Nutrisystem Week 11 Update:
Weekly Weight Loss: -3.4 Total Weight Loss: -40.0
I am only one week away from my initial three month commitment, even though I am continuing on with Nutrisystem for another three months it seems like I am hitting a major milestone in this process. I must be honest I have been struggling a lot this week with my motivation and attitude. I really had not struggled at all yet so this was surprising to me this week. I spent some time this weekend exploring why I was feeling so negative and recommitting to the program and my goals. I after some research and advice from friends I have come up with a list of five ways to stay motivated.
My Nutrisystem Story:
Nutrisystem has been so easy for me through the last few weeks and I am in love with the program so I was a little surprised when my mood changed and I became frustrated and negative this week. In the past the three month mark seems to be when I fall off the wagon and give up on my diet and I am determined to not let that happen this time so I decided to try to figure out what was causing my mood change. I have learned over the years that no diet is ever perfect, there will be ups and down along the process so I am trying to learn to roll with the punches.
When I used to work in addiction counseling we used to label the different stages of recovery, the initial phase being the honeymoon when everything seems great and things are going well that leads to what we labeled hitting the wall when things become hard again. I feel like I am hitting the symbolic wall this week. Some things that lead up to it were just some changes in my attitude, I had a hip injury that prevented me from being able to walk or work out, and a feeling of being unsuccessful. I think no matter how much you lose you always wish it would happen faster or be more especially if you have a lot to lose. So when it seems like it isn’t happening as quickly as you would like then the level of frustration seems to go up (for me anyways).
I had set a goal for my first 3 month of losing 50 pounds and I am currently not quite there. I got really close but not all the way there. So I was feeling a little upset about that even though I am very happy with my progress. So I have chosen to readjust my weight loss goals and focus on things like being about to walk more, be more active, and just having a loss instead of assigning a number. This way I will not feel a sense of failure if I don’t hit a specific number. I spent a lot of time speaking to friends and researching this weekend and I am feeling much more confident in my program and the progress I have made. I am excited to finish my first three months and start my next three months now.
Tips & Tricks:
I did a lot of soul searching this week and tried a lot of different things to get myself back on track and these are my favorite five motivation boosters. These came from researching online and some really great friends who has inspiring words for me when i was struggling.
1 Journaling-List Your Reasons Why:
I am a big fan of journaling. I find the process of putting my thoughts to paper as a great way to get my head straight. To help with my motivation I made an entry in my journal this week for my reasons why I want to lose weight and stay on this journey. I came up with a list of about 25 different reasons. I marked it in my journal so I can revisit at the end of my next three months and see if there are any of the reasons that I have accomplished and add to it.
2 Write Down Your Goals:
I have always been told if you don’t write it down then it’s not a goal it’s a wish. I had actually written down my goals at the beginning of my three months so I re-evaluated them. I changed a few things, set some new goals for my next three months and reflected on things I accomplished. I found that I have been a lot more successful then I realized when I looked at more then just weight.
3 Find a Weight Loss Partner:
Things are always more fun for me when I have someone to do it with me. I find having a partner in the progress helps to keep me motivated. I feel like if I give up or cheat then I’m letting down more then myself I’d be letting down my partner too. Plus when I am feeling down or frustrated they are a great resource to talk to and keep my spirits up. I was really seeking out my weight loss partners this week for advice and motivation.
4 Find The Why:
If you are feeling frustrated or like you want to give up there must be a reason why. Take some time to figure out what your why is. Whether that be through talking to someone, thinking it through, journaling, whatever your process is take some time to reflect on why you are feeling the way you feel. After a lot of reflecting this weekend I was able to discover that my why was that I was feeling like a failure because I didn’t reach my original goal. I updated my goals and now I am feeling much better about the process.
5 Do Something Fun:
I was so focused on staying on the diet and making sure I didn’t deviate in any way I was pretty much only living for the program. I realized in the last three months I had avoided going out much because I didn’t want to be tempted with fast food or party foods. So I decided to go out and visit some family yesterday and I feel 100% better. I just needed to relax a little and focus on the joys of being able to get out and be more active (the entire reason I was losing weight). So whatever you like to do, go and enjoy some fruits of your labor. Just remember to trust you won’t cheat on your diet, plan ahead and take foods with you that are healthy, and choose things that are not centered around food.
If you have ever felt frustrated while dieting what did you do to stay motivated?
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