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Words to remember

Recently I was talking to a friend about losing weight.  I told her how much I hoped to lose and she reached out and gave me a huge hug and asked what she could do to help.  I told her to be kind and cheer me on when I started questioning why I was doing this.  She said not a problem but she also told me  the biggest challenge in losing a large amount of weight is the mental work.  It's really not about the food or nutrition as much as the life and eating habits.   I thought about her words and realized, for me, that is so true.   I have been able to lose to a certain weight range many times but for some reason once I get to that range I let all sorts of thoughts creep in and I never get out of that range.     Basically once I get there I mentally give up but this time around I am not going to let my thoughts defeat me!  How do I know that my thoughts won't defeat me this time?  Because I figured out what I was afraid of and decided to conquer those fears so that I could live a healthy lifestyle and first step to living a healthy lifestyle means losing all this weight.  I realize this is going to be hard work and I need to be positive about the out come.  One thing I'm doing, I'm mentally picturing myself at my goal.  I've set out outfits that I am going to wear as the weight goes down and I've got a terrific support group.  It's been a long time since I have felt confident and happy with my choices and I know with out a doubt that I will succeed this time.    Life is good!
     

Danalynn55

Danalynn55

 

Surgery Prep, Email, and New Food Plan

So I am prepping for surgery and want to be as healthy as possible. One of my struggles is eating too many veggies and gas. I figure this is a good time to try and cut back! So starting tomorrow for each lunch and dinner I will commit to one veggie portion. Not a salad and veggie, not nibbling before hand. No need to I can always eat between meals - have a yogurt, water, soda, tea, or a veggie. I feel like I eat so much at meals because I don;t want to feel deprived and think I will be hungry. I won't.    So I rushed over to the pc to declare this to my JC peeps.    B - Usual S- Snack - Yogurt and fruit L - JC meal and 8 - 10 ounces salad with dressing S - Yogurt and maybe fruit D - JCC meal with cooked veggie 8-10 ounces Dessert - Artic Zero    Also if you read this far (thanks!) new email for JC peeps MIssBumble2018@gmail.com    Figured I would just use that for JC and it would be easy to see any emails. Figured I would be vulnerable being in pain after surgery and committing to eat less stuffing food. So might need some of your fabulous support.  Ill also read the forum .. If I don't write back right away - attribute it to pain killers.    Anyway pre-op appointment tomorrow. Wish me luck Sue 

missbumble

missbumble

 

Transformations

Jenny Craig has changed my life! I am not plugging or advertising for them, but I honestly do not think I could have gotten to where I am today without them! Winning that membership was one of the best things that has happened to me. I have attached some transformation photos to show you the physical changes for myself and my husband. While the physical changes are great, the emotional changes have been the best! I have 62.8 pounds to go until I am at goal, but I am final happy with myself and I am eternally grateful to Dress Barn and my Jenny center for this opportunity.   My ultimate goal is to win the Half of Me contest that Jenny offers, to show others like me that Jenny works. To motivate and encourage others, to help them see that they can do it to, if they just believe.   If at any time you are struggling and need someone to talk to, I will listen email me at: thensley28@gmail.com. Sometimes, all it takes is having someone to talk to and someone that will listen. I will be here for anyone that needs it. We've got this!  

Tricia_Marie

Tricia_Marie

 

Plastic Surgery

Warning Controversial Posts - As I imagine some of you are against surgery....So you may want to skip this one....   Hi Guys - We' ll for years I have been thinking of getting plastic surgery on my breasts. After losing 100 lbs in Overeater's Anonymous I had a tummy tuck (abdomnioplasty) and thigh skin removed etc (lipectomy) but skipped the breasts. The Abdomen surgery tightened the muscle and removed a ton of excess skin. The thigh = left a pretty big scar, but also got rid of extra skin. I had tons of extra skin.....   So eventually I gained about 60 lbs (kept the 100 off for 10+ years..and then gained.. to August 13 or so 2016 when I decided to make a change. Jenny Craig .. and now Maintenance with a lot of JC frozen meals and some liberties.    So I have decided to do a breast lift and augmentation.. The lift is key when you have lost a lot of weight and augmentation will round out the solution since they currently are like 1/4 filled ziploc bags with water.  This surgery will allow me to buy bras at any old store, find workout bras easier.... and go braless if I have the right outfit. So I can see the importance.    So went in for a consult and said what else would you do. The Surgeon recommended a few things.. and got me thinking. I agreed with some, not all - and the prices were astonishing.. so going for 2nd and third opinions. So not jumping at this just yet.    What did they suggest?  1) Under eye baggy area lift - they are really think skinned, very wrinkly and droopy and make me look tired. So this is a local anesthesia operation and not huge.  2) Breast implant and lift - Expensive. When younger people or fit people do this originally - some get away with just an implant. I need both.  3) Retouching up the abdomnioplasty... basically will even get some of the skin drooping near thighs and my extra 2 inches or so of skin on stomach. But you know I  may not do that one - as so what if I have a muffin top.. It really is not bad 4) This is the huge one.... redo the thighs sort of by lifting everything up... hard to explain. But sounds major. So if you are very heavy lost a ton of skin... you know what's left (for me anyway) is tough to look at. That said I may just live with it... surgery sounds huge.....    Bottom line - will likely do my eyes at some point and my breasts soon... once I find right doctor.    It will be interesting to see what the next doctor recommends. I was pretty open with saying I wanted to know their opinions. I am pretty sure I will stick with my wish list - which is I have always wanted to be able to fit into bras better etc. So I think the Breast lift/enhancement (BTW these will be small oranges not cantaloupes)     Th e doctor did say I could use some fat on my face.. gain a little weight? That's scary to hear. But at least if I do gain a little I can have comfort that it might make my face look better.... Anyway I don't want to let that thought get out of control a I want to stay at my 140 maintenance weight. It works!   My next blog will likely be about maintenance. As I am listening to the Half Size Me podcast and been thinking about it alot. 

missbumble

missbumble

 

The Holidays

Since I was awarded my Jenny membership, I have stuck to the planned menus (that includes the limited free foods). This is something that I would like to maintain until I come to the end of my Jenny journey. The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday had me a little worried, that I would not be strong enough with all of the food. Well, I was wrong! My husband and I heated up our Turkey Medallion meals, and plated them. We sat down as a family and enjoyed our meals. I was able to stay on plan, and I was so beyond proud of myself. If the number on the scale on Friday does not reflect the good choices I made, I will be disappointed, but I will not be discouraged. I could have given in and wandered off plan, but I didn't. I am proud of myself.   We did not get to the gym, because we just don't get over there enough and I didn't want to be rude. Instea7d we went to 7 Falls to look at the lighted waterfalls. I am extremely afraid of heights, but was able to get halfway up (roughly 100 flights of stairs). I was petrified once I realized that I had to go back down, but I did it. Next, went to the Cave of the Winds, and on a tour of the Caves which was a mile long walk. My upper thighs are still killing me! We also went on several small walks with the dogs, but it was not as much as we are used to, but I am okay with this.   Should the scale not reflect this amazing accomplishment, I will be okay. I am so beyond proud that I was able to go in with a plan and stick to it. We had a great visit with family that we do not get to see every day or even every year and that beats the number on the scale! Holidays will no longer cause me stress and anxiety and now I know that I will be fine as long as I go in with a plan and communicate it with the people that I am spending it with.   Now, we are back home and getting back on track. Went to the gym yesterday and it felt so good! This week I am looking forward to being under 200 pounds (first time in over 6 years!) and I am going to keep pushing to ensure that I get there!   What was or is your worst fear when it comes to the holiday season? Were you able to overcome it? If so, how?  

Tricia_Marie

Tricia_Marie

 

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Had to try my new bundt pan, so I made this non-recipe:    1 box of Pillsburry Sugar-Free Vanilla Cake 1 can (15 oz) Libby's pumpkin puree 3/4 cup milk or water pure vanilla extract, optional   Mix and bake at 325 for about 30 minutes. Makes 16 generous servings (98 cal, 1.5 g fat, 26 g carbs, 1.9 g protein). Next time I may try greek yogurt instead of milk. Not yet sure if this freezes well.

slonic

slonic

 

Half Way!

I did it! I know I have posted this already, but I am so very proud of myself and I want to celebrate! I have been working incredibly hard since I started this program and have not deviated from it. (Not once). When I feel hungry, I eat some veggies my favorite being carrot sticks and cucumbers and drink water. As many of you already know, I won my Jenny membership in a contest. When I got the phone call I was going through a rough time, my daughter had just graduated high school and moved out without a word while I was at work. I was devastated at the thought of being such a horrible mother. When the call came I knew it was a sign, it was time for me to stop worrying about her and start working on myself, change my focus.   Now, my daughter and I have a somewhat better relationship, but that did not happen until I realized that she is an adult and I need to let her go to make her own mistakes. Now, it is time to focus on my son, husband and myself. Once I realized that I was worth it, I was able to focus on my goal and I will not let anything detour me, I will succeed! I am 100% dedicated to myself and this journey is making me feel so good about who I am and it has been a long time (if ever) that I have been able to say that.   My advice is to follow your planned meals, yes it can be pricey but so is medications, larger clothing, and eating out. There are going to be meals that are not your favorite, but enhance them with seasonings, and veggies. I have to eat the garden vegetable fritata with a table spoon of salsa. If you start feeling hungry between meals, chug a bottle of water or snack on some carrots or cucumbers (free veggies). This program works, if you let it. You deserve this and you can do it! Lastly, reach out. This forum is a great place for support and encouragement. While each journey is different we are all walking the same path and I enjoy coming here daily. Don't think you can do it? I challenge you to do one full week of pre-planned meals, drink plenty of water, and no deviation. I think you can do it, do you?       #journeytohalfofme  

Tricia_Marie

Tricia_Marie

 

Binge Window Now Closed

I am going to have to figure out what I want to do about binging. It's a habit I have for the most part avoided in the last year or two. It comes on me out of the blue. Like for instance today I was so happy about my weigh in, both at home and at Jenny. Down 1.4. But I was almost blacking out at home. Not sure why. I didn't want to eat before my weigh in but I did have an Anytime bar to tide me over. Today I had ordered Planned Menu #1 and as I was going over it I noticed it included a Breakfast Chocolate Muffin. That is a very bad breakfast choice for me. So what do I do when I get home. I dive for that muffin. I even ate the paper. Ok next I want more chocolate so I have my snack early (10:30 am) -- Cookies and Cream Cake. Hmm. There's also the Breakfast Cinnamon Rolls and I could count them as today's Lunch, no? Done. Hmmm. Almost done with my binge. Almost. What else is there? How about the chocolate lava cake? Done. Ok let's go to MFP and look at the damage. If i add in the 7 oz Chardonnay I know I'm going to have (it's once a week wine Friday) it comes to 976. Ok. I will have JC Fish & Chips for dinner and a salad without dressing. That will bring me to 1216 plus salad. Ok it's just a smudge over the calorie threshold but probably screwed up my carbs and sugars big time. But I'm saying this is my plan and it's not even noon yet. Can I keep to this?  Also, long term, I think I am going to have to forego the 10% planned menu discount and substitute any items like muffins, cinnamon rolls and sweet desserts for something not sweet because realistically is it worth about $20 a week to be tempted to binge like this? I don't think so. Now the funny thing is our house is full of sweets, courtesy of my husband. But I have trained myself to bypass them or allow myself only the tiniest portion. I also never pick up treats when out shopping and neither am I tempted to get in the car or walk somewhere (we have a bakery at the end of our block and a frozen yogurt across the street) and buy a treat. So this latest binge is just a newer form of temptation which I need to strategize around.

Mar mariposa

Mar mariposa

 

What do I want more than anything?

I have written on and off in a diary -- an actual book, or scraps of paper, or digitally ever since childhood. Sometimes I like to go back and read. Today I came across this, written maybe only a few years ago, excuse the typos and lack of punctuation/capitalization. I type very quickly to capture my thoughts and don't take the time to capitalize and fix errors:   the other day not sure what made me think about this but i asked myself what in the world would make me happiest? would it be a trip to France, o being able to speak French like a native, or writing a novel and having it published and I realized that no, none of this would make me happy at all if i were not thin. now rather than be ashamed of having such a superficial desire — to look good and wear fashionable clothes and look fantastic in them — i decided to embrace that goal. if that's what i really want then why not pursue and achieve it. it's a goal that can still be achieved, i believe, without starving myself or denying myself any particular food. the only action i need to hew (ww?) to is the only eat when hungry and stop before i feel full. is that not doable? if not following that regimen keeps me from my most desired thing in life what does it say about me? that i do not want to be happy? that i am afraid of happiness? that i am avoiding happiness because i feel i don't deserve it or that i think it is an unworthy goal? why not honor myself? why judge myself and think of this goal as unworthy? the other thing it says about me is that i want the immediate in lieu of the discipline needed to achieve long-term goals. partly i think it is connected to losing sight of my goal as the day progresses. i am fine at breakfast, even at lunch, maybe even up to mid-afternoon but somewhere after 2 pm i start to want something for this day. what is the solution? is it to remind myself later in the day of my goals? i am going to try today by setting my phone alarm for 3 pm and take that time to do something … oh i know go on pinterest and look at clothes or grab my sketchbook and sketch something related, like a belted trenchcoat. that will be experiment for this day. 

Mar mariposa

Mar mariposa

 

Role Model

Yesterday we went to our Jenny Craig center for dinner and some tips on how to get through the up coming holiday. There was only a small group of us, but when we walked in they asked for our permission to share our stories and we consented. I have been very vocal about my journey and if I can inspire even one person, I will be happy. Since winning my membership with Jenny I have not eaten anything off of plan, I have not allowed myself the limited extras and I am just following my plan. When I accepted my prize I committed to the program. I am not saying that I am better than anyone, or that everyone needs to do as I am doing. Everyone's journey is going to be different.   When my consultant was speaking about me, it made me feel so good that my story was being used to encourage on this journey. Since I started the program on June 26th I have lost 72 pounds by following the program (as of 11/10/17). All of my life I have been overweight and have never had the strength to fight the impulse, food was my best friend. Hearing Janey tell my story made me so proud of myself. I am proud of the work and commitment that I see in myself. Also, it doesn't stop there, I want to encourage and motivate others that are like me, show them that they can do this and they are worth it.   My goal is to make the half of me edition of People magazine by losing 148 pounds. I want to share my story, let others know that being almost 300lbs. does not mean that you cannot lose the weight. I want people to hear my story and know that Jenny Craig works and is not only for celebrities. #journeytohalfofme   If you are reading this and you have been struggling, message me. This site is a great place for motivation an encouragement, and I am here to do what I can. We can do this!

Tricia_Marie

Tricia_Marie

 

Lessons Learned

One of these days, I'll learn to not pat myself on the back so quickly.  It always seems to follow with a crash of some sort.  I feel like I set myself up for failure.  It seems I just can't feel good about an accomplishment until I complete the project.  In this case, the project is my healthy eating and weight loss.  Why do I do this to myself?  It's as if all my demons come out of the close and talk me down.    So... to the point of the food issue:  I had some sibling family issues that I took to heart before I bounded onto a bus for an overnight trip to see the Rockettes in NYC.  The family issues didn't appear to bother me on the outside.  I wasn't really thinking about them, but subliminally they probably caused me some sadness (a food trigger for me).  The person I was on the trip with also encouraged me to be off plan for the weekend and enjoy whatever I wanted to eat.  OK, yes.  I didn't want to eat JC food or think about it.  The meals on the trip were pre-ordered.  I did fine until I got hungry. I'm assuming I got hungry because my JC plan fills me up with lots of crunchy veges, to which I didn't have access.  I got on the scale when I returned and gained 2.5 pounds in 2 days.  TWO DAYS!  I should mention that 3 days later, it's all off BUT!      It's not a big deal to have a weekend off plan, so long as we go right back into JC as soon as we're back to reality.  I'm still in learning phase and this is learning for a lifetime.  I accomplished the task of returning to plan, but something was different this time.  I really, REALLY didn't want to go back on plan.  It took all I could to muster in my strength to get back on the wagon.    In the past I would not have continued.  I would have been disgusted with myself.  This time?  I just don't know.  I'm committed.  I'm ready to get to goal.  I just have to stop beating myself up about the bad days.   How do you clear your mind so that you don't sabotage your good work?

FINALLYonmyway

FINALLYonmyway

 

OK, I'm going to pat myself on the back

Yeah, I said it.  I'm giving myself a pat on the back.  I think us women need to do that every now and then.  We don't need other people to do it for us.  We need to make sure we're doing it to ourselves, right?  So, why am I giving myself a pat on the back?  Because I'm rockin' the JC vibe!  I got through a potentially destructive day:   I signed up to be a Polling Inspector in our NY general election this year.  On Tuesday, I arrived at 5:30 am and readied myself for a long day until 9:30 pm.  I actually thought ahead.  I packed all my JC non-frozen foods for the day because I just didn't want to be caught off guard.  Into my backpack went the cranberry/almond barscotti, the chicken salad meal, the fiesta chicken & rice; a JC chocolate shake, a low-fat mozzerella cheese stick, an apple and ranch snaps.  Plus two large containers of coffee and a bottle of water.   I should explain that, in the past, I would NEVER do this.  It would be my excuse to go off plan.  It's going to be a long day and I need the sustenance, right?  How could I let all the lil' ole ladies down when they brought in the baked goods, candies and meals for us as we're working away?    Mindset change:  I GOT THIS.  I didn't have a single baked good, donut, candy, potato chip (my weakness).  I didn't even have the roast pork dinner the church was having for the voters, although I did give a donation in lieu of a meal.  Nope!  I told them I had goals to meet.  I wanted to stay on track, especially during this holiday season.  Oh they tried, believe me.  They came so close as to even trying to put a donut next to my lips.  (WTH!)  No thanks, I said.  I walked away and went into the bathroom to get away from them for a bit, go potty, and to regroup.  What is wrong with people?  and why do they think that's funny??  I felt like I was being pressured by a drug dealer!  Yeah .... sugar drug dealer. UGH!  I let it go and didn't dwell on what just happened.   When the dinner came in from the church for the other inspectors, I had a brief moment of regret that I didn't get my own plate.  The food smelled really good.  I mean, really, really good!  But I breathed in through my nose, counted to 10, and pulled out my JC Chicken & Rice meal.  I went into the kitchen and heated it up.  And I ate it.   Was it as good as their meal probably tasted (and they did have to let me know how good it tasted)?  Not really - I didn't doctor it up in my usual way with more veges.  But it worked.  I have goals... I'm going to do this.  I focused on the voters coming in.  I checked them in and did all 3 of our jobs while they ate their meal.  Anything to keep me busy as the potato chip bag was opened and the smell was wafting through the room, along with roast pork in alot of gravy.  I so wanted a potato chip, but we all know one leads to a whole bag - at least for me - and then complete regret.   They ate their chips; I crunched on my ranch snaps.  No worries.  As the day went on, I felt stronger.  As the day turned into night, I became more invincible.  OMG!  I said to myself.  I'M ACTUALLY DOING THIS!     The night ended and I was so proud of myself - and amazed at who I am becoming.     The takeaway from this?  STAY STRONG SISTER!  And pat yourself on the back every now and then.  You deserve it.       

FINALLYonmyway

FINALLYonmyway

 

The Difference in a Year

On the left is a picture of my husband and I from one year ago at our first Bronco game together. The picture on the right is from this passed Sunday. Combined we have lost 115 pounds.   I just had to share.

Tricia_Marie

Tricia_Marie

 

Wait! What? I think it's working!

I'm actively on my journey, but I try not to think too much about it.  I'm trying to make it part of my every day life.  When I think too much about losing weight, is when I fall off the wagon.  I either get frustrated, do the self-hate "why do I have to do this" routine, or tell myself I'm looking good and can splurge...and splurge...and splurge until I get completely off track and then quit.   Well, not now.  I can actually visualize myself at goal.  For the first time in my life I can visualize goal!  You'd think, at 56, I would have hit my goal weight at some point in my life.  Well, sadly, no.  Nadda. Never as a teen, never as an adult.  I've been close, but never at goal.  I would use every excuse in the book.  Stress being #1 - work stress, extra hours on the job, family stress.  So, yeah... stress is my trigger and my excuse for not focusing on my health.  I would do the "easy" part of tackling the stress.  But now I believe that the past just wasn't "my time" to be at goal.  I just wasn't ready to do it.  I'd make a half-baked attempt because everyone else wished it for me.  But I really didn't care.  Until I got so overweight, I had to lose something to feel a teeny bit better.  Once I felt a little better, I'd stop.  For a person who really needs to lose about 75/80 pounds, feeling better would be around 20-25 pounds.   So, what's different this time?  I think I'm still trying to figure that part out. Another thing I wouldn't do is document my journey on paper or in pictures.  So...  here's my mid-point.  I think it's working.  I'm not even thinking about quitting.  I'm not even stressed about the holiday season.... yet.  My JC consultant is my ROCK!  I know I wouldn't be here without here.

FINALLYonmyway

FINALLYonmyway

 

Getting Sick

Since starting the program in June, this is the first time that I have gotten sick. I currently have an obnoxious head cold that is killing my motivation. Up until the the 23rd of October I was going to the gym every day. Then the 23rd came and I could not find the energy to go. This head cold wiped me out for the entire week.   I am not writing this for sympathy, but I am writing this because I was frustrated with myself for letting a head cold keep me from the gym. I was amazed and thrilled with that frustration. Never in my life have I felt frustration or anger at myself due to being lazy. I have always enjoyed and even preferred sitting around the house all weekend doing absolutely nothing. Now, I want more, and that shows me that Jenny is going to work for me. The changes that I have made are making a difference both physically and emotionally and I could not be happier.   So, while my sickness kept me away from the gym and my activity was less than I would have liked, I was still able to lose 1.2 pounds. The best part of my cold is that the realization that the changes that I am making are working. I hate getting sick, but I realize that I have to take the time to relax and take care of myself rather than going to the gym or worrying about my weight loss.   When you get sick, what happens? My husband bought me several medicines to help me through my sickness, but I refused to take them due to the calories. Since when does medicine have calories?    

Tricia_Marie

Tricia_Marie

 

Keeping it Clean In the ATL - Week 2

65 pounds down... time to continue this great trend and not eat over feelings.TY. Jenny Craig! Expensive - No! if you compare it to the cost of being heavy - clothes, health, lack of happiness, not fitting on airplane seats etc. I am worth it... and so are you,   OK Just wanting to set it down my plan for handling very high stress client... in hotel all week and working late hours. Goal: Maintain the path forward... lose 2 pounds or so - by keeping it clean. 1) JC French toast for breakfast (Barscotti today on travel day) 2) Lunch JC Loaded or Healthy Steamers - Linguini and Salad with Skinny Girl 3) Dinners- Buy Zoodles at whole foods, Artic Zero fro dessert... and pair with JC entree - lasagna or creamy penne   If out to dinner - have tea with stevia Snacks - yogurt, fruit   Workout at Orange Theory Tues, Wed, Thur, Sat & Sun Show up to forum and help others Next weigh in - success!!! And on to maintenance with a bit more lee way     Key: Handle airport - with Tea, Diet Coke, Green beans for plane Key: tough times- whatever comes my way - go for a walk. listen to book on tape, hit the gym, make a call. Do not eat something. Everything passes.. and being thin is miraculous and fabulous. Like winning the lottery!!! Size 4-6-8-10-12 Whaaat? This is amazing. Lets keep it   Also work on Quantity - Less veggies per meal.. stomach and digestion will be very helpful...  

missbumble

missbumble

 

Incredibly happy!

Today I was able to weigh in with my family. My husband and I are on the program, while I am cooking for my son. Our son is too young to be on Jenny, but my Jenny center wanted to make him feel involved so they are weighing him.   So, today was the first time in a while that we have been able to weigh in together since my husband has been working out of town. And the results were: Me: 214 lbs. for a 4.4 pound loss this week. Total loss of 64.4 pounds Nicholas: 218.6 pounds for a 7 pound loss this week. Total loss of 46 pounds. Aaron: 117 lbs. for a 10 pound loss since we started on the program.   Both Nicholas and Aaron are at their halfway point and got their halfway pictures taken. I am so unbelievably happy for them! You see, Aaron's loss shows me that I am going to be able to cook healthy meals once I have met my goal. I have 10 pounds to lose until I am at my halfway point and I am so ready for it.   This journey has not been easy, but I have put everything that I have into it. When I would normally eat, I go to the gym or get on here. I have been following my 1200 calorie plan without eating any of the extras. I do take full advantage of the free vegetables. I have been extremely obese my entire life and I believe that getting this membership was a sign and I cannot let it go to waste. I want my consultant to know that this was not a wasted gift.   Everyone's journey is different and it is not my intention to make anyone feel bad about their own journey. In fact, it is the opposite; I hope that my story helps others like me throughout their journey. Since I started this journey, I have found that I enjoy the satisfaction that comes with encouraging and motivating others.   #journeytohalfofme  

Tricia_Marie

Tricia_Marie

 

Need to get back on plan

Due to travel, company, social obligations, and unexpected car repairs, I have been "off plan" for almost 3 weeks in a row!  YIKES!  Fortunately, I am using my JC menus from prior weeks to try and "re-create" similar menus from my own kitchen.  I am still doing the cottage cheese, Greek yogurt with fruit, string cheese, almonds, etc. for my snacks and then trying to create healthy, small-portion meals that are similar to a JC frozen entree.  I have been making veggie kabobs, grilled chicken, vegetable soups, tuna and chicken salad, and a breakfast taco, omelette, or egg sandwich.  I cook for my Women's Group from church once a week, which actually hasn't been a problem--for some reason, when I am preparing a meal for others, I tend not to eat much because I have no appetite after all the food prep! Hoping to get back on plan next week, but I'm pleased that I have still managed to lose 5 pounds doing my own thing, which is going to be important for maintenance--not to go back to my bad habits and continue cooking healthy options and managing portion sizes.  I do need to get my fitness regimen going.  I've been walking the dogs a couple days a week and doing some strengthening exercises, but now that it is getting darker earlier, I need to put my exercise DVDs and stationary bike to better use.  It is just so hard for me to fit exercise into my schedule on weekdays.  I have lost about 10 pounds since I re-started, so I am on track.  Lots of people have commented that I look like I have lost weight, and my clothes certainly fit better, although I can't quite go down a dress size quite yet.  I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, so I am anxious to see if it has made a difference on my blood work. 

MizzM

MizzM

 

Day 4

I am really enjoying the program so far.  I like not having to worry about planning my meals.  I am training to do a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and eating right is giving me more energy! I have a dinner plan for tomorrow night.  I am a little nervous about it.  Any pointer anyone has would be greatly appreciated!  I will eat my meals as planned and save my fats for dinner.  Bread and butter is my downfall.  I hope I can be strong enough to resist!

Momof31219

Momof31219

 

And so it begins

I did JC back in my early 20's and it worked great for me.  I'm now 43, had a hysterectomy and my body chemistry changed and I have put on some weight.  My goal is 50 lbs.  I'm ready!  

sassafrasmax

sassafrasmax

 

Tomorrow

I rejoined today.  I've been struggling for a while and needed to get some control over my food choices. I think I have finally worked the 1st step of OA. I am truly powerless over food,  I am scared but hopeful for the future. I am hoping I can inspire you as you can inspire me!  

Momof31219

Momof31219

 

Girls Vacation

So here I am.  Sitting at the pool.  Day 3 of a 7 day trip.  For the most part, I feel I'm doing ok with MOMO.  We did get vegetables and salad, a roaster chicken and a steak.  I'm trying not to over-think my food choices his week.   However, I am playing "this-not-that" when it comes to making choices.  No doubt, the scale will go up.  I just want to keep it to a minimum.     I love how I've grown in my healthy eating thinking.  I used to stress about it so much, I would give up and go overboard.   Not this time.  I actually feel remarkably calm with my food choices.     It's all about a permanent lifestyle, isn't it?  So, I went to an hour water aerobics class and I am planning to go to this and a spin class this week too.    I guess I'll see how this all pans out when I return.  

FINALLYonmyway

FINALLYonmyway

 

Almost to my halfway point

Today marks 103 days since I began my Jenny journey and I have lost 56.6 pounds (as of Friday) Two weeks ago my measurements were taken for a total loss of 30.6 inches. I am just so happy with the results that I am seeing. I have 17.8 pounds to lose until I am at my halfway point and I am so excited to see my pictures on the wall at my Jenny Center.   On Friday I had to have a fasting lab done to check my thyroid and other levels and my doctor informed me that my TSH levels were normal and that my cholesterol levels had also come down in to the normal range. That was so exciting for me, knowing that my hard work is paying off is extremely satisfying.   So many people are noticing my weight loss and I have found that I enjoy sharing my story. I want others to know that they can be successful too. At work, I speed walk around the factory every two hours. When I first started this, the employees would point and laugh. Now, I have a growing group of women that get up and walk too. It brings a smile to my face. Also, after seeing the results that I have been having, both my mother and sister in law have joined Jenny and have started their own journey. Knowing that I helped them and motivated them to make lifestyle changes makes me feel good about myself.   Right now, I am on planned menus at 1200 calories a day. While the cost of Jenny can be up there, I look at it as an investment into myself. The strict planned menus are giving me the guidance that I need while also allowing me to better understand portions. While I am on Jenny my 10 year old son is not, but Jenny is teaching me how to cook for him in order for him to become healthier. I love this site because it allows me to share my journey while meeting others that are going through the same things. I use my Facebook page to share information about my weight loss in what I call #journeytohalfofme.  https://www.facebook.com/THensley81   I am so grateful to Janey @ my Jenny center here in Grand Junction, Colorado for giving me the prize of an annual membership because I honestly feel as though it is going to be what saves my life! I refuse to let a bad day or a bad mood be an excuse!  

Tricia_Marie

Tricia_Marie

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