Week 4: The Saturday from hell

I left last week with three goals for this week. I failed on every one of them. (Do I get a prize?) Even better? I failed them on the first day!

Saturday was a killer. I didn’t get to hike because it was freaking snowing. Yes, snowing. In fact, Saturday was actually proof, if I were a depressing sort of person, that the universe hates me. We woke up to a little constantly falling snow and very cold temps, then we had Charlie’s birthday party at Boondocks for five and a half hours (which I survived really well), and then our rented car broke down on the way home, literally forcing me to unexpectedly be in a location I don’t go to and sit in a KFC we’d driven past just before the car died for two hours with the kids waiting for the car company to bring a replacement. (The bigger fail was that after ordering, I looked out the window and on the other side was an Applebee’s, which would have been so much better on so many levels. A nicer environment, and a menu with more than one selection that is healthy-friendly.)

Think about that: Literally forced into a fast food place at 6pm for two hours, with no food (because I was going to have dinner at home, and had only brought mine with me for lunch and snacks), exhausted after a massive afternoon which included numerous games of laser tag, and winning twice on the go-karts (I had to put that in there. I won, oh yes I did. Twice. Okay, continue…). Sigh. I ate the 360 calorie grilled meal from their menu and took a few bites of the chocolate parfait, which was nowhere near as nice as the food I’d have had at home. Ugh. It was a wonderful party, and really a great time was had by all. Pity the break down nearly derailed me completely. I think it put me into the whole ‘not eating is good’ frame of mind. Which it isn’t. You don’t lose weight if you don’t eat. (Well you do, but it takes longer, and you suffer.) The goal here is to keep your metabolism going so you lose the weight. A great kick start to that is exercising regularly (running for the bus totally counts) in spurts through the day, but also eating regularly.

I think I have been falling off the wagon with adding all my vegetables to my day, but everything else is on track – including drinking all my water. It’s gotten so that I’m actually thirsty now when I don’t keep sipping.

But on the good side, I did start going to bed earlier this week. I didn’t make it to bed before 11pm every day, but I did on most days. This means I cut out a lot of pretending to ‘wind down’ and just went to bed. End of semester means I work until I fall over (can’t think straight), so I don’t intend to do that for much longer. I hope I can continue to get to bed at a reasonable hour though.

Ice cream with a good amount of fudge? Yes please.

A big plus for me this week was when I sat down with my fudge ripple sundae one evening, Jed kept taking furtive glances at it. He asked for a bite. Then he asked if he could have one. Yes! (I could even say “do you want the chocolate or the caramel”? I had both!) And thanks to Saturday’s debarcle, I had the spare up my sleeve. He really liked it! Nutrisystem food  isn’t made of plastic (the ice cream is the creamiest most decadent, don’t believe it’s food plan food ever.

Oh, and the chocolate is better quality than any of the supermarket chocolate you can buy. Right up there with Swiss chocolate! Believe me!) Some days I find myself feeling guilty about eating chocolate every day when I’m supposed to be on a diet. But it’s on the diet! Yeah, that kind of screws with your head a little. Well played, Nutrisystem.


So after a challenging week which kicked off with what felt like part of a downhill slide, I had a visit from Mother Nature which ensured the scales hated me on Friday and registered I had only lost 0.6 pounds whereas the days before they were saying nicer numbers. But I know that the truth of the matter will become apparent next week on the scales, so I’m not too bothered by it, and am really hoping to score my first Nutribear (for losing 10 pounds) at the end of next week!

Week One -4.6 pounds                      Week Two -1.4 pounds (total loss: 6 pounds)

Week Three -1 pound (total loss: 7 pounds) Week 4 -.6 pounds (total loss: 7.6 pounds)

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  • Weight loss is weight loss, so don’t be too hard on yourself that it wasn’t more – it’s something! Celebrate the small victories 🙂 And food/dieting plans should only apply in normal circumstances … if life throws you a car breakdown, a rainy day or other disaster then be comfortable with letting the priority of the food plan slip down the list a bit 🙂

  • I’m just so proud of you, have just read your Mediamum post and will keep doing so. Love you heaps xxxxxx

  • I am really enjoying watching your success through this journey. I know this week in particular felt terrible but reading through your post I saw lots of victories.

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