Nutrisystem Day 13 - Overeating and the Gym

Nutrisystem Day 13 - Overeating and the Gym

Today's Nutrisystem Tips:

* Counteract slip-ups by immediately doing something good for yourself to avoid diet snowballing (“So I ate more than I should have today. Time to hit the gym!”).

* You can’t swap one bad habit (overeating) for another (shopping addiction).

And now, here are the details of my 13th day on NS...

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

Another Saturday trying to hold it all together and not doing very well.  I was so hungry.  I ate 1,800 calories today.  I met up with pals because we had a mutual friend who had come to town.  Even though I’d eaten my Nutrisystem plan food at home, I couldn’t resist the food they put out so I had a little salad and grilled veggies.  Then I had cashews and crackers.  I didn’t go nuts but it feels like a failure.

I went to the gym so I feel really good about that.  I’ve decided I want to deal with distance and speed rather than time.  My trip to the gym today was to see how long it would take me to go a mile on the treadmill.  Now that I know it currently takes me 22 minutes, over the next few weeks I want to work it down until I can run a mile in 6 minutes, then I will add another mile until I am up to 5 miles a day.  I got this goal from The Biggest Loser.  If they can do it, I can.  I have already visualized how it will start to whittle my cankles down so I can finally have the shapely, strong legs I have been wishing for. 

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: NS Garden Vegetable Omelet, 2 oz. Low-Fat String Cheese, 4 cups Coffee w/8 tablespoons Fat-Free Creamer & 4 tablespoons Sugar-Free Hazelnut syrup – 320 calories
Lunch: NS Steak and Cheese Melt, 2oz. Low-Fat String Cheese, 3 cups Jicama – 517.2 calories
Snack: 1 Nectarine, 1 oz. Low-Fat String Cheese – 102.7 calories
Dinner: NS Lemon Butter Sauce with Chicken and Noodles, 3 cups Mixed Steamed Vegetables, 2 tablespoons Light I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter, 1 cup Lettuce, 2 slices Grilled Zuchini, 1 tbsp Light Vinaigrette, 10 Cashews  – 683.5 calories
Dessert: NS Chocolate Fudge Bar, Frozen Fruit Cup - Ruby Red Grapefruit  – 230 calories

TOTAL CALORIES: 1853.4

EXERCISE:
Walking, 22 minutes (1 mile)

I’m almost halfway done with this eating program and I gotta tell ya, it’s been a pain in the ass.  All diets are a pain in the ass, but I personally think this one is pretty high up on the list.  For a foodie to wake up each morning with a fair amount of certainty that they have nothing delicious to look forward to is like torture.

I am like an eating robot right now.  Eating to fuel.  Eating to keep from passing out.  But not savoring eating or the idea of eating.  If this becomes a permanent change, what will I get my satisfaction from? I know you are probably thinking sex, but there isn’t enough of that in the world to replace food. Shopping? No, I’m too cheap.  Drinking? No, I’m too controlling.  Maybe controlling the food itself will become my obsession.  Is it possible that one day I could get as much pleasure out of not eating as I did eating too much delicious food?  That is an idea to be pondered.  I’m not talking about going back to my eating disorder days, just getting to the point where I decide what’s going in my mouth on any given day and sticking to that.  The possibilities of that type of control are endless.  I might be able to get smaller than 150 pounds if I had that kind of discipline…then again, maybe the shopping obsession is not a bad idea.

Product Reviews:
* NS Garden Vegetable Omelet  – 100 calories
MEH.  Frozen entrée.  It slides out of the package looking like a yellow pancake folded in half.  You heat it up in the microwave and the outside bubbles a little.  The result tastes okay but the texture is a bit too bizarre for me. Rubbery on the outside and runny on the inside.  The only way to get the inside less runny would be to make the outside inedible.  
* NS Steak and Cheese Melt  – 260 calories
YUM!  Even lower-cal version of a Lean Pocket.  The outside was whole-wheat and tasted like good bread and the inside was VERY thin slices of steak with peppers, onions and a thin, creamy gravy.  I know it sounds a little strange but the flavor was well done and it was filling. 
* NS Lemon Butter Sauce with Chicken and Noodles – 270 calories
YUM! I had to add some salt to wake up the lemon flavor in this dish but it was very well done. It even tasted like what it was described as.
* NS Chocolate Fudge Bar – 110 calories
MEH.  This got a MEH because it has that fake aftertaste that NS food is famous for.  A sort of musky, chemically, waxy taste and feel that lingers in the mouth.  The initial taste is very delicious and chocolatey but that aftertaste is so inescapable that it ruins it.

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