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I've met my goal weight, I still have about 1 1/2 weeks worth of food which I will continue to eat. My problem is now what happens after that? How do I transition back to eating regular food without gaining back my weight?.

Another problem I'm going to have is that I'm scheduled Monday for surgery for a herniated disk in my neck so I won't be able to "power walk" like I have been, for about 6 weeks. I'm really scared that all that I put into losing this weight is going to come crashing back on me..

I need some serious advise and any tips or websites that anyone can recommend to help me..

Cathy..

Comments (10)

Your question was: What to do after meeting weight goal with Nutrisystem?.

I'm not at goal yet, but I've been successfully doing Nutrisystem on my own for quite a few months now. My recommendation for you is to continue doing what you are doing. Even though you may decide to stop using Nutrisystem foods, you are still going to be following the plan. Eat many small meals. Eat the right food groups and the right portion sizes. Use the flex guidelines that Nutrisystem has created.



Don't think of goal as a finish line. Use the things you have learned on NS. When I reach goal it won't be much different than what I am doing now. Continue to eat well and monitor your weight. Good luck!..

Comment #1

Thanks everyone for the advice. Nutrisystem has made me realize just how much I like veggies. I never use to eat much of them, if any at all!.

I do like the convenience of the breakfast and lunch bars and I'm struggling with what I can substitute for them..

Any suggestions?..

Comment #2

Snickers Marathon Energy bars, Zone Perfect bars, some of the South Beach bars, etc...

Comment #3

Congratulations on meeting your goal!!! That is wonderful..

I recommend you call Nutrisystem Counselling to discuss their maintenance program. They can definitely help you...

Comment #4

Congratulations! My only advice is that, after your surgery, you will gain some fluid weight because anesthesiologists love hanging fluid and dripping it in. Then, the nurses have to at some rate to keep your lines from clotting as long as you have them in after surgery. Don't get frustrated by a few extra pounds after discharge, and find some exercise you can comfortably do (maybe with PT's help) and drink extra water in those few days after coming home..

Good luck with your maintenance!..

Comment #5

This is directly from a post by Coach Mark. I hope this will help you get some perspective on the "what now." Congratulations! You WILL be alright!.

On the surface "goal" seems to be a positive word, motivating, rewarding...something to shoot for....and it is, but only IF you hit it..

Most people won't for a variety of reasons...for those it means one thing...FAILURE. "I failed to hit my goal therefore I am a worthless piece of sh!t who doesnt deserve to be happy...I tried and I could not do it so I am just one of those who is doomed to fail.".

I have two problems with the word goal...the first one is for those who never hit it... the mind tells you that you failed...and if you "tried" and failed then you have license to go back to your old ways as a failure and you are worse off than before you ever even set the goal.

Why? Because before you set your goal, it was possible you could achieve it...you had hope....Once you tried and didn't hit "goal"....now you KNOW you cant do it...you're convinced, so why try any longer? KWIM?.

Secondly, for those either diligent enough or strong willed enough to actually reach "goal" there is the looming mindtrap that says "whew, that was hard and I did it, glad that's over with!" They post their victory thread, accept all the congrats from other members and maybe even get a photoshoot...then they promptly vanish from the boards....wanna guess where we see them in 6 months to a year? YUP, you guessed it....right back here determined to "set a new goal" because they are heavier than ever..

For ME, "target weight" seemed like a permanent mindset...it never ends, all the while giving you hope along the way, something to "shoot" for..

Its a much different conversation using "target" vs. "goal"..

"Did you hit goal?" "NOPE, I failed, so I gave up.".

OR.

"Are you at your target weight?" "Not yet, but I am still practicing, and I am getting better!".

Picture an archery target (imagery is important here, do it!)...a series of concentric circles, shaded different colors, culminating with a bullseye dead center.

Just outside the largest circle is your start weight...we all start here. Now starting with the largest circle put a weight just one pound lower than your start, fill in the circles largest to smallest with your next "achievement" (maybe you use the reward bears to come up with these numbers, thats what I did)...when you get to the bullseye that's where you write your "target weight"..

Now, as I explained in "diet and cheat"...you need a plan...YOUR plan, not someone elses..

Once you have your plan and commit to it...thats called practicing...practicing healthy eating, practicing exercise, practicing get enough sleep, practicing by reading and or posting on these boards.....practice, practice PRACTICE!!!.

Quickly your arrow will hit the outer ring...BAM!! SUCCESS! More practice will mean smaller circles hit...MORE SUCCESS....keep practicing and you WILL hit bullseye one day, your target weight....AND you will know (because I am telling you) that in order to keep hitting bullseye you will have to continue to "practice" forever....stop practicing and you will hit larger circles...stop long enough and you wont even be able to hit the chart anymore..

Why was this important to my mindset while losing? Because if I had stumbled after getting to say the 2nd or third outermost ring and fell back...I didnt fail (I started at 225 and my "rings" were 224 and then then 219, 214, 209 etc) I simply needed more practice.

Pick one day a week to "shoot your arrow" (get on the scale) and see what your practice has done for you...did you hit a smaller ring? same ring? larger ring? Either way you can't fail if you are willing to practice harder next week..

Keep this in mind...the ONLY way you can fail is by giving up...practice will bring sharper skills and ensure success..

As I have said before...you don't drown by falling facefirst in a puddle of water, you drown by not getting back up..

Im my mind whether I was losing or maintaining it was impossible to fail because I never had a "goal."...instead from time to time I "missed my target" and simply needed "more practice"....there was always hope.

As I stated before, words are a powerful thing, especially to my pea brain...I'll leave the "goals" to soccer and hockey players...while I continue to shoot for my target..

Thanks for listening...I gotta get to practice now...I wanna keep hitting my bullseye...

Comment #6

Maintaining your weight loss means using the tools you learned while losing to continue to eat (and exercise) healthfully for life..

Many small meals a day, Low GI Carbs, lots of vegetables, fruit, salads, healthy fat...and a few extra calories (a very few, if any) of discretionary foods out of the same food groups. No alcohol (or very, very limited), no heavy sauces, no fried foods, no binge eating, none of the old habits..

Next month will be 3 years below goal for me and I still eat exactly to the NutriSystem guidelines, even with what is considered "real" food...

Comment #7

I'm not at goal yet, but I've been successfully doing Nutrisystem on my own for quite a few months now. My recommendation for you is to continue doing what you are doing. Even though you may decide to stop using Nutrisystem foods, you are still going to be following the plan. Eat many small meals. Eat the right food groups and the right portion sizes. Use the flex guidelines that Nutrisystem has created.



Don't think of goal as a finish line. Use the things you have learned on NS. When I reach goal it won't be much different than what I am doing now. Continue to eat well and monitor your weight. Good luck!..

Comment #8

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