Nutrisystem Week 8 (2 month) Update:
Weekly Weight Loss: -5.6 Total Weight Loss: -30.8
I just finished up my second month of Nutrisystem! I could not be happier with my decision to start this program. I am really starting to see the results not only in pounds lost but also how I feel. I have so much more energy and I am starting to be able to get up and be more active. I even plan to start walking daily again. Nutrisystem is saving my life.
My Nutrisystem Story:
This week I focused on my weight loss anchors. After identifying my support last week I wanted to focus on what is keeping me grounded in the program this week. I want this to be a lifestyle change not just a diet that I am doing for a few months. So I feel like it is really important to find things that will keep me focused on what is important which is sticking to the program. Things the keep me focused are things like overcoming challenges and developing healthy patterns and habits.
Before I started the program everything was a challenge for me. I think it’s easy for people who do not struggle with their weight to dismiss overweight people as if we are lazy or unmotivated but I know for me that wasn’t really the entire story. I mean yes obviously I was lazy and unmotivated to a degree because if I hadn’t been I would have done something about my weight to keep it from getting to the point it did. However, once you get to the point of morbid obesity it really becomes a life or death situation. Not eating isn’t an option, if I didn’t eat my blood sugar would drop and I would be in serious trouble with my health, physically everything is a challenge even walking sometimes so exercising isn’t something I can just pick up and do. In fact just to do Nutrisystem I had to have a doctor sign off saying I was healthy enough to lose weight (how crazy is that). So things that seem like nothing to the average person can be a huge victory for me. This week I have lost enough weight that I am able to stand up long enough to prepare my own meals. Obviously Nutrisystem makes it easy because most of them just need to be warmed up but my additional foods like veggies, protein, and and healthy carbs all need to be prepared. I was so happy to not have to depend on others for food prep this week. I am walking more, moving more. I have even found a great chair workout routine that has been really helping me get stronger and healthier. All these little wins add up to big rewards. I am making notes in my journal each week with my mini victories throughout my journey and celebrating them with continued healthy. I am using them for motivation to keep going.
I am also working on building some healthy habits. As I mentioned I have started a workout routine. It’s designed to get increasingly harder and move from chair exercises to half chair half standing, and finally all standing exercises. I can’t wait to be able to stand up and do a 30 minute workout routine again. I’m also planning to add in walking daily to my healthy habits routine. I used to walk everyday so I am going to start working on that again. Nutrisystem really helps me with forming good eating habits. The diet is really structured with specific times to eat so it’s a great way to get in the habit of eating healthy foods throughout the day. Things are really looking up and I feel so hopeful which is something I haven’t felt in a long time.
Tips & Tricks:
This week was all about anchors for me and it reminded me of something I learned as an addiction counselor. When working on sobriety. Which for me is food addiction so working on my weight and being healthy but it can be applied to any addiction at all really. It is important to identify and develop what we call mooring lines (or anchors).
What Are Mooring Lines:
Mooring lines are the things that keep you focused on success. They can be different for every person. For me they are the things I mentioned above and last week. Healthy diet and eating habits, exercising, walking, supportive family, friends, and support groups. Mooring lines should be things that are specific and an actual physical thing that can be measured. So a good mooring line might be sticking to the Nutrisystem diet everyday (whichever plan you are on), walking 5 days a week for 15 minutes, working out for 30 minutes 6 days a week. However having a positive attitude (although a good thing) isn’t really easy to measure so it wouldn’t make the best mooring line. Making sure your mooring lines are in strong and in place (that you are following through with all of them) will keep you from drifting (or failing on your goals).
How Do I Establish Healthy Mooring Lines:
Take some time to write out what your goals are and what you need to do to reach your goals. For me it’s to maintain a healthy diet and exercise to improve my health. So I spent some time with my journal writing down my goals and each step I need to take to reach my goals. This gave me the mooring lines I need to stay focused and be successful. Again look at this like an analogy, I don’t want to drift from my goals so I need to make sure I know what needs to be accomplished to achieve them. Mooring lines simply represent those steps to reach my goals. They may change over time as I get closer to my goals so I plan to evaluate them periodically.
What Do I Do If I Notice a Mooring Line Comes Loose:
In other words what do you do if you notice yourself slacking on your goals? When I learned this analogy and concept in school and when I taught it to my addiction clients I was taught to evaluate your mooring lines and goals every week. I do this with journaling myself but everyone has what works best for them. I like to do a large journal entry at the end of each week where I look at my goals and the progress I have made. I look at my mooring lines (or anchors) at that time. Are they working? Do they need adjusted? Am I following through? Are there things I could do better? It’s a great way to stay focused and I have a record of it in my journal. However just doing a mental inventory helps too. If you realize that you have been slacking on a goal then evaluate if you need to adjust it, maybe make it a priority for the next couple of weeks, whatever you need to do so secure it. Keeping track of these things and making sure you stay committed to them will really help you be successful in your goals.
I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know in the comments what helps you stay focused on your goals (even if it isn’t weight loss).
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