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6 The perfect Podcast pairing for Jenny Craig

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

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5 Don't you love it when ...

5 Don't you love it when ...

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

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4fabhamm

 

The weekends can be difficult

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

mia'smom

mia'smom

 

First Shopping Trip Since Starting Jenny Craig

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

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mia'smom

 

Back home after a month of travel

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.

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mia'smom

 

20 lbs left to go until my JC goal weight!

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
 

The funeral and the aftermath

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

mia'smom

mia'smom

2 Words of Wisdom

2 Words of Wisdom

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

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And just like that, my father passed away last month

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

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mia'smom

 

I'm Back for a tune up

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

Ms Jam

Ms Jam

 

Inspired to Start Blogging Again

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

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xtine danielle

4 Reflections after 1st month with JC

4 Reflections after 1st month with JC

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

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3 With every breath you take

3 With every breath you take

"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'

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4fabhamm

 

Quietly staying on track

I spoke to my JCC last night.  It went well enough, I suppose.  I lost weight, which is the focus of it all.  But the truth is, she sounds as if she is on some kind of a script.  Here I am, reminding her (she had clearly, clearly forgotten) how I had gone down to see my father in the hospital last week.  How he was dying.  How I had to say good-bye.  I told her I went off-program for six days.  She glossed over all of that; it just was not in her notes and she did not know how to respond.  I tol

mia'smom

mia'smom

 

Staying on Program While Chaos Reigns

Everything is a mess.  On Friday evening, while my father was still hospitalized, not stable, and, well, dying, I flew back home to NYC from the Caribbean.  I knew there was little more I could do for him.  I had said my good-byes.  Played his favorite music for him on my iPhone.  Had long conversations with him about everything and nothing in particular.  His condition was not improving, not getting worse, and I knew, in my heart, it was time to go.   When I weighed in on Saturday mor

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mia'smom

2 The Future is Now

2 The Future is Now

Each year I create a theme as part of my weekly planning sessions for work and personal life.  This year the theme is "the Future is Now". It comes from my realization that if I want to be thin {some day} then I need to make decisions now to create that future.  I can't indulge my food cravings and expect to ever get to my future state.  Every minute of every day is a *now* moment.  It doesn't mean that bad decisions kill any chance of attaining goal - it just means that the poor decision is del

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4fabhamm

 

1 Feeding my Focus by removing distractions

This is Week 3 and I am psyched up for great things this week.  No distractions - i.e. business lunches, business trips, social dinners.  Focus is the word this week. I'm feeling well nourished, heightened clarity and a sense of control despite being at a ski cabin with all manner of Distractions (chips, wine, ya' know...).  In my Ink+Volt work planner/journal the quote this week is "Starve your Distractions. Feed your Focus."   How perfect is that!?  What does "starving my distractions" mean? B

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4fabhamm

 

No sugarcoating -- my father is dying

I went to see my father a week ago.  Flew back home on Friday night.  How do I describe it?  He was lying in a hospital bed.  There is not much left of him.  His face is sunken in; his arms and legs look like twigs, his ribs and vertebrae protrude through his skin.  He had pneumonia, a kidney infection, and a systemic infection.  Two different antibiotics were being given to him intravenously.  He had not been conscious for months.  Nutrition was being administered intravenously.  After several

mia'smom

mia'smom

 

Back on Track!

SO as many of you know , i have had some struggles lately. Travelling againn for work - and eating up a storm. Broke up with a man - and started a new job. And I am a Compulsive Overeater.. So I let that impact my food decisions and now I am 20 lbs up form my goal and ready to get back on the horse.   I would love to literally hit the ground running - but had a keratin treatment and no exercise allowed for a few days - cant get hair wet. So I am just going to work on food consumption, Which is r

missbumble

missbumble

 

My father is in the hospital

I got a call this morning letting me know that my father had been hospitalized.  It was not a surprise, really.  He has been ill for a long time.  Years.  I have been coping with living far away from a father I adore and admire.  One who is slowly fading away.  For many years.  It never gets easier to receive that early morning phone call letting me know that he is, once again, in the hospital.     My first instinct is to drop everything, to get on the first plane, to see him, to be wi

mia'smom

mia'smom

 

I Got Some Bad News This Morning

The phone rang early this morning.  I hate it when that happens.  When the phone rings early in the morning, it is either telemarketers or bad news in the family.  Either way, brace yourself, right?  It turned out to be bad news in my extended family.  Not a death or anything like that, but something stressful and unpleasant (forgive the vagueness, but it is personal to someone else, and I want to respect their privacy).  It upset me quite a but (and will place some level of stress and burden up

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mia'smom

 

Serving It Up On A Salad Plate

There is nothing like sitting down to a nice table setting: a hard mat (much easier to keep clean: you wipe it down after each meal and voila), a napkin, a nice set of flatware, your water in crystal (why wait for company?), a colorful meal nicely plated.  The trouble when you are trying to do a plan like Jenny, which focuses not only on healthy ingredients but on portion control, is that the size of today's dinner plates is huge.  So today I decided: I am serving myself on salad plates.  They a

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