My First Hello Fresh Shipment!

I just opened the package from my first order of HelloFresh and I can say that I’m impressed. I’ve always been curious about food delivery services that send you the ingredients for you to cook yourself so when I got a coupon to try it at a discounted price, I decided to give it a trial.

The most simple plan is three meals a week with enough servings for two people. That costs around $60 a week. In the reviews, I’m reading a lot of people are saying that it’s cheaper than grocery shopping. I was very skeptical about that but in looking at the quality of meals that you get in the package, it may be.

I was eager to try this because I’m starting a new health journey myself. I was thrown off track for a while because I had the flu, but I’m trying to jump back in it. I’ve been making lots of smoothies within the past week and now I’m ready to try cooking my own meals.

What’s Inside

My package was delivered by UPS. I was happy to find that the vegetable ingredients are packed and separated by the recipe in a box like this:

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The meat was packed separately under ice. The recipes are printed on large cards that are made to keep so you can cook everything again on your own. The cards have each cooking step numbered and pictured like a DK cookbook :). (I like this.)

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In the advertisements, everything is packed together for visuals so I was happy to see that things are a bit more organized.

Impressions

First impressions are good. I’ll write a follow-up once I cook my first recipe. It’s important to note that these recipes are not all low-calorie. The Hello Fresh recipes range from about 550-800 calories per serving. You are allowed to choose which recipes you get so you can select if you’re watching calories. (Classic Plan only for now). They also offer a vegetarian option with the meals preplanned. Families can order the Family plan or choose to receive 4 servings instead of 2.

The Hello Fresh menu offers many different recipes with selections changing weekly so you won’t get bored. They also offer a vegetarian option with the meals preplanned. Families can order the Family plan or choose to receive 4 servings instead of 2.

I’m not overly concerned with the calorie counts. The meals are homemade with fresh ingredients which are already a step up from eating out. I’m also substituting smoothies for at least one meal a day.

Is Hello Fresh worth it? So far, so good. We’ll see how the meals turn out but I have high hopes.

A Real Health Journey: Typical New Year’s Resolutions and Getting Over It

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Starting Weight: 198 LBS

It’s the first of January and I’m reflecting on my goals for the year. I have the typical ones. I would like to be more successful in my work, master a foreign language, lose weight, and do well in school.

I’m keeping track of my weight loss journey to keep myself motivated and share some things that work and don’t work. Last month, I signed up for a 12-month commitment to Weight Watchers. It’s worked for me in the past and it should work again. I’ve been following it here and there during the month of December to get my feet wet and now I’m in it full force.

 

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Where I Need To Be…

 

Today I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical (my favorite machine) and about 15 minutes of strength training with Pinterest workouts. I’m working on a 30 day Butt and Gut challenge and an arm workout.

I didn’t eat too well. I had a good breakfast (Bagel Thin, Egg, and Fat-Free Latte). Then I had Chipotle and the rest of my rib dinner for lunch and dinner, respectively.

There’s one thing to make clear. I’m not losing weight as part of a New Years Resolution. Over recent years depression and bad eating habit allowed the pounds to sneak up. Over the last six months, I gained another 10-15 pounds from cookies (among other things) and I decided that was it.

 

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My downfall…Lovely Carbs

 

If I get over 200 pounds I may not make it back. So, I’m going on a weight loss journey and taking whoever wants to come with me.

Week 1 Day 1.