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My weight loss and maintenance journey one day at a time.

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Sue Wore A Dress

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....


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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


Honorable Mention

1. Cheeseburger


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


Best Volumizer

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


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,




The Outfit in the Closet

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







Fitness Video Finds

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




So Should I cut my hair?

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,




Weigh In Blues

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... 





Ridiculous, right? I lost 0 weight the week before which is part of this equation, for sure. I may just have to go on vacation often.

I went out to dinner. I snacked on veggies with a tiny taste of Humus... I did not have my JC desserts all nights. (One or two nights I did). I brought JC dressing with me. One night I had filet - and left half. Another night Branzino and ate every morsel. One nigh Salad with Salmon - always asked for stuff dry - it's just a meal... I am reading a book (Thanks Steph) and it says to be sure and take credit. So I guess I should. So credit:

1) I did not eat anything from the bread basker

2) I did have 1 bite of my friends desert... One bite that's it... Wow - who are you?

3) I ventured way out of my comfort zone going away with people I barely knew...

4) I at the JC Chicken salad (soooo not my favorite) for lunches on the course

5)  I came home and resumed Jenny.... more or less - nice dinner out with a friend last night - where Likely I did overeat a bit.



OK _ time to get back to exercising at the gym / I think I will work on eating less veggies while I cook. I make a mess of veggies to "volumize" but eating 5 carrots - is 150 calories? or even zucchini = it adds up and it is what I attribute my spectacular vacation success stories to - not eating too many "free" veggies and less bread/carbs than Jenny has. OOH also eating Barsoctti for breakfast at 160 calories vs JC fr toast (230 calories) all small ways to make a big difference.  I could adopt this for my breakfast -  but where's the fun in that? I am in it for the long haul... and JC french toast is 'da bomb.


OK on my day off today :) So off to either plant flowers or clean out closet (making room for sister who is relocating to my place until her condo is renovated). She is super psyched to "diet" while staying with me  - so glad to have her participating in healthy style.


Ciao everyone - a few photos of vacay - No cl;ue who this person is!












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Saturday at JC

So for the past 22 weeks (maybe 23) I have been going mostly on Saturdays to Jenny Craig to see Madeline and weigh in and say hello. Periodically I have had them take my picture. Today's post-golf shot is below. Happy to be losing.


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Lets see what it looks like at Goal in about 15 pounds or so,.




Just another day in paradise

Hey everyone - went to a party for my sister at a friends place (right above her new home). great to be there - and not worry too much about food. loving Jenny Craig - Loving being thinner. Off to have my chocolate cake which is a splurge since I had wine - but chicken skewers for dinner -so think that's ok.


One of these days I might buy clothes that aren't black??? Maybe...Sue at roys 1 19 2017.jpg





March 1st Challenge 2017 Photos

Happy New Year! For the record it's Jan 2 - and I started this challenge officially 12/31.


I'd say new me - but I am so glad I joined Jenny (seriously) in August! I guess the new me will be someone who keeps the weight off - and doesn't have being overweight define me.  Had a few pictures taken at the gym to mark the start of this challenge - I had dribbled water on me - so I realize the picture is a bit strange. But it's still a way to mark the start of this challenge. i certainly could have worn a better workout outfit. Oh well - I am very glad I make it to the gym - the running for weight loss app is grueling (well not really but Week 5 Day 2 certainly is amazing... I may add get to Week 6 as part of my goals since all I do is keep doing Week 5 Day 2:). It works. After that 39 min jog/walk I then do the lean body app - just some weights. That is the easy part!! I may also join Orange Theory - amazing 60 minute workout with stations, heart rate etc. So that should help put some finishing touches on my weight loss until i get to maintenance. Really we are never finished. And I sdont't so what I really need to - leg lifts, etc.....I guess that is o the horizon as soon as I get up the focus...or willpower.


Ok 20 pounds to go (More or less) - I am not stopping at this point (170-168ish) but well see how I look in 10-15 lbs.....One day maybe I will not wear black?Jan 3 front.jpgJan 3 back.jpg






Well -today I got weighed in. Not that exciting. I lost weight - weight loss is going well. The program is going well. Who cares!!! Cause ...wait for it! Today I broke 90 on the golf course - I obliterated it and shot an 85!!!


I am a new golfer (about 3 years in), I play mostly just weekends....and today I shot a 43 and a 42.... Wahoo!!! I had one hole at an 8 and one at a 7.   Net net I shot an 85!!! Spectacular.


No mulligan... Did I miscount one hole? Maybe.. its all possible - but not 5 strokes worth. I broke 90!


L'chaim, Amen and Hallelujah!!!


It's kind of cool that this is bigger than losing weight to me! Glad I am doing both!



Shopping in the Upstairs Closet

Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah


Warning.. It's a blog - It rambles and weaves.... Thanks for reading... Sorry if I am boring... or redundant. But being thinner is a BIG DEAL!


Work up this morning - and my house is a mess and my cold still lingers. Going to start back at gym Tuesday - so decided to stay lazy. Anyhow not sure why but off I went to tackle the thing that I did not have to do - the upstairs closet. (Next up is cleaning house before Xmas party at sisters...) Anyway I decided to go through all of the clothes. Clothes are up there because they are too big or too small.


I now have another huge giveaway pile - and an amazing amount of small outfits. (Does that mean I am small? I  mean the size large T shirts don't quite fit - but some of the size 12 shorts etc fit - and the size 16s are mostly all too large - and wait for it.. The size 8 Tahari suit jackets that are amazing looking (dear me... where are the pants? oh well)  Are on! They don't close - there's a 5 inch gap - but that's the next 20 pounds. That's skinny Sue - Sue at my sister's wedding in the amazing long purple dress Sue.



But who is this Sue that i find now and fits into these clothes? Who bought those Michael Kors shorts that still has the tags. I barely remember her - But I will tell you. It was 6 years ago. I had just moved from Atlanta to Boca and road my bike Saturday and Sunday 25-40 miles on A1A with the big boys. Was likely eating too much and going in the wrong direction - as I was riding that much but not shrinking away.


I'd rather be this size and maintain or lose weight on Jenny Craig or maintenance so I am not dependent on riding centuries etc to be thin.

Anyway I have some amazing clothes - and great T-shirts that now that I see them I have missed being that size. Missed being this size. To get dressed and not worry that you look fat! Ahmazing!!!!


OK - Off to clean rest of house - so when I return form Xmas soiree I will feel the beauty of my home/.. and not the mess.


Enjoy the day - best of all - No one ever says - man I wish I had eaten more at the Xmas party. So eat less - you will be glad you did.









Cruise Dec 2016 - Lost 3 Pounds on the Cruise!

Just got back from my cruise with Mom- going to go unpack and then maybe practice golf. Posted a long post on the forum to hopefully help some JCers. Wanted to post my cruise photo (not the best outfit - but it was the last night... and I just threw shorts on).... It was tough eating so clean (steamed veggies etc). But I was really grateful to be so much thinner then the 205+ pounds on the last cruise in August. Losing a bunch of weight is such a thrill!!!!! Will be pretty hard when the thrill is gone and the work of maintenance is upon me. However, let's worry about today and (prepare for tomorrow). Going to keep showing up a day at a time. Just for today I am grateful that my disease is Compulsive Overeating and that I am in good health. I am blessed. Thanks Mom for a great cruise!!!

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Before and During

Before - June 2016 207ish                                                                                      Today 12/9/2016 176.6 about 20 -25 to go. I Love JC!!!

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JC Forum Post that so Inspired me

OK So here's what one of the maintenance posters ChristiS wrote that has me all fired up:


"I like being able to tie my shoes without feeling my belly press up toward my chest.  I like all the great clothes I can wear without feeling too "lumpy" in them.  I like feeling like I made a decision and took charge of it.


I still love food as much as I ever have.  But, Jenny has taught me more isn't necessarily better.  All things in moderation.  Also, every day I make decisions about whether or not to eat it today; There will always be another day to eat what is tempting me today.  That attitude helps keep me from feeling like I'm deprived forever."


I may have to frame this. It's so true and something I need to remember. My dad said to me once - I remember he was lying in  bed and i was sprawled across it - and he said "If there's something in life that is bothering you, change it..." I think I cried when he said it (hysterically). In fact I do remember Mom, Dad and I were watching TV at the time on one of my visits to Florida (when I did not live here). I cried and cried and I think they thought I was crazy.  I finally let up on the crying and told them how much I hated being heavy. I do believe that not everyone feels exactly the same way about it. But every day in my life overweight (by alot) I felt like I was not doing the right thing and that I was ignoring a huge problem that stopped me from living life.


Now I have lost 29.5 pounds and feel sooo much better. I believe I have 30 pounds to go and others say I look great as is - So Dad, I have started to tackle this huge -a$$ problem and as always you inspire me. (As does the original poster  of the potent forum message quoted above). I feel soo much better about food and eating. Do I miss eating bags of salty stuff - yes if I think about it, Do I wish I could  go sit at a bar, listen to music and drink a bunch of  wine... yes at times. But you know, I do have wine on occasion, I can eat salty stuff eventually and make healthy decisions.

OK well I could go on and on..Bottom Line - if you have a huge problem - and know a solution - go do it!!! Fix it... We get one life - and not all of life's problem's  have a sure-fire formula to fix - but this one does.








So last night my sister (Jennifer), her hubby (Mike) and Mom and I went to see Barbra Streisand at the BBT center. It was amazing - and part of what's special is having my family there as well.

Barbra is 74 - and my Mom is 78 so I remember watching Funny Girl with my mom and dad - and singing the songs. I think I know all or most of the words to Don't Rain on My Parade.   So I have never been to a concert with my sister , her hubby and my mom before - so that in itself was special. Well really any moment with my mother is special at this point as she grows older - and we lost my Dad this past January. So I am so grateful she got to see/hear Barbra and I was there to enjoy alongside.


First song was Memories and I had tears streaming down my cheeks. Juts to be there, see mom, think of my childhood and of how amazing Barbra's career is - it was an amazing moment. A lot of other great songs.. she sang Don't rain on My parade... and I may just need to belt that one out after lunch.



From a food standpoint (after all this is a JC community) I ate lunch at 245 after golf and dinner at 5 so I could be ready to go to concert. It was ought to do that - but I did not want to go foraging for food at the concert. I bought Mom a huge chocolate chip cookie - and I had water and could not have been happier. So that was awesome. Later I remembered the Yogurt dream bar in my purse... so I was hungry and so grateful I had that yummy snack!  I know today is the day to watch out for - made it through concert and now... do I crave food? well - a bit yes- Was hungry this morning at golf and eating more of a dinner than lunch today (JC Chicken Pot Pie with steamed veggies... and curry - I put that S*it on everything - lol)


Ok well gotta finish lunch and then call some guy from match.. not sure why i keep pursuing that - but I guess it's part of the dream I have - find a companion...love of my life etc.. Not sure that will happen - but I guess you can't hit one out of the park if you don't get up to bat! So put me in coach.


Ciao - Drink a glass of water.. and share a favorite Barbra memory.






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Getting Thinner is Amazing

Loving getting the weight off. Yesterday I shopped a bit for fun - and bought these adorable leggings for workout. Who knew??? It is soo much  nicer to be in a more mainstream size body then my highest (246.25) or recent starting weight on JC 207.8.


Yippeayecayeaye - 30 pounds to go...and I think I will enjoy the steps along the way :)


And yup I wear two bras to go jogging... Why cant' they make good fitness bras? Ok I digress.



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Before and After (Sortof) Posted

So I did it - I found a pretty good before picture and posted n JC. Hard to decide how public I want to be... but you know what? It's not as if anyone who knows me does not know I am\/was heavy.


Anyhow I hope posting the pictures help people.. and helps me to realize I have lost weight. It's slooooow but it is coming off.


OK off to TV and bed so i can get up and do the Workout circuit tomorrow (my easy day) or go for a bike ride....





2016 BRCC Ride

So today I jumped back on the bike... hopped in the outfit (I had a few shirts that fit!! yehaw!! That is no small feat... the cycling shirts run small. Anyway - went riding with the septuagenarians.. they kick butt! I kept up well... wjho knew? I think my workouts are paying off.


15.5 Avg 27 miles.


Going to try and go on a ride during the week if possible with my work schedule and definitely go back to riding next Saturday, It's a nice addition to my weekly activity - and as I get better at riding I can join some of the younger peeps out on the beach road. Good way to meet people - and I am trying to get more friends here in Florida... not o easy - but nice to enrich life with some key friends in addition to my awesome family.








Week 5 Day 1 Running App again

Welll - not much to read to day on the forum so far so thought I would spend a few minutes here. Today at the gym I saw this woman I usually see at the gym on either treadmill or express circuit. She has determination and I was thinking of offering my support (really she'd be supporting me as it is helpful to have people to say hi to at the gym). One day hopefully I will say hello. I joined this gym juts a few months ago because it is about 1 mile from me.



It is never easy to go to the gym. Period. But somehow I have the willingness and went today. With my new Hoka One shoes (I think Cindy on the forum told me about them - they work more or less... feet still hurt but not as bad! So thank you) Anyhooo decided to advance to Week 5 day 1 of the running interval app. That one usually pisses me off.


5 min walk (at 3.7 -4.0)

4 min jog  -- Oy vey!  That's the increase in time form last week about 1 minute... the nerve.

1 min 30 sec walk YAY

3 min jog

15 sec sprint

3 min jog (I think)

1min 30 sec walk

3 min jog

15 sec sprint

anyhow on it goes.....for about 40 minutes or 3.2 miles or so.


After that I was gonna leave - but got myself to do the lean body app. Today is week 3 day 6 or 7 shoulders, biceps, chest or something. I did the exercises it told me to do... and came home.


ok time to grab coffee with vanilla JC Shake for cream - and start up my work laptop... and get to work.


OK it's the Bee over and Out.






27.8 pounds down... Yippeayecayaye

Sweet.... This is awesome.. I have been here on JC for 13 weeks and lost 27.8 pounds. I thought 2 pounds a week would be too slow. But you know who cares.. I am thrilled!!!


Ok off to design the bathroom I am renovating and visit mom.




Quick post - as I am pretty tired. Just landed after trip to Atlanta for work. No real compliments on the weight loss - But you know I am the one who notices.... I love that I wore the Little Black Pant (the ones advertised on Facebook) and they finally fit (Size 14 -3 which I think means size 14 and a 3 means a pear shape. Anyway wore a cute shirt and these fitted pants and felt great. So nice not feeling the opposite.


Got through cooking class - and had some steak, wedge salad with no cheese and had JC balsamic, a few of the broccoli...and a bit or two of the stuffed potato. I think I did well.

I am hoping that out there in Maintenance land (a good 30 lbs or 4 months from now) I am still able to hold my own against temptation,.


Had an awesome workout at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta before dinner - A Matrix spinning cycle with a tv monitor and a gorgeous guys telling you how fast to pedal etc. Kind of like a spinning class.... Cool Make me wonder about buying a Peloton bike (though the subscription is expensive... need to check out cycling apps)


Hard as it is - way easier then running.... but not as sweat inducing.... But who cares if you are able to persevere and continue.


OK time for Wentworth and bed..... Ciao.




K so no exercise.. had keratin treatment yesterday so have to wait til I get it washed out today - dinner with Mom tonight. Going to make Carrots and Low cal dip for appetizer.... and of course Zoodles and Zucchini...


It's not rack of lamb - strange how entertaining changes when on Jenny Craig! Using my fat allowance for dressing our fat free Sour cream tonight instead of at lunch....

I want to resist wine tonight! I bought my moms kind (pinot grigio) not what I like (Sauvignon Blanc) so that's good. Also may have a few dates coming up and want to save my drinking for then.


All is well on jenny. Today i got rid of alot of clothes - some to my higher sizes closet. I know people say you should get rid of it - and I agree on alot f levels. But it is so sad when you gain weight and can't fit into anything. I hope that does not happen - But not willing to part with bigger stuff just yet.


I did separate some out that I will donate to Haiti.


Fun to be in smaller sizes and see my cuter wardrobe fit. It never gets old - and is so super I can't stand it!!! Hmm Maybe i can attach a picture of an outfit I am 3 -5 lbs away from fitting into and when I look a t it I think I look spectacular... and I am nowhere near goal.





Day 3 of 2017 NewYear's Challenge

So I started this Blog so i would have a place to log my exercise and how I am doing with my JC Challenges. My goal for this challenge is to lose 17 lbs or so and workout 3 times a week cardio and 2-3 times a week with weights. MY feet hurt a lot lately - even at the grocery store... and I don't go down many aisles. So i have been running lately using the Running app. Decided today to do my cardio on the Arc trainer (Cybex). Hard to figure out what would simulate the running portion vs the walking portion,net net I went back toWeek4 Day 1 of the app - and did about 39 minutes and was sweating a lot.   Slightly lower heart rate (Max of about 165-170) whereas running it gets to almost 175 or so...


Anyway completed Lean Body Fitness App - Back and stomach and did Cardio 39 min (week4 day 1)