Week 4 (1 Month) Update:
Weekly Weight Loss: -3.8 Pounds Total -18.6
I have officially completed my first month on Nutrisystem! As exciting all of the weight I have lost on the scale has been I think I am more excited about all the progress and changes I am seeing off the scale. One thing I have learned over the years is that the scale is not always the best way to measure my progress, sometimes seeing changes in my body or how I feel can be just as exciting as seeing the number on the scale go down.
The Nutrisystem plan has been really beneficial to me so far. Staying on the plan has been so easy. The foods come pre-packaged so I can easily grab one and have it for a meal or snack. Each meal I know I am getting exactly the right portion every time. No worrying about shopping for, cooking, and measuring out foods everyday. I do enjoy cooking don’t get me wrong but I like the ease of the Nutrisystem meals and that it takes all the guess work out of the process. I don’t have to count, measure, or worry.
Since I have been on the program I have lost weight consistently each week. I am seeing great progress on the scale which is super exciting. Obviously I have a specific weight I want to eventually reach so every time I step on the scale and see a weight loss that is a great way to see that I am making progress towards my goal. As happy as I have been with my numbers on the scale I am also happy with successes I am having off the scales.
I am able to walk longer without getting winded. I have more energy, I think this comes from eating healthier. Prior to Nutrisystem I often struggled to stay awake all day, felt sleepy especially in the afternoons, and usually had to take at least one nap a day. I now have so much more energy, I’m up all day, I want to get out and do things, and no more naps during the day. That’s after just one month, in fact after the first week I felt a surge of energy. I have seen my body measurements decrease as well and have lost several inches from each area of my body. My clothes are fitting better. I just generally feel better over all. I know it will just keep getting better with each week which is even more exciting.
Helpful Tips & Tricks:
Over my years of weight loss I have learned that the scale is not always the best tool to measure your progress. So I put together a list of four ways that I track my weight loss progress off the scale.
Take a Photo-
Sometimes you will not see any progress on the scale but you might see progress in your body each week. Every week as part of my Nutrisystem blog I take a photo of myself in the same outfit and in the same place. Then each week I compare from the beginning and the week before to see if there are any changes. You would be surprised at how much this helps you see your progress. Some weeks there isn’t much difference but now that I have been doing this for a month I am really starting to see a big difference from my week 1 photos.
Take Your Measurements-
I also take some body measurements each week as well as my weight. I measure my arms, legs, waist, hips, and bust each week. There are times that I only see a small change on the scale but I will see a big difference when it comes to my measurements. As we all know there are so many things that can make our weight vary from day to day so measurements are a great way to get a consistent view of what changes are happening between weigh ins.
When I started Nutrisystem I bought myself an outfit in a smaller size to use as an inspiration outfit. I actually got a pair of jean capris because I have not been able to wear jeans in a long time. So this is what I am working toward. Once a month I will try them on to see if they fit yet. Getting into older cloths you used to love that don’t fit anymore or like I did buying a new outfit in a smaller size is a great way to see your progress. Plus it makes you feel amazing when you can finally wear that item.
Track Your Physical Health-
Seeing changes in your health are probably the most important to me. I am doing this so that I can be healthier and be here for my family for a long time to come. So I try to find ways to track my physical health. I do the same workout routine each day and each week I add additional reps. I keep track of how much I am able to do each week so I can see the the difference between what I could do when I started and what I can do now. In my journal I always make note on my workout tracker how I feel during the workout. I note if I am winded, if it was easy, how I felt, and my heart rate. This way I can see if they are getting easier over the weeks. I also walk and I keep track of how many steps with a pedometer, I try to increase this number each day.
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