- Starting weight: 225 lbs
- Weight at beginning of week 9: 208 lbs
- Weight at end of week 9: 208 lbs
Well, it’s no mystery to me why I didn’t lose weight this week. It’s my job to host Easter, and seeing as though almost nobody at Easter dinner eats very healthy, I made traditional food – glazed ham, cheesy hash brown potatoes (the WORST thing you could ever eat), green bean casserole, salad, rolls, pie, cake, ice cream, and wine. I tried to be good, but I just couldn’t bring myself to have a Nutrisystem meal when everyone else was eating the yummy food I made! This was my first holiday on Nutrisystem, and it certainly wasn’t easy. I did the best I could. I ate very small portions – only about one bite of the cheesy potatoes, two of the green bean casserole, small serving of ham, 9 grain roll, salad with light dressing, and then a small piece of apple pie for dessert. While I felt really good about making the most of my Easter meal and not overeating, I didn’t realize that the biggest part of the challenge was yet to come! I sent some leftovers home with my mom and in-laws, but there was still a lot of leftovers for us. At first I thought this was a good thing. It’s just me and my son, and now that I’m on Nutrisystem, it’s hard to cook just for him, so I thought it would be a good thing that he would have plenty of leftovers to eat off of for the next several days. What I didn’t count on was the temptation. One of my favorite foods on earth is cheesy hash browns. With almost 3/4 cup of butter, 16 oz. sour cream, a can of cream of chicken soup, over 2 cups cheese, corn flakes and hash browns, this dish doesn’t have many redeeming qualities in terms of healthiness. As much as I tried to tell myself that the small amount of onion that was in it made it count as a daily vegetable, I knew it didn’t, and I knew it was against my diet. I couldn’t help myself though. I’ve had two helpings of cheesy potatoes over the last week, and I’m very disappointed in myself. I’ve now sent the rest of the leftover potatoes home with my mom, so the temptation won’t be there. I think the most valuable lesson I learned this week is that I still don’t have the willpower needed to be able to have my favorite junk foods in the house and not eat them. Hopefully I’ll have better luck this coming week, and I’ll just make sure to keep those unhealthy foods out of the house so I’m not tempted to cheat!