Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nutrisystem WEEK TWO Update | Meal Inspirations, Transition Week + Video Weigh In

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Catch up on my previous Nutrisystem weekly updates and vlogs over here. 
This week went by in a flash !

This week was also another transition week.

As you may already know, the first week of Nutrisystem is called Fast5 and is the toughest week. You only get the 3 main Nutrisystem courses and are only allowed to add in unlimited non-starchy vegetables. See last weeks update for more info : The TRUTH About Nutrisystem Fast5 : Week One UPDATE

This week I had a bit more freedom with my add ins. I still had to have the three main courses of Nutrisystem foods. However, I was also able to have special servings of : PowerFuels, SmartCarbs and Extras ! Oh and of course non-starchy veggies are still part of it as well, these are unlimited.

PowerFuels are things like 2 oz salmon or chicken, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of cheese, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter... 80-120 calories and more than 5g of protein.
While SmartCarbs are more 1 cup of fruit, an english muffin, 1/2 cup cereal, 1/2 cup cooked pasta, starchy veggies* or tortilla wrap ... 80-120 calories and more than 1g of fiber.
* Starchy Veggies : Beans, Corn, Peas & Potatoes.
For Extras I can have 3 of these a day and they have to be around 35 calories a serving. Think 1 tablespoon avocado, 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 cup sugar free gelatin, 1 cup air popped popcorn or 1 tablespoon of sugar free maple syrup.
Now this is what the "plan" for my meals look like.

The plan is for me to consume at least 1,500 - 1,800 calories a day. Now I have only been averaging about 1,300 calories a day and my counselor told me I need to step it up a bit and EAT MORE ?!? Crazy right ? But the point behind this is that, if I am not eating enough my body will go into starvation mode and just hoard all of the calories rather than burning them.

The beauty of this only being a "plan" is that I can potentially ( not all the time ) move my SmartCarbs and PowerFuels around to fix my lifestyle. For instance we went over our friends house Saturday night and I knew I would want to eat some regular food while there. I knew I needed to moderate myself so I saved my afternoon snack and had those extra mid day snack Powerfuels at dinner time. The ability to move things around and make this a more do-able, livable lifestyle makes me really happy !! And I was smart, I still ate my Nutrisystem dinner before leaving the house, I figured going to a BBQ party on an empty stomach would be like grocery shopping hungry. So I went in only sort of hungry. I allowed myself two small chicken breast pieces and a 1/4 cup of pasta salad then cut my self off and enjoyed some carrot sticks. I was full, content, happy and got to enjoy real food along with everyone else. Its all about planning meals out, knowing your limits and sticking to them :-) 

Now this week has also brought on DESSERTS which I was super excited about as I am a sweet tooth kind of gal. However, I feel like several of the ones I tried were sort of a let down. After some of them I sort of felt guilty that I wasted calories on them. Hey I promise y'all an honest review right ??

I am keeping a log of all the foods I am having with a not next to it what I thought about it. Here are the desserts I had this week. I did surprisingly skip dessert on a few nights. 

Peppermint Cookie Patty - OK
Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies - OK / GOOD
Chocolatey Nougat Bar - NO
Ice Cream Sandwich - GOOD
Chocolate Caramel Bar - NO

I have also not been enjoying the nutrition bars for lunch either. Some taste fine but others are bland. None of them fill me up even with an add on along with it. I feel like the dessert bar taste similar to these lunch bars and that messes with my head a bit. As of now I prefer the ice cream and cookies for dessert and some more hearty, filling meals for lunch. 

Now lets talk about the food that I have been loving !!!! 

Some more Breakfast ....
Pictured here is the Turkey Ham & Cheese Omelet with Fresh (wilted) Spinach 
( see below for how I wilted the spinach )


I liked this Fettuccine Alfredo
This Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla was really good too !
Morning or Mid-Day Snack 
This week I am able to add 1/2 cup of pasta ... This dinner FILLED me up I loved it !!


Here are the Nutrisystem foods I ate this week ... The blanks are doubles of foods I have already recorded my thoughts on / talked about.
Double Chocolate Muffin - OKCheese Tortellini - OK / NOItalian Herb Flatbread Pizza - GOOD
Granola Cereal - OKChicken Noodle Soup - OKMeatloaf & Mashed Potatoes - OK
Turkey Ham & Cheese Omelet - GOOD Fettuccine Alfredo - GOODChef’s Table™ Cavatelli with Broccoli Pesto - GOOD
Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal - NOChocolate Peanut Butter Bar - NOMushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast - GOOD
Cinnamon Bun - NOChicken & Cheese Quesadilla - GOOD Chicken Pasta Parmesan - GOOD
Breakfast Burrito - GOODHickory Smoke Flavored Beef Patty - NO
Chicken Fajita Melt - GOODRavioli Formaggio - GREAT
Steak and Cheese Melt - GOOD
Now let me explain the NO next to the Oatmeal. I tasted totally fine, I am just not an oatmeal type of girl. Its a personal preference thing and I do recommend them, just not for me.  The Cheese Tortellini - I LOVE tortellini but the sauce for this lunch is granular and it isn't my favorite. Oh my goodness most of the frozen foods are sooooo good ! Don't let the word GOOD next to the word fool you some of those are seriously super good, I just wanted an easy four step rating system and the Ravioli Formaggio is AMAZING. I could eat the dish all day every day ! Also the Breakfast Burrito, Lunch melts and quesadillas are fabulous !!!! SOOOOO much better than traditional Hot Pockets !
This is the Chef’s Table™ Cavatelli with Broccoli Pesto 
- See what I added to this dish to make it even better down below ! 

Like I said my overall thoughts on Nutrisystem food is that they are really good. Some flops, some personal preference dislikes but mostly big thumbs up !

Now on to the results !!

Starting weight : 175 lbs
Week TWO weigh in : 168.7

I am down 1.7 lbs from last week and have lost 6.3 lbs overall.
I am very happy about my results this week !! I had a lot more real food this week and still lost weight !! That makes my heart very happy ! 
End of program ( 3 months ) goal weight : 145 lbs
Ultimate goal weight : 125 lbs

How are you doing on your weight loss journey ? Comment below and tell me :-)

Remember I will be back next week with an update and another live weigh in ! I plan to just do measurements once a month or if I feel a change before then :-)

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  1. YAY! Congratulations! PROGRESS!!!! YAY! Keep up the good work, will power is hard.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting, it means so much to me !

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    1. You too girly !!! We are kicking some butt on this program :-)

  3. saw your blog I on pinterest! glad I did!!! started my fast 5 july15! yup, it was hell!!! but I did lose 5#!!!!! you look great in this blog post selfie!!! i'll be following you on your journey. glad i'm not alone!!!

    1. Awesome ! Thank you for join in on this journey ! Keep us posted with your results as well :)

  4. Yay way to go!! I am on my 3rd week and have lost 12 lbs. So proud of myself.. watching my stomach go down was way exciting. Sticking to it is hard at times. But I'm enjoying all my veggies lol...