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Tonight was a test in many ways. I had my first weigh-in today and I lost 5.4 lbs. (yeah!). I was happy and I felt like singing. As luck would have it, a friend of mine was hosting a karaoke night at a club and he invited me to come and perform. Now, normally, this is not a problem, but since I am on Jenny Craig...it was still not a problem.
I knew two things going out the door. The first was that I was not going to drink and the second was that I was not going to eat. I had already eaten dinner so I put an apple in my pocket and headed out the door. Now usually karaoke goes hand-in-hand with drinking. People get a little (or a lot) tipsy and then want to sing. I am always supportive of all who sing. I am a singer so I sound the same whether I have had a drink or not. Tonight, I had a great time just performing with the karaoke machine (no chaser) and the audience liked my performances.
I sang "Natural Woman," Time After Time, and Whitney Houston's, "I Look to You." The last song is a gospel song, but I am sure God likes to be serenaded every once in a while too. Besides, I am very grateful that I have lived to see 53 after being overweight all these years. Living my life with Jenny Craig is not going to be difficult as long as I stay positive.
I am incorporating the changes into my life so they will last. So far, so good.
When I got home, I ate my snack: chocolate cheesecake and fat-free milk. I told myself before I let that I would have the snack to look forward to when I got home, but when I ate it...it was too sweet. Oh, but I put some raw almonds in my salad. Now THAT worked. It was really good...who knew?
Overall, I am feeling pretty good and not hungry.(still can't get over that one). I look forward to the meals and I am loving salad like never before. It is going to work this time because I am taking it slow and taking full note of my wins, like tonight. Hang in there newbies. We are going to make this happen and dance like nobody is watching when we loose the weight. You know what? Dance now!!
I am officially back on the Jenny Craig program as of December 20th! My biggest challenges at this point in time are 1. the financial commitment & 2. lack of support from my friends.
It is strange to me the importance that my friends place on the need to consume alcohol in order to have a great time. I am moving provinces on January 12th and as part of my commitment to reach a 10lb loss goal by that date is to eliminate all alcohol from my diet. I feel as though some people in my world feel as those my choosing to not consume is insulting to their plans and I can honestly say that I feel pressure to make it easier for everyone by just having a glass of wine.
But I am going to stay strong & stay committed - this weightloss is for me and is long overdue. The wine will be there after the weightloss and the skinny me will know how to have one glass to enjoy and then switch to water and still have a wonderful time with my friends.
Hey just curious. . this is my first week on Jenny and i dont want to really stunt my losses, but i am curious about how drinking on the program works? Can u skip something and have veggies instead so you can afford a drink later? Or how does it work? Thanks =]
PS. .i think diet coke and vodka are least in cals? . .true?
By Peggy Wheeler
About three to four times a week, I enjoy either glass of wine/champagne or 1.5 oz vodka in soda water or V-8. What has been working for me (and I'm losing weight and feeling fine) is on those evening when I enjoy a drink with my husband, I forego my evening snack or dessert. My counselor says that even when I have a drink, I MUST eat all my JC food, but my three or four drinks a week (wine, vodka or sometimes a lite beer) pushes up my calorie limit beyond the "splurge" allowed on JC, and I don't see anything in most of the snacks or desserts that look as though I'm missing out on much nutrition. Seems like a glass of red wine or a vodka in V-8 would be okay as a substitute for pretzels or cheesecake a few nights per week. No? I know that alcohol is "empty calories" and is a sugar and converts to fat, etc. I also know cookies and cheesecake are empty calories and are for certain sugar. I think part of the reason JC is working for me is that I don't feel deprived of my weekend champagnes or my healthier bloody mary. Is there a reason I can't exchange a package of cookies for a glass of red wine? Thanks.