Nutrisystem and stuff.

Let me start with something random. O told me I live “such an adventurous life”.  Most people wouldn’t think that. Hello? If my life was so awesome, my blog would be full of my adventures and um, yeah. LOL. Adventure is in the eye of the beholder. And warning: this is a long entry.

I went to Duke University. Yes, I did…on Friday afternoon for about 45 minutes. I finally visited Duke! 🙂 Big campus. I only had one hour before my car would be ticketed or towed so I just walked around and hoped I wouldn’t get too lost. I went into one building. I wish I would’ve had time to visit the museum and the gardens. I was geeking out when I saw the Welcome to North Carolina sign and any sign related to Duke which is really sad because I don’t live that far.

The stuff I picked up from the estate sell was totally worth the 3 hour drive to Cary, NC. 6 hours in a car in one day. I’m glad that’s over. I’m going to do my sale in early June and guess what? My mom is coming with! She can do the fake social stuff better than me so that is sort of a win. The only downside is that we will be selling our stuff together so it will be difficult to keep up with who buys what if they buy more than one thing. I’m going to try to track it as best as I can. #SideHustle

I have so many purses to sell (new & used). I thought jewelry was going to be my number 1 thing but it’s not. I’m glad about that because I feel like jewelry is harder to sell. I think my biggest money makers will be purses and luggage. I can’t wait to sell. I have so much STUFF and I live in a small space. P.S. I got some Anne Klein shoes mixed in with other random shoes. OMG. So comfy. I’m thinking about keeping them. I know. I know. Bad girl. They are worth at least $50 but…I shouldn’t have tried them on.

I love putting prices on things. What is with that? It is so fun. I’m a dork. It energizes me. I will be pricing stuff for a couple of hours today. (It takes me a while to figure out the exact right price). I’m going to use that to take my mind off food because…….

Today is my first day on Nutrisystem!

Background: I’m doing the My Way plan. I want to lose 15lbs overall. Weigh in on start day (today) is: 142.0 (!). What happened to 139? I weigh myself in the mornings to try to get a true weight but who knows? I think 142 is accurate, FWIW.

I don’t think NS should recommend everyone do the Fast 5 as in “lose 5 pounds fast”. Everyone doesn’t need to lose 5 pounds in one week to stay motivated. People who do heavy lifting or walk around a lot should not do the Fast 5. A NS counselor will tell you that…if you call. (Most people don’t according to the message boards). But they don’t ask when you sign up. They just give you the Fast 5 and most people just do it until they feel lightheaded or whatever. I’m slightly worried about how I will do on vacation. I will be out in the hot sun. I’ll be walking more than usual. As of right now, I plan on doing the Fast 5 even though I know I don’t have to. I would probably be fine if I were just working this week but I’m going to be in the woods, at a state park for most of the week.

So the food I’m showing today, on day 1, isn’t really NS. It is ONLY THE FIRST WEEK. NS calls it “weight loss boot camp”. I may repeat that if I post again on this during the week. I don’t want people thinking NS is a starvation program. A person gets to have a normal -or what should be normal- amount of food after the first week. Well here’s another thing: you can always have as many vegetables as you want. So I don’t think I will starve. I LOVE broccoli, cucumbers and tomatoes so those will be my go to. I like string beans. And that’s about it.

That is my disclaimer.

For breakfast at 8AM, I had only a NS blueberry muffin and coffee. I could have added veggies but I didn’t want veggies that early. :/ I meant to take a pic of the muffin but I forgot. It was really good. I used to have blueberry muffins for breakfast at least once a week when I worked in the office. This muffin is 1-2 sizes smaller. It would be a much better breakfast with a boiled egg (next week, baby!).

At 11AM, I had my NS energizing shake. (shakes are only for the 1st week).  My freezer won’t freeze liquid so I couldn’t add the ice to the shake which I hear is a big part of getting the shake to taste better. It’s funny…I do have an ice maker but the thought of hooking it up….I moved some food in my freezer around. I think I will have ice for the evening shake. Anyway, the shake was pretty good or I was hungry. ha. It tasted like a very lite chocolate milkshake. Tasty. I’m shocked some people don’t like this shake.

mid morning shake

mid morning shake

12PM – feeling a little lightheaded and nauseous. The energizing shake probably has caffeine and my stomach doesn’t like caffeine without food. I took my OTC nausea medication. I was definitely a little hungry at this time. Not starving. I just could have ate something but decided not to. I drank water instead. Not feeling so great. :/ I don’t think the heat is helping. I probably shouldn’t have gone for that walk earlier. I definitely could not have mowed the lawn today. Wait, how do people mow the lawn during fast 5? It’s impossible. Now I’m really worried about my trip. It is going to be so hot and I want to walk around. That is the whole point! I may have to do regular NS and say “screw fast five”.

1PM –  I had to eat something to try to get rid of the nausea. I was planning on eating lunch at 2PM.  Lunch was NS Three Cheese Chicken (chicken, rotini- style pasta and broccoli in a cheesy sauce) and a small tomato. I liked the NS entree. I get to pick what food I want next month. I may get 2 or 3 of these. It wasn’t very filling but I haven’t tried the other lunches so I don’t know. Maybe all the lunches aren’t filling. I don’t know what to do now. I have to walk my dog but it is so hot and I don’t want to faint.



2PM – So far I’ve only had 16oz of water. That may be part of the problem. Walked my dog. Did not faint. I don’t feel as nauseous. Lightheaded? Maybe.  Nap time.

4PM – feeling pretty good. Well, I did just wake up from a nap. I didn’t nap for two whole hours. I wish! I kind of want to have dinner now.

4:30PM  (dinner) – I had NS thick crust pizza. The crust was a little too tough. I might have microwaved it too long.  I also had a medium salad on the side with just greens and cucumbers. I am allowed to add 2 tbsp. of any kind of salad dressing so I added that amount of caesar dressing. Most people put veggies on the pizza but I just ate it plain. I’m scared to do anything involving standing because I might feel like crap again. So far I’ve had 765 calories (thanks to the NS website) which is not enough for my body but I’m still not “starving”.

pizza for dinner

pizza for dinner

salad with dinnner

salad with dinnner

At 8PM, I had the NS cravings crusher shake (with ice) and NS milk chocolate flavored pretzels YES I HAD A SNACK DURING THE FIRST WEEK. I’m done with the “fast 5”. I think it’s BS. Btw, the pretzels were awesome.

That was today. I had approximately 1,250 calories today. I don’t do calories but I think that constitutes a diet.  I don’t think springs/summers where I live are made for “fast 5”. Can anyone survive on fast 5? Hunger isn’t the issue for me, I just felt weak sometimes.

I cannot overstate how absurd I think “fast 5” is. However, I will not knock the whole NS program over one silly idea. It “only” lasts a week…if you can take it.  I think fast 5 is relatively new and they may come up with something different in the future. I guess I won’t be a NS spokesperson. 🙂 I will continue with the NS regular program. I’m optimistic about the program.

I’m going to eventually do an entry on what happens after NS. I’ve already learned a ton and I have only been eating the food for one day but I’ve been a member for over 10 days and I have devoured a  lot of info from the website and message boards. I’m envious of the people that get to stay on NS forever or even 6 months. That’s not me. Too expensive. I already have ideas on what I will eat once NS is over for me. Hint: Small portions, lots of veggies, and eat something every 3-4 hours. Also, drink water. I didn’t do that great with water today. I know. I know.

I know this seems like a long ramble but I hope it helps someone who is curious about NS.

Well, I probably won’t post anymore until I get back from my birthday/cabin vacay with my buddy (my dog). I’ll be back next week.