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  2. Can Your Own Circadian Rhythm Help You Lose Weight?

    We're so glad to hear that you have lost 45lbs! Congrats!!!
  3. Chris G. Lost 50 lbs.* and Gained Back His Confidence

    Thank you, I know how hard it is to deal with pain. What a gift you give by sharing ❤️
  4. I also have ADHD and have lived a life backwards to most. I rarely sleep from my childhood, I have been on the rapid weight loss for about 10 months and have lost 45 lbs. Not eating at night has been incredibly hard, but using my Jennie food has worked. I have eaten at night though. My question is, since everything else is backwards is this clock backwards also?
  5. Everyone. Is. Complaining. OMG. Today, I've had the two primary people in my life both texting me ALL MORNING upset and sad and angry about things. I'm trying hard to focus on an overdue work project, so juggling this is tough. ARRGH! So, I need to shake it off and I'm gonna do a little positivity! 1) MY PANTS DON'T FIT! This is the second day in a row they've been sliding right off of me, lol! So, I will be doing laundry tonight and cleaning up my two pretty sweater dresses that I have, so I can rock them on Thursday and Friday and show off my skinny self! The world is my runway! 2) Once I get this project done, I might get to go home early today! I've been really diligent about clearing out my paperwork the past couple days and taking care of "those nagging tasks." If I get this done before 1pm, and my client meeting at 1pm goes well, I might be on the road going home by 2pm! I plan to do a 30 minute bellydancing workout video, 30 minutes of cleaning and tidying up, and then I'm going to work on writing my novel for a couple hours, interruption-free! That way, when my dogs (and, oh yeah, "that guy I'm married to") get home at 5pm, I can spend time with them and watch a little TV, work on my Artist's Way chapter, and finish the book I'm currently reading. Oh, such a luxurious afternoon! I really hope I get to have it. 3) I had the cranberry chicken salad for lunch today, with a whole egg added for my fat serving. I'm REALLY finding that adding a sliced up egg to things is making them super tasty and filling for me! I usually have some olives or a handful of nuts for my other fat serving, but this egg once a day, thrown onto a sandwich or mixed into the salads, is just, yum, perfect! 4) Things are peaceful at the office today, the people I share the space with are all out and about, running errands, so I have the place to myself and I can sing along with my Google Home and stuff without bugging anybody! OK, back to the grind!
  6. Common Weight Loss Myths Debunked

    Whether you are preparing for an upcoming vacation or want to shed an extra 10 pounds for your health, deciding where to begin can be tricky. Before you start a weight loss program, it is important to identify which methods aren’t ideal in order to find a routine that works best for you and your goals. With so many different weight loss tips circulating the web, it can be hard to decipher which claims are fact or fiction. To help you start your weight loss journey on the right foot, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 most common weight loss myths and facts: 1. Cutting 3,500 calories from your diet will make you lose 1 pound. Although this weight loss myth does hold some truth, it is not accurate, and the math will be different for everyone.[1] You'll need to use your current and target weight to calculate how many calories you can consume while still losing pounds. You may lose one pound from cutting 500 calories a day for a week, but because of how your body changes as the number on the scale starts to drop, you may need to decrease your calorie intake to continue to lose weight.2 2. You must give up all of your favorite foods. Deprivation does not necessarily lead to weight loss. In fact, it can derail it if it’s too restrictive. The truth is, moderation is key, and you should limit foods that you know are unhealthy, or that will hinder your weight loss goals. However, you can incorporate small amounts of your favorite foods into your weekly menu.3 When you do indulge, keep portion size in mind to ensure you’re not consuming too many excess calories. 3. All calories are the same. Eating 50 calories of broccoli compared to 50 calories of cake is not the same thing. Foods are made up of different nutrients in addition to their calorie content. Comparing foods based solely on calories doesn’t take into account their nutritional density, which can help you feel fuller, longer on a smaller quantity. 4. Push yourself to exercise daily. You don’t need to “go hard or go home.” While great in theory, pushing yourself to exercise daily or exerting yourself too hard can quickly lead to burnout and even cause injury.4 While some people may thrive in such conditions, for most of us, it is much more realistic and effective to ramp up gradually, increasing your strength and stamina while finding fun activities that keep your body moving. This is especially important if you’re beginning a fitness program. Start by taking a brisk walk for 10 minutes each day and gradually build up from there to find a routine that works best for you. 5. Long periods of exercise are better than shorter periods. You don’t have to work out for hours at a time to reap the rewards. Exercise and its benefits are cumulative, meaning that every little bit counts toward your goals.5 You can spread your activities into short, 5 to 10-minute intervals every day, or you can work out for more extended periods of time three or four days a week instead. Keep in mind, even a short aerobic activity or walk around the block can help you reach your goals! 6. Lifting weight causes bulkiness instead of weight loss. Strength training exercises like yoga or light weight-lifting will not typically bulk you up. While there are specific strength training exercises you can do that are designed to create muscle with more volume, in most cases, strength training will simply help you build stronger muscles which help burn more fat.6 7. Eating a low-fat diet will lead to losing weight. Not all fats are bad fats. As long as you are choosing healthy fats, like avocados, extra-virgin olive oil, and salmon, a regular consumption of good fats can help control hunger and stimulate weight loss.7 People who don't eat enough fat, however, tend to go overboard on carbs which can lead to a host of other health problems.8 Two of the most notable are inflammation and weight gain. Moral of the story? Don't be afraid of the (good) fats. Learn more about other common food myths which could be holding back your weight loss. Regardless of where you are in your weight loss journey, we’ve all heard some of these myths. With these weight loss myths debunked, you should have a good understanding of which weight loss strategies to avoid. The most important part of losing weight and keeping it off is adjusting your lifestyle. By making simple changes to your overall daily routine, you can keep your body healthy and reach your weight loss goals. Are you ready to try a weight loss program that is based on scientific research? Contact Jenny Craig for your free appointment. [1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/calories/art-20048065 [2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/calories/art-20048065 [3] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/myths-nutrition-physical-activity [4] https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/avoid-workout-injuries [5] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/myths-nutrition-physical-activity [6] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/12/6-worst-myths-youve-ever-heard-about-weight-loss/ [7] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/12/6-worst-myths-youve-ever-heard-about-weight-loss/ [8] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/12/6-worst-myths-youve-ever-heard-about-weight-loss/
  7. Thankful

    Every day I am grateful to Jenny Craig for rewarding me with the opportunity to change my life. I wake up every day and while I look significantly different, my smile is what makes it worth it. For those struggling with the program, the food, their consultant just remember it is about you. This journey is what you make it, keep an open mind and remember to smile. Remember your reasons for starting this journey. We've got this!
  8. Last week
  9. So I gotta say, I love my JC Consultant, he's so positive and awesome and just makes me feel very "can-do." I always leave feeling in a good mood and like I can take on my upcoming week! I was down 3 lbs at my weigh-in! So that makes about 5 pounds total lost on Jenny Craig in 3 weeks, even with a week of gaining a pound while on vacation! I'm feeling good about this. This week, I'm trying a few things that have a little more cheese in them (like the margherita pizza) because they look good, and I'll eat them for dinner, so only my dogs really have to deal with the consequences, lol! I managed to make it through my workout yesterday, even with my pain, and my trainer pushed me a bit too, which I think I needed. I wanted to be all self-defeating, but she wouldn't let me. I'm incredibly lucky to have good team members on my health journey with my consultant and my trainer both helping me so much!! Today, I'm lucky because I get some time at home before I have to go in for client meetings this afternoon. I needed some introvert time, and I got some last night and today. Feeling positive so far, and I slept well, and my pain levels are back down today, so it's a good one so far!
  10. Green Bean Blahs! lol

    @RAK Good ideas - I didn't get the green beans this week but maybe I'll give them another shot next time around with your suggestions! @missbumble Thanks for the encouragement! I got some riced broccoli to add a little garlic and seasoned salt to this week, hoping that'll be more satisfying!
  11. How to Control Hunger and Cut Cravings

    Ask an RD: Dietitian Janet Nash shares how you can stop those hunger pains. We’ve all been there. It’s after lunch, and your stomach starts to growl. Suddenly, you’re ravenous. When you glance at the clock, it’s only 2 pm. Why are you hungry again? It may have to do with what kind of food you’re eating. Food choice is a crucial component to staying satisfied throughout the day. By learning what to put on your plate, you can avoid mid-day hunger pains while nourishing your body. Eat Protein-Packed Meals When planning a meal, start with identifying your protein source. Since protein takes longer to digest, it stays in your stomach longer and helps curb your appetite. As your digestive system breaks down protein into its building blocks (called amino acids), it circulates them throughout your bloodstream, providing a steady energy source to help keep you going from one meal to the next. Try to incorporate one protein at each meal to help reduce hunger later in the day. Lean meats such as chicken, turkey and pork loin, as well as other sources such as low-fat cheese, yogurt, legumes, and eggs, all contain high amounts of protein that will help you stay full. Choose Whole Grains for Your Carbs Typically, it’s best practice to balance protein with a carbohydrate. However, making sure to choose the right kind of starch can further aid in hunger relief. Products made from whole grains retain most of their nutritional and fiber value, compared to refined grains which are usually void of these beneficial components. Fare that includes whole grains contain more fiber which also takes longer to digest. Since fiber cannot be broken down by your digestive enzymes (and does not translate into calories), it helps keep food moving through your digestive tract at a consistent pace. Furthermore, high fibrous meals help stabilize your blood sugar levels. In comparison, starchy, sugary foods cause blood sugar levels to spike and drop quickly, resulting in hunger and even shakiness, which can lead to afternoon food cravings. A few simple updates to your everyday meals can make a big difference. Switch from eating white bread to whole grain. Make sure to look for “100% whole grain” on the food label- without this statement on the package it could contain as little as 10%. For breakfast, try a small bowl of steel-cut oatmeal (double-check the sugar content), topped with blueberries. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, this is the perfect meal to start the day and help keep you feeling satisfied. Looking to update your dinner choices? Opt for whole grain pasta, brown rice or quinoa. Load Up on Vegetables Vegetables add flavor, texture and vibrant color to any meal. They’re also rich in nutrients but low in calories – which makes them one of the best foods to incorporate into every meal. Choose a variety of colors, from white to deep purple, to get a broad spectrum of nutrients. One more perk of piling on the veggies? They contain high fiber and water content which adds volume – and keeps you less likely to snack later. Another bonus for anyone on a weight loss journey: you’ll feel full longer on fewer calories. Add Healthy Fats Don’t shy away from fat (the healthy kind)! Some fats are more beneficial than others such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These types of fats are found in food sources such as avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fish. Including some fat into your meal not only adds flavor but also promotes fullness because healthy fats slow down digestion. Some easy ways to add healthier fats include topping meals with avocado, grabbing nuts for a snack, or making a salad dressing with olive oil and vinegar. Choosing to eat fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, and halibut a couple of times a week is another way to incorporate beneficial fats into your routine. While consuming a bag of nuts may be easy to do, remember that fats contain a high-calorie content, so it’s good to be mindful of portion control. Building the Perfect Plate By creating meals containing protein, whole grains, vegetables and healthy fat, you’re less likely to experience afternoon hunger pains and feel more satisfied throughout the day. Try making a few small changes to your routine – so that the next time you look at your watch and it’s 2 pm, your stomach won’t be calling. Ready to start a science-based approach to weight loss and nutrition? Book your free Jenny Craig appointment now. [Sources] http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Appetite-suppressing-effect-of-proteins-explained-by-researchers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23107521 https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/skinny-fat-good-fats-bad-fats http://www.pcrm.org/health/health-topics/essential-fatty-acids http://www.joslin.org/info/how_does_fiber_affect_blood_glucose_levels.html https://www.today.com/health/these-foods-will-ward-hunger-keep-you-full-t110761 http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/021115p14.shtml
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    • jannieb

    Hi:  I'm in the same boat. In my 60's. Just restarted JC on 2/17/18  excited to loose the excess weight. Feeling great and lovin the food.  Good Luck.  

  12. Loving myself

    You are very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your journey and encouragement!
  13. Green Bean Blahs! lol

    I added a chopped celery stick for crunch, a few red grape tomatoes for color and green onion for additional flavor.
  14. Green Bean Blahs! lol

    Recharge - I watch Netflix. And definitely, make your own green beans!/ veggies... You got this!!!
  15. Can Losing Weight Ruin Your Metabolism?

    Ask an RD: Dietitian Janet Nash shares the role metabolism plays in weight loss. A common concern I hear during weight loss is “will losing weight ruin my metabolism?” The concern typically stems from past yo-yo dieting or that getting to a lower weight will make weight maintenance more difficult. Wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow lose the weight without jeopardizing our metabolism? When we lose weight, we lose two different types: fat and lean mass. However, both are not created equal. Lean body mass includes muscle and other parts of the body that don’t contain fat. It’s estimated that approximately 14-23% of weight loss comprises of lean body mass1,which is mass you want to keep. As a result, this lowers the rate at which metabolism burns fuel because muscle tissue is more active than fat and requires more calories to maintain. Is it possible to combat this cycle and burn fat and preserve lean mass? Flipping the Switch - Burn Fat and Preserve Muscle According to the journal, Obesity2, it is possible to maintain muscle while reducing fat. In the study, researchers concluded that Intermittent Fasting (IF), a weight loss strategy focusing on a specific eating time-frame, followed by a period of non-consumption, prompts the body to burn fat instead of glucose. This process helps preserve essential protein which makes up the body’s muscles and non-fat tissues while reducing unwanted fat. There are different approaches to Intermittent Fasting. One method, called Time- Restricted Feeding (TRF), limits food consumption to 12 hours or less, followed by a period of abstaining from nourishment for 12 hours or more. By not putting any calories into the body for this designated time, we can “flip the switch” and go from burning glucose to burning fat for fuel. However, for this process to work, calories should not be consumed in any form (besides water and calorie free drinks) so that there can be a depletion of sugar that is naturally stored in the liver. When the body runs out of sugar, it will target another fuel source – fat. This shift from burning glucose to fat naturally decreases fat stores and preserves muscle mass and function. Furthermore, this method used in conjunction with a successful weight loss program, such as Jenny Craig’s Rapid Results, has been proven to be more effective than simply cutting calories (3). More Benefits Than Weight Loss In addition to fat loss and lean mass preservation, studies have revealed Intermittent Fasting has many other benefits. First, the process promotes not only fat loss but specifically targets abdominal fat, which studies have shown to be a key component in reducing the risk of developing diabetes4. Individuals may also see improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides levels, all of which help decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease5. Improved mood, immune and mental functions have also been reported4,6. You can even experience better appetite control with less hunger and cravings7. Putting the Pieces Together Weight loss can be a puzzle with many pieces, and often, can be challenging to fit together. By incorporating Intermittent Fasting into your routine, you can simplify your weight loss plan by focusing on when you eat. You can then shift your attention to other things such as relaxation, getting active and sleep, all of which are important for your overall health. And another bonus, sleep is part of the non-nourishment timeframe, so that should be about 8 of the 12 hours a day for your body to repair and rejuvenate. To ensure results, it helps to have a structured meal plan that includes portion-controlled servings and snacks. With a strategy in place, you won’t need to worry about which foods to eat during the day. Make sure to schedule the time to exercise and incorporate resistance training which can further aid in lean body mass retention8 and metabolism maintenance. If you lead a busy lifestyle and don’t know what to eat, or need some guidance, let Jenny Craig help you with their new Rapid ResultsTM program which incorporates Time-Restricted Feeding (TRF) in an easy-to-follow plan: Eat 6 times a day during the 12-hour nourishment period Take a break during the 12-hour rejuvenation period Premium menu including perfectly-portioned meals and snacks Personal consultant to help you incorporate exercise as well as other healthy lifestyle habits Customized plan that works best for your lifestyle Contact us for a free appointment to learn more. Sources: 1. Chaston, TB. Et al. “Changes in fat-free mass during significant weight loss: a systematic review.” Int J Obes (Lond), vol. 31, no. 5, 31 Oct. 2006, pp. 743–750., doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0803483. 2. Anton, Stephen D., et al. “Flipping the Metabolic Switch: Understanding and Applying the Health Benefits of Fasting.” Obesity, vol. 26, no. 2, 31 Oct. 2017, pp. 254–268., doi:10.1002/oby.22065. 3. https://www.mensfitness.com/weight-loss/burn-fat-fast/why-intermittent-fasting-may-be-best-diet-plan 4. Chaix, Amandine, et al. "Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges." Cell Metabolism, vol. 20, no. 6, 2 Dec. 2014, pp. 991–1005., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2014.11.001. 5. Scheer, Frank A. J. L. et al. “Adverse Metabolic and Cardiovascular Consequences of Circadian Misalignment.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 106, no. 11 (2009): pp. 4453–4458., doi:10.1073/pnas.0808180106 6. Vasconcelos, Andrea R, et al. “Intermittent fasting attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced neuroinflammation and memory impairment.” Journal of Neuroinflammation, vol. 11, no. 1, 6 May 2014, pg. 85., doi:10.1186/1742-2094-11-85. 7. Peterson, C. Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “Time-Restricted Feeding Increases Fat Oxidation and Reduces Swings in Appetite Levels in Humans.” Oral abstract presentation at: The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeekSM 2016; October 31 – November 4, 2016. www.obesityweek.com. 8. Campbell, Wayne W, et al. “Resistance Training Preserves Fat-Free Mass Without Impacting Changes in Protein Metabolism After Weight Loss in Older Women.” Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), vol, 17, no. 7., 26 Feb. 2009, pp. 1332-1339., doi:10.1038/oby.2009.2.
  16. OK, I just finished my lunch - Classic Cheeseburger - Pretty good! Green beans with olive oil and garlic - oh dear, I'm so over these things now, lol! With my current plan (Rapid Results), I'm supposed to have EITHER the Cheesy Broccoli OR the Green Beans + Olive Oil twice a week (JC foods) with lunch. However, I can't have the cheesy broccoli because of my lactose intolerance, so I've only been getting the green beans. I've now had them six times (2x a week for 3 weeks) and I'm officially OVER THEM! I want to make my own instead. Arrgggh! I'm going to talk about it with my consultant today and see if there's something else I can do on my own instead, just, something about the texture has been rubbing me the wrong way this week, it's like they are squeaky on my teeth and just weird! ... OK, I'm done ranting now, I've just been priding myself on not being a picky eater, but it's also hard not to be high-maintenance with the lactose stuff. I did not sleep so well last night due to my pain issues, and it's making it difficult to focus and be motivated today. I'm full of the "I DON'T WANNA"'s! So, tonight, I am going to self-care. I'll get home, have my White Bean Chili with some added veggies and such, and my Lemon Cake. Then, I'm going to snuggle onto the couch in my personal study, wrap a blanket around myself, and hopefully spoon with my little dog Scout (if she's not too rambunctious tonight). We are going to watch a movie - I haven't decided on which one yet, I'm debating between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I just need some personal "me" time, I'm a bit of an introvert and I've been around people a LOT for the past two weeks, so my batteries need a little recharging. Plus, we are getting ready to move and just listed the house, so my body has been taxed with the cleaning and lifting and such, so I'm sure that's not helping. Definitely time for rest and replenishing my mental and physical resources! Then, I will be ready to tackle the rest of my week! What do you do to recharge your batteries?
  17. oddly guilt-free

    I think that is great. This is real life. You will eat out and you should enjoy time with your family. If someone told me I could never eat out again, I would freak out! I enjoy eating out. I too ate out this weekend. I am also ok with it. Will it slow down my progress? Maybe. Am I ok with that? yes. In the grand scheme of things, we are both headed in the right direction and that is what it is all about.
  18. Loving myself

    Awesome, @Tricia_Marie!! Congrats!! You will be at 130 before you know it and you can see how happy you are in the pics and the writing.
  19. Loving myself

    WOW girl! looking good! I can see on your face how happy you are and that is priceless. Congratulations!
  20. Loving myself

    Me in my new size 9's! From a 20 to a 9! What?!?
  21. OK, I have a confession. I had restaurant food tonight. I shouldn't have, because I also had crab earlier this week and that was already a splurge. But, I also am not feeling so guilty about it... because after I had my restaurant dinner, I went home and had my Jenny Craig dessert, and I already feel fine about having my JC food tomorrow... like, this was a blip on the path. And, when I inputted it into MFP, I found I'm only about 350 calories over for the day from where I should be (and only about 750 calories over for the week, out of what should be a 10,500 calorie week... I'm on the 1500 calorie plan). Plus, the scale has been kind to me this week (so far down 4 lbs, we'll see what the official verdict is tomorrow at weigh-in), and my workouts have been stellar, if I do say so myself. I want to keep on-track, but I also know that foregoing family dinners at a restaurant every single time would become a deprivation problem. So... I'm staying on-track at about a 91% compliance rate, and not feeling defeated that I'm not perfect (which, I am often a perfectionist, so this is a big deal for me). I need this diet to work for my life. That said, I am going to be firmer about not dining out this coming week (my week 4 starts tomorrow) since I had those couple of blips this week, just so I don't start letting myself "get away" with too much and start being self-defeating.
  22. So, my Oopsies for today: things have been pretty busy at the office, and when that happens, I lose track of time and don't eat when I'm supposed to. It's of particular concern right now because I have 3 real estate deals all happening at once (such transactions are kind of challenging in Illinois), so everything is time sensitive. So, if something is needed "now, now, now" there really isn't much time to eat until "later, later, later." And that's how I ended up eating half of my lunch, and my afternoon snack, at about 3pm. I fortunately managed to sneak in my entree at 12pm, so I wasn't too bad, but I was definitely feeling pretty hungry by then! My Daisies for today: I managed to make it allllllll the way downtown to Chicago City Hall today (it's over an hour in traffic) and got fingerprinted! ... No, I didn't commit a crime. It's a requirement for anyone wanting to volunteer with Chicago Animal Care & Control. One of my big goals in life is to have a facility where I can foster several animals at a time (which I'm actually close to attaining... but I'll go into that some other time). Chicago, being a bigger city, has a lot of animals in need, so I decided to focus my efforts with them. While this may not seem like much, the benefit of this is, I will be getting a lot of experience with different animals, who will present me with a variety of challenges. BUT, first I have to deal with "Crook County" (it's actually Cook County, but people who live around Chicago know how they really are) and their laborious intake process. The sad thing is, the process is very prohibitive, keeping more people from volunteering and depriving the shelter of helping hands. (While it does keep out dishonest folks who might not have the dogs' best interests at heart, it can also keep away a lot of well-meaning people, too). 1) You have to attend a volunteer orientation - they have them a couple times a month, so that's not a big deal. 2) You have to undergo a criminal background check - makes sense, you don't want anyone with animal cruelty history to be let in. 3) You have to get fingerprinted - and the only place to get fingerprinted is at Chicago City Hall, between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday through Friday. (...uh, really?) 4) After getting fingerprinted, there is a 4 to 6 WEEK processing time lag to get approved while they await the results of the fingerprinting! 5) Then, and only then, can you get trained. (training is not arduous, you come in and walk dogs with an experienced volunteer for a couple of sessions, after that, you can come in whenever you want) So, for me, the hard part, finding time to get over and get fingerprinted, is done, and it's just a matter of time now. I just want to get in there and start walking the dogs and helping them! I will only be able to make it for a couple sessions a month, but it's something I desperately want to do, seeing all those dogs in need of time outside of their cages, some fresh air and a chance to stretch their legs. I can't wait until I can do more to help them, but for now, I'm focusing on the smaller victories that are building me up to where I want to be. OK, not a lot of "weight loss" and stuff in this post, but, it's what I'm focused on right now and what's motivating me to stay in shape, I'll need those strong legs for exercising puppy dogs! Also, these are my own lil' monsters, I love 'em to pieces. They are both girls. The Jack Russell Terrier is named Scout (she's a mischief maker and a tom boy) and the Lab-Chow mix is Taunie (she is the golden child who can do no wrong).
  23. Gina - Southbay

    Started Jenny again for the New Year!  It' s the only program that I am successful on!  If you follow it and track what your eating you will lose 1-2 pounds per week.  I lost 30 pounds in 4 months last time.  Good luck everyone!

  24. Focusing on victories

    Thank you @Yo_Momz, that encouragement is so helpful! It's great that it's such a supportive community here, I look forward to meeting more folks and chatting and talking about our challenges and successes :-) I'll do a post soon with some puppy photos as well - they are my pride and joy! I don't have a lot of pics on this my work computer, but I can get some on my home laptop. I love bragging on my pups. I often tell people, I work hard so my dogs can have a better life, lol!
  25. Focusing on victories

    Staci, I am so glad you came here and posted. I have heard that just writing things down helps and I have found this to be true. I am sorry that you have pain and I will pray that it lessens for you. When I read your post, I thought to myself, "Wow, this is a very strong woman"....to be able to realize all the good things you have going on is HUGE! You listed 7! Did you realize that? I too suffer from depression from time to time, and to be able to see things that are good in your life is major. Congratulations on your accomplishments and remember "this too shall pass". Please keep posting on these forums....we are all here for you and if nothing else, this is a great place to vent. **would love to see pics of those puppy dogs
  26. Loving myself

    Awesome!!! Great attitude - and pics!!! Keep up the awesome work and dedication. 130 this year - I am soo looking forward to it. EVery decade is so much fun to travel through!
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