Nutrisystem Week 5: My Commitment To Stop Drinking Soda
Wow – I cannot believe that I have completed Nutrisystem Week 5! I do wish I had more results to show for it, but any pounds lost, are pounds lost right? I had a better week this week, and I think I have found more motivation too! I apologize for the delay in this week’s post. In just a few days I will have my post for week 6.
Some things that I am proud of for this week:
I made the commitment to stop drinking soda – at least for now. I was having a diet soda about every two days. I never drank diet soda until I started dieting a couple of years ago. I used it as a treat that didn’t have calories. For a while, I looked at it as okay because surely it has to be better for you than regular soda. Boy am I learning that might be a false assumption. Since hubby is in chiropractic school, he is learning a lot about healthy eating, drinking and vitamins. He has been telling me for months that aspartame is horrible for me and I need to stop drinking the stuff. I just couldn’t break myself of it though! The really horrible part is that I have gotten my daughter onto it! Eek – bad mommy moment!
My diet soda intake has increased significantly over the past year, as has my weight and health issues. I’m not saying that I know one is related to the other, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to at least test the waters. After I would drink a soda, I would get a little ache in my stomach, and I can’t help but think the aspartame has something to do with it. I know that more and more, researchers are telling us how bad aspartame is for us. So that was commitment number one, and I am about 5 days without it so far. Here’s to keeping that up!
My next commitment was to really decrease how much I eat out. It is a guilty pleasure of mine that is too expensive and unhealthy. Granted, sometimes I would get a salad or healthy sandwich, but I really would intake more calories than I likely should. My finances have become scarier and scarier as we near the end of chiropractic school, and I have got to watch my money so carefully. Eating out shouldn’t be a regular thing for me, but a treat perhaps. I am going to try to eat out only once per week. Wish me luck – I am going to need it!! This one is going to be more difficult than cutting out soda. I never ordered soda at a restaurant because it cost too much (I just purchased it at the store). Eating out less will also help me to commit to eating my Nutrisystem Meals. I also learned some things about NS today, that made me realize I under-eat when I choose to follow Nutrisystem. No wonder I have been so hungry, and then go crazy on the other stuff!
My third and final commitment for the week was to increase my exercise and do the treadmill 3+ days per week. I succeeded on this as well. I had to get it out of my head that if I wasn’t running hard the whole time, then it wasn’t good enough. I can grow to tolerate or even love the treadmill, but it takes me time. I’m not in that swing right now, so I need to ease myself into the tough(er) stuff. If I push myself too hard, which I tend to do, then I will resent running. I am starting with just 20 minutes per day. I am running a mile in 12 mins or less, then speed walking for about 5 minutes. The last few minutes are spend doing sprints. So I still get a mile and a half in, which isn’t too shabby considering it’s been a while. Allowing myself that walking time really helps me to get my head back in the game.
Ready for my results this week? I am down – not as much as I’d like, but I am very hopeful for great results in the next week or two.
Starting weight: 173.8
Last week’s weight: 172
Current weight: 171.4
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