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OK So since the end of 2019 I have taken up a new hobby - art! Loving it. Mostly watercolor, some acrylic and now digital art on my Ipad as well. Here are a few of the latest. The 2 dogs are Bernie and Clyde (Watercolor on Paper) for my Mother in Law. The rest are digital (so .jpg files). A great hobby that you can do instead of eating!! I share alot of these on my Instagram account and have had a sale on Instagram too. So fun!
Years ago, my husband and I were in Italy, the morning having turned to early afternoon, and we were tuckered out from all the sights we had seen. We found ourselves in one of the small cafes we found just off a secondary road. It appealed to us because the menu was not translated into English, because it was quiet, and because it seemed to be frequented by locals. We sat down to a bottle of cooling water, pondered what to eat, and noticed that they had a pizza oven. The menu was suitably sm
I had been blogging here for quite awhile, then I could not find the blogs. Hopefully, I will find my way back here. 2020 was quite a ride, huh? I'm not sure what it was like for you, but I remember, quite vividly, my last day of normalcy in 2020. I have a group of friends I went to grad school with. We and our husbands all get together about every three months or so (we live in different parts of the country) and have brunch or dinner and just sit around and catch up. It's always just won
Loving surrendering my food plan to Jenny and doing what they say - PERIOD. OK I am substituting other entrees for shelf stable foods - but otherwise. OK I add Catsup to the burger - but otherwise sticking to it. Even when exercising a bunch. So in 14 days down 7.2 lbs. Headaches in the beginning - not drinking, not as much diet soda (Its allowed i just cut back a little) and getting my overeating and drinking self on track. So yup some detox headaches. But really feeling great now. I learned t
Each day I eat "clean," I feel a sense of accomplishment. Each morning I step on the scale and the number is a little bit lower, I feel a little bit better. I have to admit, none of this is easy, and I have to wonder whether the outcome is worth it.
I went to the doctor last week. I poured my heart out to her. I told her how I had been dieting, and not only was I not losing weight, but the scale was moving in the wrong direction. I told her I was scared. Scared my thyroid is ac
I keep reading that the key to success is setting habits. Just as bad habits took time, so, then will good habits. So each fay I try to make good habits a part of my routine: Eating good foods in moderate quantities. Meditating. Journaling. And I realize that so much of it has to do with becoming and remaining aware of what I am doing, and holding myself accountable for it. These are small steps, but if I keep at it, perhaps that is what will make the difference.
I keep having he
2019 was a bad year in many ways. My father, who had been suffering from a chronic illness for years, grew progressively worse. He passed away in March. The aftermath was not easy for my extended family and me, but we muddled through as best we could. There were milestones, of course (graduations, birthdays). Firsts (first Mother's Day and Father's Day without him, and so on) to be traversed with loving care, as phone calls were made to my mother. Weeks passed. Months.
I did s
I have come back and forth to Jenny a few times over the years, and now I'm back again. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who thought that I would NEVER be at the weight I am. I lost weight after having both of my kids, but after some hard knocks by life, lots of emotional eating, a metabolism that I'm sure is slowing down, I'm around 80 pounds above my ideal weight. Even writing those words is just crazy to me! In my mind I still think, "It's not that bad." And thats why I most likely kee
his young woman called Holly Butcher posted her advice to the world, 24 hours before she died of cancer.
This was her message...
“It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens. I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building w
Synergy noun two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
I've discovered the perfect podcast to support me on my weight loss journey. Today my weigh in was 139.5 which is a number I've not seen in decades and just 3 lbs from goal. After 6 months of ups and downs of Week 1-2-3-4 rotations --- I am so close to actually doing it! I can hardly believe it! So close to actually reaching a goal and not q
People look at you and you can read their minds as they think ..."huh, has Nancy lost weight? Does she look thinner? Hmmm Yes, she definitely has lost weight."
I've lost 16 lbs so far and today I reached a new low. I'm just 5 lbs from goal. I get nervous though about stepping off JC once I get there but as I get closer I am starting to think of Jenny Craig meals differently. I am starting to view them more as a help to me - not so much being "on plan" or off plan. The awarene
I do OK on Jenny during the week. The alarm rings, I get up, meditate, eat breakfast, shower, wash up, and get ready for the day. It is easy to incorporate Jenny into the errands, chores, and tasks of everyday life. Stop for a snack. It's lunchtime now! And, at the end of the day, the joy of sitting down to dinner.
Weekends? Weekends are different. Weekends are time off, of course. That's what they are meant to be. But everything feels a little bit "off" to me. My husband w
I went shopping earlier this week. My favorite little store had a sale that was ending soon, and I didn't want to miss out. I knew I should look and see if they had some basics I need. But I was still feeling unsure. Insecure about my looks, my body, my weight loss. Is this the body I want to have? The me I want to be? I want to buy clothes for a trip my husband and I will be taking in the fall. I want to think that I will be at my goal weight (3.5 lbs lighter than I am now) by then, and
We spent most of the month of May traveling. First, we went to Israel, for the wedding of one of my dearest friends. It is a long trip from the East Coast to Israel, but we were so happy to go, and see our friend, and attend this happiest of events. Yes, we were quite jet lagged, though we barely had a chance to feel it, as we were so busy. We had a wonderful time, from the bachelorette party to the wedding to the post-wedding breakfast. Then it was on to Jerusalem, which was awe-inspiring.
Progress is an awesome thing. When you KNOW you are doing the little things every day that ADD UP to big results, this is motivation! When the data on the scale doesn't want to reflect what you feel you're putting in, have faith in what you KNOW you are doing everyday. I'm SO EXCITED to be nearing my 1st JC goal. I set my weight loss goal at 80 lbs because I knew this was attainable. I knew I could do this. It has not been easy. There have been good days and bad days, challenges, and victories
I had attended funerals before. I am a middle-aged woman, and death, as they say, is a part of life. Ten years ago, when my husband's father passed away, we went to his memorial service in Germany. It was complicated -- long days of travel by family members from around the world, language barriers, jet-lag. When I was in my early 30s, I attended my grandmother's funeral. My mother was so sad. I remember her telling me, quietly, how she was an orphan now.
My father's funeral was
I love taking a restorative yoga class at my gym. One of the favorite parts is the pieces of wisdom that I collect from the teacher - Kristine. She reminds us to set a daily intention through the choice of a word. Often my intentions are around clarity or calmness and usually I think of my weight loss goals in context with that intention. Lately, I have been gathering new ideas from my Jenny Craig consultant - Jessie. This past week she shared with me that she thinks of her meal as just s
My mother had been calling fairly regularly to update us on my father's status. I knew things were grim. I knew it was the end. One day, she called and asked me to talk to him, to tell him that I was happy, that I was going to be OK. So, even though he couldn't understand, I did exactly that. I told him he had been a wonderful father. I told him I loved him so very much. I told him my husband and I are very happy, and we would take care of my mother (or try to, anyhow -- my mother is a stu
April 9th, 2019 - I made the appointment at Jenny Craig. I had been feeling lost this past 4 plus months. My weight had been creeping up. It started around Thanksgiving, and by the end of February - It was up a good 10 pounds, and by the end of March .... 15. IKES. I can pin point one specific thing ..... but the less obscure thing was the fact that I went Vegan in October. At first with great success ..... feeling fabulous, curing constipation, eating lots of veggies, fruit, beans and leg
Something fun that you may or may not know about me is that I used to be a blogger!
One of the main topics I always enjoyed sharing and writing about was my weight loss journey.
Another interesting fact that you probably don't know about me, is that I am a brain stem surgery survivor.
I underwent life saving and life changing brain stem surgery back in February 2012. I used my recovery as an opportunity to do something I had always wanted to do... start a blo
I am grateful that Jenny Craig diet has helped me put an end to mindless snacking and drinking in early evening hours. It feels really amazing to skip the evening glass(es) of wine which on bad nights might turn into a dinner of wine, baguette and Camembert cheese. Not drinking alcohol regularly has made me realize how bloated and fatigued I used to feel. I'm also coming home earlier in the evening because I don't succumb to the late afternoon munchies - chips and candy bars. I get hungry ar
"Exhale more and you'll lose more weight" As at start to see the numbers decrease on the scale I am reminded of the NPR broadcast by a scientist, Ruben Meerman, who wanted to know exactly where does fat go when you lose weight. Turns out that the fat turns into a gas and we exhale it. You don't poop it out and it doesn't get turned into muscle. It just drifts away on your breath. Pretty interesting, huh And no, sitting still and hyper-ventilating won't work ... exhaling more because I'