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Nutrisystem Week 57 Update:
Weight Loss this Week: -.6 Total Weight Loss: -166.0
My Nutrisystem Journey:
I have been really struggling the last two weeks with what I call the winter blues. It’s been cold here, we have had multiple ice storms keeping us indoors, and I am not a fan of cold weather. I am so ready for spring already. Feeling the winter blues has not helped me stay on track with my diet. I have been feeling pretty down and my motivation is out the window. So as you can see on the scale this week I saw a big difference.
To get myself back on track and going in the right direction I spent the week researching ways to overcome the winter blues and save my diet. The last thing I want to do is pile on some weight while I am waiting for spring to get here. Luckily I have not gained any weight but it’s frustrating when you seem to be stuck as well.
I found some great tips on ways to overcome the winter blues and stay healthy at the same time. Nutrisystem is such a great plan it’s easy to follow and pre-measured for convenience. They even have some great winter food options like chili, stews, and other great comfort foods. So hopefully follow these extra tips will help get my motivation back and get past the winter blues.
Tips & Tricks:
The winter blues are serious business for me. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life, it doesn’t take much to set off my depression. The problem with depression for me is that I tend to eat for comfort when I’m feeling down or anxious. So I really have to keep it in check. I put together the top five tips I found for beating the winter blues and maintaining a healthy diet.
Soups & Stews Can Be Healthy Winter Comfort Foods:
Nutrisystem actually has several yummy soup and stew options in their program. I love their chicken noodle soup and homestyle chicken. They also have a beef stew that really helps me feel warmed up and comfy on a cold winter day. There are tons of options out there on the leaf to make a yummy soup that is healthy for a flex meal or find something healthy on Pinterest. It’s a great way to incorporate veggies, protein, and healthy options when you are looking for comfort foods.
Heat Things Up with Some Exercise:
Nothing better than finding an activity that will help you stay warm when it’s super cold outside. I hate going outside when it’s cold and tend to hibernate in the house instead. So I love to find workouts I can do at home. I have a desk cycle that I like to use at home. Do a yoga workout or exercise program on TV, YouTube, or an exercise app. There are so many to choose from these days. It helps me burn calories and keeps me warm and motivated.
Keep Your Hands Busy:
I have to keep my hands busy when I get bored. Being cooped up inside when it’s cold always leads to me feeling bored. Sitting at home bored is my biggest trigger to eat things that are not good for me. So I like to keep my hands busy and keep my mind off of eating. I love doing crafts so that’s usually my go-to activity. Another thing I always keep handy is a list of 15-minute projects. When I get bored and need something to keep me busy I just pull out that list and pick one. Things like cleaning out the junk drawer, a simple craft, playing a game with the kids, etc.
Plan Your Summer Vacation:
Dreaming of warmer days is a big deal for me these days. When I was over 500 pounds I spent most of my time sitting on the couch no matter what the weather was like outside but now that I have lost 165 pounds I can get outdoors again and enjoy time outside. So planning summer trips has become a really fun way for me to get excited and stay motivated for my weight loss. It gives me something to look forward to and gives me a reason and goal to continue to lose weight and get healthier. We already have a couple of trips planned for this spring and summer and I can’t wait.
Make Your Favorite Comfort Foods Healthier:
If you have a comfort food that you love to eat during the winter then try to think of a way to make it healthier. Since I am doing Nutrisystem I’m pretty lucky that they have a ton of foods and a huge variety that cover all my winter cravings. However, it’s also fun to find healthy alternatives to things I want to eat but can’t. Find recipes on the leaf or Pinterest for inspiration.
I hope these tips help, what are your tips for overcoming the winter blues?
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