think about is food.
We cheated. Twice. I know, we have no will power. But actually, it wasn’t that bad. Every Friday night we go out with some friends of ours. This time we went to BJs Restaurant and my hubby got something from their “Enlightened Menu” and I got the Asian Chopped Chicken Salad. I had never gotten it before and I chose it because 1. I like Chinese chicken salad and 2. it was only 540 calories. You wanna know something? I would get that anyway. It was really so good, even if I weren’t dieting, I would get that salad.

Saturday was a bit different. Since we do a big family Mother’s Day on Sunday, I get my own on Saturday. We had been sitting around and I just really wanted to eat something. I particularly wanted something fried. I was breaking down. Ultimately, the husband ended up going out to this place that makes these AMAZING fish and chips. We shared one order (3 come to an order, but they are pretty big) and we didn’t eat the fries. Not too bad, right? How’s that for will power?! AND I ran on the elliptical afterwards. I actually ended up weighing less the next morning anyway, so totally worth it!

Speaking of the elliptical, I’m really beginning to love it. I hate running. I never really cared much for working out, period, but the elliptical is actually getting to be fun. And each day I find I can stay on longer and longer. I just put on Netflix on my tablet and I almost forget I’m running (well, jogging).


Anyway, week 1 is officially in the books and we can move on to the foods we actually got to choose and adding yummy flex meals and snacks (more on that later).

Progress report: down 4 pounds

*i started counting when I ordered nutrisystem. We placed the order and started eating better and working out while we waited for the first delivery. This 4 pounds was starting May 1, while technically our first day on Nutrisystem was May 5.

Food (I forgot to take pictures of everything, but here are a few):

First, the shakes: I think you can order these for the rest of your program if you want to add them, but they are part of the mandatory first week. There is a Turbo Shake that you are supposed to take between breakfast and lunch. It is chocolate and not really so great. It says it has Stevia in it, which is fine if you don’t mind that diet fake sugar flavor. I do mind it and I didn’t like it. My hubby says to make it extra cold and drink it fast so you can’t really taste it. Great, just how I like my food. The other shake is the Nutricrush. That one you take between lunch and dinner and it is also chocolate. That one is WAY better. I don’t know how it is different exactly, but it is much better tasting. The ingredient list also includes stevia, so maybe that isn’t the problem with the first one. I don’t know. I do know that I’m not a big fan of using shakes to get me through the day. There were days when I skipped them (I know… bad Nutrisystem user over here), but the interesting thing is, on the days that I did use them, by about mid-afternoon, I felt very bloated and a bit gassy (sorry for the TMI, but if you try this diet, I feel you should be aware of this possible side-effect of the shakes. I know I would want to know.) I did not feel this way on the days I skipped the shakes. I put 2 and 2 together on that one and exnayed the shakes.

Next, the bars: Part of the food offering is a lot of bars. Some are for breakfast, which is fine, but some are for lunch. They were all good. Some were exceptionally chewy in that they made my jaw hurt, but they were still good. Were they enough for a whole lunch? Hell no! But flavor-wise, good stuff. These are the ones I got: Fudge Graham Bar (like chocolate covered golden grahams! Not enough for lunch, but soooo good!), Blueberry Lemon Baked Bar (eh, just OK), Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola bar (good, but chewy is the key word here), Chocolate Peanut Butter bar (chewy, but really good), Harvest Nut Bar (the best one. They say this is the most popular and I can see why), Cinnamon Raisin Bar (very good!)

Entrees:

Breakfast:

  • Muffins: The Turbo Take Off offers 3 different muffins: Blueberry, cinnamon streusel, and double chocolate. All were very good. They were moist and cake-like. They were a bit dense, not fluffy muffins, but that didn’t bother me.

Lunch (a couple of the bars were “lunch”. These are the entrees):

  • Loaded Potato: Pretty much mashed potatoes with bacon and cheese. Started off powdered so I was hesitant. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good either, though. I won’t be including it for the rest of the program that I choose myself, that’s for sure.
  • Beans & Ham Soup: This is similar to a soup my mom used to make. Except this one didn’t have much flavor. I shouldn’t say that. It was fine. If I were to make this soup on my own and taste it, I would have added more salt. But these meals already have enough sodium in them, I wasn’t sure if it would be a good idea to add more. It wasn’t bad and since it was full of beans, it did keep me full for a good amount of time.

  • Three Cheese Chicken: This was a pasta dish that I enjoyed. I’m not sure what three cheeses were in it because it seemed like only cheddar, but hey, they say 3 I’ll believe them. It was similar to the kraft macaroni and cheese, but the individual microwave servings.

  • Chicken Noodle Soup: exactly as expected. Tastes just like the Campbell’s soup from the can. 

Dinner:

  • Italian Herb Flatbread Pizza: This was actually really good. There are yummy herbs in the crust and you get to put the sauce and cheese on yourself, so if you are a big sauce person you can load it up. If you are not, like me, you can put less. It did taste just like regular pizza too. The only complaint I had was the crust was basically just warm bread (because of the way you prepare it). I can’t help but wonder if I had done it in the oven if it would have made the crust more pizza-like. Next time.

  • Chili with beans: This was decent. It was just like the Hormel stuff you get in the can at the grocery store. I thought it was just a bean chili, but there was ground beef in it which I didn’t think was necessary. It had a good chili flavor, but the husband added hot sauce to his (because that is a freebie). I may or may not have added a little cheese to mine. But that’s just between you and me.
  • Ravioli with meat sauce: not bad. This was the first dinner I had so I didn’t really know what to expect. I think it would have been better without the meat.
  • Chicken Alfredo: Sorry, not sorry. This was awful. My husband didn’t seem to mind it, but I couldn’t even finish it. It didn’t look too appetizing, but it tasted even worse. The hubby added broccoli to his. Maybe that’s the trick. I will be avoiding this one in the future for sure.

*I am not being paid by Nutrisystem. This is my personal weight loss journey and just wanted to share my honest experience.

When a Foodie has Foodied Too Much…

Like most people, it seems, I have spent the better part of my life struggling with weight and body issues. Of course, looking back at old pictures, back when I thought I was a whale, I was in fact, not. I wish I could have that body again. I would actually appreciate it now! 
Alas, now I am pushing 32. I have two kids. My metabolism is just not what it used to be. I figured as long as I could still fit into my jeans, I should be fine, right? Even if that means tugging and prodding and practically begging the gods of denim to button. I also have a problem seeing my weight gain because of the way I gain, I think. My legs and arms are still good, but all my weight shows up around my middle (if I’m being honest, my arms are starting to get little jiggly). I seriously look pregnant ALL THE TIME! It’s the worst. You know those “last few pounds” that everyone talks about? The middle section that is last to go away when you start working out? Yeah, that’s where ALL my fat settled in and decided to declare their home.

My weight problems, real or imagined, have always nagged at me. Walking by a mirror made me cringe. Seeing pictures made me want to cry. I had to do something. If not now, when? I never really developed the habit of working out. It was never a priority for me and before it didn’t matter, but now I’m paying the price. Also, the food. Oh my gosh, the food. I am such a foodie and I love to eat. Stressed? Eat. Upset? Eat. Celebrating? Eat. Even though I try to eat healthy as much as I can and practice portion control, it just isn’t enough. There’s always a craving that needs to be satisfied and some sort of justification for it. The problem is, when I’m not working out and not really dieting, it all adds up.

I finally decided that something, anything, needed to be done. My husband found himself in the same boat and agreed with me, so we pulled the plug on the one thing we thought could actually work for us (after researching many options). We started Nutrisystem*.


I know, I know. I never thought I would do anything like Nutrisystem, but the truth is, it works for a lot of people. I obviously can’t depend on my own will power because that hasn’t gotten me anywhere. This is not a viable long-term plan for us, and I don’t think it should be. We are going to Hawaii in August, so that was our goal date. We are planning on doing this for 3 months and hopefully shedding 35 pounds. I honestly never thought I’d be in a place where I’d need to lose 35 pounds, but here I am. I’m just glad my hubby and I are doing this together. I’m going to need all the support I can get! 


My hope with this plan is that the Nutrisystem will reset our systems, so to speak. It will train us to eat smaller portions more often (you seriously have to eat something every 2-3 hours on this plan). Train us to incorporate more healthy choices into our everyday diet (veggies, smart carbs, protein). They provide you with guides on eating out and transitioning away from Nutrisystem once your goals are met. They allow for “Flex Meals” for lunch and dinner once a week, so you can cook for yourself and pretty much teach yourself how to make better-for-you food.

We just got our first shipment of food yesterday and so we are starting today. I’ve cleared out our fridge and cupboards (except for the kids’ stuff because they are still young and can eat whatever they want…). Since you have to wait for the shipment, I have been working out everyday, so I’ve been doing well with that, which is a start at least. 

I know this is supposed to be a food blog, but I’m hoping by chronicling my journey here I can have some accountability. I will try to talk about the food I am eating because I am a little nervous about it (will it taste good? Will it be enough? Will I just be in a constant state of HANGER??) and hopefully, when I do post recipes from now on, they will be with a healthier twist. With some goodies thrown in here and there, because come on, I’m only human here, people!

Here’s hoping to being bikini ready by August! (or sooner!) Wish me luck!!

*Note: I am NOT being paid by Nutrisystem for anything I say. I really just want to lose the weight and be healthy and if my story can help someone else, then great. My opinions are my own and I will be brutally honest, because I know no other way. Although, on the off-chance someone at Nutrisystem sees this and wants to throw some $$ my way, I won’t say no.