So one of my favorite stores is Dress Barn... I grew up in a family that would only shop in Bloomingdales.. so this is quite a controversial move.. but I just love the dresses and clothes that I think thin people wear!!! I have a pair of their Signature Fit shorts on now
So I picked out a ridiculous dress, in a ridiculous size... and wore it to see my client in Houston yesterday. So without further ado....
Break up with Medusa, wake up the Warrior.
Walk away from the self-doubt and self-criticism.
Step into the light and kick some arse!
Head high, shoulders back, deep breath.
Food worries, I'm taking you down.
I've been wrestling with you for too long.
It's time to knock you out and flex some muscles with a warrior cry.
No more, "Oh no? what will I eat at dinner? what if I can't resist the chocolate bowl?"
I hop around like a worrisome bunny anxious, hiding, wringing my hands.
What if I can't do this? What if it's too hard? What if I gain in back? What if...? what if...?
Shut up! Just shut that up right now.
Put on your Schwarzenegger face.
Scowl a little, bring out Dirty Harry,
Embody Thelma and Louise right before Thelma floors it off the cliff
What about some of those super cool chicks in movies who kick some major butt?
She's/He's inside you. The warrior is inside.
Wake her up!
I'll snarl at that stubborn scale and say, "Really? You're going to give me that kind of lip? Oh no. That is just not an acceptable answer from you. You watch, you watch. I'll be back here tomorrow, same time, same place. Yup, I'll be naked, with shaved legs, flossed teeth, clipped nails. And I'm going to stare you down again. and you WILL, you will eventually bend to my will!" Tomorrow. and tomorrow. and tomorrow.
Let's decide warrior names for ourselves-
Let's brainstorm favorite kick-a$$ characters and start taking on that attitude on this journey. It will be a LOT more fun!
Please post your names Pictures and ideas.
Thought I would start a blog entry of my favorites and not so favorites.. to help me remember during my weak moments at JC center when I think I should l mix it up. willl edit this and update. Keep in mind what I like - you may hate and vice-versa... Work in Progress
1. JC French Toast
2. Chocolate Lava Cake
3. Frozen Cookie Dough Anytime Bar
4. JC Vanilla Shake to use in shakes or for coffee creamer
5. JC Loaded Baked Potato for lunch
6. October - JC Pumpkin Loaf (When they come in -you need to stock up as they run out... and then you wait a year!!)
7. Italian Style Pasta bake or Lasagna on top of spiralized zucchini, onions and mushrooms
Not great - But I eat them and they serve a purpose
1. Chicken Salad Kit - Helpful if at airport and tempted to eat dinner out
2. Barscotti - Low cal and is good for breakfast on the road when paired with a fruit
Not My favorites.....I can avoid
1. New Chicken Pot Pie
2. Turkey Burger
1. Zucchini with spiralizer form bed bath and Beyond
2. Cauliflower rice - filling and when added to other sauteed veggies is good
Non JC Food I incoporate as Meal On My own (MOMOs) or as substitutes...
1. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2. Breakfast: Using egg whites form a carton I purchase... Omelettes or scrambles with veggies and a level tbsp or tow of Parmesan on Thomas Lite English Muffin
3. Kodiak Protein Packed pancake mix from Target or similar store. Just add water 190 calories and they make easy, great pancakes
4. Breakfast on Golf Course: Cliff Bar - White Macadamian Nut - Breakfast out - 260 calories.. good if need calories
Things to Avoid to help weight loss
1. Too many veggies... (I love them alot)
2. Wine too often - every few days ok (better to skip for weight loss). Every night at dinner is too much,
Do we all have the thin outfit or outfits? I had a dream.. and it was small in the stream of big dreams, but to me it was huge. In OA when I was 25 I went from 246.25 to 145... For my sister's wedding I could pick out any dress I wanted. I wore a glorious purple dress. Well... I have about 5 pounds to reach that 145 goal... and I put the dress on yesterday. Not sure where I am going in it - but I almost have everything in the closet that I put away for the illusive date when I got thin again. So this is awesome and great..... There's a few more suits and a pair of jeans that will fit in 5 lbs (and if the jeans don't I will donate them!)
Drumroll....Yippee go Jenny Craig!
So On JC I have lost a lot of weight -and am very grateful.. However - I decided to finish strong... or transition to maintenance strong...
Sol today i got weighed in at the gym for my OT Weight Loss challenge - supposedly 6 weeks but officially starts Monday - so it's a bit longer.
So weight was 154.4 I think (with sneakers). We were told to wear a tight outfit. So I sort of liked working out in the outfit... Anyway I am amazed that I am this thin (in clothes) and I know I don't have much to lose.. just getting to my goal of 145. (and I have a pair of jeans or two to fit into .. so these few pounds will help).
Anyway here are the before photos. To be eligible for the prize for top percentage lost I have to attend class in my home gym 3 times a week - which may be hard if I travel. Also I cant possibly win - as 7 lbs I think it about 4% so that cant be the winning amount??? I would love to be able to do a pushup at the end of this. I think Ill go do some now (limited as they are - because I really cant push my body weight up) Hoping the picture of me seated is a bit better at the end of six weeks... but you never know. I cant imagine 7 lbs will be all that visible at this stage.
Before JC - July 2016 photo
Well then you have to decide. Are you willing to trade what you want most for what you want now? You've worked all this time, you've had great success, it's been easier than before. It's been less tedious than before (logging every bite...ugh)
So today was the first day of state-mandated testing- yes. You got through it, yes. You got some really good news, check. And now you think it should be party time? You want to reward yourself for the stress and celebrate the good news? You can do that. It is not your planned cheat time. The question is..can you be okay taking some breaths, enjoying your feet up, and having some water? Make a cup of decaf and relish it. Right now is a deciding moment.
Think back to that day by the pool. Your thighs were jiggling, stuck together and you felt embarrassed, old, and slow. You walked slowly to prevent any other jiggles. And I"m sure the slow walking made you look even less vibrant. You don't have to be a perfect model. You never have been, and you never will be, and that is okay.
Are you living your best life now?
What is the best version of you? The one wanting to hide and wear a mu mu, or the one that feels vibrant and alive?
Three months from now, you won't remember this day, this feeling. Three months from today is July 13. Summer will be in full swing. People will be gathering at pools, wearing shorts and flip flops. You might go out on a boat, or to the beach. You want it. I know you want it. You want to be YOUR BEST YOU.
So shut up your whining, drink some water have some free veggies and keep the focus on what you want MOST.
The binge will last for about 30 minutes tops. It will be followed by guilt, bargaining, trying to figure out how to "take it back."
Don't go there.
You've got this.
Meditate, take a walk, snuggle with the cat. Be thankful for this beautiful life, this beautiful season and this simple way to get more healthy.
Be true to you.
Be faithful to you.
Do this for you.
I purchased a spiralizer this week. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007Y9WHQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I was looking for a way to volumize my dinners. Not only is my zucchini beautiful now , but my son is actually eating his veggies! Big plus!
Also, a big thank you to the JC veterans who have suggested grating cauliflower too. I had heard of this, but finally tried it! Goodbye rice, hello cauliflower!
Thought I would share some videos I do to add a bit to my day. I fond doing a you tube video is really fun - and not nearly as hard as treadmill or going to the gym. It is an awesome way to pass time when you want to eat!! Also just a good way to get your system moving as well. You can do at your own pace - or level... I cant do pushups so I modify what they are doing.. I think I have come along way exercise wise - but everyone starts somewhere. Enjoy and let me know your thoughts.
1.1 15 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAQK22crBWc&list=PLayqivvsPl04bR_hrbB6T3-lyA022EKYO&index=19
1.2 More sweat - 30 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z79hXSn3mas
Medusa: This is boring.
Me: Yup, it can be boring.
It's also boring to sit on the sidelines and not dance because I'm worried about my jiggle.
It's boring to not participate because I'm self-conscious.
It's boring to wear the same old bulky clothing that fits rather than all the cute stuff in the closet.
Oh my goodness is it boring to wake up every-single-morning and think about my weight, and my discomfort, yet not do a thing to change these circumstances.
"A spectacular achievement is always preceded by boring preparation."
Famous Athletes- they start out excellent in their sport, and they practice, practice, practice. How many practice pitches has NY Yankee pitcher Tanaka thrown?
Musicians- How many hours a day does Yo-Yo Ma practice? How many other things in his life did he miss because he was committed to boring practice?
Writers- They all say that the first draft is garbage. The magic comes in staring at the computer screen for hours, continuing to sit through the writer's block, and just write something down. It can feel tedious and never-ending.
A kid learning to ride a bike- how much effort went into getting on the bike and riding smoothly? How long did a parent hold the seat and jog beside the child? How many times did the child fall down, get hurt, and get brave enough to get back on the bike?
If this was easy, everyone would do it. Everyone would be thin. Everyone would be wearing bikinis. If this was easy, there wouldn't be thousands of diets out there.
I've got to do what others will not so that I can have what others will not.
Following this plan PLUS time = Success.
It's that simple. Follow the plan. Quit your whining and attitude of self-defeat.
We are most proud of the things that are difficult, require attention, patience, dedication, and yes...all the boring preparation.
Medusa- So why are you even doing this? You know the cycle will continue, the fall will come and you'll be super-busy and you'll stop taking care of yourself- here will come the Stouffer's Dinners, the extra glasses of wine, and the 12 hour days will yield no time for exercise.
Me- I know. I'll do better this year.
Medusa- You say that every year. And every year you get caught up in the fear and it rules your world.
Me- You know, Medusa- YOU have a lot to do with creating that fear! You will not be quiet! Like right now....
Medusa- I'm just trying to make sure you don't waste your time. Your family can't even go out anymore because of your "new diet." Remember the vegetarian phase where you'd wink and tell the family that we're having "meat" balls for dinner? Or your low-carb phase, another wink while you tell the family we're having "pasta" for dinner?
Me- Yeah, that is kind of fun. Remember that time I made "algae meatballs" and didn't tell them until after dinner? ha.
But here's the deal, Medusa. All I can do is take care of me now. All I can do is be here now, be healthy now, live my best life now. I just want to feel comfortable in my skin. I'm not comfortable in my skin right now. You need to chill out, take a nap, do something with yourself and leave me alone. I have gotten better each fall, and this year I'm determined that work is not going to take over this time. So go away.
I found an app for my iphone. It it called Waterlogged. It helps you to remember to drink water throughout the day. I don't know about you, but I actually hate to drink water... I will stand in front of the refrigerator, staring at the water dispenser and walk away! I have determined that the reason is, I hate spending so much time in the bathroom! But, my healthy size 6 friends say that "in time" that will pass, and it gets easier. I don't know if that means I will love the bathroom in the future, or if my body will retain the water... I am just moving forward with that one with a "will see"
I found another app that I love. It is Lose It. I prefer to track my calories on my phone. And, many JC users use it, because when you have a "new" food to enter, I am seeing that our meals come up. The brave ones before me have paved the way and now the app is easy for JC users too.
It might be a little nutty, but I am tracking on the JC website, the Lose It app, and tracking my water. Overkill? I am so serious about my weight loss and determined to keep going forward. No looking back. Summer is coming and I want to fit in my flip flops and my bathing suit! Accountability!
I don't know what happened when I hit my 50's. At the age of 43 I had our youngest child. A son. He is 12 going on 13 going on 40 (an old soul). After I had Brennan I was able to lose weight. It was harder than before, but I exercised and ate well, and the pounds came off. But 50, that's another story!
I'm 55 and I now weigh 182.2 lbs. I was the girl that could eat anything she wanted and not gain weight. The reason I am blogging is to keep a record of my Jenny Craig journey and to keep myself accountable. I chose JC because I have tried to do this weight loss thing on my own, I have tried other diet plans and nothing has worked. I am considering this a life plan.. a life long journey to a better me. Weight off, better health, more energy. I want to look in the mirror and see the woman I used to know... she is still in there somewhere!
So most of my life I had short hair. You jumped in the shower and wham it was so fun - afterwards you juts put gel in it - and were ready to go.... Photo below -I was about 30 or so ..not sure - after OA at about 140-150 lbs....
Photo of me now - so can I cut my hair???? The idea is to do one hair cu or the other - anything in between is still alot of work and will drive me crazy on golf course and at gym.... I use ponytail on golf course and at gym with my long hair. It is naturally really bushy - not sexy curly just bushy. So after its pretty like below, each day after the workout it gets bushier and bushier.. and then when I need ti to look great again - I wash, blow dry and iron,
Just had to record this where I can remember when I need a comfort meal!! Roasted Brussels Sprouts drizzled with Walden Farms Walnut Maple Syrup ...... Sauted' Mushrooms, green beans, Boiled Sugar Snap Peas (Then pop out of the shell) ......... OH MY GOODNESS! Toasting my new love of VEGGIES!!!
Good morning, I can not beleive how 20 pounds lost can effect me so much.I have lots more energy. Yesterday I was cleaning and organizing the whole house. My fit bit hit an all time high of 23,040..That's crazy.. People are noticing that my daughter and I are losing weight ...it feels so good..
Well I hit the 20 pound weight loss...So proud of myself. My daughter and I started on February 1,2017...It has been great having someone to support me doing the program too. We are walking together,and counting steps with our fitbit..We hope to continue this upward pace...
Haven't blogged here for a few weeks. Obviously. I am at turns frustrated and ok I got this. Yet that is how it goes isn't it?
It may or may not be true but every blinking time I take on losing the weight eating or exercising....something happens.
Yet Lord willing I have determined to not be fazed and do what I can when I can. I am doing 1200 cal and on my own
as I won't be able to take up Jenny food for a week or two more. SIGH. I CAN DO THIS.
So between my own food and my exercising, I am hoping that when I do get back to Jenny I will have done myself
Ah well, nothing I can do about it and what I can do, I am doing all I can.
Heres to my success.
KISS My journey keeping weight loss simple with JC.
I am so happy I joined JC on March 8, 2017 because nothing could be simpler then this for weight loss!
In the past I tried to do it on my own only to get caught up in over complicating it and giving up.
Not this time!
How simple JC is: pre-made food, consultants to help, and the online community! Just to list a few.
My part: continue keeping my weight loss journey simple!
Week 1: -3.8. /-3.8
Week 2: -2.0. /-5.8
Week 3: -0.8. /-6.6
Week 4: -0.8. /-7.4
Week 5: -0.6. /-8.0
Week 6: -0.2 /-8.2
Week 8: (May challenge goal -10#)
I gained this week. It's the first time that has happened since I have been on JC. I have been eating off-plan and giving in to temptations a lot. I have had a lot of other anxieties and things on my mind and food has been my comfort. I thought I could get away with it, but clearly that is not the case. I had gone up 1.4 lbs.
What do you do when this happens? My consultant reminded me of how excited I was on the first day that I came in, how successful I have been until now, and how well the plan had been working for me when I was staying on track.
But why is it so difficult to actually stay on track? This is a pretty tasty plan. I don't dislike it. It's actually easy to stay on-plan with all the meals....it's the snacking that is getting me off. I forget my fruits and Anytime Bars at home and instead "substitute" them with other foods -- like a cinnamon roll from my favorite bakery. Ugh.
Part of me thinks I need to go more rigid -- follow the meal plans to the letter and just stick to it.
Another part of me thinks I need to be more mindful about being flexible. Like, I need to allow myself to eat off-plan so that it will feel sustainable, but be more diligent about tracking the calories of all the foods I do eat.
Off to weigh in today, just not feeling like I lost anything at all. I have been lazier this week .... even today not going off to golf. Seems I am not very motivated. Foods been ok, except for two extra glasses of wine yesterday.
Going to to the gym... I hope.. really not too motivated and will do a splin class and then see my JC consultant. Will be great to see here..as it's been three weeks as she was away last week.
Anyway boring post, am feeling boring.
i so hope .. I come get back and comment on this post down 1 lb... I will be thrilled if that's true...
This is my second time with JC. I went on this diet many years ago. Losing weight is not new for me. I went on Medifast and lost quite a bit of weight and it did not take to long but the food was horrible. It did not teach me how to eat in the real world. I believe on JC it will teach me that and I need that. Just two days on this diet and I see already how different I should be eating compared to how I have been eating, which is how I gained weight back. I love it that there is a blog spot on here and I can read other's journey. The food on JC is pretty good.
I am doing really good on this diet because I love to drink coke and I haven't even craved it or drank it at all. I was hoping I would not. I don't know why but I just gave it up and didn't look back.
I wish everybody luck and myself to.