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I have very little words to describe how happy I'm to be down 11 pounds. This journey has been difficult, but once I set my mind to do it, it has been very rewarding. Sure it has been hard that I can't go to my favorite cafes and get a tasty pastry and coffee... now I just get the coffee and drink it while I eat a protein bar and walk my baby around the city.
Being pregnant wasn't easy for me, gaining 60 pounds was hard and the hardest part is looking at yourself in the mirror and not recognizing your own face. I can say I feel great about taking control of my life again. Having a three month old baby doesn't leave much time for me, but I feel this, Jenny is what I'm doing for myself and I treasure it.
Life is good,11 pounds down 30 more to go!
First Weigh In Was TODAY! I've lost 8lbs so far! I have a long way to go of course, my very first goal is to get under 300lbs, I am now at 360lbs. I'm just on Cloud 9. It's crazy because this is only my first week on JC and I'm already starting to change my whole outlook on food. It's difficult at first but the results shows that it's completely worth it! Plus for a diet, I really enjoy the food. The small portions sometimes drives me crazy, especially on weekends, because weekends are usually when I feel like snacking the most but it's something that I just have to get used to It's all about portion control and making smart choices! which was my first lesson of the week.
When i began Jenny Craig i weighted 297.4. I began this journey with my set goal of 170lbs. Knowing that some day i can reach that goal gives me butterflies.
during my first official weigh-in I was 291.3. The shock that came to my eyes that I can accomplish losing that much weigh was unimaginable. Today when i went my weigh only dropped 2 pounds. though it wasnt much, i know i can do better. I set my goal for next week at 5 more pounds off. By being more activity, going on walks, swimming at the public pool nearby, dancing to music, and sitting to my plan i know i can accomplish this. We all have the choice to make a change and its up to us.
Going through renovation is never easy. Especially when it's of your own body. It is so great to see the before and afters of other people. Not so easy when you actually have to live the time between the two pictures yourself. The fact is, I made it through my first week, and had my first weigh in at the center. My scale at home tells me one thing, and the scale at the center tells me another. That is strange, but I understand it is not all that unusual. At home, I hop on the cruel flat truth teller in the morning. My appointment with my consultant was at 6 PM. So I have to account for all the water and food I ingested during the day. In any case, the results were still positive, and I lost weight. According to my scale, 4 pounds, and at the center, 3 pounds.
When you think about it, the fact that different scales can say different things about the same body is actually kinda funny. Or at least curious. It reminded me that we can't really trust the human way of measuring and judging things. Or people, for that matter. Proverbs 16:11 says: "A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; all the weights of the bag are His concern." When God weighs somebody, He is checking their character. And that will be a precise measurement every time. We definitely do not want to be found deficient in His book. In Daniel 5:27, we read about a king who was found deficient in God's scale, because he had defiled the objects that belonged to God's temple, and he had not humbled himself before the Lord (Daniel 5:22-24). This King had brought the cups that belonged to the temple, and used them during a pagan party. If eating and drinking in honor of man made idols while using God's vessels wasn't enough, that king was also reminded of how he had not worshiped the God in Heaven, and had not come to him in humble adoration.
God takes His temple and all the things pertaining to it very seriously. I want to be found weighing just the right amount in God's scale. As for the unrealible human version, I hope to continue to see decreasing numbers each week. Since my body is His temple, I am sure God cares about both my spiritual and physical weight. As the verse in Proverbs said, He cares for "all the weights of the bag".
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What happens when you catch Spring Fever? You can't do anything except lie in bed and forget your diet.
Yup, this past week was spent on bed coughing and feeling nauseous. Sometimes I think to why God suddenly threw a punch in my face when I was doing so well and on track. However, the good news is that when I weighed myself I didn't gain any weight!!! I think God had been kind to me for me to have maintained my weight these crazy days.
I will continue to work on my portion control and eating healthier, because again, dieting is a lifestyle change, not a diet!
I think I have been trying to do too much at once. I want to lose fat and build muscle. This not impossible, but for me it is not working. I always want to workout. I think what I need to do is concentrate on sticking to the diet. I always think that I am "smarter" than everyone else. I think that I know it all. If I do, why am I overweight?
If it's not one thing, it's another. I'm not trying to place blame for my slips but I truly believe that the weather has an effect on my eating habits. I live in NW Indiana just outside of Chicago. The weather here is crazy. Seriously. It makes absolutely no sense. For instance we had snow and hail on Saturday and Sunday was in the 60's and sunny. We are entering Spring and I am very much looking forward to the weather warming up a bit. Not hot - just 60's and 70's would be nice. As the weather gets nicer I find that I want to be outside more, and be more active. Biking and hiking, taking the dogs for a walk, even just sitting in the sun reading would be wonderful. And in doing these things I am automatically staying away from the fridge and away from the snacks.
However, Spring has not come to the Chicago area yet. At least not for any lasting stretch of time. So I am dealing with chilly temperatures and gloomy skies. That type of weather makes it easy for me to stay indoors, snuggled under blankets, binging on food and Netflix. It also makes it more difficult for me to be motivated for the gym. I either don't want to go out in what ever weird weather we are having or I feel safe under layers for clothing.
So, while I am not using the weather as an excuse per se, I am saying it sure doesn't help much! Everyday I continue to fight forward because I know I am worth it. Somedays are harder than others and when I fall I try not to beat myself up. Instead I pick myself up and soldier on.
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Book worthy of recommendation...
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
by Robert Maurer
Why would I recommend this book? IMHO...
Robert Maurer has taught me that baby steps have great value.
For example, to get in the habit of riding my new exercise bike, I have set the following goals that are so simple they almost seem insignificant:
Day 1: with bike in a comfortable, convenient location, sit on bike for 1 minute while thinking about enjoyable bike rides I have taken in the past. (3/15/16 DONE)
Day 2: sit on bike to watch TV for 5 minutes (3/16/16 DONE--also pedaled for 20 minutes)
Day 3: pedal bike for 1 minute, think about a pleasant memory (3/17/16 pedaled for 5 minutes while watching music video by Adele "hello") (3/19/16 Redone this time also thinking about a pleasant memory)
Day 4: pedal bike for 5 minutes (3/18/16 pedaled for 30 minutes while watching cycling video of my home state)
Day 5: pedal bike for 5 minutes, stay on bike to watch TV for 5 minutes (3/19/16 pedaled for 30 minutes while watching TED talks; stepped on elliptical for 5 minutes while watching Rick Steve's show on Cinque Terre which reminded me of our recent book club selection "Beautiful Ruins")
Day 6: sit on bike to read a book for 5 minutes, then pedal bike for 5 minutes (3/21/16 read from "Traveling Incognito" by Sarah Shockley and pedaled for 15 min.)
Day 7: sit on bike to listen to music for 5 minutes, then pedal bike for 5 minutes
My initial goals are to establish the habit of being on my exercise bike every day and to associate pleasant thoughts and experiences with being on my exercise bike.
If you have access to a stationary bike that is going unused, would you like to join me on my journey?
While I am at it, why not set baby step goals to re-read this book?
Day 1: find the book again, read the information on the book cover and the table of contents (3/15/16 DONE)
Day 2: read the first two pages of the preface (3/16/16 DONE--read 7 1/2 pages)
Day 3: read two more pages, pick out my favorite sentence of what has been read thus far (3/19/16 DONE...back on track)
Day 4: read three more pages (3/21/16 DONE--read 4 more pages)
Day 5: read one more page, think about the ideas in the eight pages read so far
Day 6: read two more pages
Day 7: read three more pages, ...is there a way that any of this information can be applied to my Jenny Craig journey?
Until next time...
(Not at home 3/20/16...walked around the sidewalk of the entire shopping plaza - about 20 minutes)
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I have been concerned about all the preservatives and additives in JC prepared foods, but love the convenience and taste of many of their products.
However, I was REALLY surprised to find high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and corn syrup listed as ingredients in some of their products, such as the Mixed Berry Bar.
I don't know if you're familiar with how high fructose corn syrup is manufactured, but it's not pretty or natural. It involves genetically modified enzymes." involving vats of murky fermenting liquid, fungus and chemical tweaking. See http://www.motherlindas.com/HFCS_murky.htm
Many researchers believe there is a correlation between consumption of HFCS and obesity levels - see this chart: https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/2009/05/chart-obesity-high-fructose-corn-syrup/
HFCS is sweeter and cheaper than sugar, but can be associated with fatty liver and Type 2 diabetes. Fructose is also more likely to be turned into bad kinds of fat than glucose is. See
Why not use honey instead?
Perhaps we should let JC know if we would like them to make a change, and eliminate HFCS from their products.
Hello Jenny my old friend
I've come to see you once again
I love my family and I love my life
But in my weight I have encountered strife
And the vision that was planted in my brain
It is to go
Now I don't have to go alone
I have support right on my phone
I read the forums and I check the blog
And maybe someday I can start to jog
My hunger pains are more than satisfied
Don't feel denied
With all the food
Thanks Jenny Craig!
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Hey - hope everyone reading this had been having some healthy successes during these several weeks.
I've been watching the Valentine's Challenge, and just joined the Easter Challenge. Adding that accountability will be very motivating for me.
I've had 3 JC visits to the Center so far, and think I need to change something....
First visit to Center - drove my Mom in as well, who was reluctant to join the program. The center manager met with us - says she sees clients sometimes and would be happy to meet with my Mom to give her advice and words of encouragement. Very nice lady. Met with both of us during one really busy session and got us both registered, and food ordered. I'll plan to see one of the center's counselors next time, and the manager will continue to meet with my Mom. I met the counselor I was going to see next week, and she seemed really nice - I had an idea for her to try that she liked. We'll be hopefully be able to support each other! We both left very happy and excited about beginning the weight loss journey!
Second visit to Center - First weigh in - lost 4.5 pounds!
Again I drove my Mom, who met with the manager, and I met with one of the counselors - a really nice lady. We got 2 of my questions answered and my food ordered. Then time was up - felt a little rushed, but will do measurements and get info I requested next time.
Third visit to Center - Second weigh in - lost another 4 pounds!
Had a hard time this visit - trying very hard to stay positive as I write this.... Good news is that the program is working. Bad part is that as rushed as things seemed last week at the Center, this week was way worse.
My Mom and I both received our reminder calls the day before and were very surprised that neither of the people we were supposed to meet with were in when we got there. One poor Jenny employee was trying to man the front desk, answer the phones and help the clients who were waiting. Crazy!
I tried really hard to stay neutral and not give her a hard time, I mean it wasn't her fault that the others weren't in. The manager wasn't there yet and she didn't know when she'd be in, so she brought my Mom back to get her food order. She wanted to do mine next, but I wanted to see my counselor....who was given the day off. Even though they had confirmed my appointment the afternoon before.
So I went back alone and did my weigh in, and gave the lady my food order. No personal support. No advice this session.
It took us so long there that the Manager did come in toward the end, to take our credit card payments. She did explain her reason for being late and apologized, but explained that we should just see whoever was there at the Center at the time.
I don't know if I'm expecting too much. Last time I was on Jenny, I had a great JCC that celebrated my losses with me each week, and knew my story. She was a great cheerleader for me though ups and downs.
Now, I'm up 2 pounds....grrrrr.....and did a whole weekend off plan. I'm getting back on the horse.
There's another Center that's the same distance away in the opposite direction. I'm going to go sometime this week and check it out.
I have lost significant weight on Jenny 3 times in my 29 years of life.
When I was 15 I lost 50 pounds.
When I was 21 I lost 40 lbs
when I was 26 I lost 25 lbs.
But here I am again 29 and the back in the 180's. I am recently married and somehow with noticing the weight has just crept back on, and I am pissed. I am pissed that once again all of the hard work and sacrifice of prior jenny experiences have been totally wasted. Why cannot I not seem to grasp and cling to the lessons on food and exercise that Jenny teach me? Why do I make everything but my health and priority in my life? How did I let this happen. Why can't I commit? Why do I let one bad day or one bad meal send me into a spiral of an entire bad week of eating?Am I destined to yo-yo like this my entire life?
These questions haunt me and discourage me day in and day out. Having a husband that can lose weight by simply stop drinking one coke a day doesn't help.
In the past committing to and then loosing on Jenny was so easy. But I am struggling to commit now that I live with my husband. I am used to being able to throw out any and everything that didn't fit into Jenny. I have major self control problems and generally love food. Which probably explains why I am back for a 4th time trying to lose 25+ plus. I am struggling with how to maintain self control, as I can't throw out all the food in the house because my husband needs to eat.
I have never put my thoughts and feelings to paper so maybe this will help me, it sure can't hurt!
The top ten reasons I need/want to lose this weight:
1. I deserve to be happy ! Right now the weight and the inability to commit and lose it is making me miserable. I don't feel good amount myself or how I look. I deserve to be happy and enjoy life.
2. My husband deserves a happy wife.
3. My co-workers deserve a happy co-worker.
4. My friends deserve to have the happy and energetic friend back.
5. Such pretty clothes that are two size too small right now! I have a rocking wardrobe waiting for me.
6. If I don't loose the weight now ,trying to lose weight after we attempt for kids next year will be ever harder!- don't make things harder for myself.
7. I am currently .2 away from being obese according to doctor's standards , I can avoid crossing that threshold, but I have to get to work.
8. I will look better in pictures! I used to love documenting my life, now I avoid camera as much as possible.
9. The beach! I used to love going to the beach, now it seems like my worst nightmare. I deserve to enjoy the beach again.
10. Because I don't want my weight to rule my life anymore. It is time for me to take my life back!
Here is to kicking this weight for GOOD!
Any encouragement or tips and tricks on self control and recovering from mis-steps would be gladly accepted:)
Today is a new day, day 1 on my new Jenny Craig life. I want to be a success story! My goals are insight, I want to feel good about myself again. I have support from my husband, friends, and my new Jenny Craig team. I am so excited to see what happens. Praying for guidance and motivation. I can't wait to hear everyone's story. We've got this, staying focused is key.
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I know what you mean!!
Why are first days "back on track" so hard?!
It's hard because you need to find a reward. Something that tells you you won, you didn't lose!...Weightloss motivation's twin sister is the reward system. Most of us dont think of trying again after failing as winning, we never consider standing after falling as a victory but its the biggest win and victory there is!!. You need to allow yourself to feel that win and celebrate that victory!
Buy a candle and light it when you feel tempted. Look at the beautiful light and feel the warmth and fragrance supporting you. The longer that candle is lit and you didnt give into temptation the more you are winning (and training yourself to go for candles instead of food).
Light candles all over the house when you have company over....it reinforces that winning feeling and the warmth and fragrance of the inner strength you possess while playing hostess for the evening:)
When your candle is gone go get two more to take its place.
“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” ~Emilie Coue
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~Robert J Collier
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ~Mike Murdock
Try the Candle Light Challenge for your next off plan eating moment and you can finally Win over emotional and unconscious eating.
- When you decide to eat off plan, light a specific candle taking in the light and warmth, fragrance and beauty. This candle represents you, your power, goals and your choice to represent yourself during this time of eating off plan.
- When its time to eat off plan, briefly blow the candle out and then re light it when your off plan eating time is done. Keep it lit till the rest of the occasion is over (Birthday, Night out, BBQ with friends....)
- Look at the Candle (and all other lit candles around the room) frequently during the evening and celebrate the time you remained on plan and the time you ate off plan...Celebrate your win being back on plan now. That was a brief time away, nothing to be concerned about when you are in the moment and purposeful with your plans and goals. Celebrate all the events of the evening that were not food related, notice how many there are!
- When your candle is used up that is when its time to reward yourself by replacing it with several more candles. Light them all next time as well. The bigger your light grows the better!
Candles have a beautiful fragrance and color and truly shine a wonderful glowing light on you and on your control and your success over any off plan eating situation. Eating off plan is not the issue. Its when these moments catch you off guard, destroy your efforts and undermine your good intentions that make you feel defeated.
The truth is you are never defeated and need to celebrate the victory of being present and in control of your choice when and how to eat off plan. Your candles will help reprogram your emotions to think of these times as a wins not a losses.
Pretty soon Candles will represent you and your goals where ever you go.
Source: VALENTINE'S DAY CHALLENGE
I don't think the blogs are that popular on here but what the heck, I'll continue to write when I feel like I have something to document - I think it's great to look back at KEY points in your journey.
This post is related to weight loss in a sense but mostly career focused.
Here it goes...
Early this week I was contacted regarding a possible opportunity at work. I was flattered - someone reaching out to you (in my mind) means a whole lot! That's YOUR personal brand being witnessed and sought after...how cool!
Any who, I had a phone interview yesterday and have a face-to-face interview on Monday. This opportunity means everything to me right now - it would be closer to home, it a GREAT department (one I've had my eyes on) and it's a step up! The fact I was recruited does NOT mean it's mine so my plan is to be myself and OWN it. I was recruited for a reason and I want to show that I am the girl for the job!
Now where does the weight loss come in play here? WELL let me just say that my confidence is MUCH higher after my 15 pound loss. I stand taller, my clothes feel better, and my face looks better! (Not joking, my face and waist is where I lose it the fastest and my face is looking prettier than before - NSV!!).
I want to take this time to THANK Jenny, my JCC and YOU GUYS for continuing to motivate me and leading me to where I am today. I'm finding myself again and I'm really excited for the future. I can do this and I can ROCK it.
Monday will be a BIG day. I'm going to enjoy my weekend and come prepared with my confidence.
Wish me luck!
Has been several years since returning to Jenny.
Back to square one...needing outside help...after all Jenny got me to a size 3!
Day #1 was Great however Day #2 I visited a cooking friend today who gave me a lesson in Greek Empanadas, fried Pita Bread Chips & Salad loaded with olive oil dressing & Feta...Absolutely Delicious (Oh & did I mention Wine?) But Let's face it - I BROKE the RULES...but I forgave myself & declared Day #3 Thursday - I will be Victorious! Ü
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Starting over is hard to do. I have been harboring resentment for having worked so hard in the past just to gain the weight back. Bitterness and regret don't taste to great though. So I am working through the anger, and going back to what worked. I could point fingers and place blame for all the ways things have gone wrong in my life to bring me to this moment. But I have decided to take a breathe, turn away from the past and continue going forward.
Somehow I can't approach this attempt with the same perky enthusiasm that I've had in the past. Enthusiasm that soon ran out, and had to be replaced with emotional bribery to continue with my plan. No, this time I am approaching this with a heavy dose of reality, tempered a very real need to fight for my health.
Six months ago, when my youngest daughter (of three children) was 4 months old I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes(after having had gestational). I am fortunate that I am not on insulin, but now it is a fight to get myself on track, get my A1C's down below 5, (they are 6.9 right now down from 8.1), and lose this extra weight. I have NO time for playtime, practice, or pouting.
I need to get back to the middle ground. I need balance in my life and quick!
Tomorrow is my first day back on JC after many years. I am on a mission. When I wake up tomorrow after taking my fasting blood levels I am embarking on what I believe will be a huge undertaking. I am looking forward to setting and reaching small milestones on the way to the ultimate goal. And this time, I need it to stick. I can't just stop without learning to maintain the loss. So here is to starting over...
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Yesterday was terrible, I almost quit and it had nothing to do with the JC plan. I had a luncheon I had to attend so I took the dressing and thought I’ll just have the salad and eat the JC food around it. No Salad! But I realized there were veggie wraps. I took two, dumped the contents on my plate and through the wraps out. It was basically a salad with all the right veggies, but a little too much dressing. OK, that was fine, but the meeting ran long and I left starving.
On the way home I stopped by the grocery store pharmacy to get a prescription for my husband, but there was an insurance snafu. (Insurance company: “Yes you are covered but we haven’t processed a new number for you for the New Year, it’ll take 24-48 hours.”) By that time I felt like crying (OK, still other family stuff wreaking havoc on my life) and I thought, stop the diet and start Monday; it’s the weekend anyway. Remember, I WAS IN THE GROCERY STORE! Oh brother it was getting bad, I was thinking about what sounded good. Macaroni and Cheese (wait that was on the calendar for tomorrow’s dinner); Pizza (lunch on Sunday.) Something inside me said “if not now, then when?” Something inside me said “cheat if you need to with a little extra sugar free chocolate pudding and an extra bit of whipped cream.” You know, I didn’t even need the extra. I did pout all night, but I didn’t need the extra.
Plan better Belinda! Not sure why “if not now then when?” worked, but who am I to question. So down 2.8 pounds starting day 3 (yes, I know it is fresh fat and water but it is still 2.8 lbs!)
Next week my husband is out of town and I can focus food just on me.
"You could lose 10-15 lbs" means you should lose 25 lbs. I prompted that statement from my best friend, because I wanted someone to say it - and if your best friend can't tell you what you need to hear, who will? We were in a parking garage at the hospital, waiting for a friend, in the rain, following a little car trouble, so why not get all the bad news at once - that's always been my theory. 2 weeks later I walked through the doors of Jenny Craig in NYC - and decided to start the program again.
I'm a commuter, which means I spend most of my day in Manhattan & in the evenings I tend to socialize here as well. It made sense this time to seek out a JC in the city where I could go before or after work rather than on weekends in the 'burbs, when I catch up on sleep or exercise, or shop.
As always, I encountered a helpful counselor and she helped me get started on the program. The January 2016 promotional meant no fee for beginning again and there is even a booklet of coupons which saved on the products.
As always, Jenny's food is good and combined with healthy salads and green veggies and water / tea / decaf no-cal drinks keep you full. Having a goal in mind is helpful too. My long term goal is to lose 25 lbs by my 35th year HS Reunion in October. Just as I'm growing my hair out, checking on its monthly progress, my short-term goals will be monthly as well. Hopefully I'll grow an inch of hair and lose an inch of waist and belly each month.
The big difference between this particular weight loss and personal fitness journey I've take previously is that I am not angry at myself or kicking myself for gaining weight. Perhaps it is coming to a new understanding, of self, or priorities, but looking forward each day and putting the past where it belongs feels so much better. And most importantly - choosing happiness! We have so little control over so much, but we can choose how we can react - and reacting positively or trying to find a solution to a challenge almost always makes things better.
I wish everyone out there good luck on their personal journey.
I love new years and new year resolutions. I have kept so many of them with the exception of those that center around weight loss. But each year and truly each day, we get to make a choice. This year I am choosing me.
After 3 successful times on Jenny in the past, I have struggled for the last 10 years as my weight has continued to climb to get back for a fourth successful time. I lost 40 lbs three times from 1992-2001 (at that time 40 lbs was all I had to lose) and kept it off each time for 2-4 years. After a hysterectomy in 2003, I have gained weight steadily and now have 89.2 lbs to lose to get to a higher goal than in the past (probably need to lose 99.2 but really can't face that goal).
On October of 2014, things finally clicked again and I lost 20 lbs pretty easily. But then the holidays came and went, mother in law had a cardiac arrest and I flew out to assist her for a few weeks, remodeled our house, moved, started a new job, work in the stressful new job and then most recently my mother in law passed away. I wasn't at the point in my journey where I was able to work through life's challenges and stay on plan.
After much self reflection over the holiday, I have decided to make the commitment in myself and give myself this year to complete my goal. I know losing this much weight can be accomplished in a year as I have watch so many of my friends in and out of Jenny do this. I know Jenny works and portion control is my biggest struggle. I will really learn the exchanges this time so that I can transition correctly for maintenance in the future.
I head over this morning to meet with my JCC. She was so excited when I called. I have many events this week and will decide later today if I will take those three nights off from Jenny or just eat Jenny. I have a new years eve party, a football party and a big dinner out for my 57th birthday. Three nights in a row yikes, but I would be eating Jenny the remainder of the meals which is so much more than I am doing at this point.
So here is to 2016! I wish for everyone's dreams, goals and resolutions to come true. I know mine will because I am making me the priority. I am so worth it!