Nutrisystem Update: Week 9! #NSNation

With each weekly update, I try to share what I like about being on the Nutrisystem program. This week I have to say without a doubt it's the support! Knowing I have people providing moral support when I make a mistake (or two) is a huge factor directly related to why I am still pushing towards my weight loss goal.

I fell off the wagon on Sunday. We had a small pre-Thanksgiving/birthday celebration. My daughter is turning 3 on Friday (Nov. 18) and I thought it would be fun to do something for her before the BIG holiday parties start. Well, "fun" wasn't supposed to necessarily include me stuffing my face with (more than one slice of) baked ham or a really rich and creamy candy cane pie. I promise I shared. Sigh. Monday was spent eating the leftovers. I have this thing about seeing good food go to waste. As it turns out, "Aunt Flo" is back for another visit. I've officially come to the conclusion no amount of willpower can fend off the cravings when she is knocking.

The good news is today I am back on track! My meals consisted of the Nutrisystem entrees for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each entree included either the fruit, veggie, dairy, or protein add-ins. I drank plenty of water and I also started taking supplements: Super B- Complex, Vitamin D, and fish oil.

Week 8 Loss: 0 pounds

Total Loss in nine weeks: 16.8 pounds.

Here is a list of "Nutrisystem Holiday Survival Smarts" shared with me by Meredith. I plan to read them every day until all of the holiday parties have come and gone…and even beyond that!

Nutrisystem Holiday Survival Smarts 10 Diet-friendly Strategies for Thanksgiving and Beyond The holiday season is a dreaded time for many people on a weight loss program, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are ten easy ways you can enjoy the celebration days without feeling punished or sacrificing your Nutrisystem progress.

1. Have a plan. Think things through before you get to the actual holiday meals and parties. Maybe your strategy is to take tiny portions of different dishes; that’s okay. If you’re cooking, you might want to have your bottle of water with you in the kitchen, so you’re less tempted to snack. Do what you can to stay away from the appetizer table. Plan to avoid anything that’s not homemade. The point is that if you go in with a plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught off-guard. · Utilize “The Low GI Cookbook – Nutrisystem Edition,” for cooking up some delicious holiday meals such as the Roasted Pumpkin and Mushroom Lasagna or Pork With Honey Glazed Apples, while staying on track and not depriving yourself of the holiday festivities. The cookbook is available for purchase over the phone or on

2. Stay on track. Holidays are not the time to skip meals in an attempt to “bank” calories. That’s a strategy that can backfire miserably. Instead, eat everything on your meal plan leading up to the holiday event, and make sure you’re drinking all your water. You’ll be less likely to overindulge at the big event.

3. Set a goal. There’s something about holidays that makes people forget what they do the rest of the year. Do you already have weight loss goals set up for November, December and January? If not you can start today. Once you’ve set a short-term goal, decide on a way to reward yourself once the goal has been reached.

4. Drink smart. Face it, overindulging during holiday events—whether it’s an office party, a family gathering or a neighborhood open house—can add a lot of extra calories to your day. In addition, when you’ve had too much to drink, it tends to weaken your previous resolve and derail any strategies and plans you might have had. Besides, you don’t want to end up as that karaoke-singing family member or neighbor everyone will be talking about for the next month.

5. Trim the calories. This tip is especially useful if you happen to be the primary cook for an event. In baked items, replace the fat with an equal amount of applesauce and the sugar with a sugar substitute; substitute a quarter cup of egg substitute for every egg called for in the recipe; replace butter with low fat margarine; replace whole milk with 1% milk and sour cream with yogurt; reduce the amount of nuts called for by half. And don’t forget both veggies and salad.

6. Enlist support. Trying to maintain your Nutrisystem program can be hard at the holidays, but there’s no reason you have to go it alone. Ask for your family’s understanding or even their help, so nobody’s trying to foist “seconds” on you. Nutrisystem counselors can help you strategize, based on your individual circumstances. Or you can go to the Nutrisystem Discussion Boards, where you’ll find people who definitely understand what you’re trying to do. Discuss your concerns; share tips of your own, or join one of the many weight loss challenges. Some of them are specifically geared to the holidays. Introduce yourself well before the event, so you have that support already in place.

7. Keep moving. Instead of just sitting around after dinner, suggest a family walk, or organize a touch-football game. Most people will be grateful for the chance to move around, and it can keep you on-track with your exercise plan.

8. Quality not Quantity. If you do plan to indulge in some of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, use these portions as a guideline:

  • Turkey—3 oz. white meat, no skin (about the size of a deck of cards)
  • Mashed potatoes—1/3 cup (about the size of half of a baseball)
  • Gravy—1 Tbsp. (just drizzle it)
  • Relish made with sugar—1 Tbsp.
  • Stuffing—2 Tbsp.
  • Dinner Roll—if not homemade, skip it
  • Pie—1/12 of a 9” pie

9. Eat Before You Go. Whether you are hosting or just attending a holiday function, be sure to eat your Nutrisystem entrée before the festivities begin — that way you won’t be tempted to overeat during the meal and will be able to stay on track.

10. Embrace the holiday spirit. This last tip may just be the most important: You can get so caught up in all the planning and hoopla that you lose the whole meaning of the holiday season—coming together with friends and loved ones. It’s the time that’s really valuable, not the food and drink.

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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Disclaimer: I have been selected to participate in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. For four months, Nutrisystem will provide me with their meals at no charge for my review. I am not being compensated for my participation.


  1. I just want to say that I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!  You've averaged a 2 lb per week loss in weight, which is fabulous!!  Just keep focused, stay strong…and don't be so hard on yourself!  🙂  You're doing a wonderful job!!!  <3

  2. I love the 10 tips for the holiday's. I will keep this in mind.  Congratulations, You will succeed! 

  3. don't be discouraged–you're doing good!

  4. its been great following your progress and so encouraging. I'll defiantly have to keep the 10 tips in mind come thursday bc I'm already craving my moms pumpkin pie.


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