Saturday, April 11, 2009

Day 2 - First taste of the Frozen Food

So, today I decided to try the Nutrisystem frozen option for the first time. It was admittedly difficult to choose where to start first, but I decided to go with the Garden Vegetable Omelette for breakfast. Again, I had to raid the fridge to find something to meet the categories of "fruit" and "protein", so I decided to have 15 grapes (yes, you have to count them out), and a little bit of smoked salmon.

The omelette could be prepared in one of two ways: by steaming it in the package in a pot of boiling water, or by microwaving. Being on the lazy side, I went the nuclear option.

I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was an omlette that tasted, felt, smelled, and looked like a real omelette. Inside was a delicious mix of cheese, vegetables. For someone who hasn't eaten breakfast before, this was certainly a treat inded.

For lunch, I decided to have the margherita pizza. I happen to have a pizza stone in the oven, so I preheated the oven to 425, and 10 minutes later, I had this.

It tasted like pizza, and it crunched like pizza. Had I had gotten a pizza from Ginos on the corner, I probably would have had two slices, and then a third, and then a fourth, and maybe a fifth. But in this case, the portion size was just fine, knowing that I had a snack waiting for me down the road.

Speaking of dessert, I decided to go for the peach crisp.

Okay, it doesn't look all that appetizing. The peach slices are supposed to be covered in the batter, but somewhere down the road it seems to have gotten disassembled. But I have to say that it all still tasted pretty good. The peach slices were sweet, and the crumble part was crunchy and pretty good.

For dinner, I chose the Asian-style beef. You have the option of cooking it in the over or the microwave, and I chose the microwave again.

I was pretty shocked at how fresh things were. It was not like your typical TV dinner. The beef was tender, and the broccoli, red peppers, and water chestnuts were surprisingly crisp and fresh, something I hadn't expected in a frozen dinner. It was all in a delicious sauce that was slightly sweet and tangy. For my serving of fruit, I had a glass of orange juice (although I should note they recommend fruit rather than fruit juice for the daily servings of fruit). I added some of the leftover broccoli from yesterday for my vegetable. Overall, this meal was an A.

Dessert tonight was an A+.

Yes, that's a real ice cream sandwich that tastes just as good as anything you enjoyed in grade school.

For my exercise today, I spent about 30 minutes on Gold's Cardio Workout again. While it's fun, I have to say, so far I'm not too impressed with the workout level of this program. I'm hoping as I "unlock" new levels, I get access to much more rigorous workouts, but for now I feel I'm getting the same workout as I would if I was playing Guitar Hero. To try to salvage some workout, I did some hula hooping and running and step exercises with Wii Fit.

Anyway, the good news is, I'm back to 203.7 pounds now, so at least I'm heading back in the right direction!


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