I don’t wanna just be fine

Work just got crazy scary. March will be hard. That is all I can say. I can do it! I have to believe that. I’m trying not to get too stressed about it.

I bought a beanie from a small 3 person company in California. It was $15.00. I opened the package in front of D. She started judging me for buying it. I said something like, “This was handmade in America. I’m proud to support an American business”. Then she said I sounded like Trump. ROFL!

Support things made in America. I buy American when I can even though it usually costs more. Anyway, the company also makes maxi skirts. I’m getting one made for me in April. I can’t decide on the color. I will probably pick gray. The name of the store is Loft415. Not only do they make everything, but their fabric also comes from America. Very important.

I can’t wait to get my maxi skirt. 🙂 Their items are made to order, so it takes a little longer than ordering from a regular store, but my beanie didn’t take long at all.

Depo-Provera update: My period is now 11 days late!!! Wow. I don’t know what to think. I’m just grateful it didn’t come on time. And I hope it never comes. As far as weight gain goes, I lost a pound. I was shocked when I weighed myself and saw a weight loss. I weigh myself once a week.

I’ve been eating okay. I’m not really dieting, but I am trying to keep my calories under 1,500, and I exercise on average about 4-5 days a week. I’m trying a new thing for lunch. I’m eating a banana and yogurt for lunch instead of my normal lunch of processed foods. Today is the first day I’m trying it.

I’m going to start drinking green juice on Saturday. Green juice is not cheap. If it works for me, I will ask for that for my birthday. I’m trying to get off coffee and/or diet Mountain Dew. I don’t drink a ton of coffee. I drink about one cup a day, but I used to drink less. I would love to drink green juice instead of MD. I will link to what I ordered if I like it in a future blog post.

Gotta go.

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Life after Nutrisystem *Update

The following is what I eat after being on Nutrisystem. I started at 142 pounds in May of 2015. I currently weigh 125. I stopped eating NS food around mid-September. Thoughts on cheat days are at the bottom of the post.

Breakfast (each bullet point is a different option)

  • 3 slices of turkey bacon and a boiled egg
  • 2 slices of Aunt Jemima french toast and a boiled egg
  • 1 piece of  Nonni’s biscotti and a boiled egg

Morning snack

  • 100 calorie bag of mixed walnuts and almonds

Lunch

Afternoon snack

  • Fiber one cinnamon coffee cake (90 calories)
  • Special K or Kashi crackers

Dinner

  • chicken with broccoli or cabbage

Dessert

  • 1 Pepperidge Farm cookie

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As you can see, I still need to find a dinner alternative. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Plus, chicken is so easy to cook. I can bake enough chicken for about two weeks, and I’m done with dinner.

Overall, I’m pleased with my menu. Although, I wish I could come up with more lunch alternatives,  I can’t find much I like that would fit. On some days, I’m not in the mood for a bar, but I eat it anyway.

Re: cheat days

Where do I begin? Cheat days started out fine when it was only once a month, but Thanksgiving time destroyed me. I used not to get hungry eating the above diet. Now I crave ‘bad’ food. I’m currently working on that. I’m just trying to ignore my cravings and stick to my plan.

I won’t have random cheat days planned. My mom’s birthday is in January. I’m taking her out to eat. That will be a cheat day. My birthday will probably also be a cheat day. And any vacations* might include cheat days. That’s about it. So in a year, I plan on having less than seven cheat days.

*I try not to go on vacations where I have to eat out. Besides, I don’t go on a lot of vacations. In May, I’m going to a cabin with a full kitchen (in state or North Carolina) so I can bring my food. No excuse for a bunch of cheat days.

Life after Nutrisystem

I lost 18-19 pounds on Nutrisystem. I started in mid-May weighing 142.  I weigh about 124 pounds. Success! 🙂 But it’s over and now I have to go back to regular food. I’m going to have cheat days once a month. On those days, I will most likely eat out or order in. My next cheat day is October 9 or 10. I’m ordering my favorite non-Italian food (meatball sub, cheese fries, and red velvet cake) from a local Italian restaurant. Can’t wait.

Anyway, here is my diet after NS. Each bullet is a different option.

Breakfast

  • 2 slices of turkey bacon, 1 boiled egg, fiber one brownie
  • 2 slices of french toast

Morning Snack

  • almonds
  • turkey sausages
  • tuna ranch 80 calories packet

Lunch 

  • bar with yogurt
  • tuna salad w/crackers
  • mini cheeseburger with yogurt

Afternoon snack

  • whole grain crackers (Kashi or Kellogg)
  • fruit (most likely a banana or pear)

Dinner

  • chicken with 2-4 servings of broccoli or cabbage

Dessert

That doesn’t seem like a weight loss diet to me. But it is low calorie. I think it is around 1,500 calories. Yeah, I could use some options for dinner, but I won’t be having the same kind of chicken every day. I may have fish on some days. Or turkey burgers. I haven’t looked up the calories of those things so I don’t know if they will fit. I love my new menu. Not a lot of cooking. 😉 Thanks to Nutrisystem for teaching me how and when to eat.

I should be studying for my certification test instead of ‘blogging’. Oh well, I’m the queen of procrastination. This was a quick post to type. I just copied the menu from my planner. Gotta go. Instead of studying, I think I’ll read. #Fail

Why can’t I be careless?

I got my first “I’m too smart to need Nutrisystem”. Well, good for you! I didn’t need it, of course. But I wanted to do something. I didn’t want to continue gaining so I tried something. I think I needed discipline. I wasn’t going to spend all this money on NS and NOT follow the plan. I was always intrigued by having food sent to me. I chose NS because I had heard the most about them (great advertising!).  After the experience I’ve had, I would recommend NS. But there are caveats:

  • High in sodium. This is controversial for some reason. I will never understand why. This is one of the reasons I would not want to stay on NS forever. I’m scared the sodium will give me high blood pressure. My BP is fine at this moment but who knows what a few more months would do? Some people claim drinking lots of water washes out the sodium. I have no idea whether this is true. I don’t drink as much water as I should on most days. I would tell other people to ask their doctor before starting…especially if high BP runs in their family.
  • Processed foods. Most people know that going in due to the advertising.
  • High in carbs. I love carbs so not an issue for me.
  • Expensive. Some people say it is less than what they spent prior to NS, but all those people admit to eating out. I rarely eat out because I can’t afford it so NS is expensive to me. There are numerous ways to get the price down. Please don’t go on the website and sign up unless there is a special. My biggest complaint is that some people pay $200 while others pay $400 for the exact same plan. Not cool.

The good outweighs the bad for me. My current weight is 128. I’m still trying to get to 125. Buddha willing. 🙂

One more important thing: It is not just about the food! If the person is willing to learn, they will learn HOW to eat so they can get off Nutrisystem. A few years ago this wasn’t the case but now (credit to NS), there are tools to teach you once you leave the program. Some people consider this a diet, but I consider it how I should have been eating all along: 5-6 small meals a day.

I haven’t figured anything out

YOU DID IT!

Congrats (insert my name)! You Reached Your Goal!

You’ve lost 14 lbs in 80 days, we knew you could do it!

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woohoo! That message is from Nutrisystem.  I now weigh 129 which isn’t really my goal. My goal is 125. I know that will be tough to maintain in the winter…unless I go to the gym 2-3 times a week. Not happening. But I will  be eating healthier than I was before. I do expect to gain 2-4 lbs during the winter like I always do. Mowing the lawn is really a secret blessing. But don’t tell anyone I said that. shh!

Time to do another what I eat on Nutrisystem post. This is what I eat on MOST days. This menu will change drastically after I start on frozen foods at the end of next week. I won’t even bother updating this list again until I’m off Nutrisystem because the food will be so varied.

Breakfast: muffin with 1 large boiled egg

Snack: almonds OR 2 turkey sausages (same # of calories)

Lunch: bar with nonfat yogurt OR tuna salad with pita bread and nonfat yogurt OR a mini cheeseburger with nonfat yogurt

Snack: crackers or Fiber One brownie

Dinner: pizza with 2-4 servings of broccoli

Dessert: nachos or cookies or cake 🙂

The key is eating every 2-3 hours. And no, I don’t get tired of eating the same things on most days. Pre-NS, I used to eat the same dinner and breakfast every single day.

Never said I was brave

The confederate flag hasn’t gone down yet in South Carolina. I just can’t believe this is what it took. People have been fighting to get that flag down for years. I remember first hearing about it in the late 90s. Not to make light of anything, but thanks to the media for no longer talking about Rachel Dolezal. I’m specifically thinking of Melissa Harris Perry. Melissa did an exclusive interview with her. I know she was planning on talking about it on her show for probably at least an hour. She could have talked about her but she was wise enough to know that that single story doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things. It didn’t stop the comedy shows from making fun of Dolezal but they aren’t news outlets so whatever.

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Not much of a Nutrisytem update if you read my last entry. The cheat day worked. If you are stalled at a weight for 2 weeks, I recommend doing a cheat day. It works! I lost 2 pounds! I’m now 132 lbs. Man, if I could see 130 on the scale…The cheat day was delicious and well worth it. 🙂 I had lasagna, french fries and red velvet cake. I’m getting my last NS box in about 2 weeks. That makes me sad but I will be saving money on food.

The things I thought I would make a profit on, I haven’t yet (besides the luggage). But the other stuff? Selling well on eBay. I think I could possibly get all my money back just selling on eBay. Confession: I hate shipping things…but I need to move inventory so #hustle.

I’m nervous about my yard sale tomorrow. It is supposed to rain. 😦  I didn’t put the ad in the newspaper due to the more than 50% chance of rain. So I’m just relying on a free service. People have contacted me based on the free ad. I haven’t been of much help to these people but I did respond.  At least people are seeing it.

I know I should be ready for the sale but I’m not. I’ve been working more hours (for no extra pay) and working on my practicum in the afternoons. I’m getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to do most of the stuff. The yard sale doesn’t start until 10 (long story) so if I get up at 5 or 6, I should be okay. My main concern is my clothing rack. If I can’t hang clothes up…ugh! It is so much easier to sell clothes when people can look at them like they would at a store.

This week I…

Music of the week: Lissie, Kelly Clarkson, Florence + The Machine, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Kina Grannis, Hilary Duff

Watched: Veep, Big Brother, Grey’s Anatomy, James Holmes trial

The moment when your eyes are red and people think something happened. No, you were just watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Movies of the week: I watched Divergent and Gone Girl. Both get 4 out of 5 stars. I definitely want to at least read book 1 of the Divergent series now. Gone Girl was good but I remember too much from reading the book. It is probably a much better movie going into it blind. I see most people liked it a little more than I did.

Books of the week: I finished Everyday I fight by Stuart Scott. Great book. I would recommend this book to everyone. 4.5 stars.

Now starting Yes Please by Amy Poehler and  Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found by Rebecca Alexander. I have a bad feeling about Yes Please based on other people’s reviews. I don’t think I’m going to LOVE it but I rarely love all the books I read. lol.

Planner update:

planner this week
planner this week

No false hope

UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT: I know how much people love these (sarcasm). I feel bad for Rachel Dolezal. To be the #1 trend on social media for something bad…I just feel for her. I don’t know much about the story. I just know she was passing for black but she’s apparently white. I know race is a social construct. Thankyouverymuch. But tell that to the people that live with racism daily. I’m not going on a tangent about that. At least it doesn’t seem like she is going to lose her job UNLESS she gets charged with a crime. I hate hearing about people losing a job.

She must have known that this would come out eventually. She had to know. Was she scared about it? I would have been living in paralyzing fear. I know she put herself in this position but people don’t have to be so mean about it. And please stop with the #TransRacial stuff. It isn’t funny. Oh, I must add that I know the “blackface” thing isn’t right but the women clearly has issues. I have issues too so I’ll pass on judging her. Another thing, some media outlets are reporting she got into Howard University because they thought she was black. Well, NBC news said she went as a white person. Newsflash: White people go to HBCU’s so it is possible. Anyone can apply to a HBCU. You don’t have to be black.

/end rant

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I’ve hit a weight loss plateau. I’m between 134 and 135. It has been that way for a week. I don’t feel as if I’m going to lose anymore. That might sound dramatic but what if my body’s feel good weight is 135? I don’t want to believe that is true because even with the meds I’m on, I was 125 pounds about 2 years ago. (? – I can’t remember exactly when). I don’t know. I may drink more water, see if that helps.

Nutrisystem is not a good diet for people trying to avoid carbs, btw. I feel like I have to mention that. NS is high in fiber which is good. But you have to watch the carbs. I happen to love carbs 😉 so I love NS.

I went to the free gym today. I only walked a mile on the treadmill. I was trying to get home quick.

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I was going to place an ad in the newspaper about my upcoming yard sale but it costs almost $30! What if it rains? I’ve been thinking about it and there is no way I can have the sale if it rains. My porch has a tiny cover but I have way too much stuff. It won’t fit on my porch.  So I’m just going to stick to free advertising for now. When I look for yard sales, I always look at the free options. I never think about the newspaper. I’m not posting signs because I don’t want neighbors to find out that way. They’ll find out when they see cars in the yard and I’m okay with them coming over.

I didn’t have to go anywhere after work all week. I stayed in Monday through Friday. Those are my kind of days! Love it. The next few weeks will not be like that so I’m enjoying it while I can. I’m off next Friday. There are probably billions of things I should do but I think I’m just taking my dog to the park. I hope he will sit still enough so I can get some reading in.

Speaking of reading…I got another library card today! Woohoo. Now I have 3  (legal – LOL) library cards in 3 different counties/cities. I love having access to so many books. To see what I’m reading now, scroll below.

This week I…

Music of the week:  Mariah Carey, Florence + The Machine, Indigo Girls, Lissie, Sara Jackson-Holman, Imagine Dragons, Kelly Clarkson, Kina Grannis

Thanks to Florence + The Machine and Indigo Girls for making me believe in the music of 2015. This has been a bad year so far (compared to last year).

Watched: NBA Finals, PLL, James Holmes trial

Hmmm, I don’t care who wins the NBA championship. I just want seven good games. So far, so good. I’ve been staying up late for these games though. #EastCoast

Movie of the week: Hot Girls Wanted  I expected this documentary on the porn industry to be better. I appreciated that it focused on younger girls (over 18!)  just getting into the industry but um, that is all there was. Average movie.

Books of the week: I’m juggling quite a few books right now. I brought Vanity Fair (the book) from Amazon. It is 755 pages so I don’t know where that fits in. I would like to read it this summer. Here goes…

books
books

Everyday I fight by Stuart Scott on page 147

I Am That Girl by the Alexis Jones (23% through) I might put this one on the back burner to read library books.

Eyes on You: A novel of suspense by Kate White on page 200. I’m trying to get back into reading fiction after mostly reading nonfiction for the past decade. This book is okay. So far, it seems predictable. If you think you would like a grown up version of Pretty Little Liars, check this book out.  Drama, oh my! 🙂

And here are two library books I haven’t started yet:

Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found by Rebecca Alexander

But Enough About Me…A Jersey’s Girl’s Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous by Jancee Dunn

I hope I can keep the library books for 6 weeks otherwise, they probably won’t get read. Too many books. Not enough time. My fault.

Planner:

plans of the week
plans of the week