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    Just decided to count my Days (ok google did that for me)... and we are here at Day 333. 2 days from my birthday. What a fantastic present. I can tuck in a shirt. Priceless!!!! I am so very happy I went to Jenny. I am definitely my thinnest ever. I buy size small. Whaaat? Bought a jean jacket to where on my date (yes date) next week. Oh wait the point is I bought it at Banana Republic (Which for the record I could not fit into their clothes 333 days ago) and it's a size small. It might be on the smaller side.. but my workouts at OrangeTheory seem to make you smaller - so I think it's fine. Anyway I am so thrilled with Day 333. I played golf (shot a 98 which was ok considering I have not been focusing on golf lately), had lunch with my golf partner - big salad - no cheese or croutons, Added Ahi Tuna, and brought the new JC Creamy Herb Dressing (45 cals) and added some healthy anchovies and avocado. Then had my nails done (for the aforementioned date - red toes, French nails) Now home had my snack off to shower and try on work outfits and date outfits. Have to see what fits for work outfits. I do not get tired of outfits. I am still shocked very day with how I look. You think I would be getting used to it.. nope! OK Well.. just wanted to share Day 333..... Sue
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    Let me say first of all that I have been a strong proponent of Jenny Craig. I get creative with the meals, I love adding in fresh veggies, and I've lost a lot of weight and felt great. But lately I am getting really annoyed with Jenny Craig, as a corporation. First, they cancelled the app with no warning, promised they would roll out something new, solicited feedback (which I took the time to provide) and then decided that they weren't going to replace the app in the end. Well, can we have back the old app at least? No. Why????? Second, I figured even though I didn't have the app, I could at least plan out my meals online to make sure that they were balanced and then print off my schedule for the week and check things off that way instead of via the app. So I went back to the website to do that and I was having difficulty finding the menu-planner feature. Upon chatting with a representative online, I found out that it will be discontinued. The reason? They don't think it is necessary. Again, what is the point of CANCELLING features that you had as selling points when people joined the program? Total bait-and-switch. Then I talked to my consultant about it this week and she told me that the reason they are doing all of this is that they aren't allowing people to make their own menu plans anymore. They've always discouraged it, but now they won't allow you to sign up at all unless you agree to sticked to the menu plans as they are written. It's annoying because I REALLY don't like the menu plans. I've tried following individual weeks, I've tried picking individual days. I just can't. I end up with foods that I hate, that then sit in my freezer while I make excuses for reasons to stop for fast food. Its bad. It would be so easy for them to make a program that required participatnts to only order food that fits within a particular set of weekly guidelines. If they can't figure it out themselves (or don't want to take the time), then they can do a planned menu. If they can and want to, then they get to customize their menu and eat what they like. This isn't rocket science, it's just computer programming. I love Jenny, but I can't recommend it to people anymore now that they don't offer customization. It's annoying to see a company take something that is simple and make it needlessly regulated.
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    I didn't use the tools, but I'm totally with you on this. It's not right, and it has the potential to break people, or like you suggested....sabotaging by forcing them foods they don't want. My very first week on jenny I tried the planned foods. I could not choke down the shelf stable things. Since then, I've done my own thing, and bought only frozen foods. More money, but more success. My centre is extremely understanding and accommodating with my "demands". I left for a brief period, they called to ask me back, I desperately needed it, but I had conditions and they work with me. If they start putting stipulations on me, while I'm spending $150 week on their foods, paying my membership fees, and succeeding, I may leave too. I am a paying customer. I say what goes in (assuming I'm following guidelines). If they were paying me, I'd understand being forced to follow their menu and eat some of the food that's awful. PS: I too am a huge Jenny supporter. It changed my life, totally.
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    We are at Jennie Craig this morning getting weighed in. My daughter has lost 47 and I'm down 37.Woot woot for us. We are going on vacation this Sunday to Hawaii and plan on taking loads of snacks. Wish us luck
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    Should I be used to this? Went away this weekend to my cousins graduation and made a mad dash to Chicos to find a white t-shirt to put with Black pants.. But alas I bought a ton of stuff. First off - I remember when I could not fit into Chicos. Did you know they have a size 00? say What? (I had 00 jeans on...) Anyway I purchased a bunch of clothes in size 0. Wow... So if you have not shopped Chico's size 0 is not a true size 0... it's more like a Size 6 or on the smaller side of a size 8. Anyway - I feel like one day i was thrilled to get into the 190s... and then 180s... and now here I am in the 140s at goal. Some of the new shape has to be due to my new workout (a class where I do 30 minutes High Intensity cardio and 30 means weights or body weigh stuff). So through jenny craig and adding some healthy exercise - I arrived here at goal. I never imagined goal would be a size 6. My sister and I went dress shopping for another cousin's upcoming wedding... And it was clear I needed a size 6 dress. woo hoo.. so thrilling, I know I must sound insane. Like - some of you - just skip the blog because enough already, Sue we get it your thin. but for the newbies.. I swear this program works. It is 85% Food and 15% exercise. The biggest issue I face is food.. and Jenny has helped me with that!! As I am in maintenance - yup this is where a lot of work begins. I am taking it slowly. I do meals on my own and Jenny foods so it's a mix. I feel so satisfied with the JC food that I tend to stick to it.. I am branching out and will do more and more MOMOs with the help of the forum and the help of my JC counselor... Anyway, I read alot of people complaining about the slow loss ( I bet I was one of them back in the day).. And the forum gang were here to tell me - it's ok.. You Got This!! And slow and steady wins the race. I definitely won the race!And there's room for all of you in the Winner's Cirlce! Am I glad the weight loss was slow? I think the answer is yes. It's helping me stick with it... eat the right amount of foods and learn portion sizes. So i am glad it is off. I am sooo glad I joined jenny. Every day I put on a workout outfit and I am astounded I get to look like this! YAY JENNY!!! Thank you forum friends - You all are wonderful.. My cousin's graduation was very nice! He was glad my sister and I flew there (DC) to attend. I'm very glad to be back home.. Anyway thought I would share my new Chicos outfit.. I also bought the pants in black. Love them
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    Love your passion about weight loss, exercise and Jenny...It's contagious! Wow, you're in my town. Hope you enjoyed DC 😁
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    Love reading your blog! That outfit looks great.
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    I love reading about your excitement. I could read it over and over again. I remember when you kept wearing the same outfit from your before picture when you started losing weight. I bet you would get lost in that outfit, now!
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    Looks great! Who's your friend! You really do look and I can tell, feel, wonderful! Aren't you proud?!
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    Macaroni and Cheese with Green Beans, plus tomatoes, homemade ranch and coleslaw. Homemade ranch recipe: 1 tsp dry onion flakes, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp or less black pepper, 1/8 tsp salt, mix into 2 oz greek yogurt, add more yogurt if needed.
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    @slonic This is one of my favorite JC Breakfasts!! I cook mine in the oven like @missbumble said and it is SO good!! Not nearly as good cooked in the oven.
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    Why did they remove the dashboard from the RESOURCES page on the website????? Will it come back so we can track???
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    @Ned19455 Totally agree with you. I haven't had much chance to use the online tools because I joined beginning of May. I planned to use MyFitnessPal for tracking anyway, but menu planning took some figuring out. Now I have an excel planner that works pretty well. Check out my blog "Fun with JC" .
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    @Malibu Becca Great idea to use grocery bags and keep stuff separated by days! I have a side-by-side fridge and not much freezer space, so I have to store boxes upright, like books on a bookshelf. Very easy to find what I need, but would be impossible to store more than a week of food. @Susan C. The menu is created with excel. I got the idea from that long thread in "Let's Talk" forum about JC discontinuing the planner and tracker. I'm no excel guru, but it was a fun little project and it serves the purpose. The blank templates are posted on the thread, bottom of page 12 (http://community.jennycraig.com/topic/86920-jc-removing-planning-and-tracking-from-website/?page=12). Please start by clicking on "Instructions" at the bottom of the screen. Here is my current menu, modified Week 1. 170609 Menu Planner.xlsx
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    I agree entirely. I can't recommend a program that removes useful tools for no good reason. Also will not recommend a program that forces you to buy/stick to a rigid food menu. I am lucky that my center has not made me to do the planned menus and I can have flexibility in what I can buy. I am very disheartened by them removing the planner. I think they are shooting themselves in the foot and taking away useful tools that the users find very valuable. KK
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    Good luck MJ! You too @TammyM63 the program really works, just keep sticking to it meal after meal. Posting on these community threads made a if difference in my journey. The support here is incredible. You will be feeling like your old selves (before the weight) in no time!
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    Well I hit 32 pounds gone...from 214 to 182. It has been slow but steady. My daughter is 42 pounds down. We are going to our first doctor's appt. since we started Jenny on February 1st. I can't wait to get the results of our blood work. I know my doctor will be happy. I had quit smoking about 3 years ago and also had my thyroid removed. My blood pressure was so high that she put me on three types of medication . I also started pre-diabetes medicine. My A1C had creeped up to 6.1. My pill box looked like my mother's use too. I have felt so good lately. I have not had a cold or flu since I quit smoking, which is unbelievable. I had a huge tumor on my thyroid and was constantly sick. After all the drama I saw the scale continue to go up and up. My daughter continued to gain weight. She hit a high f 272. I had to do something for both of us..This is why I joined this program. I know it's expensive but we are worth it...
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    Hi - So Just a tip or maybe you already do this.. but I bake the breakfast pizzas in the oven and they are very crunchy and fabulouso!!!!
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    Sixth day and still at it! Did not go off at all ( which is really different for me- I always have an excuse to break and start tomorrow!). This time I really really want this! I have lost 6 lbs since Tuesday ( and inches because I fit into my 1.5 jeans from Chicos!) I couldn't zip them up at all! I am beyond excited!
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    Do we all have the thin outfit or outfits? I had a dream.. and it was small in the stream of big dreams, but to me it was huge. In OA when I was 25 I went from 246.25 to 145... For my sister's wedding I could pick out any dress I wanted. I wore a glorious purple dress. Well... I have about 5 pounds to reach that 145 goal... and I put the dress on yesterday. Not sure where I am going in it - but I almost have everything in the closet that I put away for the illusive date when I got thin again. So this is awesome and great..... There's a few more suits and a pair of jeans that will fit in 5 lbs (and if the jeans don't I will donate them!) Drumroll....Yippee go Jenny Craig!
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    You look like you've been skinny your whole life (i.e., you look great!).
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    My body hated me so much when I started JC. Thought I'd use my blog debut to record all the weight related issues I faced/am facing: A chronic cough due to GERD that I'd had for 16 mos. Plantar fasciitis in both feet Aching knees Low energy Lower back pain Inability to do things I used to easily, like cross my legs, go for long walks, skate and hike up hills with the ease of a mountain goat. I just started JC 3 weeks ago, but I've lost 10 lbs, my chronic cough has gone away and my feet and lower back are already feeling a little better. I still have 73 lbs to lose and it gets overwhelming thinking of just how long it's going to take to get back to a healthy weight so I can't let myself dwell on it. I can only focus on sticking with the diet for today, so that's what I do.
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    You look amazing! Thanks for the ongoing inspiration!
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    @slonic The loaded baked potato is good but I really love the Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Potato. Love Brussels sprouts.
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    @slonic I LOVE the Mac and Cheese!! Also one of my favorites. I like the way you did yours with the tomatoes. green beans slaw and homemade ranch dressing. I'm going to use those ingredients and try making some of the ranch dressing!!
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    @Susan C. Planned menus as written aren't 50-30-20, but more like 50-55 carbs, 25-30 fat and 20-25 protein. If you set up MFP as 55-25-20, it all falls into place . Greek yogurt and anytime bars help the math, especially on days with sweet snacks. Going a little over the recommended 2 cups of salads and veggies may also mess up the ratio a bit, but I don't mind that. If you aren't using anytime bars, it may be a good idea to check out how they designed T2 menus. They have protein servings instead of bars and include almonds and cottage cheese, plus a few more string cheeses per week. The best thing about this program is the structure, knowing exactly what you will eat for each meal and have that meal waiting in the freezer. We all have processes in place to help this work, but the recent changes at JC may break those for many people. Appointments with consultants are 20 minutes long, not enough time, IMO, to get the menu together, unless you are sticking to planned with only a couple minor changes. Even in those cases, the JCC reads from the list of substitutions that are usually stuff that is already on the menu for the same week, or are something you don't eat either. Works way better if we come up with our own substitutions. I use the excel planner, some people pre-enter everything into MFP, day by day, whatever works. One of the old weight watchers' sayings pops to mind: "Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance" .
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    @missbumble You look sooo pretty and thin!! Good luck with the contest!!
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    @slonic I LOVE how you organize your food!! The stickers, the detailed menu....everything!! Now this is what I'd like to do. Where did you get a weekly menu with everything on it like that?? That's what I need to do to help with all the craziness and time consuming stuff I look up each day.
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    Thank you OnedeterminedLady, I have had such a hard time losing weight, I am at my wits end, I weigh in today so will be posting later.
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    I take all my food and lay it out on my kitchen table by day. I have plastic grocery bags that I wrote each day on. That way in my freezer all I have to do is grab the bag for that day. The non frozen food I write on with a sharpie what day and what it is. For example, Monday Snack, Tuesday Breakfast. One last tip, as I am putting my food in the freezer, I always start with the last day of the week so current day is on top to pick from. =)
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    Thanks Theresa for commenting! I've just had my first two meals JC! Happy to get started on it!
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    Welcome to you both Megan and Tammy. I understand how you feel. I rejoined Jenny in January as I was also higher than I've ever been and started at 264. I'm only 5'1". I now am down to 226. Jenny teaches portion control and I am forever indebted to Jenny. My husband has diabetes. He has lost 45 so far and his numbers are down! Dr may take him off meds after next blood test! He hasn't weighed this weight in over 30 years! in the beginning he would look at the food and say "where's the rest" or "is this all". Lol so come join us on the message boards. So many wonderful and caring people here!! theresa
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    I am on day 2~ Good Luck~ I am with you on this Journey~ One day at a time~ I have Ra and know how hard it is~ So keep me posted on your journey! Tammy63
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    Looking good. I'd post of picture of me in workout clothes but... it's not pretty! I workout first thing, bed hair, old tee and pj bottoms! Later in day when I do the bike its whatever retirement garb I've chosen! No fancy gym would let me in!
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    Just had to record this where I can remember when I need a comfort meal!! Roasted Brussels Sprouts drizzled with Walden Farms Walnut Maple Syrup ...... Sauted' Mushrooms, green beans, Boiled Sugar Snap Peas (Then pop out of the shell) ......... OH MY GOODNESS! Toasting my new love of VEGGIES!!!
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    Success!!! I followed the recipe more or less - I substituted 1/6 cup Truvia Baking blend instead of light brown sugar, and blueberries instead of peaches.. but alas made the Emily Bites Muffins.. I calculate about 80 calories each with my sugar replacement. Going to have two for breakfast one of these days - or even out on the golf course. Victory - I made them and did not snack on them!!! http://www.emilybites.com/2017/03/raspberry-peach-baked-oatmeal-singles.html
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    So cute!!! That outfit makes you look so youthful and bright!! LOVE IT!!!!
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    Thought I would start a blog entry of my favorites and not so favorites.. to help me remember during my weak moments at JC center when I think I should l mix it up. willl edit this and update. Keep in mind what I like - you may hate and vice-versa... Work in Progress Favorties 1. JC French Toast 2. Chocolate Lava Cake 3. Frozen Cookie Dough Anytime Bar 4. JC Vanilla Shake to use in shakes or for coffee creamer 5. JC Loaded Baked Potato for lunch 6. October - JC Pumpkin Loaf (When they come in -you need to stock up as they run out... and then you wait a year!!) 7. Italian Style Pasta bake or Lasagna on top of spiralized zucchini, onions and mushrooms Honorable Mention 1. Cheeseburger Not great - But I eat them and they serve a purpose 1. Chicken Salad Kit - Helpful if at airport and tempted to eat dinner out 2. Barscotti - Low cal and is good for breakfast on the road when paired with a fruit Not My favorites.....I can avoid 1. New Chicken Pot Pie 2. Turkey Burger Best Volumizer 1. Zucchini with spiralizer form bed bath and Beyond 2. Cauliflower rice - filling and when added to other sauteed veggies is good Non JC Food I incoporate as Meal On My own (MOMOs) or as substitutes... 1. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk 2. Breakfast: Using egg whites form a carton I purchase... Omelettes or scrambles with veggies and a level tbsp or tow of Parmesan on Thomas Lite English Muffin 4. Breakfast on Golf Course: Cliff Bar - White Macadamian Nut - Breakfast out - 260 calories.. good if need calories Things to Avoid to help weight loss 1. Too many veggies... (I love them alot) 2. Wine too often - every few days ok (better to skip for weight loss). Every night at dinner is too much,
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    Yipeeeeeeee!!! You look you incredible!!!!!
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    I’m so happy for you, Sue! Congratulations on fitting the “thin” outfits! The smile on your face says it all!! You inspire me to keep moving forward! Funny, I just took my thin clothes out of the donation bag a few days ago.
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    Beautiful! Purple is my favorite color and you wear it very well!
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    You're smokin' hot girlfriend!!! Thank you for posting. I've got some cute jeans I want to wear in about 8 pounds!! Congratulations!!
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    Gorgeous, you and the dress!
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    Before - June 2016 207ish Today 12/9/2016 176.6 about 20 -25 to go. I Love JC!!!
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    When you get off track, you just wake up the next morning and get back on track. its no big deal, dust it off and keep going. As far as forgetting snacks, i know its easy to forgot the JC snacks at home, maybe you can have some shelf stable snacks in your car or purse all the time , just in an emergency? one of those tuna packs from the grocery store is a better choice than a cinamon roll. Whenever i'm under a lot stress and wanna eat off plan, i tell myself that eating off plan will only add to my the stress and anxiety i already have and just make it worse. I tell myself if i just stay on track i can go to bed tonight and at least feel comfort knowing i was on track. I might be grumbling and craving something else, but that feeling of at least being successful with my food choices is always better than the feeling of being off track and facing a gain. Just keep in moving forward, one week isn't gonna matter in the long term picture.
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    This week was a bit of a disappointment. I only lost 1.6 lbs. I suspect that perhaps my reading of 6.6 lbs the previous week was a bit inaccurate -- perhaps I was dehydrated or something? So maybe if the water imbalance were corrected it was more like 4.1 lbs each week rather than 6.6 lbs one week and 1.6 lbs the next. I don't know. I'm glad I didn't lose an extreme amount again, but a little concerned that I fell short of my goal this week. My goal, by the way, is to lose 1% of my body weight per week. So since I was about 229, I was hoping to lose about 2.3 lbs this past week. But of course having a goal that is based on the scale -- instead of being based on healthy habits -- can be a recipe for disappointment. So this evening I came up with a more-defined goal-setting plan. I made an old-fashioned incentive chart for myself. The daily categories are: Morning Exercise (this is just a 10 min routine that I do) Weighing and Record (I'm trying to get in the habit of weighing myself everyday) Exfoliating (I just started this yesteday and it feels SO good!) Lotion (I HATE lotion, but I am so itchy and I know it will help my skin stay healthy during weight loss) Multivitamin (I barely was able to remember to take my vitamins while pregnant....) 8 glasses of water (I am SO bad about drinking water) 7,000 steps (this is my "realistic" goal -- I feel like I had a good day if I meet this goal) 10,000 steps (this is my "real" goal, but I only get to it maybe 2 or 3 times a week) Evening Exercise (I'm liking my 10 min routine and so I thought it would be good to try to do it in the evening to get in 20 minutes a day) Honest Tracking (I REALLY need to get in the habit of tracking everything I eat....not just planning it out, but actually recording it when I eat it and making sure the record is accurate at the end of the evening.) So, with 10 goals and 7 days a week, that means I have 70 "opportunities to earn a gold star" on my chart. So what do I do with this now? I think it will be good to have the record, to remind myself to do the things I am supposed to do and have the satisfaction of checking them off my list.....but I think I will be more successful if I treat myself for meeting a weekly goal. Like, let's say I get 50 stars, then I . . . what? My instinct is to reward myself with a treat. But the only treats I can think of are edible treats. What would be a good incentive? These are all things that I want to make into habits -- not rare achievements. Therefore, whatever the incentive is has to be something I could actually afford to do if I won it every week. Anyone out there have suggestions? ~$5 per week in non-edible rewards? But speaking of less frequent rewards, I am thinking I will start another chart so that I can recognize myself for each week that I do meet my 1% weight loss goal on the scale. And I'm thinking that after I get to 10 weeks of meeting the goal, I will get a massage. I think I can make that work. According to my calculations, if I lose 1% of my bodyweight every week, I would reach my goal weight in about 45 weeks. So that means a maximum of 4 massages over the next year. It's definitely more massages than I would normally get in a year..... but it's not every year that I attempt to lose nearly 100 lbs.
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    I am excited to take on my weight loss journey and log it here along the way. By way of introduction.... I am 32 years old and the mother of two young children. I am a middle school teacher. I don't know that I would describe myself as a chubby or even overweight child, but I wasn't very active. Starting around the time I hit puberty in late elementary school, my weight just kept creeping up. Throughout high school. Throughout college. I was overweight on my wedding day. I was overweight when I got pregnant with my first child. I lost a few pounds just before getting pregnant. That stopped as soon as I got pregnant and I gained very little weight throughout my pregnancy. After giving birth, I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight within days. But throughout that first year of motherhood, I gained about 20 lbs and was the heaviest I had ever been. I started counting calories and wearing a Fitbit and lost about 20 lbs.... And then I got pregnant again. I had intended to keep logging calories during pregnancy, but I just . . . couldn't. I didn't gain a ton of weight, but I certainly gained back all that I had lost. After my second baby was born, I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight soon and I tried to count calories again so that I could lose the weight I was sick of carrying around. But I found it too difficult -- I was constantly getting up in the middle of the night and needing to eat. I was nursing and hungry all the time. I felt like I just didn't have the willpower to focus on that aspect of my life. I gained back all of my pregnancy weight -- plus another 20 lbs. A few weeks ago, my sister carefully broached the topic of Jenny Craig. My sister, who has always been slim and healthy, is a nurse and so even though I know she has no idea what it is to live in my skin, I take her guidance seriously. She said that Jenny Craig was award-winning and seemed like a healthy choice. She offered to pay my membership fee as a Christmas present. So here I am. I am in week 2. At my initial weigh-in, I was 241.6 lbs, I think. Last week I was down 3 lbs to 238.6. The holidays are an awful time to start a new diet, but I figure if I can make it through them this year, next year will be a piece of cake. At my second meeting, my consultant asked me what my motivation was. It seems like a strange question to me -- doesn't everyone want to be a healthy weight? To look better? To fit into clothes better? To prevent obesity-related health problems? It seems odd to ask someone what their motivation is for losing weight when they are 100 lbs overweight. But I told her the truth -- which is that I am mostly just curious as to what I will look like when I strip away all the excess weight. Having never seen my adult body at a healthy weight, I truly have no idea what it will be like. This first part will be boring, since I know (and remember clearly) what it was like to be 20 lbs lighter, 30 lbs lighter....but once I lose about 65 lbs....that's pretty much uncharted territory for me. This is an entirely new adventure.
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    I am the opposite- eager to get rid of the depressing, fat clothes; keep those skinny "someday" clothes forever.