Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reset - The Nutrisystem Experiment

First off I want to say that this is not a sponsored post.  This was just me stumbling across this Nutrisystem Jumpstart box at Walmart and deciding it was worth a try.

 It was also a trial for me to see if I would want to research this further and try it for an extended period of time. 

Initial cost was 45.00 dollars, for 15 meals, breakfast lunch and dinner for five days and then 5 desserts on top of that.  Definitely a great deal.  That breaks down to 9.00 a day or 3.00 per meal.  So not expensive.  

The only thing that I really did not like was not eating the same as my family.  But I'll be honest.  Captain Picky rarely eats when we do family meals, Miss E will eat whatever but is starting to follow her brothers lead.  With spring activities in full swing we aren't eating together anyway and when we do it's been out.  Not a great choice.  So in the grander scheme of things it wasn't a big deal. 

So now for the good...Everything else.  I'll start small, I loved not having to worry about making a shake in the morning, since we are usually running behind this was a huge time saver.  I also loved not worrying about what I was going to have for lunch or dinner.  Nutrisystem took all the thinking out of the way for me.  In the kit they provided a handy dandy list that included a day by day break down of what breakfast, lunch and dinner was for that day and dessert.  In between meals, it allowed for two snacks and they gave suggestions for that as well.  Hello, Nutrisystem, you are speaking my language.  The less thinking, planning, prepping I have to do the happier I am. 

I'm sure by now you're wondering about the food.  It was heaven.  Seriously, so good.  It started off with this...a cinnamon streusel muffin.

My first dinner was this, lasagna and meat sauce a small salad and for dessert a cheesecake flavored bar.  The lasagna was lick the container until it's empty good. 

One of my favorite lunches, a yummy chicken noodle soup.  The noodles were so thick and this just hit the spot. 

My other favorite lunch was a fab red beans and rice that I inhaled.  Just the right amount of kick.  Amazing.
Oh and let me not forget about this little bit of lunch yumminess Double chocolate caramel bar.  For LUNCH.  Paired with a salad and broccoli...but that sounds so less decadent that way.  Who wouldn't like to see this on their lunch menu?

You all know I have a sweet tooth and indulge in that on an almost daily basis.  Another thing I loved about Nutrisystem is the dessert. The fact that I could have it and not feel bad about it was awesome.  Plus they included one of my all time favorite snacks Milk Chocolate flavored pretzels.  It was a little treat at the end of a long day.  I could eat well and still have dessert.  Sign me up.

I embarked on this five day adventure with the full blessing of the husband and truly that helped as well. He supports me on most of my ideas, but this was a big one since it would alter how we eat as a family. 

It really wasn't about the weight loss portion, though that for sure was part of the appeal to me.  This was more in line with the general reset I'm doing to all of my bad habits.  Another part of the appeal to me was that it would be easy to maintain calorie count.  The major draw was also portion size.  I need to work back into the perfect size portions instead of eating until I feel like I'm going to explode.

I need to add also that not once during the five days did I feel hungry.  I didn't even get the afternoon munchies that usually hit around two to three, or the before bedtime snack sweets.  That in and of itself is worth its weight in gold to me.  I'm a terrible snacker. No, scratch that...I'm a great snacker, but it's a bad habit.  Really bad habit.  The fact that I was eating smaller portions and I was not hungry at my normal times was tremendously huge for me. 

 I seriously was so sad to see the five days come to an end. Sad enough that the husband said I could go back to Walmart for a second box if I wanted to do so.  Which I think I'm going to do tomorrow. 

In case you can't tell I absolutely loved Nutrisystem. I will undoubtedly be signing up for at least a month when we return from our Disney trip.  So I'm sure you'll see more about that as I get geared up again.

Have you ever tried Nutrisystem?  Or would you consider it, if you haven't tried it before?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Now that it's official and I'm registered for Goofy, I figured it was time to get some other ducks in a row.  I've made no bones about the fact that I've been lazy.  I haven't been eating right, I haven't been running right, and I most certainly haven't been cross training. 

 I figured this time before I start training for my first full and Goofy would be a good time for me to reset everything. Recharge myself and get fired up beyond the sheer panic of knowing that I have a full marathon looming in my future.

 I did start (again) T25 last week, and completed week one of Alpha level. I'm actually really enjoying it this time around and have family support so I will be more apt to stick with it.  E even joined me for a bit of the cardio last night.  I'm kind of crazy and like sleep and sometimes sleep trumps good intentions, so I've started taking over the tv, DVD player and the living room once we get home at night and getting it done then. 

Today, I'm starting a five day Nutrisystem jump start, in hopes that it will get my eating back on track and jump start my non-existent metabolism.  I will say that it's not totally about losing weight but a way for me to try and get the metabolism fired up and change my eating patterns. 

I blame a lot on my non-existent thyroid I know and it's a totally convenient excuse.  However it's also a challenge because I can't rebound from multiple bad choices like people with Thyroids, or better yet healthy thyroid function.  I had my breakfast this morning and it was yummy.  While some of the meals are not my cup of tea, mainly a few of the breakfast options, I know that for it to have the optimal effect I need to try it anyway.  Also, this reinforces to Captain Picky (aka L) that even Mommy has to try things she doesn't like, or doesn't think she would like from time to time.  Life lessons you know ;)

I have one last half coming up for the spring the first weekend in May and after that I'm going to revamp my running routine and get back in gear. 

I'm hoping to get everything back in check before training starts.  I am striving to take the training serious because well, 26.2 is pretty serious and I need to make sure I'm the best Suzanne I can be as training begins. 

So the reset begins now.  It's time to start over again and get it right, and keep it that way.

What small changes do you make when you need to start over?  Have you ever tried to "reset" out of any bad habits? 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's official...I've gone Goofy

I have officially registered for not only my first (and only?) full marathon.   Not only that but I decided to go Goofy as well.
I swear the medal me do it. 

 Who is with me and registered today? Where are my fellow first timers at?    WDW Marathon Weekend here I come!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Suzanne RANdoms

So welcome to my cheesy way of working a Friday Five into a whatever day of the week and it may or may not be five. 

  • We leave for the next epic family road trip in 45 days.  Yep, be expecting another snippet of Holiday Road in your future.  You can thank me later. 

  • After my Princess Half Detour, and a little You Tube research done by my son. We have added a day trip to Universal and Islands of Adventure complete with a night at Hard Rock Hotel.  Think he is excited about anything in particular?

  • I have added another half marathon to my schedule.  It's the Diva Half in Branson.  It's the Diva Inaugural for Branson and it looks like it would be a blast.  Maybe I'll conquer my fear of hills on this one. 

  • Starting up T25 for the second time on Monday.  I will stick with it this time.  Seriously, I should be able to find a spare 25 minutes into my day...right?

  • Somehow I have managed to make it this far in my life without willingly getting a massage.  That is changing. As of Thursday.  I have had two massages in my life.  One was a gift, one was a five minute work thing.  Neither of them I particularly enjoyed.  Hoping this changes that, even though I promised my husband I probably wouldn't like it and would not do it again. 

    So what are your Randoms for this week?  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Keep Moving Forward...

So I've kind of been in a rut.  I have been busy, soccer season x2 has started up, trying to coordinate races with schedules and well you get the idea.  Sometimes things fall to the wayside for a bit.

Oddly enough, I have been running, at least more regularly than I have in quite a long time.  It's been a welcome change to be excited about running again and not to feel like I'm running because I have to run.  Right now I'm running because I want to run.

Of course part of that could totally be my new toy.  My Garmin 220.  To say that I'm geeked out by it would be an understatement.  It's girly and pretty and at the same time functional.  Isn't she pretty?  Yes, that's my arm and my exceptionally stunning work carpet. :)  When I first got my Garmin 10, it was exactly what I needed at the time, now that there are some bigger fish to fry this is suiting me nicely. 

The big draw for me with the 220 is my love of Treadmill Intervals during RUNch.  Yes, I said I love treadmill intervals.  I'm kind of wrong that way.  The 220 is supposed to give me a fairly accurate assessment of my treadmill runs once it's gotten used to my stride, cadence etc.  This is a no-brainer for me.  I often was frustrated with Nike+ on my phone and on my iPod because either the mileage was off or the pace.  Not that I didn't love seeing an 8'ish minute mile, it kind of misrepresented my running speed quite a bit.  I'm a mostly happy middle of the packer and I'm good with that for the most part. 

But of course that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of room for improvement.  That, my friends, is where my rut comes in.  I think I let myself get complacent and happy and after awhile that gets boring and well, not so challenging.  I felt as if I hadn't been making any greats strides (pardon the pun) to improve my pace or my distance.  It's time to change that.

After reflecting on my 10k this weekend, I realized that I have made great progress but it was time for a new challenge.  My first 10k scared me to do death.  The longest run I had ever done, and I had barely just barely finished to couch to 5k program a few months prior.  It was my litmus test to see if I thought I had the stuff for a half marathon.  I finished my first 10K in 1:08 something.  I ran it again last year after completing my first half marathon, and even with IT Band issues came back with a PR of 1:04:43.  This year, I had no goal other than to PR and try to remain consistent with my pace and for the most part I did.  I finished my 10K at 1:03'ish by my Garmin. 

It was only after I started thinking about how I felt during each of the 10k's that I began to see that I have made improvements, even if I didn't feel like it.  That despite me being complacent I was capable of more than I had allowed myself to think I was capable of doing. 

It's no  secret that several of the DisBroads have been  talking about their first full marathon during Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.  I may have even mentioned it once or twice myself.  So my big challenge for myself then is not too terribly surprising.  This is it...My official, holy cow, I'm going to sign up for my first marathon in just a few short weeks.  Not only that, but as of this writing I'm leaning towards not only the Marathon but Goofy too.  I even have a coach lined up, so I am taking this seriously.  Or as seriously as I can take anything. 

In a way, I feel like I'm starting all over again.  I had gotten comfortable with the half distance, and while I respected the distance, the fear wasn't there.  Now I'm facing a whole new challenge, and once again the fear and the respect is there. 

I have some time before I start training obviously, but it all starts with an idea.  Right?  At least that's how my half marathon journey came to light.

Once again, I will be bringing back my old mantra:

So here I go, moving forward again.  It will be fun to see where this part of my journey takes me.

What do you do when you find yourself getting complacent, how do you challenge yourself?  To my friends who have run a marathon before, any words of wisdom for me?  To my friends getting ready to run their first marathon also, who wants to join me in my pre-sign up freak out ?