Nutrisystem Update: Week 5! #NSNation

I love to cook and try new recipes, even if they include ingredients I've never tried before. How else will you know if you like something or not, unless you try it. Right? Unfortunately, sometimes a recipe calls for an ingredient or two that either doesn't look or smell right to me (even though nothing is "wrong" with it) and/or doesn't settle right in my stomach. That's what happened last week.

The weather was extremely nice (and warm) at the beginning of the week, but Thursday turned quite gloomy and chilly. Doing some research online, I found a recipe for Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup. I've had Butternut Squash soup before, but the store-bought kind…not homemade. It called for a spice I've never used before and had to purchase to make the soup at home. For an itty bitty 0.6oz container of Sage, I spent $6.99. OUCH! Since I had no clue what Sage is supposed to look or smell like, I honestly didn't know what to expect. Not only did it not look good to me, it smelled bad in the container, and even worse when I added it to the pot  (with onions, garlic, and oil) cooking on the stove.

Out of my three kids, my oldest and youngest will eat pretty much anything. My middle guy is the picky eater so it was a given he wasn't going to have any of the soup. The other two wouldn't even take one bite of it. It was almost as if they "knew" what was going to happen. I, on the other hand, hate seeing food go to waste. So, I ate it anyway since I planned to have it count as two of my veggies along with the Nutrisystem entree choice for dinner. 

Well, in less than two hours, I was sick. :(  The rest of Thursday night and most of Friday, I wasn't able to eat or drink anything without it coming right back out again. Even trying to revert back to the B.R.A.T. "diet" (banana, rice, applesauce, toast) wasn't staying. Around 1:00-2:00pm on Friday, my Mom came to the rescue with crackers and Sprite. Finally, things started to settle down. I was still feeling dizzy, but was on the road to recovery. 

Last week resulted in probably a greater than "normal" loss in a seven-day period due to becoming ill. This coming week, the dreaded monthly visitor will be making an appearance. So, I am sure next week's number will be somewhat skewed too.

Week 5 Loss: 2 pounds

Total Loss in five weeks: 12.8 pounds. YAY!!!

Each week I will update the blog with any progress I've made as well as what I did to get there: the foods I ate and any activities I participated in. I hope you will help cheer me on, share words of wisdom, or anything else regarding this topic. I would love to hear from you!

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  1. Oh no!!!  I'm so sorry you got sick!!  I am not a fan of sage at all.  That and poultry seasoning make my stomach hurt!!!!!
    CONGRATS on your continued weight loss!!!!!!  :):)

  2. Mindy Grant says:

    Sorry you had such trouble with that soup.  I don't like sage either πŸ™  Here's a squash soup recipe I have had many times before and absolutely love!  And there's no sage involved!!  πŸ™‚

    • MatterofCents says:

      Thanks, Mindy! When I saw the recipe called for Sage I thought it was a little strange. LOL! It didn’t seem like it “belonged” in there. Lesson learned. πŸ™‚

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