I've been keeping a secret from most of you. Only Gina, Alix, Garret and Liz knew about my secret, but now I think I'm ready to share it with the rest of you.
I've been on Nutrisystem for the past two and a half weeks. And it's working for me.
You may remember last year I tried Weight Watchers. That was not a good fit for me, not with my job. It was often difficult to keep up with my meals while I was working. Then there was that whole "I have to cook every night" thing. I cooked every night for the better part of 25 years and I'm so over that! Besides, my 2 younger kids were away at school and my oldest has her own home and life. Why cook for just me?
So I like to say I joined Weight Watchers and lost $65.
And John, that wonderful man, just couldn't see me cooking after working hard all day, so we ate out... a lot! And you know what that does to your weight. Even having salads at restaurants is usually deadly.
I've been seeing the commercials on TV quite a bit lately about Nutrisystem, so I checked it out. and liked what I saw. There is a Women's Diabetic Plan. The food is pretty good... some real good, some okay and some I didn't like. The company just dropped their price, so it's at least the same as if I'd buy my groceries and cook. Actually less.. do you have any idea how much food I throw away because I forget it's there and don't cook it?
One thing I discovered is if I try a food that I don't like, I can adjust my next food delivery and that's just what I did. I'm not a Black Bean fan, so the shipment that I'll be getting tomorrow for my 2nd month will have no black bean meals.
So I started on Monday, May 10. With my son's graduation on May 8 and Mother's Day on May 9, I decided that was NOT the time to do it. So Monday it was.
I was so surprised how much food I actually have to eat each day! It took a few days to get the hang of figuring out what I needed to eat for each meals (and there are 6 of them on the diabetic plan!), but now I have it down pat.
I prep my food in the morning, pack what I need to bring to work and I'm good to go! This plan is much easier to do at work. I have some protein type bars that I can have if I know I'm not going to be able to heat anything up (like a busy Saturday). I even pack what I need to take to John's!
We made a plan to not eat out at all for at least the first month. I'm saving him a ton of money!! We decided to go out for dinner once a month... a little splurge for us, and not worry about the fat, carbs, etc. but I know I'll be somewhat careful about what I order.
Anyway, I'm happy to report that I'm down 12 pounds since May 10! I have a long way to go but I know it will take me a year to lose all the weight I need to lose to get to my goal.
Oh! I forgot one of the most important things of all! My blood sugar levels are dropping! I was off my Metformin for months because my doctor is expensive and I needed to see her in order to get refills, so I stopped. I know, I know... bad idea. Anyway, I'm back on the Metformin. Last Monday, my fasting blood sugar level (first thing in the morning, before coffee) was 245 (100 and below is optimal). Yesterday it was 140. This morning was a bit high... I hope it wasn't the ONE BITE of a muffin that John had. So my numbers are dropping. I go back to the doctor in June, so I hope she's pleased with the results so far.
And as soon as this residual coughing left over from bronchitis leaves, I"ll work on starting to exercise again.