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  4. You deserve to feel good about your body. Although it may be hard to believe, you can move past self-criticism to self-acceptance to even appreciating your body and all it can do. Here are six ways to better befriend your body. 1. Make a Body Can-Do List If you’ve long-held a negative image, you might have overlooked all the things your body has been able to do. Make a list of all the physical or sensual pleasures you can enjoy regardless of your weight. Do you like how it feels to walk, run, dance or do yoga? Do you feel good when someone hugs you? These things are a result of what your body does/has done for you – allow yourself the time to appreciate it fully. 2. Check Yourself Out – In New Ways People who have a negative body image often engage in negative self-talk, especially in front of the mirror. Next time you start to “over-check” yourself in the mirror, pause to practice the S.T.O.P. technique to take a pause and practice something more positive. Stop! I have choices here. Think What am I thinking, feeling and saying to myself? “I look so fat in these jeans. I should be embarrassed to be seen in public.” Overview How true is this? What do I deserve to feel? “Truth is, 6 months ago, I couldn’t fit into these jeans. I am looking more fit and healthy than I have in ages. I deserve to enjoy how I feel in well-fitting clothes.” Pick Pick a more balanced view. “I’m looking pretty good today, and I’m proud of all the changes I made to get here.” 3. Tune-In to Your Physical Experience When you walk, lift weights, practice yoga, etc. focus on the flex of your muscles and the energy of your movements. Simple activities like raising a barbell, stretching in the morning or relaxing in bed at night enable you to positively experience your body in motion. 4. You Can Wear It Well The same physical confidence you exhibit while working out can be transferred to the rest of your activities. Make it a practice to stand tall, walk briskly, hold your head high, and you will begin to communicate body-mind confidence. 5. Enjoy the Pleasure of Touch Deep tissue massage can release tension, relax your muscles. It also enables you to practice being kind to your body. 6. Give Yourself a Makeover Practice a double act of compassion – donate your larger size clothes to charity and then invest in clothes that flatter your body type, reflect your personal style and express your confidence in maintaining your healthy changes. Updated cosmetics, skin-care products and haircuts can also strengthen body confidence. Friends for Life You and your body can become good friends. The friendship requires love, attention and patience to grow and overcome often years of bad feelings. Know that you can let go of these negative feelings, come to enjoy your body and find it easier to maintain your healthy choices for life!
  5. 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.
  6. I am glad that your first week is going well! You've got this!
  7. Hi. Please see my post.. no bread and butter... you can have i another day just not tomorrow don't do that to yourself on Day 4! This plan is too expensive to stray in Day 4... you will do awesome!
  8. 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!
  9. I started on Friday. I lost 20 lbs about 8 years ago on JC. I am back again. I would like to lose 60 lbs. I hope we can support each other!
  10. Thanks Trisha! I am on the 4th day of the program. The food is much better than last time. I am sure I will be messaging you!!!
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  12. Food trends are fun to follow, as they’re a way to explore various ways that food can be prepared to bring out its flavor and versatility. We’ve highlighted gadgets like the air fryer and the many ways cauliflower can be used as a nutrient-rich substitute for carbs, and now it’s time to shine the spotlight on a small vegetable that packs a spicy punch: Radishes. Let’s find out why everyone loves radishes right now, and the various ways to enjoy them. Variety You’ll typically see radishes as small, bright pink bundles in the produce section of grocery store, but did you know that there are multiple varieties with different spice levels? Here’s a list of the variety of radishes you can choose from: · Watermelon Radishes: When cut, you’ll see patterns of pink and white, which makes for a stunning presentation. · Cherry Belle Radish: This is your standard supermarket radish. · French Breakfast Radish: The name alone sounds delicious! This variety is mostly oblong in shape with a white tip and roots. · Easter Egg Radish: These are more petite than Cherry Belles, but have a similar taste and texture. You’ll also see them in a variety of colors, like purple, white and crimson color. · Black Spanish Radish: The spiciest—and largest—radish of them all! You’ll see them with a black or brown skin. Consumable from leaf to radish You can even use the leaves and stems to make a quick salad, or sauté the greens into eggs or as a side dish with some ginger, garlic and shallots. Raw spice When we say spicy, we don’t mean that the radishes will heat you up like a pepper. Rather, the radish has a bite that can be peppery or similar to horseradish, with a spicy tingle typically felt in your nose. Raw preparations of radishes are very easy and fun, as you just have to wash the radish then slice or dice however thinly you’d like. You can use the watermelon radish for a bright, colorful salad, or some Cherry Belles on your Chicken Street Tacos to add some crunch. Black radishes and watermelon radishes are particularly delicious when pickled, which can lend itself to a salad or adding it on top of a sandwich or Turkey Burger. Cooked When cooked, radishes lose their heat and become sweet with a slight kick. The French Breakfast radish is particularly delightful when roasted, but you can also roast Cherry Belles. You can add cooked radishes to your Turkey & Wild Rice to elevate a fall favorite, or complement the pecans in your Pecan Glazed Chicken, as radishes can be a touch nutty. You can also use an air fryer to lightly fry a radish to add a crispier component to a salad or other meal! You always have options to add some spice to your culinary life, and now you have another Fresh & Free Addition to explore! And when you find a radish preparation or recipe you can’t get enough of, be sure to share it with your Jenny Craig Community. [SOURCES]
  13. “A friend is someone who knows your song in your heart and can sing it to you when you have forgotten the words.” -Author Unknown Ongoing support is critical to helping weight loss success. Researchers in one study compared people who decided to lose weight with the support of family and friends to those who decide to go it alone. Ninety-five percent of those who joined with support completed the program, while only 76% of those who joined alone followed through*. Thinking back on your weight loss journey, did you have a friend and/or family member who supported your weight loss efforts, volunteered to be your walking buddy, encouraged you to stick with your program, etc.? How did having their support make a difference in your success? During your weight loss, it will be important for you to identify friends and family who will continue to positively reinforce your goals and actions. To maximize the benefits of these relationships focus on two skills: Communication Skills When juggling a variety of roles as spouse, partner, parent, friend and/or working professional, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of telling, informing or instructing versus connecting, where both parties are truly heard and understood. Remember the real intent of communication: to make a connection. That means expressing yourself in a way that you are heard and understood, and actively listening so that your partner is heard and understood also. To Be Heard + To Hear = To Connect It’s not what you say…it’s how you say it! Often, unintentional meaning creates miscommunication. Determine which words match your current style. Which ones would best express your intention to connect? “You make me so angry I could scream!” versus “I am so angry I could scream!” “You” statements generate defensiveness. They minimize your ownership of your feelings. “I” statements generate concern. They reinforce you own your feelings. “You should get your weight back in control.” versus “I’m worried that your weight is affecting your health.” “Should” statements generate resentment. They put you in an authoritarian position. “Feeling” statements generate concern. They show you genuinely care. “I think you’re rude to tease me about my weight.” versus “I feel hurt by what you said about my weight.” Thoughts are debatable. A common response: “No, I’m not rude…I was just kidding” Feelings aren’t arguable. A common response: “I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean for you to feel that way.” Support Skills What does it mean to be supported through change? It means being accepted, cared about, listened to, understood and believed in – even when you are challenged to believe in yourself. During your weight loss, your Consultant supports you, empathizes with you and helps fuel your motivation to reach your goals. However, it is key to have a supportive environment outside as well. Expand Your Network If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to build a wider network of family, friends and others who can support you in strong, positive, nurturing ways. Start by assessing your current relationships. Do You Have a Supporter or a Saboteur? This is an important question. Sometimes the most logical person - your spouse, partner, friend or family member – isn’t necessarily your best bet. Changes in your looks and lifestyle can upset the previous balance of your relationships. For some, your changes are exciting; for others, they may be a bit threatening. Give everyone time to adjust. In the meantime, ask for support from those who can easily give it. Here are some questions to help separate potential supporters from saboteurs: 1. Does this person understand what I am going through? Y N 2. Will this person be there for me when I need them? Y N 3. Is this the right person to talk to if I was struggling? Y N 4. Does this person know when to be “tough” and when to be “tender”? Y N 5. Can this person and I openly communicate? Y N Good to Know… In a study comparing weight maintainers to weight re-gainers, researchers found that weight maintainers received more compliments on their healthy eating habits and higher levels of dietary support**. Weight re-gainers, though, received more verbal reminders, encouragements and offers but few compliments or shared participation with their eating and activity behaviors. The takeaway: positive versus instructive support may be more helpful to supporting successful weight maintenance – and if that’s the case for you, it’s important you ask for it! Make Your Own Personal Support Checklist Affirms me when I do well. Eats healthy meals with me. Participates in physical activity with me. Compliments me on my physical activity habits. Shares healthy self-care activities with me. Listens to wins and challenges. Assert Yourself Graciously To be assertive means to express yourself in a way that is neither passive or aggressive, but balanced. It requires you to be clear and direct about your wants and needs while considering the wants and need of others. It takes practice to find the middle ground, but when you do, you are more likely to stay on top of your weight goals and gain the support you need. Assertiveness Tips: 1. Recognize the other person’s point of view. 2. Take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and actions. 3. Be direct and specific when stating your wants and needs or refusing a request. 4. Invite the other person to support your decision. When Others Try to Change Your Mind Temptation Passive Response Aggressive Response Assertive Response Husband eats ice cream in front of you Walk away hurt. “You’re just trying to tempt me to fail.” “I know how much you love your ice cream.Still, it’s easier if I am not exposed to it.It would mean a lot to me if you ate it when I wasn’t around.” Friends at work want to go and eat fast food for lunch. Say nothing and eat high-calorie food. “The only place we ever go is where I can’t find a healthy choice. I guess I’ll just skip eating out with you.” “I love going out to eat every week. My challenge is that I have trouble finding food I like to eat. Why don’t we try a new place this week? That would help me find some new healthy options.” Wife wants you to skip your walk for a TV show. “Okay…just tonight.” “You’re trying to make me feel guilty for walking instead of spending time with you.” “I understand how much you want some time together, but I know I’ll be much better company if I go on my walk first.” Partner urges you to have seconds at a dinner party. “Alright, if you insist.” “Just because you want to go crazy with the appetizers doesn’t mean I have to!” “It’s delicious, isn’t it? I’ve had enough though, thanks anyway.” Forgive and Move On Ultimately letting go of those who can’t support your efforts and be focusing on those who can and will serve your weight maintenance efforts best. Hanging on to frustration, anger and resentment drains your emotional energy, can take a toll on your physical health and may set you up for weight regain. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting; it just means freeing yourself up from the influence others have over your success so that you can move on to maintain your goals. That means expressing yourself in a way that you are heard and understood, and actively listening so that your partner is heard and understood also. * J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999;67: 132-138. ** J Behav Med. 2016 Jun;39(3):511-8
  14. Jenny Craig is a great weight loss program. I decided that 2017 was going to be the year of Judy. I had broken my shoulder in 2016 and inactivity along with a long healing had added many pounds. I signed up and began a new weight losz journey. With my weekly counselers encouragement, I began to loss weight. If was wonderful to slowly see results. I have lost a total of 20 pounds. I feel more self-assured, more self confident and healed. Thank you Jenny Craig and the wonderful team that works there. As people age age and their needs change, the feelings of self -worth and self confidence are still very much needed. Thanks to Jenny Craig, I got “me” back! I’m still on my healing journey. Judy
  15. Today is my beginning. Was supposed to start two weeks ago but couldn't get motivated. Please hold me accountable guys. I really need this.
  16. 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!
  17. I have been there! I have been overweight my entire life and until Jenny I gave food more power than it deserved. I started Jenny at 278.4 pounds, and I am currently at 218.4. I am not going to lie to you and tell you that it has been easy, because it has been a lot of work. I have found this forum to be a great source of support. If you are struggling and need to talk through it, message me. I will be more than willing to listen. We are all on the same journey and I think it is important that we are supportive of one another. Welcome back to Jenny, and I look forward to seeing you throughout this journey.
  18. Thanks so much! Keep coming back here!!
  19. "God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage too change the things we can - and the wisdom to know the difference." )Oa, AA, etc) Keep showing up to Jenny - One Day at a Time. And you will be ecstatic. Just keep doing it - MY way on my own does not work - so Jenny for me has been amazing!!! You got this. Sue
  20. 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!
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  22. Great job! I have been on the plus side my entire life, food has always been my best friend. So, I understand the struggle with wanting to binge. I have not 'fallen off of the wagon' but the urge has come. I have found this forum very soothing and enjoy sharing my journey as well as reading about others that are on the same journey. I cannot wait until I am in the 100's again! You've got this!
  23. You are trying. This is moving in the right direction. Yes you can do it.
  24. MJnthehouse

    Just starting my journey AGAIN!  This time I am determined to stick with it and hit goal weight.

  25. Leafy greens are great for filling you up without feeling muddled down or heavy. One green that can be found all year long is spinach. Whether it’s served raw or cooked, this dark leaf provides nutrients, like vitamins A, C and K, and iron, fiber and magnesium in just one cup—no wonder Popeye couldn’t get enough! As the weather cools down, we decided to look at ways on how we could incorporate spinach into our meals outside of the typical (yet delicious) salad. Here are 7 ideas we’ve come up with! 1) Stir into soups and stews. You can either add your spinach toward the end of the soup-making process or cook it down before adding it to the broth. You can also substitute spinach into recipes that call for other leafy greens, like kale. 2) Spin in your smoothies. Spinach doesn’t have a distinctly strong taste, and as our other suggestions have shown, it’s easy to mix into recipes you love. You can create a great smoothie and get extra nutrients by taking spinach, blending it with water, then adding a ½ cup of banana, mango or pineapple for a touch of sweetness. 3) Top your pizza. Spinach is not only a great topping for pizza as it pairs with tomatoes, but it can be used raw to dress a pizza as well! Take spinach, raw onion, tomato and a dressing of your choice for a simple way to add more veggies to your pizza. 4) Toss into pasta. Pasta is a great vessel for many flavors. You can keep your dish simple by tossing the spinach with the noodles once they’re cooked, then add some tomatoes and a touch of oil for seasoning. You can also add spinach straight into your sauce, and let it cook down. 5) Blend into pesto. One fresh sauce to consider for adding spinach is pesto, which can be used on pasta, as a salad dressing or cooked meat. You can also cut some of the basil out and substitute that amount with spinach as well. 6) Sautée into eggs. Spinach cooks down very quickly—you can take a few handfuls and it wilts down in minutes. Try it scrambled in your eggs, or make an omelet with mushrooms and diced tomatoes for a veggie-packed breakfast. 7) Stir-fry your spinach. While stir-fried sides typically consist of peppers, onions, garlic and snap peas, adding spinach is another way to gain more density and nutrients in your side dishes can help you feel fuller longer. Spinach has so many possibilities, and all it takes is adding a handful (or more!) to add some additional brilliance to your dishes. [RESOURCES]
  26. @Yo_Momz Thank you! I firmly believe that winning this membership was the best thing to happen to me, and I will not waste it! I know the women that were laughing and pointing are feeling bad about themselves, so I will continue to do everything to better myself while encouraging them at the same. I am so extremely happy with where this journey is taking me, and I only feel sorry for those that feel better when they are knocking someone down. I will keep going and I will be encouraging by sharing my story and my journey. #journeytohalfofme
  27. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST!!! First of all congratulations! You are doing amazing! I love your story and I love that you have inspired so many people! I love that you started walking at work, and even though some may have "pointed and laughed" you kept going! Moving is so important! Your post inspires me and makes me want to get out and do more! Please take a pic of your pic when they post it on your Center's wall! I'm sure I speak for the other's when I say we would LOVE to celebrate with you!!! On a side note, my son met his girlfriend in Grand Junction! I've never been, but he told me it is an adorable little town. I got all giddy when I read that!
  28. 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.
  29. It’s important to find moments that commit you to the reason why you’re losing weight in the first place, especially when you’re finding yourself unmotivated. You may have heard the travel saying, “It’s not about the destination, but about the journey.” Weight loss is results-oriented and we all love seeing the results every week to keep us motivated. However, weight loss is about getting to know yourself—and your body—as you go through a lifestyle change. And when change comes into play, you should keep your sources of inspiration nearby as weight loss isn’t always a straight road. Inspiration can come up in the most surprising ways, and here are simple ways to re-ignite your motivation to keep you going. Big Picture Focus on your “why.” As mentioned above, make sure the reason why you’re wanting to lose weight is clear. Write it down somewhere where you can read it every day to motivate you. Keep a weight loss journal. Write about your experience and feelings, and keep track of sources of inspiration. You can then look back on where you started, and discover how far you’ve come! Use your social network. You have support all around you, and can choose how to use it to your motivational advantage. Whether it’s talking to friends and family or posting progress photos on social media, you’ll discover a group of cheerleaders to keep you going. Self-care. Sometimes life can come in with something that may throw your planning out the window. This is where you have to remember that you are human, and life happens. Try and plan for stressors or those moments where you do go off plan, and re-commit to your future decisions and reactions. Small Wins You have many opportunities to focus on goals outside of your scale. We like to call these “small wins,” and when you think about all the times this has happened to you, it can help put your journey into perspective and show that you’re making progress! Turning down a fattening food. Did your friend offer you a piece of cake, or are you at a potluck that is full of fries, nachos and cookies? You have all the tools to turn it down politely—and give yourself a high five for doing so. Going on a longer walk. Getting your body moving is a great way to clear your head and feel powerful, and one activity that is great for both is walking. Not only is it free, walking can be done at a leisurely pace or quickly during a break at work. You can increase your distance gradually, or even go for different elevations—either way, it’s a way to track your journey and feel great as you are literally going the distance. Trying out a new veggie. Adventure is out there, and available to you via your local grocery store. Trying out a new veggie, like artichokes or cauliflower, allow you to experiment in your kitchen and discover how enjoyable it is to try something new. Looser pants. One of the easiest ways to track progress outside of weight is the sensation of recognizing that your clothes are no longer fitting you. Plus, it offers a chance to reward yourself with new items that can transition with you while you’re losing weight. When you re-ignite your inspiration, you can find ways to seize opportunities and moments that have been in front of you all along. We’re inspired by your weight loss journey and are always happy to share other moments of inspiration with you as we cheer you on. [Sources] - section18
  30. @missbumble I am so incredibly happy! I have always been a happy person (or so I thought) but I am just happy where this road is taking me.
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