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I see that my last blog post was January of 2017. That means I am coming up on two years since I quit JC and decided to try other options. Just for the record, nothing worked and I got to my highest weight of 316 pounds before I finally sought help from a doctor. I have lost 32 pounds since May. And it feels good. But I have been here before - so that is why I am back to JC. Of all the things I tried, I feel that the JC Community was by far the most supportive and most helpful. I picked up my food and had my first meeting with my JC consultant last night. Today I sit here feeling pretty good.  Before I started writing today I went back and reread my previous blogs along with the comments. My last post was very negative and discouraged - One of the comments encouraged me to 'get deep into it' and 'read and reread all the JC literature'. I am here to get deep into it. I am here to make this a lifestyle. I am here to get support and to offer support. I am happy to say that Wednesday, November 14, 2018, was the start of my New Beginning.

Ang M

Ang M


Week 1: Success!

I have been on every "diet", fad and otherwise, known to mankind. They work for a bit, I can lose around 8 or 9 lbs and then I fall off the wagon.  I have spent a great deal asking myself why that is?  Why can my friend lose 60lbs on Isagenix and keep it off and I can't stay on it for 2 solid days?  How can my husband lose 30lbs eating BACON and I can't. Here's why-I haven't actually committed to a plan in YEARS.  Not once.  I pick and choose the elements of the plan that suit me at the time, as long as I don't have to give up my 2 glass of wine a night (ok sometimes more) habit!  You know where that got me....60lbs heavier over the last 14 years.  I always had a reason that I couldn't focus on myself..didn't have time bc of the kids, travelling, couldn't afford it... We've all told ourselves those stories. About a month ago, I took my oldest daughter (20) on a girls weekend trip to Miami Beach and we had a BLAST.  It was such a wonderful time, just her and I.  She's in college with a boyfriend blah blah blah.  I don't get the quality time with her like I used to. She took TONS of pictures....OF ME...IN MY BATHING SUIT!  She was documenting our awesome weekend away and kindly asked my permission before posting to Facebook but OUCH!  I honestly think I had been in denial all these  years about how big I had actually gotten because all of my pictures had to go through Quality Control before I'd allow them online.  It was really an eye opener for me and required me to seriously consider how I was going to handle this.  Am I going to continue pretending I don't have time and my cute personality will get me by while eating cheese and drinking my chardonnay?  I'm way past the, "I'll just eat healthy for a few weeks" phase, this will need to be a long term commitment. That's when I decided that I can't continue to play these games with myself and called Jenny Craig!  I have a super supportive husband and another teenager at home who works quite a bit and the timing felt right.  We don't have any major "events" coming up for the next 2 months while I get settled on the program which has always been one of my issues in the past.  I'd try to lose weight for an event and not for myself and my well being.  So, the stage is set for success....   Fast forward 1 week.... down 6.1lbs!!!  I have read in other blogs, not to complicate it.  I am taking this 1 week at a time and my goal for the first week was just to stay on plan for 7 days.  For the first time in my life, I was honest with myself(because apparently it took 46 years to learn that if I am not, I'm only cheating me...) and I kept my "blinders" on.  I ate only what was written on my menu sheet, and my pre-measured salads, veggies etc.  Did I miss my wine?  Actually NO.  That was a habit my body was ready to break!  I've slept better than I have in years and aside from the **** monthly visitor that showed up this morning...feel fantastic!  I would like to use this space to document what hopefully will be a new relationship with food/wine and myself.  

Expectations Letting You Down?

This Monday was my daily weigh-in and to my surprise I lost exactly 2.0lbs for the week. That is such a huge loss for me so I was extremely excited.  A typical weekly loss for me is between .4-.6 lbs making this week’s loss the same as some entire months for me. Contrast that to some of the people on a Facebook group I also belong to. People routinely will start a post saying, “I stuck to the menu and I exercised and I only lost 2lbs. What did I do wrong?”  There have even been people who complain about losing “only” 4 lbs in a week. I don’t know how heavy these people are or how much they are used to losing but I have to think the expectations are in need of some serious adjustments. I also tend to take these comments personally (although they are not about me, so I shouldn’t.). I think, “Oh, so the 2lbs I lost this week is a failure? How dare you?”    These people are are considering their week a failure but there is something to think about... failure and disappointment are not the same thing.  In my book if you have lost weight, that’s been a successful week. You may have lost .5lbs, or 1lb or 2lbs. Whatever the weight loss, you are now lighter than you were the week before and if you keep repeating weeks like that, you will reach your goal. Heck, some weeks, just not gaining could be considered a success.    So what my Facebook friends are actually experiencing is not failure. Instead, it’s disappointment.     Disappointment - the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.    They’ve had a successful week with their 2-4lb weight loss but they are disappointed because they were expecting more. If this is you, I would suggest that you haven’t failed at all, instead, you just had the wrong expectations. I can just as easily be guilty of this myself but if we could adjust our expectations, we would all be much happier and thus less likely to give up in frustration.    Although I love the Jennt Craig program, their marketing sets us up for disappointment by setting our expectations high right from the start. Right on their front page it says "Lose Up to 16 lbs in just 4 weeks" - hey that's 4 pounds a week! I immediately do the math and figure out that with 60lbs to lose, I’ll be at goal in 15 weeks, just short of 4 months.  This sort of expectation is guaranteed to disappoint. I’m 18 months in at this point and still working on it.    Read past the headlines.  "First 4 weeks only" and "Avg. weight loss in study was 11.6lbs for those that completed the program" (that's 2.9 lbs per week.) So chances are, you are NOT going to lose 4lbs a week even in the first 4 weeks. If you are average, you will lose about 3lbs a week. A good number of people will lose less. After that, your weight loss will even slow further. At the bottom of the page, they say "Members following our program, on average lose 1-2 lbs per week."   So to more appropriately set your expectations, think maybe 3lbs a week for the first 4 weeks and then 1-2lbs a week for subsequent weeks. But also know your body. I’ve been doing this a while and understand that I’m much slower than that. I averaged 2.15lbs per week in my first 4 weeks and after that averaged about .8lbs per week. (Discounting a 3 month plateau in the middle, which is a story for another day.)   Also know that loss over time is an average. You have to look at the big picture. You’re not going to go in there week after week, losing exactly 1.5lbs each week. Some weeks you’ll lose 3, some you’ll lose 1. You’ll go a week without a loss and then suddenly drop 4.  Weight loss is not the simple math you might expect. It’s not just calories burned - calories eaten = weight lost. There’s a bit of mysterious sorcery involved there too. Chart your progress and calculate averages over time to get a more long term view of your progress.  I was disappointed for quite a few months until I did the math and realized that at .8 lbs per week I was actually very close to the recommended (and expected) rate of 1-2lbs per week. That eased my frustration by quite a lot.    Moral of the story: Why be successful and yet disappointed at the same time because you thought you should have been MORE successful? I promise you will be much happier if you can adjust your expectations. 




The Slowest Loser

I figure I could quite possibly be the slowest person to lose weight on Jenny Craig and still be on the program. I first started Jenny Craig in April 2017 with about 60 pounds to lose. I could probably stand to even lose a little more but even at 51 years old, with decades of adult life behind me, I’ve never actually figured out what my ideal weight should be. I picked a goal weight that just tips me into the “normal” range for my height. At 5’8” most BMI calculators say I should weigh between 122-164 pounds so I’m going for 164.   Which brings up a point... I’ve always been incredibly irritated by the concept of BMI. “They” (the mysterious people out there who write important things) say that height/weight charts are inadequate and we should use BMI instead. So they come up with a formula that uses height and weight to come up with a number. I’m sorry, but that is the exact same thing as using a height and weight chart! It still completely disregards body composition, meaning muscular people will be judged overweight, while someone with very little muscle could be totally flabby and out of shape but not be considered to be overweight.   But I digress. So having arbitrarily come up with a goal, I began my latest journey. I say latest, because probably like most people here, this ain’t my first rodeo. I’m sure my tale is a common one. I started high school back in 1980 weighing 144lbs and thinking I was fat. It didn’t help that I had teeny tiny friends that complained that stores just didn’t sell clothes in sizes smaller than 00. I would compare the tree trunks I had for legs to their little chicken legs and think, “Ug! Fat!”  Or I had those friends that were 5’10” and would get their too small jeans wet and lay down on the bed and slither into them. And I remember when 17 Magazine would publish the stats of their models. Hey, she’s 5’11” and weighs 118lbs. Confirmed! I’m fat! I’m 3 inches shorter and 25lbs heavier. Looking back, I was probably perfect. Isn’t it true that we never appreciate what we have until it’s gone? What a waste!   The rest is history.  Loathing my body and armed with plumeting self esteem, I headed off to college to gain the Freshman 15.  Creep, creep, creep. Up the weight went year after year. Graduated, got married, got a job, life revolved around social eating. I hit my peak at 224lbs and that was the last straw. I did not want to turn 30 as a fat woman. I joined Weight Watchers and was completely devoted to that program,  I lost 80lbs in one year. I got down to 147lbs. Almost my high school weight. I still thought my thighs were fat though. Looking back now at photos, my face was gaunt and I looked too thin (and my thighs were NOT fat). That weight was impossible to maintain.  Creep, creep, creep. Pregnancy and two kids later. Weight watchers again and triathlon training. Lost 20 or so pounds. Creep, creep. Back all the way up to 222.2lbs. Almost to my highest weight.    So here I was again. April 2017 and joining Jenny Craig. This time it wasn’t fast. I lost pretty steadily for about 8 months, just slowly. Then slower, then not at all. I spent from March to July of this year losing and gaining the same 2 lbs. I’ve buckled down now and have again started losing steadily for the past 5 weeks but just about a half pound a week. I’m OK with that though. As long as it keeps going down, I’m making progress.    17 months on program and I’ve lost 38lbs. 20lbs to go. At this rate I’ll be at goal next June. I’d actually like to get to goal by the end of this year. We’ll see. I’ve said to some other people recently that you can control how well you stick to the program but you have no control over the results that reflect on the scale. So I’ll have to keep working the program and be content that I will acually get there in the end, even if it takes a while. 




Alcohol & Weight

I recently read this in a fitness newsletter - I think it's worth the read! How Alcohol Makes You Fat If you glanced at the title of this article, you might have cringed. When it comes to fitness, nutrition, weight loss, and overall health, many of us have trouble areas. There are some individuals who have a glass of red wine with dinner every night. Others skip the drinking completely on the weekdays, then start throwing a few back on Thursday or Friday night, and keep it up until Sunday. Still others won’t drink for two to three weeks, then have a weekend binge of a few dozen drinks or so (you know who you are!). Finally, while there are scores of individuals out there who don’t drink any alcohol at all and really won’t find this article personally useful, I encourage you (if you are one of those people) to read it anyways, and share the information with someone you think it might help.   So…how does alcohol make you fat, especially when it doesn’t have any fat in it? To understand how this process occurs, let’s examine the consumption of a 5 ounce glass of red wine by a fictional character named Vinny.   Vinny takes a drink. As the alcohol enters into digestion, it is split into two compounds: fat and acetate. The fat is taken through the bloodstream and stored wherever Vinny tends to deposit fat. The acetate is taken into the bloodstream and used as Vinny’s primary energy fuel.   If you take anything away from this article, read that last sentence again. The acetate is used as Vinny’s primary energy fuel. This means that rather than burning carbohydrates, protein, or fat as a fuel, Vinny’s body relies on the acetate for energy. It completely stops burning anything else. Suddenly, Vinny has a surplus of carbs, protein, and fat circulating in the body with nowhere to go. So where does it all end up? You guessed it…it’s converted to fat and deposited on Vinny’s waistline.   But that’s not the only effect on Vinny. Alcohol also acts as a potent appetizer. Ever heard of anapertif? It’s an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to increase the appetite, and many restaurants realize that this is a great way to get you to order more food! Several studies exist that show a sharp increase in caloric intake when an alcoholic drink is consumed before a meal (compared to a glass of water, or even a soda!). So now Vinny wants either:  A) another glass of wine or food (probably something salty or greasy).   That’s not all! Let’s say that Vinny succumbs to his appetite and finishes the bottle. Just a single bout of heavy drinking will vastly increase the levels of the hormone cortisol, while significantly decreasing the levels of the hormone testosterone. In addition to his headache, here’s why Vinny should be concerned: cortisol causes the body to breakdown muscle and suppresses recovery from exercise, while low testosterone makes the body less likely build lean muscle or to burn fat as a fuel. So Vinny’s getting a big belly, and skinny arms and legs.   Now let’s consider the actual caloric content of the glass of red wine. Before we begin, bear in mind that at most parties, social gatherings, and restaurants, a typical glass of red wine is really more like 6-8 ounces. But we’ll be conservative. So Vinny’s glass of wine contains about 110 calories. Contrary to popular belief, there are very few carbohydrates in the wine – only about 5 grams. This is because when grapes are made into wine, most of the fruit sugars are converted into alcohol. For purposes of comparison, this glass of wine has about the same amount of alcohol and calories as a 12 ounce light beer or a shot of 80 proof spirit (yes, that means a shot of tequila = about a whole glass of wine). A regular, non-light beer, is even higher in calories, since it contains over twice as many carbohydrates as light beer.   But realize that alcohol itself contains about seven calories for gram, making it almost twice as calorie-laden as carbohydrates or protein, which contain only four calories per gram. However, these calories contain no beneficial nutrients, vitamins, or minerals. Sure – Vinny gets some benefit from the compounds present from the grapeskins and grapejuice, butif he drinks a big glass of red wine every night with dinner, he consumes over 1000 additional calories per week, and gains a dozen extra pounds of fat a year! I haven’t really discussed mixed drinks and won’t say too much. If you read my article on how sugar makes you fat, you know about sugar’s potent effect on fat levels in the body, and if you’ve read the label lately on any soda or mixer, you know how much sugar it contains. A ton! Basically, you can take everything I just illustrated in the case of Vinny, and multiply by 4-5. Margaritas, Long Island Iced Tea, Mudslides, and other sweet mixed drinks can do more damage to your diet than a Big Mac with cheese.     Ben Greenfield

Ms Jam

Ms Jam


Date #2 Playa del Carmen

Hey Guys - Just thought I would write a quick post. I am having a blast dating this man I met. He lives in Maryland and buying a home in Texas... So sort of a traveler. He is 62 (I'm 55) and he is retired and we met here in Florida - and he asked me for Date #1 (weekend in Austin and San Antonio... and Date 2 Thursday - Monday in Playa Del Carmen. SO grateful to have the weight off for these summer trips - bathing suits and the like. I just go do stuff and love to look good - and when I don't (extra skin crepy skin, wrinkles) I don't obsess. Easy to do when you are thinner - hard to be ok with that and extra weigh running around in a suit. For me anyway.   So, we flew down together form Ft Lauderdale and then had a ride to the hotel - checked in and hit the beach... The resort was very nice - we had a gorgeous master bedroom, guest room (me) 2 bathrooms, kitchen, liv room, jacuzzi... and for the last 2 days we had a spectacular view of the ocean.  Next day I awake at like 4:30 and get dressed for snorkeling. We were going to meet a private guide at 7:10 and I did not realize what time it was. So there I was already at like 5:15 am. whoops. I woke Greg up and said c'mon. He thought I was adorable.... Anyhoo.. eventually we went to meet Eddie. Well, somehow we screwed that up - and did not book Eddie. So we schedule him for Sunday and decided on Plan B. We went running like 5 miles.. explored a nearby local beach and then went back to the pool. Had amazing Shrimp ceviche and fattening banana chips with Green tomatillo sauce (and drinks - ill spare you the details).    That night we went to 5th Ave - lots of local shops, fun music, performers. We had a drink at a great spot and then dinner at an Italian place. Then music at the bar. What an amazing day.    Next day, we went on a Catamaran trip with snorkeling, drinking, lunch etc. Phenomenal. Then the pool for the rest of the day  (back to shrimp ceviche.. Yum!!).  That night we went to a restaurant that was amazing!!!!  At least atmosphere was unbelievably special and the food was good... not as good as say the to NY Chefs..but good.. and pretty.       





I feel scared that this won't work.  I am 47 .  What if it is too late?  What if my metabolism has slowed down too much?    I cannot believe how horrible it feels to gain weight back.  I feel repulsed and depressed.  I am not hideous, and for that I am glad.  I just hate the thick layer of fat around my waist and hips.    Can a person really lose weight eating processed food?  Can I?  




I'm a newbie on this Blog, so bare with me...

Just got done with my first week in JC, since I moved to VA. This is my second or third time, joining JC, I started back like 4 years ago in Puerto Rico. Fell off the wagon big time, and from +/- 225 lbs, I found myself weighing 265 this past Monday. This morning I weight myself after completing the first week (been completely strict, with the rapid results regimen and everything) and to my surprise I weighed in 254 lbs. I have several goals the realistic one that I have been before of 220 lbs (for August), and a strech one of 180 lbs. I have an upcoming trip so that's why I'm been extreme about the whole diet, beside I'm always like that type of go big or go home or all or nothing type of dude. Hoping I can keep my discipline ways, and not get sidetrack with the 4th of July celebration, best wishes to all!!! 

a nice lose

yahoo ! I lost today, I am soo excited I thought I was going to gain weight because I never drunk my water last week for one day and I had gained on my home scale. So I just assumed I would gain, but to my surprise I was down 2lbs. 2.8 lbs to go and I will be down to my 5%. I am so happy!!




Monday June 18

Seems to me I am stuck in place lately.. every other day having eating fests. The last day or so they have been better - still may break out and have something but not major frenzy. So time to rein it in, Success breeds success... sort of like negativity breeds negativity. So let's make a grateful list, Silly as it may be... about the little things.  1. Love the forum 2. WIndow guy coming to measure so I can get screens on my door, safe glass in the house... security, and seeing that my current sliding doors are old - they cannot even open. So looking forward to that and screens and cross breezes in winter.  3. Family  - Thankful for my sister and brother in law and cousins etc.  4. Home- got a great place... and same amount as an apartment - good deal..and lots of room. And it's pretty. 5. Job - Great employer - good job, key knowledge, and possibilities.  6. friends - I do have some - grateful for plans coming up and bday celebrations//. 7. Pool - loved going to the pool finally, Not afraid to ruin my color.. and just had a great time reading 8. grateful for the love of books my mom gave me (and a sense of humor) 9. Jenny - I am grateful I have a program and come back to it... and like the food. I'm a quantity gal and always add veggies - I am always full at meals.. and that helps a lot to keep me coming back and weight staying off.    10. Jasper the kitty - he is more like a tiger... Glad I have mom's cat and that we are doing ok together.    And I'm a Size 6... Unbelievable!!! Healthy!!!! And ok FInancially... So there you have it..... ok got to go make a few bottles of cran water.. and I pledge to drink 64 ounces of it today.           





I have lost a total of 26.1 pounds in ten  weeks:   Week 01: -10.8 Week 02: -03.8 Week 03: -01.2 Week 04: -01.9 Week 05: -01.0 Week 06: -01.7 Week 07: -01.7 Week 08: +01.8 Week 09: -04.5 Week 10: -01.3   This was a pretty good week. Nothing out of the ordinary except the fact that I ate off menu twice this week, but I still achieved a loss. I decided from the very beginning that I would not deprive myself. So when we have these little gatherings at work or at church, I partake, but I do not overindulge. Limiting my intake is key. I know the difference between being hungry and being greedy. I absolutely love not feeling stuffed. Feeling stuffed is a horrible feeling.   Again, praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get through week ten with such an awesome loss. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory.   God bless, Princess


Almost forgot to post my success for this past week.   I have lost a total of 24.8 pounds in nine  weeks:   Week 01: -10.8 Week 02: -03.8 Week 03: -01.2 Week 04: -01.9 Week 05: -01.0 Week 06: -01.7 Week 07: -01.7 Week 08: +01.8 Week 09: -04.5   This was a pretty good week. Nothing out of the ordinary. Still, a bit ticked off that I cannot get a detailed receipt when I pay for my food. This is not a way to run a business. I have decided to move my weigh-in appointment to Saturday mornings instead of Tuesday evenings. I hate weighing in the evening. One issue is that I work one Saturday out of the month and I will have to figure out how I am going to handle this hiccup. Perhaps I will purchase two weeks of food when I know I have to work the following Saturday. I'll work it out one way or another.   Again, praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get through week nine with such an awesome loss. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory.   God bless, Princess


I made it to week nine, but not without a glitch that cost me a 1.8-pound setback but not a defeat.   I have lost a total of 20.3 pounds in eight weeks: Week 01: -10.8 Week 02: -03.8 Week 03: -01.2 Week 04: -01.9 Week 05: -01.0 Week 06: -01.7 Week 07: -01.7 Week 08: +01.8   Saturday I had to work from 0600 hours-1800 hours. I packed up my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and off to work I went. Unfortunately, when I arrived at work and grabbed my handbag, my canvas tote, I realized that I left all my food at home. ALL OF MY FOOD. Because I work alone, I didn't have the liberty to leave and come back. I had to stay until my relief arrived that evening. Luckily I had some waffles (4) that I left in the freezer before I started JC. I had a waffle for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. Someone gave me money and I purchased a nut mix from the vending machine and a Rice Krispie Treat. When I arrived home I was so hungry. I had my JC dinner and ate all my chocolate snacks, which were two.   This is just a minor setback that does not define me. Again, praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get through week eight. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory.   God bless, Princess


I made it to week eight. I am so very proud of myself. Praise God!   I have lost a total of 22.1 pounds in seven weeks: Week 01: 10.8 Week 02: 03.8 Week 03: 01.2 Week 04: 01.9 Week 05: 01.0 Week 06: 01.7 Week 07: 01.7   I learn so much from this site. I learned about the Personalized Menu, so that is what I used this week. As I was reading off my items to bag, I was so excited to see almost all of my favorites. This is going to be a great week. If I do really well this coming week, I will be going down to the 1200-calorie menu.    Again, praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get through week seven. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory.   God bless, Princess

Sad... today ... Checkin In

OK Gang - well up early and did a Beach Body workout (Day 6 or so of Obsession - I don't do them straight - but it was leg day)>. Since then I have been cleaning the house and checking in with email etc. Today I am feeling very sad. Work is a tad slow... and yesterday My sister and brother in law and I took Junior out for a farewell lunch, He goes to NYC for his work for the summer - and moves out of my parent's house. He leaves early Tuesday.    So Mom died March 5 - and I was not ready - no one was. It was not expected - though maybe it should have been as she was dealing with another round of chemo etc. But net net we were not ready, ANd so these past few months we have cleaned out the house. Yesterday after lunch with jUnior I went to take anything left that I wanted to my house ... AS I am having surgery tomorrow (tweaking the work I had done in December - Big Brest lift and implant (7 hour surgery) due to weight loss) anyway - the girls are a little uneven and it shows - so we are moving the implant or changing it out (we'll see) so smaller surgery but surgery none the less - maybe 1-2 hours under) . Anyway, I wanted to lift and move whatever was left so my brother in law did not have to do it - while I was still pre-surgery. Anyway, that was kind of final and sad. The house is closing on June (or so.. somewhere in June.. and then where will Mom be?ANd that house was not really her - 2 years ago we moved her and my Dad from 45 minutes away from us to 20 minutes so she was closer. That home did not really feel like her - Since dad was not doing well then and soon a year later or so neither was she. So still it hurts to get rid of the house. 

Sadness is really a bit of boredom too. Once my job picks up that will resolve itself.... I'm cleaning the house and getting ready for 1) surgery 2) trip to cousins Florida home for the weekend and 3) trip to Montreal for training for work for a week... SO maybe some anxiety on hanging at a house for the weekend - without my Jenny food.    SO after just writing about hanging for the weekend without Jenny food. Maybe I will bring some things.  OK Breakfast - every day I have Kodiak pancakes (I am sooo compulsive FYI) love them - but we are talking 2 mornings Sat (we leave from home - so Sat eat at home) sun at Cousins, and Monday cousins. My cousins eat healthily - let it go.    OK, I'll pack salad dressing... and some fruit and I will be fine. I'll bring a nice water bottle - maybe I'll go buy a pretty funky new one for the event - bring it to Montreal. Bring Tea and stevia as well and my new Coffee creamer Nut POds. I used to use the JC vanilla Creamer - both are good - but be sure and measure the calories and include in your totals. 1 tbsp.of this is 10 calories. just is dairy free .. Almonds I think.    OK, i'll continue with the cleanup and write reviews for work.   Stil feeling sad - but writing and checking in here helps.    OK off to Jenny today too - just going to say hello to Madeline - weigh in after my dismal or less exciting weigh-in Saturday - and just say hi... get cheered up and maybe help some others too - show my thin self.   Also, I feel like I am getting back to Jenny - post cleanse and getting the house stocked with my success factors:  1) Lemon juice in ice cube trays (I ad to hot water in morning -helps digestion and body before breakfast 2) Keep drinking water - make cran water or drink plain 70 ounces per day 1/2 my weight 3) have veggies in-house and seltzer things that make me happy 4) Have treats available - either Artic Zero or other concoction (Almond Milk and Cacao or something for a treat at night)             





This past Thursday I had an appointment with my endocrinologist (I'm a diabetic) and I thought he was going to throw confetti in the air. He was so impressed with my numbers and the reduction in my weight. My A1C is down from 9 to 6.4, my cholesterol is great, my blood pressure is good. EVERYTHING was where it needed to be, with one exception; I need more iron. I am going to try to remember to take the iron pills I purchased the last time he presented me with this information.   Praise God for the great health report. Princess


I made it to week seven. I am so very proud of myself. Praise God!   I have lost a total of 20.4 pounds in six weeks: Week 01: 10.8 Week 02: 03.8 Week 03: 01.2 Week 04: 01.9 Week 05: 01.0 Week 06: 01.7   What a great week. I got to have my favorite (Fish & Chips), which I wish I could have each week, but I was told that I could not. Not sure I understand the rationale behind this, but oh well. It seems to me that folks would be more apt to stay on the program if they could have their favorites at least once a week.    Again, praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get to week seven. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory.   God bless, Princess  

I Need Healthy Snacks

I need great ideas for healthy snacks.   Not until I started Jenny Craig did I realize that while I am studying, I have this tremendous urge to snack. Since I am usually busy working during the day, it really doesn't affect me until I am home in the evening and doing my homework. Sometimes I am so focused on my homework that I forget to eat my evening snack. However, I always take the last week of the semester off to focus on my research paper and a final exam. So for today and the following eight days, I will be home engrossed in my homework and dealing with the urge to snack. I don't want to snack on carrots and celery, but something more satisfying to the palette Any yummy ideas will be greatly appreciated. If I find time, I will search the boards for some suggestions.   God Bless! Princess

Made It To Week Six! WTG Me!

I made it to week six. Praise God!   I have lost a total of 18.7 pounds in five weeks: Week 01: 10.8 Week 02: 03.8 Week 03: 01.2 Week 04: 01.9 Week 05: 01.0   I am still trying to lose a much weight by the time I am required to take my physical for a new position. First I have the interview next week and I am sure my clothes are going to look a lot better on me with the reduction of almost 19 pounds. But the time my interview rolls around I will have my next weigh-in, so perhaps I can be done a full 20 pounds by then. That only an additional 1.3 pounds. It is reasonable to lose that amount within a week.    I found a new route to walk at work. Still trying to keep it under 20 minutes but the week after next, I am going to step it up to a 30-minute walk. Since the weather is nicer I love the walk outside, but if it starts to get too hot, I will try walking earlier or stay inside and walk the corridor as I was doing initially. Today I left my pedometer at home, so that really bummed me out today and I didn't do my walk.    Praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get to week six. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory.   God bless, Princess


I made it to week five. WhooHoo!   I have lost a total of 17.7 pounds in four weeks: Week 01: 10.8 Week 02: 03.8 Week 03: 01.2 Week 04: 01.9   I am going through an interview process and at some point, I will have to take a physical. I don't know if the physical will be a week away or a month away, but I have to stay focused to lose the maximum weight I can each week to have the best weigh-in physically possible.    Praise God for blessing me with the willpower to get to week five. I know once He brings me to it, He will bring me through it. To God be all the glory.   God bless, Princess

My Story

I'm not sure what made me type in "Jenny Craig" on my phone, one night, a few weeks ago.It seems that I have been yo-yo dieting for the last six years. Up 20 lbs, down 25, up 30 again.    Like many of you, I've given many diets and workout programs a go. Paleo, Whole30, keto, vegan, myfitnesspal, crossfit etc. I seem to be really good at losing 20 pounds, but its past that mark where I usually fall off the wagon. When I started Jenny two weeks ago, I weighed 220lbs. The highest I've ever weighed. My goal weight is 140lbs.    I feel like I don't look like myself. I feel physically big. I don't like taking pictures. Working out is not fun anymore. I live in yoga pants and sweat shirts. I don't like being naked. I want to be thin again and I need help. I needed to do something different.    I'm a super busy professional with no time to meal prep or plan. Worse, if I was counting calories, I'd feel overwhelmed. Tracking food is a part time job, plus I get obsessive about it. Worse, I try to break the rules.    I needed a meal plan where I just buy the food and eat it.    So far Jenny has been AWESOME. What I love is honestly the food. I don't feel hungry, except sometimes in the evenings. Its tasty. I honestly cannot complain and this is coming from someone who thought they'd HATE prepackaged foods.    In 2 weeks, I am down...drum roll please...7.4 pounds!!!! crazy. I feel great.    Thanks Jenny!    




My Motivation to Succeed

I started on this journey not only to become healthy but to better my life experiences. I am scheduled to take three trips abroad and I want the ease of movement I will have when I lose fifty pounds prior to my departure. My first trip isn't until the end of January 2019. I am going on a mission trip to South Africa to spread God's word to the children, some orphans and some with AIDS. I am so looking forward to this trip. At the top of one of my menus on the Motivation line, I put, "I am on a mission to do a mission."   My second trip may be to tour the Holy Land in Israel for the third time, leaving in March 2019. I am not sure I will make the trip again, but I have not ruled it out at this time.   My third trip is a graduation present to myself. I am going to Italy and Greece for two weeks in June 2019.   I have approximately thirty-five pounds to go, but I will continue after I lose the fifty pounds. I am so excited to see less of me. <smile>   God bless!   Princess