We can't always be 100% perfect all the time. We are human after all. I've been having so much success with Nutrisystem the past 5 weeks and I've absolutely loved the success and the improvement in my energy, the way my clothes fit and the way I feel. Yet, I'm still human and I have my weak moments just like everyone else. Sadly this last week was one of those.
What happens when you fall off the Nutrisystem plan?
First, it started with the added stress of the kids going back to school and finding all the school gear, organizing their closets, trying to create a new home routine to get homework, house chores and all done in the shortened amount of time. Plus Jade has had a lot of therapy appointments with her speech delay and testing as it comes to a new school year. Add to that the added stress of playing "single mom" while the husband is away for his internship. He came home this last weekend, so of course I wanted the house to be in top order for him when he got home. Let's just say, it was a very stressful week.
I was doing really well too, until Thursday and it all just sort of crashed and burned. T. happened to find the bag of mini snickers that I had hidden and forgotten about 6 weeks ago right before I started Nutrisystem. Yeah, I'm not so good at resisting mini snickers, especially when they are staring me right in the face. I do really well when the bad food is OUT of my house, but not so good when the kids bring it in.
Add to that, a lot of running errands and appointments out of the house around lunch time. That was not smart on my part to make those appointments at that time. It left me hungry and weak. I should have planned ahead and took a lunch bar with me, but I didn't anticipate the appointments to run over time. So we were out over lunch time and both Jade and I were hungry. We stopped at the worst place imaginable! McDonalds! Yes, it was not a good weekend. I ate the fries. Again, another huge weakness for me from before I started the Nutrisystem plan.
Then we had family gatherings over the weekend with fresh Corn on the cob! Oh yes, here is another weakness of mine! I can't stop at just one! When they are fresh from the garden! Oh my goodness! I definitely ate over my allotted portion on that.
Not to mention that I have felt so sick this last weekend. After going so long without the high fat, greasy foods and eating healthier food choices in smaller portions; going back to eating how I used to eat has really made me sick this weekend. I feel sluggish, slow, heavy and frankly my stomach is in rebellion. I will be using this disgusted feeling to help motivate me back on track so I can get it to go away.
On the good news however, my lungs have finally healed enough from the adeno virus and whooping cough I contracted this last summer that I was able to start a very low impact fitness routine. Well, it isn't really a routine yet as I've only been able to do it twice this weekend, but I was able to take the kids for a casual bike ride! 30 minutes of bike riding. Of course it was a slower pace as I had the kids with me, but it definitely was a huge feat of success as I was able to do this without being throw into a severe coughing fit. And the plan is that with the kids back in school I will be able to continue to go on a bike ride and gradually increase the speed and intensity each day until the weather turns too cold. By then I will be fit enough that I can resume my indoor exercise routines.
How to get back on the Nutrisystem plan after an "off" time period.
So what happens now? I had a horrible weekend of eating, but a success of adding in physical activity back into my life. The most important thing to remember is that everyone has bad days or weekends or even weeks every now and then. The important thing is to not throw your hands up and say "I Quit!" Success comes when we refuse to quit. Remember that yes, you may have slipped up, but that just means you are human. We all have weaknesses and we can all improve. Get up, dust yourself off, get that junk food out of the house again, and start fresh the next day!
Simply take some time to get yourself refocused. Remind yourself why you are doing this. Get excited to start again and get back on track. Don't dwell on the mistakes. Focus on the success you've had and how you are excited to see more success! And then write up a plan and attack the very next morning! For me, I have had to take the time and reschedule my week so I can be sure to be home with plenty of time to prepare my meals around meal times. I find it is also helpful for the next few days as you work on getting back on track to plan your meals.
Wednesday's Nutrisystem meal plan:
Breakfast: Nutrisystem Apple Cinnamon oatmeal and a chocolate protein drink.
Morning snack: String cheese
Lunch: Large salad with nuts/seeds and lunch bar
Afternoon snack: Fresh Peach
Dinner: Pizza, added Bell peppers, Strawberries.
Dessert: Ice Cream Sandwich.
So let's see what the damage of my off weekend has caused me.
Week 6: 172.0
Total weight loss: 13.2 Pounds!
Say that again? I had to get off the scale and re-weight myself 3 times just to be sure I wasn't seeing things! I seriously didn't gain anything after my horrible weekend? I think adding in that physical activity really helped combat the bad eating I was experiencing. Thank goodness for that. But I will chalk this up as miraculous and not count on it happening again.
I'm refocused and ready to make this next week a great one! I want to fit into a new pair of jeans for my birthday next week! Plus I'm really tired of feeling so sick to my stomach. I want that healthy feeling back!
What do you find that helps you recover from an Off day or off week?
I want to thank you all for all your amazing support, comments ( I LOVE the comments!) and encouragement! I love sharing my journey with you and I wish you all the best luck on your journeys as well!
I hope you will continue with me on my journey as I blog each week of my experiences and success with Nutrisystem Nation!
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