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  4. missbumble

    Monday June 18

    Seems to me I am stuck in place lately.. every other day having eating fests. The last day or so they have been better - still may break out and have something but not major frenzy. So time to rein it in, Success breeds success... sort of like negativity breeds negativity. So let's make a grateful list, Silly as it may be... about the little things. 1. Love the forum 2. WIndow guy coming to measure so I can get screens on my door, safe glass in the house... security, and seeing that my current sliding doors are old - they cannot even open. So looking forward to that and screens and cross breezes in winter. 3. Family - Thankful for my sister and brother in law and cousins etc. 4. Home- got a great place... and same amount as an apartment - good deal..and lots of room. And it's pretty. 5. Job - Great employer - good job, key knowledge, and possibilities. 6. friends - I do have some - grateful for plans coming up and bday celebrations//. 7. Pool - loved going to the pool finally, Not afraid to ruin my color.. and just had a great time reading 8. grateful for the love of books my mom gave me (and a sense of humor) 9. Jenny - I am grateful I have a program and come back to it... and like the food. I'm a quantity gal and always add veggies - I am always full at meals.. and that helps a lot to keep me coming back and weight staying off. 10. Jasper the kitty - he is more like a tiger... Glad I have mom's cat and that we are doing ok together. And I'm a Size 6... Unbelievable!!! Healthy!!!! And ok FInancially... So there you have it..... ok got to go make a few bottles of cran water.. and I pledge to drink 64 ounces of it today.
  5. I missed the entry date for your contest, but I still wanted to share my success story. I have lost 45 pounds on JENNY and working towards 50 pounds. I have tried and used so many other programs to no avail. I decided to try JENNY and now I am finally feeling and seeing success. I am healthier! Thank you! Being a 66 year old woman who was a skinny child and adult until age 50, it has been a constant struggle to loose and keep off the weight. JENNY is teaching me how to keep off the weight and eat healthy. At my age, being healthy is what matters. Oh, it is a bonus to look good too! I was a size 16-18 and now am a 10-12. I look better and most importantly feel better. People who haven't seen me in a while ask how I have lost so much weight and I tell them about JENNY. Again, I missed your contest, but as a senior citizen and a female, I felt it was important to briefly share my success. Thank you JENNY!!!!
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  7. If you’ve embarked on a weight-loss journey, chances are you’re following an eating plan, added healthy fruits and vegetables to your fridge, perhaps started journaling and adding more physical activity to your day. But have you outlined actual goals that can help you succeed at losing and maintaining a healthier weight? Determining the right goals—ones that are realistic and well-planned—can help you in your weight-loss efforts, while those that are unrealistic and too aggressive may actually sabotage those efforts.1 Read on for six ways to keep your weight-loss goals on track and stay motivated. 1. Be specific—but realistic. Many people dive into weight loss with ambitions of losing a specific amount of weight, such as making it back to their college weight. And while having such a specific goal is great, being too lofty in your expectations can lead to disappointment—and potentially failure.2 Instead, many experts recommend starting out with a more modest goal, at least initially, of losing 5 percent to 10 percent of your body weight, as such a loss can have dramatic positive effects on your health and well-being.3 Once you reach the 5- to 10-percent mark, re-assess where you are, and if you still want to lose more, set a new goal. Continue to re-assess and re-calibrate throughout your weight-loss journey, setting new goals, if necessary, as you go along. 2. Consider what works for you. We’re all individuals, and what motivates one person may not work for you. For instance, do you like to focus on one over-arching end goal, or do you like to celebrate smaller wins along the way? One study4 showed that people who had the highest weight-loss targets experienced the greatest weight loss at 12 months, although the researchers noted that others may have better results by setting a greater number of smaller weight-loss goals. 3. Focus on the process as well as the outcome. While it’s great to have a final outcome goal, you may also want to set process goals: how you are going to achieve your desired result.5 For instance, you might set a goal of eating a certain number of fruits and vegetables a day, or going for a walk every day during your lunch break, or getting enough sleep.6 (That’s right—adequate sleep can be integral to your weight-loss success.) In other words, outline a specific, detailed plan of how you will lose the weight you want to lose. 4. Set a timeline. In addition to setting a goal related to your desired weight loss, come up with a realistic timeframe for yourself to reach that goal. For instance, if you’d like to lose 20 pounds, set a date by which you aim to lose the weight, keeping in mind that a loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is realistic—and recommended.7 Setting a timeline will allow you to have an end point in mind so that you don’t feel like the process will go on forever. And if you haven’t met your goal by that date, chances are you’ll be motivated enough to keep going—with a revised date in mind. 5. Set both short and long-term goals. Short-term goals, such as being able to fit in your favorite pair of jeans or losing another 5 pounds, help keep you on track and motivated. Long-term goals, such as lowering your blood pressure or easing your knee pain, can also be motivating but also signify the lifestyle change that is necessary for long-term weight management. 6. Find an accountability buddy. Even with the best-laid plans and the most realistic goals, we all can stumble and misstep along the way. So find someone to help you keep an eye on the prize—someone you can call in a pinch, or who can be extra motivating if you find your resolve wavering. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, your personal weight loss consultant is the perfect person to hold you accountable and help keep you on track! Above all, keep in mind that losing weight is a process, and there will likely be challenges along the way. Having solid, well-thought-out and reasonable goals can help you keep going—and on the path to being your best you. Are you ready to set goals, lose weight and start living a healthier lifestyle? Contact us for your free appointment to get started. Sources: [1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20048224 [2] https://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(13)01677-8/pdf [3] https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/31dc/55bf09f084da56826326af213f6e61408ecb.pdf [4] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jhn.12390 [5] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20048224 [6] http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/746253/insufficient-sleep-diet-obesity [7] https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html
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  9. It’s Friday afternoon—you just got home from work after a long and stressful week. You had plans to hit the park for a walk and make a healthy dinner at home but, instead, you find yourself on the couch in your pajamas, watching your favorite television series—take-out box in-hand. And just like that, your weight loss motivation seems to have vanished. Sound familiar? Weight loss is a journey: we all have days when our motivation to eat right and exercise is sky high—and other days when we can’t seem to get off the couch. Instead of criticizing yourself when days like these happen, try to realize that weight loss is a process. By shifting your focus to finding ways to restore your motivation, you may help your weight loss success overall. Here are five motivation tips that can help you get back on track. With these simple suggestions, hopefully you can restore your excitement about reaching your weight loss goals. 1. Think about Why You Want to Lose Weight One of the best motivation tips for losing weight is to write down all the reasons why you want to drop the extra pounds. Maybe you want to have more energy to do what you love during the day—or perhaps you want to lose weight to improve your health. We all have our reasons, and knowing yours can serve as an excellent catalyst for change. Once you’ve written your reasons down, try to read them once a week, or enough to keep them top of mind. By reminding yourself of the reasons why you decided to adopt a new, healthier lifestyle, it may make it less likely that you will stray from your healthy eating and exercise plans. Research shows that people are more likely to be successful with their weight loss efforts when the desire to change their lifestyle comes from within.1 2. Focus on S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss Goals If your main focus is to reach your end goal of losing a certain amount of weight, you aren’t alone. Many people only think about reaching their outcome goal, which often involves getting to their target weight. An outcome goal can feel distant and overwhelming —and researchers have discovered that this type of focus can derail your weight loss efforts.2 Instead, think about your process goals, or actions you need to take to reach your overarching goal. Doing so makes it much less likely that you will deviate from your weight loss program.3 To set strong goals, make them S.M.A.R.T.4 which means making them specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. Some great examples include striving to eat three servings of vegetables a day or planning to walk for 30-minutes, five days a week. This type of goal setting ensures that you are staying realistic while setting yourself up for success—which may keep you from feeling discouraged and giving up if your aspirations are too lofty. Studies have shown that when people set unrealistic expectations, such as trying to lose a significant amount of weight very quickly, they may be more likely to abandon their efforts to change their diet and exercise habits.5 3. Seek Out Support Research has found that a weight loss program with support is more likely to help you achieve your goals than trying to go at it alone.6 By having a support system in place, you can lean on someone to listen and give you some extra motivation and advice, especially on those harder days. Another idea: find a fitness buddy that enjoys getting active regularly. Not only can they help encourage you to go for a walk or a bike ride when you may not be in the mood, but they are also a great accountability partner. You’ll find that it’s much harder to bail on a workout when you know someone is counting on you to be there. 4. Find an Activity That You Love Exercise has benefits beyond burning calories and building muscle—it can also improve your mood and feelings of well-being.7 But finding an activity that you love may be the key to sustainability and avoiding burnout.8 While not all of us are fitness aficionados, there’s likely an activity that you find enjoyable. Still not sure what that is? Take some time to try different options and choose what interests you. A few things to consider: think about whether you like to exercise inside or outside, in a gym or at home, and in a group or solo. Narrowing down your interests may help you hone in on the best kind of exercise for you. Another motivation tactic: music. Research shows that it could not only boost your desire to workout, but it could also help you work up a sweat for a little longer.9 Keep in mind exercise doesn’t have to be intimidating. It could be as simple as a 30-minute daily walk around the neighborhood (or you can use these easy ways to sneak in exercise at work or home!) 5. Celebrate Your Wins As you embark on a weight loss journey, it’s important to celebrate the successes along the way, no matter how big or small they may be. Being proud of yourself can serve as an inspiration to keep making progress. Give yourself a non-food reward for hitting your goals so you’ll continue striving to reach them. For example, treat yourself to a spa day or get that new outfit you’ve been eyeing. Are you ready to change your life and improve your health with a science-based weight loss program? Contact Jenny Craig for a free appointment to get started. Sources: [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312817/ [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21852063 [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21852063 [4] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20048224 [5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16339128 [6] https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(00)00494-0/abstract [7] http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/12/exercise.aspx [8] https://health.gov/news/blog-bayw/2018/01/5-factors-help-people-stick-new-exercise-habit/ [9] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1356336x08095670
  10. After a seemingly endless winter, warmer months are finally upon us—summer is here! The beautiful weather, outdoor activities, Fourth of July fireworks and delicious BBQs make this season a favorite for many people. But with the end of typical routines, summer can be a challenging time to stay on track with a weight loss journey. We’ve compiled our best tips for helping to avoid weight gain during the warmer months while still enjoying everything the season has to offer. Reasons for Summer Weight Gain It’s a common misconception that seasonal weight gain only occurs in the winter. After all, we tend to be surrounded by hearty, holiday foods and stay mostly inside during the colder months.1 A combination of factors may make the numbers on the scale creep up during the summer. Just as you may not want to work out when it’s freezing outside, you’re probably not as thrilled about exercising in the scorching heat. Extreme weather conditions, whether they be cold or hot, may put a damper on workout routines. In addition to the heat, all of the summer parties and BBQs can be hard to avoid and are usually stocked with foods and drinks that can thwart your weight loss progress. What’s more, our schedules tend to be different during the summer months. The days are longer, which can lead to later bedtimes—and potentially more late-night snacking. Many of us also have children who are home from school, which can make it difficult to stick to self-care routines. So how can you enjoy the summer months without gaining weight? We’ve compiled a list of our top tips to avoid summer weight gain 1. Stick to a Schedule It can be tempting to deviate from your usual routine in the summertime, but one of the best ways to maintain your weight during these months is to set and stick to a schedule. Research shows that a change in your routine—any time of the year—may disrupt your exercise and eating habits.2 Stay Consistent with Sleep Many of us have some time off work or school during the warmer months. Whether you have the entire summer free or just a week, try your best to stick to your usual sleep habits. Of course, things will inevitably come up that will alter your schedule, but trying to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day can make a huge difference. Not only will you likely feel better when you get enough sleep, but your metabolism may also benefit.5 Part of this is due to your natural circadian rhythm which controls your sleep cycle and natural 24-hour body clock, and also helps regulate your metabolic processes.3 Consistently getting a good night's sleep and leveraging your circadian rhythm could help you lose weight and prevent unwanted weight gain.4 Research has shown that not getting enough sleep and disrupting your natural rhythm could lead to unwanted weight gain by interfering with your metabolism.5 Eat Regular Meals Summertime can also lead to changes in what and when you eat due to all of the picnics, vacations and fairs that come hand-in-hand with the season. By eating with your natural circadian rhythm, when your metabolism is working most efficiently, you’re leveraging your body’s natural fat-burning abilities.6 An example of how to incorporate this into your routine would be to eat between the hours of 7am to 7pm and then refrain from food or beverages for the next twelve hours (which includes sleep ), when your metabolism isn’t working as optimally. This digestion break can let your body rejuvenate. Jenny Craig’s newest program, Rapid Results, is based on the latest Nobel-prize winning research around circadian rhythm. Studies have also found a link between obesity and eating more calories late in the evening.7 Another tip: try to avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast, as you could be missing out all the health benefits of eating earlier in the day. 2. Make Healthy Food Choices Ice cream by the pool, hot dogs on the grill, s’mores by the campfire—summer is full of nostalgic treats. Of course, enjoy dessert in moderation, but making healthy food choices the majority of the time can help prevent unwanted weight gain. Incorporate Fruits and Vegetables Summer is the perfect time to load up on fruits and veggies because it’s when fresh produce is most plentiful. Try visiting your local farmers’ market to see what different seasonal fruits and vegetables are available. For Jenny Craig members, this is a great way to stock up on your Fresh & Free Additions. Sip the Right Things When it’s warm outside, sometimes there’s nothing better than an ice-cold beverage. But it’s just as important to consider what’s in your cup as well as what’s on your plate. While it may be tempting to reach for an ice-cold soda or alcoholic beverage at an event, these types of drinks are loaded with empty calories. Water is always the best choice for a beverage, as your body needs it to function properly and stay hydrated.7 You can dress it up by adding fruit for a little color and subtle taste. Another type of beverage that can lead to summer weight gain is alcohol.8 From happy hours to summer BBQs, alcohol can derail your weight loss progress. Instead, opt for sparkling water; the fizz adds a little fun and you’ll still be able to keep on-track with your weight loss goals. 3. Find Time to Get Moving Carving out space in your busy schedule to get active can be difficult in the summertime, especially if your children are home from school. You aren’t alone if you feel like you should be spending time with them instead of hitting the gym. But taking a little time for self-care is one of the best ways to take care of your family. Be Active with the Little Ones If you feel like you can’t leave your kids to squeeze in a workout, don’t worry. You can still get your heart pumping with them by your side. In fact, spending time with them can be multitasking at its finest – allowing you to exercise and bond with your children. Try getting outdoors with your kids. It doesn’t matter if it’s the park, the neighborhood pool or even your own backyard. You can play sports, make up games, go swimming, take a walk or ride bikes. You’ll get your heart rate up and your kids will likely be tuckered out: it’s a win-win. Try a New Activity Warm weather and longer days are perfect for trying new types of physical activity. If you’ve been working out inside during the winter and spring, try getting outside to walk, run or ride your bike. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise—and trying any of these activities can meet that requirement.9 You can also use the summer to try new activities or revisit old favorites. Hiking and swimming are always popular, or try something like paddle boarding or an outdoor yoga class. Consider Joining a Team or a Group Many communities offer instructional or intramural sports leagues for adults from soccer, softball, baseball or kickball. Not only are sports a great form of exercise, but they can also help you establish a routine and meet new people. If you’re more into individual sports, try finding a bike group or jogging club. You can also look for group fitness classes such as cycling, yoga or barre. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? Reach out to friends, family and neighbors who might be interested in getting moving and enjoying the summer weather together. You might be surprised by how many people want to join. We hope these tips help you achieve your summer wellness goals—and make it your best (and healthiest) one yet! Are you ready to make a change in your life and improve your health this summer? Contact Jenny Craig for a free appointment to get started. Sources: [1] https://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/holidayweightgain [2] https://www.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/parents-and-carers/fact-sheets/obesity-preventing-holiday-weight-gain-managing-the-school-holiday-period [3] https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx [4] Longo, Valter D., and Satchidananda Panda. “Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 23, no. 6, 14 June 2016, pp. 1048–1059., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.06.001. [5] https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/10/389596946/circadian-surprise-how-our-body-clocks-help-shape-our-waistlines [6] https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-nutrition-society/article/chrononutrition-a-review-of-current-evidence-from-observational-studies-on-global-trends-in-timeofday-of-energy-intake-and-its-association-with-obesity/BBE3272849F542FE3FEC45458E061D75 [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/ [8] https://www.verywellfit.com/alcohol-and-weight-gain-1231176 [9] http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp
  11. How Stress Impacts Your Health and Happiness Although everyone has a different threshold for stress, we all experience it to some extent, whether it’s the chronic stress of commuting to work every day, or the stress that comes from our personal relationships or our careers. There’s also the acute stress that comes from a job change, the illness of a friend or family member, or a cross-country move. Some people may recover from stress quickly, while others may find themselves buried by the weight of it. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, stress can take a toll on your body and mind.1 Because stress can have far-reaching impacts on your health and well-being, it’s important to understand what those impacts are—and how you can help minimize them. When Stress Is Helpful—and When It Isn’t You might not realize it, but not all stress is bad. It can motivate you to prepare for an interview or perform well during a big presentation. It can even be a lifesaver, prompting the ancient, time-worn fight-or-flight response if you are confronted with danger.2 This response triggers a release of cortisol and epinephrine3, causing your heart rate and breathing to increase as your muscles tense and more oxygen flows to your brain—the same response cavepeople experienced eons ago when needing to flee from, or fight off, a predator. The problem is, if you are constantly bombarded with stress, this same lifesaving response may begin to cause physical symptoms, such as headaches, muscle aches and digestive issues; or psychological ones, including anger and sadness. Even worse, chronic stress could eventually harm your health, causing problems with your heart, immunity, sleep and so much more.4 Let’s take a look at the impacts of stress on the body and mind. Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Problems While researchers have long suspected a link between long-term stress causing inflammation and consequent heart problems, that link has yet to be conclusively proven.5 However, one study did find that high perceived stress was associated with an increased risk of so-called incident coronary heart disease, such as an episode of chest pain or a hospital admission.6 Experiencing stressful situations may also lead to a short-term spike in blood pressure.7 When you are stressed, your blood vessels constrict and your heart rate increases, which can cause your blood pressure to rise, temporarily. While these changes disappear when the stressor has passed, if you experience these temporary spikes in blood pressure often enough, your heart, blood vessels and kidneys can suffer damage similar to that caused by long-term high blood pressure.8 People who suffer from chronic stress also appear to have a higher risk of stroke than their calmer peers.9 Immune System Problems The impacts of chronic stress extend to the immune system, making you prone to more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the common cold and flu.10 Because of the steady stream of stress hormones being secreted by your body, your immune system can become suppressed11—which may have you taking sick days more frequently. Psychological Issues Chronic stress may also cause hyperarousal, leading to insomnia.12 Lack of sleep in turn can affect your mental functioning in the areas of attention and working memory.13 Weight Problems It turns out that stress may also make it more difficult for you to lose weight.14 While a stressful event may reduce your appetite in the short term due to the release of an appetite-suppressing hormone, if stress persists, cortisol kicks in, increasing appetite and perhaps even the motivation to eat.15 Cortisol, the hormone that your body produces when experiencing stress, may also be behind the all-too-familiar cravings for sugar and fat. As if cravings weren’t bad enough, stress may also encourage your body to store more fat. Research has shown that even among slender women, high levels of stress and cortisol are linked to abdominal fat, which may increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes.16 Other Health Issues Stress may impact many other areas of health and wellness as well. Digestive problems can be a common occurrence in response to acute and chronic stress.17 Researchers have also found that stress may increase the risk of irritable bowel syndrome, which can cause chronic abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea.18 And have you noticed that you tend to get more breakouts when you’re stressed out? It’s not your imagination—research has found that psychological stress can exacerbate acne.19 Stress has also been found to trigger or aggravate psoriasis.20 Ways to Manage Stress You may be surprised—even startled—to learn of the many health impacts of stress. But there are ways to manage it. 1. Recognize the Signs Start by recognizing the signs that you are under stress. Everyone responds to stress in different ways—you may find that you get more headaches, while your friend may suffer from insomnia and stomach pain. Learn how you manifest stress and pay attention to the warning signs that your stress level is creeping up. 2. Get Your Heart Pumping Regularly When you notice that your stress is increasing—or you find that you’re already under stress—start incorporating regular exercise into your day, if you haven’t already. Not only is exercise a great way to achieve your weight loss and fitness goals, but regular physical activity may also help improve your sleep, boost your mood and reduce your stress levels.21 Perhaps running or walking will help you manage your stress, or some stretching exercises. You also might try yoga or tai chi; many people find their slow, precise movements help them feel calmer and less tense. Or try some mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing and meditation. If one activity doesn’t help reduce your stress, try another until you find what works best for you. 3. Laugh Not only does it feel good to enjoy a good laugh, laughter really does help lift your mood and moderate stress. 22 So watch a funny movie, read a great book, be goofy with your kids—it’ll help both in the short and long term. 4. Get Outside, and With Other People There’s some truth to nature soothing the soul: Researchers at the University of Michigan23 found that group nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress, and enhanced mental health and well-being among people experiencing stressful life events. 5. Reach Out to Family and Friends Although it can be tempting to withdraw from others during periods of stress, it likely won’t help you cope. Instead, rely on family and friends for emotional support and encouragement when you’re facing stressful times. You’ll find that phone calls and in-person activities with people you care about can be very therapeutic. 6. Learn to Say No Sometimes stress may come from taking on too much responsibility. No one wants to disappoint others, but saying yes to everything can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Think about what you can say no to in your life. It might be unsettling when you first think about it, but it’s empowering to set boundaries for yourself. If you find that you still have too many priorities competing for your attention, getting organized may help to reduce your stress levels. Try making a to-do list you’d like to accomplish during the day to help yourself stay on track. And don’t worry if you don’t complete everything—just focus on what you did and tackle the rest the next day. 7. Consider Seeing a Professional Still feeling stressed after implementing these tips? Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone who specializes in stress management; he or she can offer individualized guidance and support and perhaps allow you to even thrive, during times of stress. While stress can have far-reaching, dramatic effects on your health and well-being, we hope that these tips can bring some calmness and serenity to your life. If you are trying to lose weight, don’t let meal planning and calorie counting stress you out. Contact us today for a free appointment to get started and get one-on-one support toward reaching your health goals. Sources: [1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987 [2] http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/cells/fight_flight/ [3] https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/stress-and-your-heart [4] http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-chronic-stress.aspx [5] https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/stress-and-your-heart [6] https://www.ajconline.org/article/S0002-9149(12)01929-7/fulltext [7] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/stress-and-high-blood-pressure/art-20044190 [8] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/stress-and-high-blood-pressure/art-20044190 [9] http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/83/11/1104 [10] https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml [11] http://www.apa.org/research/action/immune.aspx [12] https://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/stress-and-insomnia [13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2656292/ [14] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201601/why-does-chronic-stress-make-losing-weight-more-difficult [15] https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/why-stress-causes-people-to-overeat [16] https://news.yale.edu/2000/09/22/study-stress-may-cause-excess-abdominal-fat-otherwise-slender-women [17] https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/stress-and-the-sensitive-gut [18] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202343/ [19] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17340019 [20] https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/causes [21] https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/stress/physical-activity-reduces-st [22] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456 [23] https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/family-medicine/news/archive/201410/walking-depression-beating-stress-outdoors-nature-group-walks-linked-improved-mental-health
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    The Power Of Daylight Nutrition Series

    What is Your Circadian Rhythm and Can It Improve Your Overall Health?
  13. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Why Do Men and Women Lose Weight Differently?

    Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve started a weight loss plan with your husband—only he’s losing weight faster than you—what gives? Jenny Craig Nutritionist Monica Ropar addresses this common refrain and shares the science behind what is really going on. There’s no denying, men and women are different. And how they lose weight is no exception. While it may feel disheartening when it seems like your male counterpart is losing weight without as much effort– don’t hit the panic button just yet. Here are four scientific reasons men lose weight differently than women – and why you shouldn’t feel discouraged. 1. Body Composition Thanks to very basic differences in physiology, men’s and women’s bodies process calories in distinctive ways. In general, men have a higher concentration of lean muscle mass than women—which means their bodies naturally burn more calories doing the same activity, or even at rest, than women’s bodies do.1 Statistically, it all adds up to about a 5–10% faster metabolism, which may support greater short-term weight loss.2 While men may get the upper-hand initially, studies have shown that after about six months, weight loss usually levels out between the sexes.3 2. Testosterone vs. Estrogen As it turns out, the hormones that make men and women so different can also have a dramatic effect on weight.4 Men’s bodies are naturally rich in testosterone, which not only helps to build protein, but also fosters the growth of muscle mass during strength training workouts.5 Women, by contrast, have a higher concentration of estrogen—a hormone that is essential for healthy reproduction, childbearing and even breastfeeding.6 From an evolutionary standpoint, estrogen is designed to help women maintain higher fat reserves (around 6–11% higher than men) specifically for these purposes.7 The monthly hormone variations that are part of the menstrual cycle can also cause intense cravings for foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat.8 3. Fat Storage You’ve probably noticed that men and women “carry weight” differently; this, too, is tied back to physiological differences. When a man gains weight, the excess fat is typically stored around the abdomen as “visceral fat.”9 Women’s excess weight is more often stored around the thighs and hips as “subcutaneous fat.”10 However, when we reduce our caloric intake in order to lose weight, the fat around our abdominal area is usually the first to go.11 So initially, a man’s weight loss may be more noticeable if he holds excess abdominal fat. 4. Numbers Game Here’s something else that’s important to consider: if you look at weight loss from a purely mathematical perspective—men typically have more to lose. For a 200-pound male, 20 pounds is a 10% loss; for a 150-pound woman, 10% would only be 15 pounds. Additionally, if a male and female are following the same caloric plan, the numbers also likely stack up in the man’s favor. If he typically ate 3,000 calories a day and she ate around 2,000, reducing both of their intakes to 1,500 per day will produce different results. The Good News: Sustainability is the Key While it may seem men have a natural advantage when it comes to weight loss, studies show that in the long run, both men and women’s weight loss becomes comparable.12 While men tend to lose weight faster for the first two months of consistent nutrition and lifestyle changes, the playing field does become more level after the six-month mark.12 The key to success in any life change is approaching it not with a “quick fix” mindset, but with a “small, steady shifts” attitude. Stay committed, and focus on your successes rather than any little missteps that might occur along the way. For more information on how Jenny Craig can help you with the weight loss journey, contact your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center. Sources: [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8125870 [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC329930/ [3] https://www.cnn.com/2014/02/20/health/upwave-weight-gender/index.html [4] https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/weight-loss-wars-men-vs-women#1 [5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2917954 [6]https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=85&redir=128.151.10.65/encyclopedia/content.cfm&ContentID=P00559 [7] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090302115755.htm [8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4918881/ [9] https://www.livescience.com/57610-why-do-men-have-potbellies.html [10] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5-reasons-your-body-shape-changes-as-you-age_us_55a808cbe4b0896514d0b2c7 [11] http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/jan2007pg50.shtml [12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24103395
  14. prayerfulprincess

    WEEK TEN IS A WIN! WHOOHOO!

    I have lost a total of 26.1 pounds in ten weeks: Week 01: -10.8 Week 02: -03.8 Week 03: -01.2 Week 04: -01.9 Week 05: -01.0 Week 06: -01.7 Week 07: -01.7 Week 08: +01.8 Week 09: -04.5 Week 10: -01.3 This was a pretty good week. Nothing out of the ordinary except the fact that I ate off menu twice this week, but I still achieved a loss. I decided from the very beginning that I would not deprive myself. So when we have these little gatherings at work or at church, I partake, but I do not overindulge. Limiting my intake is key. I know the difference between being hungry and being greedy. I absolutely love not feeling stuffed. Feeling stuffed is a horrible feeling. Again, praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get through week ten with such an awesome loss. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory. God bless, Princess
  15. prayerfulprincess

    WEEK NINE IS BEHIND ME...

    Thank you so very much.
  16. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    8 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Father's Day

    Being a father is rewarding in so many ways, from the first time you hold your little one to watching them grow and learn. At other times, though, it can be all-consuming, and you may let your health fall to the wayside to offset your immediate daddy duties. Given the emotional and time pressures of fatherly and life responsibilities, it’s understandable that your first instinct might be to celebrate Father’s Day by kicking back on the couch and indulging. But do you want to feel more energized and healthy? Here are some ideas for taking a more active approach to Father’s Day so you can get out, enjoy the day, and pat yourself on the back for all the things you do, dad! 1. Take a hike By choosing to get yourself moving outdoors, you’ll be combining high-quality physical activity with the natural relaxation that comes with being in nature.1 Grab the family and start your day off on the right foot! Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. 2. Try out a new recipe Take your culinary skills to the next level by cooking that delicious, healthy dish you’ve wanted to make for months. Plus, by getting the whole family involved, the kids can have fun and learn some simple, healthy cooking tips. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, snag some recipe ideas from our Simply Inspired creations. 3. Enjoy a picnic in the park Break up the usual routine by packing a healthy lunch and taking the family outdoors. Make a spread of colorful fruits and veggies and bring bubbly seltzer water you can flavor with cucumber or lime. Bring along some games to play to make the most of your time – think Frisbee, capture the flag or tag. It’s the perfect opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some quality time together. 4. Take some time for yourself Yes, “me” time. Carve out some time in the day for yourself. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes or an hour, solo time can help recharge your batteries, allowing you to be more present and energetic when you’re spending time with your family. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a walk with your favorite playlist, or sitting outside in nature with your eyes closed, do something that you enjoy and use the time to reconnect with your mind and body. 5. Start the day with a healthy breakfast For many, nothing says Father’s Day like a hearty breakfast. This year, instead of starting the day with foods that contribute to an energy crash mid-afternoon, like mimosas and sugary baked goods, consider starting your day with a healthy, nutritious meal. Some healthy options include oatmeal with berries, whole grain toast with a tablespoon of nut butter or eggs, and fruit. Not only will you likely start your day feeling more satisfied, but you may also be less inclined to overeat later in the day.2 6. Try a new activity It can be intimidating to try anything new, but think of that as part of the adventure. Have you ever tried playing golf? What about practicing yoga? If there’s something you’ve been thinking about trying—take today to treat yourself and experience it. Not only could you end up loving it, but incorporating regular physical activity into your lifestyle can lead to an array of other health benefits.3 7. Host a healthy barbecue Did you know that having high-quality friendships as an adult is associated with improved health and potentially increased longevity?4 Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to have your friends over for a healthy barbecue featuring lean meats like chicken and fresh vegetables like grilled squash and peppers. 8. Confide in Your Consultant or Fitness Buddy If you’re on a weight loss journey, make some time for yourself by scheduling an appointment with your personal consultant or calling up a fitness buddy to help keep you accountable and inspired! By consulting a trusted coach or close friend, you are committing to being your best—and it’s that drive that will ultimately lead you to be the best version of yourself, which includes being one amazing dad. We hope these tips help you celebrate this special day a little healthier. From all of us at Jenny Craig, Happy Father’s Day! Sources: [1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2017/03/31/heres-another-reason-to-get-outside-natures-sounds-are-ideal-for-relaxation/#7f9af2e0602d [2] https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/health/weight-loss-circadian-rhythms-drayer/index.html [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1402378/ [4] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-third-age/201503/want-live-longer-make-good-friends
  17. annabelle125a

    Happiness

    I started today, with about 120 lbs to lose. I have been apprehensive about starting because I feel like I’ve tried and failed at every weight loss plan at least 3 times. Thank you for the inspiration!
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  19. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Soda - The Hidden Sugar Bomb

    As you begin or continue your weight loss journey, you’re likely paying more attention to what you’re putting into your body. Choosing healthier options like fruits, veggies and lean proteins instead of less nutritious food is likely top-of-mind. But did you know that what you drink can derail your healthy eating as well? If you’re a soda fanatic, it may be time to take a look at your habit. Soda is a hidden sugar bomb that could halt your weight loss progress. Use this list of tips to learn how to stop drinking soda and try these soda alternatives to help you achieve your weight loss and health goals. How Soda Affects Your Body Although you may know that soda isn’t the healthiest choice, you may not realize how much damage it can do to the human body—or that it is the perfect ingredient for weight gain. One of the biggest issues with soda is that it contains empty calories, which means you’re consuming calories without gaining any nutrients.1 It also may be easier to underestimate how many calories you’ve had throughout the day if you’ve paired a soda with each meal. Not only is soda packed with empty calories, but it’s also laden with sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that men consume no more than nine teaspoons and women no more than six teaspoons of added sugar each day.2 It turns out that the average can of soda exceeds the recommended amount for a woman and is pretty much the entire daily amount for a man.3 What’s more, too much added sugar could wreak havoc on your body. Since soda contains such large amounts of sugar, your glucose levels can fluctuate more than normal during the day.4 This is especially problematic if you have diabetes as your body already has trouble regulating your glucose levels.5 Putting your body on this blood sugar rollercoaster may lead to a variety of health problems, including high blood pressure, obesity and type 2 diabetes.6 And if those health risks weren’t enough, high levels of sugar can also erode your tooth enamel.7 While it may be a tough habit to break, ditching your daily soda fix could help not only your waistline, but also your overall health. Here are four ways that may help you kick your soda routine to the curb: 4 Ways to Stop Drinking Soda #1. Make A Commitment Whether you’re just starting your weight loss journey or you’re focusing on maintenance, make a commitment to yourself to stop drinking soda. Try writing it down or telling your weight loss consultant to help hold you accountable. Making the concrete decision to do something can be a powerful agent for change. If you’re still struggling with the thought of giving up soda, think of it in another way. You’re not giving up a delicious beverage. You’re saving your body from excess sugar, preservatives, chemicals and acids. #2. Ease Off Slowly After making this commitment to yourself, you may be eager to give up your habit on the spot. If you find it’s easy to stop drinking soda completely, then remove all of it from your home and go for it! But don’t feel bad if quitting all at once feels like too much—taking small steps towards your goal can be just as effective. Keep track of your soda consumption, then cut it by a fourth one week and by half the second week. Keep up this pattern until you can completely stop drinking soda. As you notice the health benefits of decreased soda consumption, you may find it’s easier to keep moving toward your goal. #3. Find Soda Alternatives It may take some time to squash your cola habit, but you can do it! However, on those days you miss your bubbly companion, the best solution is to replace it with something else that satisfies that thirst (that’s healthier!). If you miss a little flavor in your beverages, you can find plenty of healthy options. You can add fresh cucumber or fruit to filtered water. Or try mixing sparkling water with flavorful fruits such as oranges or watermelon for a satisfying carbonated drink. Just be sure to avoid adding any sugar. Don’t forget that unsweetened green or herbal tea, such as peppermint or ginger tea, may satisfy your sweet tooth without the extra calories. #4. Drink More Water Whether or not you realize it, your body craves water. Buy a refillable water bottle, fill it with cold, filtered water and keep it by your side at home and work. You’re not just quenching your thirst, but you’re nourishing your body. Use these tips to drink more water daily. Once you’ve banished soda from your diet, you can work on maintaining your soda-free lifestyle. In times of tiredness, you may be tempted to return to your old ways, but just remember why you quit and grab one of your new, delicious, soda alternatives. Your body will thank you! If you want to start living a healthier lifestyle and improve your eating habits while losing weight, Jenny Craig can help. Contact us for a free appointment to get started. Sources: [1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empty calories [2] http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Sugar-101_UCM_306024_Article.jsp#.WucsiNPwaV4 [3] https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/how-much-sugar-is-in-popular-drinks/ [4] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/carbohydrates-and-blood-sugar/ [5] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-treatment/art-20044084 [6] https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugar [7] https://www.livescience.com/7198-acids-popular-sodas-erode-tooth-enamel.html
  20. capdeb

    WEEK NINE IS BEHIND ME...

    Congrats! Great job!
  21. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Simply Inspired: Cheesy Beef Enchilada Zucchini Boats

    Sail away with these delicious, baked Zucchini boats filled with our Cheesy Beef Enchilada Bowl! Ingredients: 2 small Zucchinis 1 prepared Jenny Craig Cheesy Beef Enchilada Bowl 1/3 cup sliced Green Onion 1/3 cup diced Tomato 1 pinch Cilantro Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Prepare Jenny Craig Cheesy Beef Enchilada Bowl as instructed on the packaging. Slice two small zucchinis lengthwise and hollow out the middle to make the zucchini boats. Discard the seeds. Scoop the Jenny Craig Cheesy Beef Enchilada Bowl into the zucchini boats. Place in oven on a tray or oven-safe container for 20 minutes or until zucchini looks tender. Take zucchini boats out of the oven. Top with sliced green onion, diced tomato, and cilantro as you like or with your favorite fresh and free additions. Enjoy!
  22. prayerfulprincess

    WEEK NINE IS BEHIND ME...

    Almost forgot to post my success for this past week. I have lost a total of 24.8 pounds in nine weeks: Week 01: -10.8 Week 02: -03.8 Week 03: -01.2 Week 04: -01.9 Week 05: -01.0 Week 06: -01.7 Week 07: -01.7 Week 08: +01.8 Week 09: -04.5 This was a pretty good week. Nothing out of the ordinary. Still, a bit ticked off that I cannot get a detailed receipt when I pay for my food. This is not a way to run a business. I have decided to move my weigh-in appointment to Saturday mornings instead of Tuesday evenings. I hate weighing in the evening. One issue is that I work one Saturday out of the month and I will have to figure out how I am going to handle this hiccup. Perhaps I will purchase two weeks of food when I know I have to work the following Saturday. I'll work it out one way or another. Again, praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get through week nine with such an awesome loss. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory. God bless, Princess
  23. Nicki Miller

    How to Incorporate Veggies at Any Meal

    Veggies—we know they’re good for us (and we should eat more of them), but sometimes it can be overwhelming to figure out creative ways to add them to your dinner plate, lunch box or breakfast bowl. That’s why we came up with this foolproof guide—to incorporate more veggies into every one of your meals, while adding more flavor to each bite. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, rest assured—each one of these options can be incorporated into your plan! Chances are you have your go-to ideas for working in veggies, such as using a bed of spinach for a base or cutting up some raw veggies to munch alongside a sandwich. These are all excellent choices! But this guide will help you branch out—to some often-overlooked veggies—and we’ll also give you ideas on how to prep them. For breakfast: Are you having something sweet? Consider jicama. This root has a nice crunch and works well in a fruit salad—whether you eat it alongside your muffin or top your pancakes with a variety of colors. Or savory? Roast some diced veggies such as carrots and turnips. Just give them a little spritz of cooking spray and cook in a 450-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Give the pan a shake and cook about 10 more minutes until they are browned. These are a more flavorful and perfect substitute for potatoes. For lunch: Are you having a sandwich? Create a colorful salad to go alongside. In addition to your main bed of lettuce or spinach, add cucumber, cauliflower, baked summer squash or zucchini. Not only are these veggies ideal for extra fiber and nutrients, but they also add flavor to your standard salad. Or something meaty? Stuff a pepper or make a squash boat for whatever you’re making and not only will you amp up the presentation, but you’ll cleverly incorporate more veggies. If you go with a bell pepper, switch up the color depending on what you’re eating and your mood—red peppers tend to be the sweetest. To make a squash boat, slice a zucchini or summer squash lengthwise and scoop out some of the inner flesh—then bake face-down to desired softness. For dinner: Are you having soup? Cauliflower rice, which you can find bagged at some stores instead of making it yourself, is versatile and tasty. Fry some up with a little cooking spray and some other veggies that go with your soup for a healthy “fried rice” side dish. Or pizza or pasta? Caramelized onions are a unique combination of sweet and savory and go with just about any dish in this family of foods. But there’s no need to stop with onions. Add some chopped mushrooms and Brussels sprouts while cooking the onions—they will all respond well to a long time at low heat to get that caramelization. Whatever you’re eating, adding more veggies to your plate is always a good idea. For more inspiration refer to our Fresh & Free Additions list, and don’t be afraid of trying something new. It may become one of your new favorites! Are you looking for guidance to start eating healthier? Jenny Craig can help. Contact us for your free appointment to get started today.
  24. If you’re like many parents, when it comes to taking care of your family’s needs, your days are really full and your to-do list is really long. At the same time, the list of things you do to take care of yourself may be extremely short. Why such an imbalance? A new study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Jenny Craig found while you may have the best intentions when it comes to putting yourself on your priority list, your other duties and your mindset may keep you from doing so. According to the survey of 2,000 parents, moms and dads combined spend an average of 27 hours per week on basic parenting tasks, with moms logging an additional nine hours each week. Parents are so busy, in fact, that they eat an average of 156 meals standing up each year—and they get just more than two hours of “me time” per week. What’s more, 82 percent of the parents surveyed stated that their kids’ health comes before anyone else’s in the family. That may be no surprise, but how far should it go? More than 62 percent of moms said they prioritize their health the least in the household—even behind pets! “We can see from the data that parents, especially moms, are often sacrificing their own health and wellness in favor of taking care of their family,” said Monty Sharma, president and CEO of Jenny Craig. “It is critical for weight loss and healthy eating programs to respect the lack of time that parents have today. We must provide them with plans that are simple in design and take the work out of healthy eating.” Not only is such self-sacrifice harmful to our weight loss efforts, but it’s also just plain bad for our stress levels, not to mention our physical and mental health. And while it may be hard to change some long-established patterns of self-neglect, there are ways to start prioritizing your own well-being starting today. Realize That Taking Care of Yourself Is Not Selfish If you’re not at the point where you can boldly proclaim that your health should be top priority, start off by acknowledging that taking care of yourself actually means that you can take better care of your family. “If you are not healthy, then you won’t be able to manage the health care of others,” says Dr. Pamela Peeke, assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chairman of the Jenny Craig Science Advisory Board. “Parents, and moms specifically in this case, need support to believe that it is OK to prioritize their own health to be at their best to care for their family.” As you slowly become more comfortable prioritizing self-care, you may become more accepting of the fact that your health deserves attention and care, just like the rest of your family. Make Healthy Eating a Priority If you relate all too well to eating most your meals standing up or grabbing whatever is convenient due to your busy schedule – it may benefit you to look at how you can incorporate healthier meal options into your routine without adding more stress or time to your day. Start by looking at situations you’re inclined to opt for less healthy food choices. Is take-out your go-to on busy days? Do you tend to mindlessly snack until dinner time? Once you assess your tendencies, look at ways you may be able to make simple changes. If the drive through calls your name frequently, perhaps you can update your order and swap fried items for grilled. Or better yet, having a healthy, ready-made meal on-hand can make it easier on your budget and waistline. If you tend to mindlessly snack out of boredom or stress before dinner – try opting for a snack with a balance of protein and fiber like an apple with a light string cheese or nonfat plain Greek yogurt – to help you feel more satisfied until dinner. Another tip: try practicing mindful eating techniques that may help you slow down and savor your food. Learn to Ignore Your Critical Inner Voice Many people struggle with their own “inner critic” that pushes them to be productive or helpful, and that tells them anything they do for themselves is selfish.1 It can also drive a desire for perfection and to always put other people first. To counteract this critical voice, talk to yourself as you would to your own child or dear friend. Replace critical, well-worn thoughts with nurturing ones; check in with yourself regularly and notice how you are feeling. Tired? Stressed? Give yourself time and permission to sit down, have a cup of tea, make yourself a healthy lunch—whatever you need to care for yourself, and your health. That 10 or 15 minutes can put you in a different frame of mind for the rest of the day. And challenge yourself, to do one thing daily for you. Learn to Say No Don’t have the time or energy to organize and run the school book fair? Feeling resentful of being asked, but also compelled to do it? Pay attention to your feelings and your own needs and gather up the courage to say no. Yes, it can be difficult, but try to learn to draw limits on your own time, and on the demands made of you. Get Support If your daily routine feels overwhelming, it may be beneficial to have a close friend or family member be your “self-care buddy,” someone who is also striving to prioritize her own well-being.2 Hold each other accountable day in and out and support the other’s needs to draw limits and find time for yourselves—and for your health. And getting support from an unbiased, professionally trained person is always helpful, especially if you want support with making healthier choices for yourself. Try a free one-on-one consultation with a Jenny Craig consultant and see if outsourcing healthy meal planning and prep can free up your mind and schedule. Start with Small, Do-able Steps Commit to taking a few minutes every day to devote to yourself, even if it’s just reading a book or a few minutes of quiet, solo-time. As you slowly become more comfortable, try to add a bit more “me time” to your days. Try taking time each evening to plan what you will do for yourself, and when, the next day.3 No need to be overly ambitious; be realistic and plan activities that you can succeed with. If an hour-long walk is not likely, plan on a shorter one—the achievement of the goal is more important than the length of it. Above all, remember that being healthy will keep your family healthy. And while your days are woefully busy, it’s imperative that you find the time to care for yourself. “Think of the little things you can do every day to contribute to your overall health,” advises Dr. Peeke. “Find outside support to help you plan healthy meals and to achieve your health and wellness goals. Schedule daily self-care and make it a routine part of your schedule, just as you would any other appointment. Make that commitment to yourself for you and for your family.” If you’re struggling with finding the time to eat healthily, Jenny Craig can help. Contact us today for a free appointment to get started! Sources: [1] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/compassion-matters/201708/the-unselfish-art-prioritizing-yourself [2] https://www.drnorthrup.com/practice-self-care-strategies/ [3] https://toomuchonherplate.com/prioritize-yourself-and-be-more-effective-in-your-life/
  25. Susan C.

    Happiness

    You look great and have really come a long way!!! You would make a perfect JCC like @Yo_Momz said. I hope you win the JC Contest and you should enter the People Contest or something they are doing that I saw somewhere on here. You and your husband are a perfect example of how the JC program works if you stick with it and do it right!! Congratulations on all your, inspiration and success!!! Also, Thank you for all the support and advise you give to everyone on here!! 😊
  26. Yo_Momz

    Happiness

    You are doing great things and inspiring more people than you realize. You are absolutely gorgeous now and then. I know you will have continued success because you have made this an important part of your life. Have you ever considered being a JCC? You would be amazing at it!
  27. Mariale

    Happiness

    What an inspiration!!! Thank you for sharing - I love following your journey and get very happy at your continued success!
  28. Carole Anderson Lucia

    4 Reasons You May Be Gaining Weight

    Sometimes, no matter how well you eat and how many minutes of exercise you log, those pounds can creep on—or refuse to budge. While this can cause untold frustration, there may be other factors beyond your diet and physical activity that are working against your efforts. Read on for four potential culprits, along with advice for dealing with them. Your Job From too many hours spent sitting, to vending machines overflowing with less-than-stellar food choices, to meetings filled with delectable snacks, your workplace can actually be working against your weight loss goals. But did you know that even your co-workers may contribute to weight gain? A recent study found that if your co-workers are overweight, you are more likely to be overweight, too.1 The connection stems from peer influence, but the study also showed positive influence as well– so if your cubemate usually opts for veggies over the office candy bowl, you may be inclined to follow his or her lead. Solutions Aim to get up from your desk and walk around once an hour, even if only to use the bathroom or to get some water. Stand up and move your body for a few minutes every 30 minutes or so. Stretch your arms and neck or raise your knees up toward your chest. Another bonus? Movement is also good for relieving stiffness. Opt for the stairs instead of the elevator when the opportunity arises. Bring your lunch, along with healthy snacks as often as possible. If your co-workers love to go out to lunch often, don’t feel bad for declining. When you do want to join them, do your research and pick out a healthier option beforehand. Consider following a structured weight loss program like Jenny Craig. You won’t need to worry about meal prep—all you have to do is grab some fruit, yogurt and vegetables to accompany your meals before you head out the door in the morning. Even better, research2 shows that people who eat pre-made, portion-controlled meals lose more weight than those using a standard, self-selected diet. Your Living Environment Long commute times. Lack of access to exercise facilities and outdoor activities. Inability to bike or walk to work, or to public transit. Inclement weather. All of these scenarios may affect your weight-loss efforts. The Solutions Don’t have the luxury of moving to an area that is more conducive to a healthy, active lifestyle? There are still ways to make your environment amenable to getting more exercise. Research3 has found that every extra hour you spend in a car per day is linked to a 6 percent greater risk of being overweight. So if there is any way you can reduce that amount of time, whether by working altered hours to avoid sitting in traffic, or by working from home a few days a week, try to do so. If public transit is available and you can walk or bike to the station, give it a try! If weather makes outdoor exercise difficult, try joining a gym or walking at a local mall. Skipping Breakfast Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that regularly skipping breakfast not only puts you at higher risk for gaining weight, but for putting on dangerous belly fat.4 In fact, they found that people who ate breakfast only one to four times per week gained an average 5 pounds over the course of a year and those who skipped breakfast altogether averaged an 8-pound gain. The Solutions Get in the habit of eating breakfast every day, even if that means bringing it with you to the office. Stash oatmeal or nuts (pre-portioned in small quantities) at your desk for easy options if you forget. Research shows that consuming the majority of your calories earlier in the day may help accelerate weight loss.5 Stress You’ve probably heard (or noticed) that stress can lead to overeating. But research6 has also found that it may cause you to store excess fat, and that it increases the risk of becoming overweight. The Solutions Try yoga, meditation or tai-chi. Also, give mindfulness exercises a shot. Do your best to get outside and walk. Not only is it good for your waistline, but doing just 15 minutes of “relaxation exercise” outdoors, such as walking in a park, can reduce your stress level.7 It can be frustrating to work so hard to lose weight, only to see the numbers on the scale refuse to budge—or, worse, to see them creep up. Take comfort in knowing that there may be outside factors that are making your weight loss journey more difficult, but that there are ways to counteract them. So pat yourself on the back for all of your hard work—and know that even if it is taking you longer than you would like to shed the weight, you are still getting healthier and doing the right thing for your body. If you’re interested in learning more about a structured weight loss program like Jenny Craig that can help you achieve your goals, contact us for your free appointment to get started today. Sources: [1] https://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news/yes-you-can-catch-obesity-your-coworkers [2] https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21481 [3] https://changelabsolutions.org/sites/default/files/MoveThisWay_FINAL-20130905.pdf [4] https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-why-breakfast-may-be-key-to-trimming-your-belly/ [5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23357955 [6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5324577/ [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28358570
  29. missbumble

    Happiness

    You are teeny!! So cute!!! Inspiring as always. You got this. It's amazing how much more fun stuff is when you are thin... Easier to get through life without carrying 130 pounds on our backs. I lost about 100+ form my highest weight - So it's easy to forget that and get used to where we are ... you are amazing.. and this program works. I bet your hubby and son are EXTREMELY proud of you I know I am.
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