Surviving (and Enjoying) the Summertime BBQ Season While On Nutrisystem! #NSNation

So, if you’ve been following along on my Nutrisystem journey, you may have realized that it’s been awhile since my last update. I’m still on the program, but I actually took a break for a couple of weeks. I was still eating at least 1/2 of my meals of Nutrisystem foods, but I was not 100% on it. Between it being my last weeks of work, my first week back as a stay-at-home-mom & the fact that I ran out of room in my freezer & couldn’t reorder all led me to just kind of step away for a couple of weeks.

The good news is that I didn’t gain any weight while “off” the plan. The bad news is that I didn’t lose any either.

Anyway, I have a new shipment on it’s way to me right now but in the meantime I wanted to update you all &let you know where I stood on my journey!

Now, to help kick off the Summer {&to keep me motivated as I restart the program}, the lovely Meredith from Nutrisystem has agreed to let me to share her tips for surviving the BBQ season while on Nutrisystem! {If you’re not on Nutrisystem, you can still use these tips with healthified versions of the foods!}

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1.  Bring your “BBQ-esque” Nutrisystem meal of choice- Nutrisystem’s Hamburgers, Chicken and Hot Dogs are great on the grill! That way you still feel like part of the BBQ eating festivities while staying on program.

2. Wheat rolls and buns- this way you give everyone a healthier option.

3. Following the guidelines of your grocery guide – create a garden salad with all your favorite vegetables with various dressings on the side. That way everyone can choose what dressing is best for them, but also always you to get in your add-in additions while on program. To make a complete meal, top with some grilled chicken.

4. Grill some vegetables on the BBQ- A fun way to do this and to have the kids get involved is to make vegetable shish kabobs. Then all that is left to do is toss them on to the BBQ and it makes a great side dish (or condiment too!)

5. Try to steer away from items drenched with BBQ sauce as this will only add in extra calories and typically is high in sugar and sodium.

6. Make sure to have iced water on hand-  Toss in some slices of citrus fruits (i.e. oranges, lime and lemons) or even cucumbers too. This makes it different and is quite refreshing!

7. For dessert you can have your Nutrisystem Dessert with the group, but also have a healthy option such as fruit salad or fruit kabobs for you and your guests with yogurt dipping sauce. The kids can even help out with making them!

What are your tips to stay on track during BBQ season?

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Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

Week 10 Weigh-In! #NSNation

I’m behind on Nutrisystem updates again, so I’ll be playing catch-up again this week!

In Week 10, I continued as I had been doing, and lost another .5 lbs! Not a huge loss, but I’m still happy with it. After all, it’s still a loss!

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One of the things that I love about Nutrisystem is that you can choose whichever foods you want for the pantry portion. This has become my own secret weapon in fighting temptation! For my last order, I actually ordered ONLY the pizzas for dinner- it sounds crazy, but I actually thrive when I eat the same thing almost every day because I’m not looking around the kitchen deciding what to have for dinner & getting tempted by all of the non-Nutrisystem foods. I already know what I’m going to have, & the pizzas are so yummy that I don’t feel like I’m missing out. &The frozen portion of the meals is still pre-selected, so there’s always some variety in that for those times that I do get sick of the pizza. {But seriously, who gets sick of pizza?!}

Do you have a “secret weapon” with weight loss?

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Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

Week 9 Weigh-In! #NSNation

Week 9 was a moment I had been waiting on for weeks. After weeks of the Nutrisystem plan with no movement on the scale and a .5 lb. loss in Week 8, I finally lost 1.5 lbs. in Week 9! I was even more excited because the loss brought my weight down to the next digit in the ten’s place! {I don’t want to reveal my actual weight until my weight loss journey is complete but for example, if I was 121 lbs. then I went down to 119.5. Except if I was 119.5, I’d be running around naked & showing off, just so we’re clear.}

I’d love to say that I did something different this week, but really, it was the same. I think my body just stopped being angry at me for the shock from the switch & gave in or something. I had been doing things pretty well since the beginning- I won’t say I am on-track 100% of the time, but I will say it’s around 85-90% of the time, which is where I’m still at.

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I would love to dedicate myself to the plan 100% and it’s something I set out to do every single week, but at some point or another during the week, temptation gets me. Either I make a recipe to share with you all that I simply must taste-test first, or Shane leaves a few bites of his chicken on his plate after dinner that I don’t want to “waste”. Like I said, I’d love to commit 100%, and I’m trying, but temptation is not something I’m good with! But, I’m going to keep trying my hardest, and I suppose that’s the best I can do!

What is your main downfall when dieting?

Want to join me on my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

Nutrisystem Week 8 Weigh-In! #NSNation

I’m a week behind so I’ll be playing catch up this week!

During my 8th week on Nutrisystem, I finally got the scale to budge & lost… 1/2 a pound! It may not seem like much but I’ve been working hard & haven’t seen the scale move in weeks so even .5 is a victory to me.

It was the same week as Easter, but we didn’t do an Easter dinner really {we did bring Rubio’s to my in-laws for lunch, but it was no Holiday feast!} but there was a LOT of candy of course. Easter candy is totally my downfall. So I allowed myself to have a few pieces but not go crazy. Come back tomorrow to see if it totally ruined my results for Week 9!

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How do you balance your diet with a Holiday?

Want to join me on my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

Week Seven Weigh-In #NSNation

Another week on Nutrisystem, another weigh-in to report!

I actually did a pretty good job this week sticking to the plan, but my scale disagrees. I’m stuck at the same number- again. *Insert dramatic sigh here*

That said, I bought some new clothes this week {as mine are getting too big}, and they were a whole size smaller than usual. It felt pretty awesome to be able to actually buy stuff at Forever 21, who doesn’t ever have my “old” size, XL, in stock. I bought everything as a size large, and it’s all a bit big on me even. {I’m at that weird in-between now- but at least it’s between M & L and not L & XL!}

So even though my scale refuses to budge, I’m still feeling alright because I know my body’s changing. 2 months ago, when I started Nutrisystem, I couldn’t have bought these clothes, so I consider that an accomplishment!

Now, here’s to hoping my scale agrees next week!

Be sure to check out my friends at Grinning Cheek to Cheek & Real Mom Reviews for more from the #NSNation!

How do you deal with a scale that won’t budge?

Want to join me on my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

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