Nutrisystem Day 10 - Comfort Food vs Dog Food

Nutrisystem Day 10 - Comfort Food vs Dog Food

Today's Nutrisystem Tips:

* Sometimes it’s better to have a 1,400-calorie intake and see slower results than have a 1,100-calorie intake and battle constant hunger pangs.

* When Nutrisystem members call some of the meals dog food, they use the term generously.

And now, here are the details of my 10th day on NS...

What I Weighed Today: 201 lbs. (8am)

The food today was extra bad and I am struggling.  I want something delicious.  I tried adding new protein sources.  I had been relying on low-fat cheese, cottage cheese and non-fat yogurt.  I went through the NS recommended protein sources, then last night I went to the grocery store and got some low-fat lunchmeat (roasted & smoked turkey). I figure I can add a little mustard, roll them up and pack them with my lunch.  In conjunction with the other choices, it will give me a little more variety.  I also picked up some fresh tarragon and fat-free mayo so I could make tuna.  I always look forward to my own stuff more than the NS entrées, so I am trying to keep things fresh, so to speak. 

Physically, I’m feeling a little stronger but I am still not 100%.  The days that I am on the high side of 1,400 calories are better than the ones when I go lower than that. And the scale keeps going in the right direction.  A few days ago I spiked to 1,700 calories, and the scale spiked, too, so I know that is too high.  But I’m going to try and keep it in that 1,300-1,400 range.  I have no idea what is normal or healthy for someone of my size on a diet to consume but I think 1,200 is a bit low. 

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: NS Blueberry Muffin, 1 oz. Low-Fat String Cheese, 1 apple, 4 cups Coffee w/8 tablespoons Fat-Free Creamer & 4 tablespoons Sugar-Free Hazelnut syrup – 305.1 calories
Lunch: NS Chicken Salad, 2 tbsp Fat Free Mayonnaise, 4 cups Romaine Lettuce, 1 non-fat yogurt – 241.6 calories
Snack: 1 nectarine, 1oz. Low-Fat String Cheese, 1oz. Low-Fat Lunch Meat – 180.7 calories
Dinner: NS Shrimp Alfredo, 3 cups Mixed Steamed Vegetables, 2 tablespoons Light I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter  – 423.7 calories
Dessert: NS Mint Chocolate Crunch Bar – 140 calories

TOTAL CALORIES: 1291.1

EXERCISE:
X-flowsion, 45 minutes

One weird note that I have to expand upon is that since about the 4th day in, I’m not physically hungry.  I’m more emotionally(??) hungry.  I don’t know how else to describe it.  I am not satisfied by this food.  I am filled but not fulfilled.  So I am consistently looking for a food “high.”  I am consistently hoping that the next package I open will provide me with the comfort I am seeking.  I have mistaken this for hunger a few times but other times I am distinctly aware that I am not in need of a meal, I am in need of a fix.  The difference between the two is vast.  Imagine being a crack addict opening baggy after baggy and finding baby powder rocks.  No one would be that cruel to a crack addict, so why the fatty torture, huh?  I have had a few pieces of fruit that I got a pretty good reaction from.  They were sweet and cool and real and I was shocked at how strong my reaction was to the first bite.  I also have a pretty strong reaction to Cow Pals Low-Fat String Cheese.  None of the other string cheeses do it for me but this one gives me “that feeling.” It almost doesn’t seem low fat.  I pray that I never find out it isn’t.

Product Reviews:
* NS Blueberry Muffin  – 140 calories
WTF? AFTERTASTE!! Did  I eat muffin or lick a pit?? Armpit that is. Bleh!
* NS Chicken Salad  – 150 calories
WTF? This sh*t was the end-all-be-all.  First of all, before I opened the package I noticed that it said ‘Artificially Lightened’ on the package.  Myself and a girl who works in the office with me tried to figure out WTF that meant.  Was the color artificially lightened? And, if so, with what?? Or were they referring to the calorie or fat count?  And if that was the case then how exactly do you ‘artificially’ do that? Boil it? Bleach it? Regurgitate it?! I think they picked the latter.  I opened the packet thinking I would see the chunky chicken salad that was pictured on the outside and what I found was a beige mess the consistency of toothpaste.  It looked more like baby-poo actually and was absolutely taste-free.  It was apparently ‘artificially lightened’ of taste.  Because God forbid NutriSystem make anything that is heavy on flavor!! Can you tell how pissed I am?
* NS Shrimp Alfredo – 250 calories
YUM! Frozen entrée. I put my veggies and I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter in a big bowl and tossed this in with it.  So it was like a pasta primavera.  So freaking good.  There were only like 5 shrimp in the whole thing but it didn’t matter. Really good.
* NS Mint Chocolate Crunch Bar – 140 calories
YUM! Crunchy, chocolatey and good.  A little waxy but very good.

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