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I lost 16 lbs on the program but over the last month have gained 7 back. (my goal was 30) I have started back 100% about 10 times but can't stay on track. I get hungry at work and eat some pretzels or a piece of chocolate. (I work 10 hr days so that doesn't help) Then I will go home and want to eat the dinner I make for my family. Although very healthy it still has me gaining weight. My clothes are getting tight.

I am not crazy about the food but have always managed to make it enjoyable before. I guess I am just look for the right words to hit home!! Thanks for taking time to read this...

Comments (11)

Your question was: How to make Nutrisystem food enjoyable?.

This is YOUR life nobody elses darling. It's yours to live healthy or not.

The most important thing for me is to NOT GIVE can fall off the horse 100 times but if you get up 101 times then you still have LOTS to be proud of maybe look at it that way.

AND will power accompanied with preperation should give you a little boost. If you work 10 hour days BRING 10 hours worth of food from your mealplan ..... for me that would be 5 meals broken up.

Stop beating yourself up, just keep moving forward, if you take a step back take 2 steps forward so that your not stuck in the same place MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT! Nobody can do this for yourself but YOU.... trust me I know.

You can come join our 30 Day Weightloss Challenge if you like, we have a good group of ppl in there all with the same goals, taking it one day or one minute at a time hunny..

OUR LINK ............

PS. Go fishing around the threads maybe other ppl will motivate you..

Comment #1

Hi there - Here are some things I do - not sure if they would work for you but wanted to share. I spend 11 hours a day either at work or getting to/from work - so I bring the majority of my food for the day with me. I always bring extra veggies in case I get the munchies - celery/carrots/bell pepper slices/cukes.

I also set some rules with my family when I started Nutrisystem - no junk food allowed in the house (tortilla chips, ice cream, sweets, etc). This rule has gone away as I found after a few months that I can resist those temptations now. Also - my DH agreed to do the cooking for himself and our daughter. Sometimes if I am too hungry to wait for theirs to be ready, I will eat part of my dinner, and then join them at the dinner table with my salad or an extra veggie or SF Jello..

The main things for me are to drink at LEAST 8 cups of water a day, and never let myself get really hungry. It has become so empowering to have this complete control over this one aspect of my life - I can't control the weather, my job, the stock market or anything else - but I am the gatekeeper of anything that I eat. Remember why you wanted to lose this weight, go back and read the Mindset Makeovers, post on the boards for support - you can do this!!..

Comment #2

That is an awesome statement and one I am going to remember! So, so true! Thanks for sharing...

Comment #3

You gotta want it. If it's not that important to you, it won't happen.

Look at the words you posted: "what's wrong with me?" Do you really think that you are any different from anyone else here? The only difference is that the ones that are making the choices where they are losing weight have found something down deep that makes them passionate about getting to a healthy weight. I dare say that every single person here has had times just like you are having.

So get mad (not at yourself), "gird up your loins" as I like to say, get focused, get going, and do it. One thing is sure: if you don't take a step forward, you will stand still. Your call...

Comment #4

Just putting my two cents worth in here..

Are you sabotaging yourself by not preparing for your long workdays? Bring your Nutrisystem items with you and have your foods readily available to you during the day.

Are you making excuses for not following the plan? (i.e. not enough time/too busy, don't feel like it, etc.) You need to determine for yourself if YOU are worth taking time for. If you really want this, you will be willing to work for it. Also, get your family to help you with household duties and adjust their meals to fit for you. Why shouldn't they eat as well and healthy as you? Keep the temptations down to as little as possible by removing them from your house..

Are you in a rut and veering off course out of boredom or repetition? Change things around - you don't have to follow a routine for when you eat or what throughout the day - mix it up, but stay on plan..

Keep yourself motivated by the positives that you achieve - a 16 pound weight loss is a huge triumph, celebrate it!.

DO NOT FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVES! Whatever they are, they are not indestructible or too high a hurdle to jump over. If you stumble and/or fall, get right back up again and keep moving forward..

Make sure that you have read and follow the Mindset Makeover..

Last - are you being plagued by the curse of the threes - please read.


Comment #5

Another NSer found this recently, and I thought it was so good it was worth sharing here!.

4 Reasons Diets Fail.

By Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N..

Jun 30, 2010.

So many of the weight loss clients I've worked with one-on-one in my New York City practice admit to being professional dieters. They've tried every weight loss plan, scheme, and promise under the sun and failed miserably over and over again. And 9 times out of 10, their attempts flop because of oneor some combinationof the four reasons I discuss below. That being said, awareness is key and if you know what mistakes to watch out for, you're already a step ahead of the pack. Here's what you need to knowand can doto immediately boost your chance of long-term success.

Reason #1: You're not fully committed..

I always tell clients at our first session together: Weight loss is at least 50 percent attitude. If you're not truly ready to make a full-time commitment to losing weight, chances of long-term success are pretty slim. That's because when efforts are half-hearted from the get-go, people typically lose interest in their diet soon after they start. The sad truth is, it's not really worth starting a weight loss program if your head isn't in the game..

How to Prevail:.

My best advice is to do some serious soul-searching and identify a significant and enduring source of personal motivation for finally shedding the extra weight. Maybe it's to better manage health conditions... or to be around for your kids and grandkids... or to finally feel more comfortable in your own skin and boost your energy level..

The bottom line is that this motivation has to come from within YOU. Then, strengthen your resolve and recharge your motivation every single day with positive self talk and daily or weekly goals. I think long term goals are terrific, but short term goals can be even more powerful because they reinforce success every step of the way..

Reason #2: You expect miracles.

Individuals who launch a new diet with unreasonable expectations regarding how much weight they're going to lose each weekor who have an unrealistic goal weight in mindare signing themselves up for trouble. If you can't match your desired pace of weight loss, you'll more than likely end up terribly disappointed and quickly jump ship..

How to Prevail:.

Though you'll probably see a dramatic drop on the scale during the first few weeks on a new diet, most people eventually average out at a loss of one to three pounds per week for the duration of their plan. And if they do shed pounds more quickly than thatsay, by fasting for long stretches of timethey're more likely to gain the weight back... and then some..

I know television shows and infomercial success stories lead you to believe that you can melt off fat in a matter of weeks, but the truth is, successful weight loss is a slow and steady process. If you can accept this fact and buckle down for the long haul, you will ultimately be handsomely rewarded with better health, a smashing figure, and newfound confidence..

Reason #3: Your plan isn't sustainable..

If you're following an extreme weight loss plan that doesn't even slightly resemble "normal" eating, there's a good chance your efforts won't last. And, in my opinion, subsisting entirely on shakes, smoothies, cookies, or tonics isn't normal eating. When you view a diet as a short-term deviation from your typical eating habits, rather than a long-term lifestyle change, you will almost certainly have a hard time maintaining your weight loss..

How to Prevail:.

A diet should be based on appropriate amounts of healthy foods that keep you feeling satisfied and energizednot cranky and deprived. Most importantly, a diet should be viewed as a launching pad for a long-term lifestyle change. That's because to lose weight and keep it off forever, you really will have to permanently change your eating habits. With that in mind, it's important to choose an eating plan that you can easily transition into lifetime maintenance..

And while I can appreciate how provocative some of these quick-fix, restrictive diet plans can be, they truly are a set-up for failure and yo-yo dieting. Without fail, every restrictive plan has a calorific binge waiting right around the corner. Not the way to go for long term success. Instead, a food plan you can stick with for life is key..

Reason #4: You can't forgive your slip-ups.

This is an incredibly common diet pitfall. When people inevitably give into temptation and subsequently "fall of the wagon" for one meal or one day, they tell themselves they've blown their diet and throw in the towel for good. To be successful, you have to learn to overcome these temporary setbacks. You can't let one binge or one "off day" turn into a full week, or month, of splurging. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly difficult for some individuals to break this cycle of negative thinking..

How to Prevail:.

Don't dwell on your mistakes. Instead, shake it off and get right back on track at your very next meal... or the very next day. And always remember, nobody gains weight from one rich dinner or a single slice of cake. The real trouble starts when you allow that one "splurge" to snowball into an all-out eating frenzy. Take it one meal at a time and learn to forgive yourself; every dieter has slip-ups, but the successful ones know how to keep those occasional lapses contained..

For more tips on losing weight, follow Joy Bauer on Facebook and Twitter..


Comment #6

I have learned that the more I exercise/stretch and do yoga the better I treat myself all day.

When I dont take care of myself from a physical standpoint - I abuse myself with food - crazy..

Prioritize moving your body in some way everyday - do it for a 'heathly mind'..

Comment #7

It sounds like dinnertime with your family is a big temptation for you to go off-track. Could you plan your meals to have a healthy snack on your way home from work or while you prepare dinner so you're not so tempted while they are eating? Or perhaps while your family is eating that would be a good time for you to take a walk or do a yoga tape in another room. Good luck...

Comment #8

Is it a matter of life and death yet?.

Maybe you have not hit bottom..

You have to want it..

When you are truly ready- it will work..

Sounds like you just aren't "there" yet...

Comment #9

I think one thing you can do here, if you REALLY want to succeed, is plan, plan, plan. So, you have 10 hour daybetween breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, you could eat as many as 7 timesand with free veggies even more. That could be close to eating every hourjust have to eat the right things. You could eat a Nutrisystem muffin, then an hour later yogurt or cheese, then a fruit. Now it is close to lunch timeentree and salad, veggie. Save your protein and have it an hour or two laterthen you still have afternoon protein and fruitbreak them up.

Keep water on your desk or wherever you are working at all times and drink it! This is an easy plan but it won't work without doing some planning and prep. Good luckyou have a good startkeep it up!..

Comment #10

I haven't seen this before, well worth the repost, thx...

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