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...
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!