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Heading down the rabbit hole...


Jewel_O

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I feel a bit like Alice. I am starting a journey and don't know exactly where it will lead. In the past, I have tried different weight loss programs only to lose my motivation, cheat and give up when I saw no results. I am now at a point in my life where I am done. I am done with disrespecting myself, with not seeing myself as a person valuable enough to put in the effort for. I put others first. I have not been willing to commit the time and funds necessary to myself thinking that it would be selfish to do so. I have not been willing to inconvenience others by putting myself first when I needed to. I am done with all of that. I look at the person in this photo and cringe. Not because I am disgusted with how I look but because I know how I felt in that photo. I felt out of shape, left out, tired, and yes...ugly.

I am at a critical time in my life. I am old enough to need to make this change now but young enough to be able to make it. Why am I willing to do the work now? Because my boys, who I love with all I am, are going to be leaving home soon. Right now is the time I have to be active with them and I can't do the activities I want to do because of this weight. I need to be healthy NOW. I am ready to work at it. I am ready to commit to it. I am ready to sacrifice for it. I want to be able to climb the entire rock wall at the gym. I want to be able to hike 5 miles up a mountain and then have the energy for a little dance at the top. I want to complete a half-marathon. I want to be small enough to wear the cute clothes and the high heels. I want to look sexy and healthy. I want my sassy insides to match my sassy outsides.

I am committed to doing what it takes each day of this journey. I will eat enough healthy food to fuel my body. I will move my body each day in different, challenging ways. I will journal my feelings instead of covering them up with food. I will reach out to people around me, finding support in places I didn't know I had any. I will choose one new activity to do each month. My first is my first 5K which I will run/walk with family in September. In October, I have signed up for a trail 5K which I will take on by myself trying to beat my previous time. In November, we will be going to the Bahamas and I will wear a swim suit and feel good about myself in it. More to come...

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Congratulations on choosing Jenny. This program works if you follow it. You sound very motivated and several very good reasons for wanting to loose weight. But you do understand that losing weight takes patience, right? You said you quit other programs because you didn't see results. I hope you don't lose all this good motivation because an average of 1 to 1.5 pounds per week is too slow for you, because that is what you can expect. It is slow, but it is steady and it adds up over time. I have been on Jenny for 17 weeks now and have lost 33 and some change. I gave myself 1 year to lose 74 pounds and it looks like I may do it sooner. The other comment you said that you may be wrong about is "sacrifice". I will admit that all of the JC food is not the greatest, but a lot of it is really good, and to me, any plan that lets you have cheesecake rocks. If you eat as they say, every 2 or three hours with the fruits and snacks, you shouldn't feel hungry. I have not felt like I have sacrificed anything. And I have been on all of the weight loss programs too. This is the only one that has worked for me and made me feel like I can live with it forever. Hope you feel the same. Don't get discouraged if it doesn't go as fast as you think it should. It won't. But go to the forums often. There is a lot of good advice, recipes, friends and folks who have been through this, lost a lot of weight and kept if off for a long time. They are a huge help to me and can be for you too. Good luck and again, welcome to Jenny.

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Kerry Lindberg

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wow, what a great entry! I can relate to so much of what you said. Good for you! One day at a time, here is to you reaching your goals and feeling sassy!

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