Nutrisystem Week 30 Update:
Weight Loss this Week: -.8 Total Weight Loss: -102.0
After being on such a high last week from finally reaching my 100-pound goal on Nutrisystem I was really surprised and taken off guard when I was struggling with my attitude. I have been sick most of this week which usually puts me in a negative frame of mind. I just want to do what’s easier and don’t want to put in the effort to make good choices. I have found myself getting bored and that always leads to negative choices for me. So this week I have been trying to focus on coming up with solutions to help me overcome these feelings of boredom when it comes to dieting for long periods of time.
My Nutrisystem Journey:
I have shared many times that I think of Nutrisystem as more of a lifestyle change instead of thinking of it as a diet and that really helps me maintain long term weight loss. However, there are times when you are strictly eating healthy for long periods of time that you slip into what I call diet boredom. I tend to get bored with my eating routine, the foods I’m eating, and the habits that keep me on track. So when I notice I’m getting bored I try to do what I can to get myself back on track.
This week has had an added obstacle. I have also been sick most of the week. Most people probably lose weight when they are sick so it might just be me. I tend to want to eat what’s convenient or easy because I’m too sick to prepare foods, I always want ice cream when I have a sore throat, and I don’t want to do anything especially exercise.
With all of this going on I had a rough week this week. I was really having to fight the urge to eat things I shouldn’t eat and not cheat on the program. Luckily for me, Nutrisystem is so structured and the food is easy since it is ready to eat. I did have a hard time but I managed to stay on track for the most part. I came up with some tips I use to help me through points of boredom that really helped me get through the week and I will be using as I get through this rough patch.
Tips & Tricks:
Mix Things Up:
When I am feeling bored with the diet plan or my exercise then I like to mix it up. I usually walk every day so instead, I will take a yoga class, or go swim. I tend to eat the same foods each day, so I will try something different or something I haven’t had in a long time.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone:
As I said, I tend to get stuck in a rut and do the same things each day. So when I get bored I try to push myself out of my comfort zone. I’ll take a class I’ve never tried, walk longer than I usually do, or try a food I would normally never eat. It’s a good way to force myself to do something different and I learn a lot about what I can do which is encouraging.
I know planning ahead kinda sounds boring but it helps me avoid slipping. I tend to do the same things without thinking so if I take the time to plan ahead I have more tendency to plan in variety. I have a lot of habits I have formed like having the same things for breakfast, doing my walking each day. If I don’t plan ahead I just do what I’m used to. If I make a schedule and plan things out I am more likely to take my time and think about ways to add in new activities and foods.
Find a Partner In Crime:
Dieting is a lot more fun with a friend. Try to find a diet buddy that you can lean on when you get bored. Adding in a partner can really help get you motivated and back on track. Plus it adds someone to the mix you can talk to, share experiences with, and fall back on when needed. It helps keep the boredom down and the fun level up.
What do you do to fight boredom?
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