Day 5 - Saturday - Total Cals = 1,907
This is the last day of the 5-day Jumpstart. You might want to sit down for this one.
I took a sleeping pill Friday night (insert long rambling story about noisy upstairs neighbor, an epic late night gaming session, and a long week covering for an absent co-worker). I got about 10 hours sleep, only twice interrupted for bathroom calls. I woke up late, groggy, and de-energized (but without a headache!) (insert boring aside about always having a headache after getting up in the morning).
Because it was late morning, I skipped breakfast and morning snack, made some coffee, sat at the computer to write in my journal and ended up 3 hours later, coffee cold and undrunk, watching a You-tube video about adorable kittens.
The whole day was like that. I ate lunch and just didn’t feel up to going out, so I texted my friends that I wasn’t feeling well enough to go out. That’s my usual way of avoiding people when I’m depressed. No one’s cottoned to my ploy yet.
Speaking of lunch, the Nutrisystem tuna salad was really tasty. I rolled it into a low-carb whole wheat tortilla instead of a sandwich. Skipped afternoon snack.
Dinner time came and I was starving, understandable considering I had not stuck to the meal plan. I decided that since I didn’t get my night out with the girls, I’d splurge on dinner. I got my usual 10-piece family pack from Captain D’s with 2 large coleslaw sides.
Nope, I didn’t eat it all. Usually I eat a large carton of cole slaw, most of the hushpuppies, and 4 or 5 pieces of batter fried fish. Then I save the rest for later or the next day. Sometimes I freeze the fish.
I had half a small clam-strips (Molly and Henry split the rest), 2 hush puppies, about a ¼ cup of coleslaw and 3 pieces of fish. Then I was full so I put it all away.
What I have learned is that I really need to hold myself to scheduled structure at this time in my life. I know this. I know it deeply in my heart. Yet sometimes I just cannot do it. The center does not hold. So I’m not going to beat myself up about it. Today is a beautiful new day.
Some thoughts about the Nutrisystem program so far:
~ It’s helping me. Overall I’ve lost 6 pounds in 5 days, even with my lapse.
~ It’s easy. Use the provided shopping list and spend a little time prepping salad and beverages. Meals take just a few minutes to get ready.
~ Drinking enough water is hard.
~ Economically, the money I save by not eating out and sticking to a shopping list and avoiding impulse buys makes the program affordable for me.
~ A schedule and a list is what I need to get back on track.
~ It doesn't taste any worse than a cardboard burger and fries or a lo-cal microwave meal. Most times it's better.
I haven’t been hungry, headachy, bloated, gassy, or tired. These are some of the cons I’ve heard about the program.
My plan, and I do have one, evolved after my first impulse buy. I made it through these first five days fairly easily. My goal now is the next 10 days. Wish me well.