So I am off to happy hour in my new dress. Jenny Craig rocks!!!Never ever give up - this is your time! If you are new or struggling or thinking about straying. Don't.... This is how we do it. It works!!! I have come to love the food. love the people, love the plan. So today went out with my fitness coach, her mom and another friend- needless to say they are breathtakingly beautiful women. After lunch (salmon power bowl, cooked dry with JC dressing - about 400 calories). We went to the Vegan bakery where I ate zilcho. (and was not tempted... Afterwards - I bought this new dress. I barely own a dress. I do not wear them. Well I am off to happy hour in my new dress. Man it is sooo refreshing to be able to wear clothes like these. Or even shopping in a regular size store.
So some of you know I have been working out at my fitness class I take (Orange Theory) but tonight I was inspired by SFMOM who was dancing at home. So I searched for dance videos... and found one that is a little Silly - but got me up off my chair and sweating - and not heading right to dessert and bed.
So I think I will see if I can keep this up for 7 days. So this is the 7 days of you tube videos... None of them are my videos... and I have a bunch that I love that really work you out that i have posted on the JC Forum. My intention here are gentle videos - that stress having fun - rather than a million squats... as I do those in my class. OK I could do more... but never mind.
CIZE Dance Video _ Shawn T
Day 1:: https://youtu.be/tj9d6aBOzDo
6/25 - It was a bit silly - but by the end of 30 minutes I was sweating. And if you are ever depressed or have any issues - working out always helps. You may not want to do it - but you never ever finish and say jeez I wish i didn't do that.
6/29 - Day 2 - Did the next CIZE Dance video it was fun. Not much of a workout for me - but a good way to breakup the day and step away form my desk and pc work.
21 Day Fix
Well lets dance turned into lets see what else Beachbody has - and so now I have just completed day 3 of 21 Day Fix. An outstanding workout program. Really making me work, but with modification I can do. Its available to buy DVDs or just use use the app or website - beachbodyondemand.(for a monthly fee).
6/30 Day 4 - Pilates (Think planks and leg lifts) it was what they call an active rest day - but leg exercises are hard. Imagine if I did them al these years (I did not).
So life is soooo good. I just spent Sun eve thru This morning on a work trip in Toronto. FANTASTIC. I loved running and sightseeing... Fantastic city. Glad to be home.. and looking forward to being home and staying more on track with jenny. I did ok while away - but kind of like being back.
Anyway great trip...
My body hated me so much when I started JC. Thought I'd use my blog debut to record all the weight related issues I faced/am facing:
A chronic cough due to GERD that I'd had for 16 mos.
Plantar fasciitis in both feet
Lower back pain
Inability to do things I used to easily, like cross my legs, go for long walks, skate and hike up hills with the ease of a mountain goat.
I just started JC 3 weeks ago, but I've lost 10 lbs, my chronic cough has gone away and my feet and lower back are already feeling a little better. I still have 73 lbs to lose and it gets overwhelming thinking of just how long it's going to take to get back to a healthy weight so I can't let myself dwell on it. I can only focus on sticking with the diet for today, so that's what I do.
Just decided to count my Days (ok google did that for me)... and we are here at Day 333. 2 days from my birthday. What a fantastic present. I can tuck in a shirt. Priceless!!!! I am so very happy I went to Jenny. I am definitely my thinnest ever. I buy size small. Whaaat? Bought a jean jacket to where on my date (yes date) next week. Oh wait the point is I bought it at Banana Republic (Which for the record I could not fit into their clothes 333 days ago) and it's a size small. It might be on the smaller side.. but my workouts at OrangeTheory seem to make you smaller - so I think it's fine.
Anyway I am so thrilled with Day 333. I played golf (shot a 98 which was ok considering I have not been focusing on golf lately), had lunch with my golf partner - big salad - no cheese or croutons, Added Ahi Tuna, and brought the new JC Creamy Herb Dressing (45 cals) and added some healthy anchovies and avocado.
Then had my nails done (for the aforementioned date - red toes, French nails)
Now home had my snack off to shower and try on work outfits and date outfits. Have to see what fits for work outfits. I do not get tired of outfits. I am still shocked very day with how I look. You think I would be getting used to it.. nope!
OK Well.. just wanted to share Day 333.....
We are at Jennie Craig this morning getting weighed in. My daughter has lost 47 and I'm down 37.Woot woot for us. We are going on vacation this Sunday to Hawaii and plan on taking loads of snacks. Wish us luck
Should I be used to this? Went away this weekend to my cousins graduation and made a mad dash to Chicos to find a white t-shirt to put with Black pants.. But alas I bought a ton of stuff. First off - I remember when I could not fit into Chicos. Did you know they have a size 00? say What? (I had 00 jeans on...) Anyway I purchased a bunch of clothes in size 0. Wow... So if you have not shopped Chico's size 0 is not a true size 0... it's more like a Size 6 or on the smaller side of a size 8.
Anyway - I feel like one day i was thrilled to get into the 190s... and then 180s... and now here I am in the 140s at goal. Some of the new shape has to be due to my new workout (a class where I do 30 minutes High Intensity cardio and 30 means weights or body weigh stuff). So through jenny craig and adding some healthy exercise - I arrived here at goal. I never imagined goal would be a size 6. My sister and I went dress shopping for another cousin's upcoming wedding... And it was clear I needed a size 6 dress. woo hoo.. so thrilling, I know I must sound insane. Like - some of you - just skip the blog because enough already, Sue we get it your thin. but for the newbies.. I swear this program works. It is 85% Food and 15% exercise. The biggest issue I face is food.. and Jenny has helped me with that!! As I am in maintenance - yup this is where a lot of work begins.
I am taking it slowly. I do meals on my own and Jenny foods so it's a mix. I feel so satisfied with the JC food that I tend to stick to it.. I am branching out and will do more and more MOMOs with the help of the forum and the help of my JC counselor...
Anyway, I read alot of people complaining about the slow loss ( I bet I was one of them back in the day).. And the forum gang were here to tell me - it's ok.. You Got This!! And slow and steady wins the race. I definitely won the race!And there's room for all of you in the Winner's Cirlce! Am I glad the weight loss was slow? I think the answer is yes. It's helping me stick with it... eat the right amount of foods and learn portion sizes. So i am glad it is off. I am sooo glad I joined jenny. Every day I put on a workout outfit and I am astounded I get to look like this! YAY JENNY!!! Thank you forum friends - You all are wonderful..
My cousin's graduation was very nice! He was glad my sister and I flew there (DC) to attend. I'm very glad to be back home..
Anyway thought I would share my new Chicos outfit.. I also bought the pants in black. Love them
Macaroni and Cheese with Green Beans, plus tomatoes, homemade ranch and coleslaw.
Homemade ranch recipe: 1 tsp dry onion flakes, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp or less black pepper, 1/8 tsp salt, mix into 2 oz greek yogurt, add more yogurt if needed.
I signed up for JC today at the encouragement of my naturalpathic doc. She sees how much I struggle with meal planning so thought this would be a good way to see some result while learning to plan in a different way. I'm excited to try something new. I can't keep trying what I've been trying, it's obviously not working. I'm at my highest weight. 262, 5'4 and 44 years old. I have always been heavy, but not this heavy. It's only in the last couple of years with this added 30lbs that I really feel my weight is impacting me. I want to feel better! Right now I have on and off joint pain, not as much energy as I want, NAFLD, I'm I'm creeping up towards high cholesterol and blood sugar. I'm not there yet, but there's a steady climb in my numbers. Time to put that to a halt!
A couple of months ago my father was diagnosed with a severe disease and my mother is in 3rd stage kidney failure now (stable though). They are both 70 yrs old. They both only recently retired and we all wish they were in better health to enjoy it. I want to enjoy my retirement with my loved ones!
I'd love to hear anything folks have to say about mind set and how you change such old habits? I see the tips about eating all the food, snacks, exercise, which is great! But I'd love to hear more about the mental and emotional sides of this experience.
Well I hit 32 pounds gone...from 214 to 182. It has been slow but steady. My daughter is 42 pounds down. We are going to our first doctor's appt. since we started Jenny on February 1st. I can't wait to get the results of our blood work. I know my doctor will be happy. I had quit smoking about 3 years ago and also had my thyroid removed. My blood pressure was so high that she put me on three types of medication . I also started pre-diabetes medicine. My A1C had creeped up to 6.1. My pill box looked like my mother's use too. I have felt so good lately. I have not had a cold or flu since I quit smoking, which is unbelievable. I had a huge tumor on my thyroid and was constantly sick. After all the drama I saw the scale continue to go up and up. My daughter continued to gain weight. She hit a high f 272. I had to do something for both of us..This is why I joined this program. I know it's expensive but we are worth it...
so much fun!!! You get sucked in.. and end up buying these outfits... And if you have just lost 60 pounds... well that's my excuse. I actually love my new fitness class... and so grateful to Jenny Craig for 60+ pounds off my body!!
Yippeee.... So I am trying to get to goal... and now it is .8 lbs away. I lost 2.4 lbs this week. Ok so I lost 0 last week - but even 1.2 lbs per week this close to goal is very exciting!
Jenny Craig is an awesome plan!!!
If you are considering it - Just do it. If you have lapsed.... so...come on back!! You got this! Chocolate Lava cake awaits.
I have been working out at a gym I adore (Orange Theory Fitness). (Note: You don't have to workout to be on Jenny - Physical Activity helps!!! And it's great for you - but most of my issue is around food and well I was pretty out of shape so I'd like to get in shape... ) The concept is - you go for an hour and get cardio and weights in with a coach telling you when to run at Base pace, when to push it up and when to run all out (or walk, or bike, or elliptical). Then I do weights or squats or rower - more exercises they lead you through.
The people are great - and I look forward to it. This week twice I went twice a day. It kept me from snacking on veggies before my meals (somewhat) also kept me away form a bar drinking a glass of wine or two for happy hour - hence the reason I went twice.
It helps that I am in a weight loss competition at the gym that ends in 1 week or 2. I can't possibly win - but I wanted to be supportive.. and hitting my goal would be a win in my book.
I am always looking to meet new people - working form home makes it a bit hard. So this helps as well.
Anyway - So excited to lose weight and be near goal.
I am thinking of entering the JC contest - need to get a good picture of me and my consultant. We took one today - but it's boring. I think I will wear a dress, get hair done etc.
Anyway - here I am at the center (after golf). Behind me is my consultant's office. I know all the consultant's there - and we have fun every time I go in to visit/// Its like my own fan club, My mom also goes to Jenny... So they know my family - and are proud of my mom (as am I).
So this is my first time blogging. Like ever. Usually afraid to put something out there in fear of trolls, but hey we're all in the same boat here right?! On week 5, was expecting a loss as I've been really diligent and exercising, but was up .6lbs. My consultant saw I was disappointed even after assuring me it's normal and probably sodium retention. So she did my measurements and I've lost 6 inches in a month 🙌. I'm still not happy when I look in a mirror, I've always been thinner, but after my 2nd pregnancy yikes, hello 30lbs! I want it gone quick and get ahead of myself, so I need to remind myself it's a journey and it WILL come off because I'm determined. In the mean time give myself some credit for what I have done and just keep pluggin away. Here's to all of us workin those lbs away ✌️
OK So they were ok - by no means were the muffins (see prior blog entry) the same as Jordan Marsh Muffins circa 1970 (and 250 calories each, according to the recipe I posted in My Fitness Pal. I made the recipe using Emily Bites muffin recipes - based with oatmeal. I swapped out the sugar for Truvia baking Blend and they landed at about 80 calories. I took 2 frozen muffins out of freezer into fridge last night, popped them in micro for about a minute and had them with coffee. A lite breakfast - and t's weigh in day. So that was good. they tasted a bit like oatmeal and not at all like Jordan Marsh's Blueberry muffins. (http://www.cooks.com/recipe/lk2p15t8/jordan-marsh-blueberry-muffins.html) So growing up in Boston those were a big to do!
My go to breakfast (I am a quantity eater) Is 4 egg whites (196 grams) for the container - cooking spray, 1 tbsp parmesan (or try nutritional yeast maybe next time) and butter spray on the Lite Thomas muffin... and my 2 oatmeal bite muffins were just 1) small and 2) sort of dietetic....
Here's the thing - I bet I could have a nice smallish 250 calorie muffin and still have said where's the rest of breakfast? so my vote is for the eggs. But I have 5 more servings in freezer and will have them when I want warm muffins and coffee
Had i followed her recipe to a T and used light brown sugar - no doubt they would have been a lot tastier. But maybe I don't need them to be too exciting and scrumptious. I have a food addiction - and I let it out of the cage during me meals... and I have chocolate lava cake for dessert - maybe it's good not to go too overboard at breakfast and stick to less exciting food.. hmmm.. but well to me a huge omelette is exciting.
Anyhow - that's enough contemplation for one day - off to get weighed in and look for a dress to wow them on my next business trip. Ah the thin life!
Success!!! I followed the recipe more or less - I substituted 1/6 cup Truvia Baking blend instead of light brown sugar, and blueberries instead of peaches.. but alas made the Emily Bites Muffins.. I calculate about 80 calories each with my sugar replacement. Going to have two for breakfast one of these days - or even out on the golf course.
Victory - I made them and did not snack on them!!!
So every day I discard, giveaway or put in the upstairs closets outfits that are too big. It's an adventure. So after my workout class - I basically am likely in for the day... Anyway I felt like I was putting on a costume. 1) wear clothes that are just so small.... 2) wear eye liner etc.. mean I am at home today literally working at computer. So anyway - with no further ado.. I bring you BadA$$ sue with a message of peace. Oh and today I am in solidarity with @Crayola64we are not eating mindlessly between our meals.. no extra veggies for me.... no snacking endlessly - today it is planned and it will happen - I will get to eat! Just not while cooking my meals. So I dressed up today and will have fun looking like a thin person.. who knows maybe Mr right will come to my door? Or i will be meet him somewhere?
And lets put this in perspective of where I have been.... High School ( Boarding School - all girls) graduation picture... A sad sad day - who tells a severely overweight kid to wear white?? that is actually cruel. Maybe I should write a letter to the school...