Week 2 Update:
Weekly Weight Loss: -3.0 pounds, Total Weight Loss: -10.8 pounds
I feel like I have really gotten into the groove this week. I am loving the food in Nutrisystem, I am really surprised at how good most of it tastes. I think so far I have only found one thing that I didn’t care for and I have tried something new every single day since I started. So as someone who has done several diets in the past and tried tons of “diet” foods I have to say Nutrisytem by far has been the best when it comes to the food you use with the diet. I love the taste but I also love the portion control. They make the process very easy with their prepared meals. I don’t have to count, measure, it’s ready to heat and eat. The only thing I have to do on my own is my snacks and powerfuels and smartcarbs which is pretty easy as well. I’m very happy with the diet so far.
As I mentioned last week I have been off and on diets all of my life. So when I started Nutrisystem last week I was surprisingly nervous. At the beginning of my journey I found myself very anxious and scared. I was scared about what the diet would be like, what the foods would be like (since they are a huge part of this diet), and most of all though I was worried about whether it would work. I have tried so many things in my lifetime and it always comes down to does it work…. I feel like I have a lot riding on my success this time and my biggest fear starting out last week was would it even be successful? What if I fail AGAIN??
So I am very happy to say that after completing my first week I was super happy that the food was great. I found the diet to be very doable. I could have foods I loved (pasta, bread, even sweets) and I lost weight. I lost 8 pounds my first week and I was super relieved that it was working and excited for the future.
Week 2 has been pretty smooth. I feel like I am getting very accustomed to the diet plan. The first week I spent a lot of time looking back at my resources, now I feel more confident that I know what I can and can’t have. I feel pretty comfortable with the food and what is allowed in the plan. I have even become more comfortable putting together my flex meals. So going into my third week I am excited to see what the diet plan has to bring. I am looking at this more as a lifestyle change and less of a diet. I can see doing this long term to lose the weight and I can see myself being successful which is the most important change so far.
Helpful Tips & Tricks:
If you read my blog or my bio you might know that I am a licensed counselor with a masters degree in counseling psychology. So when I struggle with any problem in my life I tend to turn to a lot of the counseling strategies that I use with my own work with clients. One of those is hypnosis. I recently came across a really great article on the Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) website that discusses several important topics about weight loss and how hypnosis can help.
I realize there is a lot of myths and sometimes negative information about hypnosis and whether it works at all. Honestly I have tried both self-hypnosis and I have even worked with a hypnosis counselor, a very good friend of mine became a hypnosis therapist and I was lucky enough to get to work with her when she was training. I am not going to say it was a magical cure for weight loss problems, obviously I am still overweight. Nothing will ever replace eating healthy and exercising. Eating healthy on a program like Nutrisystem and introducing exercise is the only thing that is going to help me lose the weight I need t lose. When I use techniques like hypnosis I use them as a tool to help get my mental health on track with my weight loss plan and goals. I see hypnosis sessions as an depth structured relaxation and affirmations. Using them regularly can improve your mental state, confidence, and hopefully help you be successful with your diet plan.
Positive affirmations have been proven to make us more successful in goal achievement. Telling yourself over and over again that you can and will be successful is a great way to make your goals a reality. Hypnosis is a great way to do that. Even if you do not “fall asleep” hearing the positive message in a relaxed state can be a good way to visualize success. It is something that I do on a regular basis. I also add these messages in my journals, meal planners, and food logs.
It’s a great resources to have on hand as a tool for relaxation. However, it is not successful without a diet plan (like Nutrisystem and exercise).
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