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  1. DMD Diane

    Books and Bikes...

    Book worthy of recommendation... One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer Why would I recommend this book? IMHO... Robert Maurer has taught me that baby steps have great value. For example, to get in the habit of riding my new exercise bike, I have set the following goals that are so simple they almost seem insignificant: Day 1: with bike in a comfortable, convenient location, sit on bike for 1 minute while thinking about enjoyable bike rides I have taken in the past. (3/15/16 DONE) Day 2: sit on bike to watch TV for 5 minutes (3/16/16 DONE--also pedaled for 20 minutes) Day 3: pedal bike for 1 minute, think about a pleasant memory (3/17/16 pedaled for 5 minutes while watching music video by Adele "hello") (3/19/16 Redone this time also thinking about a pleasant memory) Day 4: pedal bike for 5 minutes (3/18/16 pedaled for 30 minutes while watching cycling video of my home state) Day 5: pedal bike for 5 minutes, stay on bike to watch TV for 5 minutes (3/19/16 pedaled for 30 minutes while watching TED talks; stepped on elliptical for 5 minutes while watching Rick Steve's show on Cinque Terre which reminded me of our recent book club selection "Beautiful Ruins") Day 6: sit on bike to read a book for 5 minutes, then pedal bike for 5 minutes (3/21/16 read from "Traveling Incognito" by Sarah Shockley and pedaled for 15 min.) Day 7: sit on bike to listen to music for 5 minutes, then pedal bike for 5 minutes My initial goals are to establish the habit of being on my exercise bike every day and to associate pleasant thoughts and experiences with being on my exercise bike. If you have access to a stationary bike that is going unused, would you like to join me on my journey? While I am at it, why not set baby step goals to re-read this book? Day 1: find the book again, read the information on the book cover and the table of contents (3/15/16 DONE) Day 2: read the first two pages of the preface (3/16/16 DONE--read 7 1/2 pages) Day 3: read two more pages, pick out my favorite sentence of what has been read thus far (3/19/16 DONE...back on track) Day 4: read three more pages (3/21/16 DONE--read 4 more pages) Day 5: read one more page, think about the ideas in the eight pages read so far Day 6: read two more pages Day 7: read three more pages, ...is there a way that any of this information can be applied to my Jenny Craig journey? Until next time... DMD Diane (Not at home 3/20/16...walked around the sidewalk of the entire shopping plaza - about 20 minutes)
  2. Debi-Tishri1

    From: Inspiration/Motivation

    Finding motivation starting to wain? Put more focus on the journey and allow yourself to relax in the path instead of always looking at the goal which could still be a ways away. Find joy and happiness and inspiration along the way. There is nothing stopping you from attaining any goal you really want to achieve because all the variables (path and state) are considered part of the journey and worth finding the "amazing" parts in each of them. Most folks who struggle with the path or their state give up too soon ;( try this instead: Look for an alternate path, something new to either go with the plan your on or something entirely new that will prove to move you toward your goal. An example would be if your going to the gym try adding a dance class for the next 6 weeks. If your tired in the afternoon add aroma therapy oils next to your work station at 2pm to invigorate you for the next 3 hours. Simple changes in your routine (your path) will not only motivate and move you toward your goal but will make the journey an adventure. Plus if your good to yourself your body will respond in kind. A happy joyful state is a motivated state. Do things that bring you the most joy. And look for joy in all you do. Source: Inspiration/Motivation
  3. XimeGarciaG

    Just saying hi :)

    Hello everybody. Like the title sugests I am just saying hi Today I went in for my weigh in. I only lost .2 lbs which, considering the week I had is quite a lot, in fact I am just relieved to not have gained any weight. Why has it been a hard week you ask? Okay, I will tell you, you see I was reading the comments in my previous entry and one stood out to me. She said something that I found to be very true, "my heart was just not in it". That is not to say that I was discouraged, by any means, but rather, it was harder to care. I did and I followed the diet to the best of my abilities, considering I ate out a lot, but somehow my heart was not in it. Today I asked a friend something, I was talking to her about how I feel like my life is planned, it is boring, the same routine every day, she answered and said that I have lots of friends. To which I said yes, that is true, but has it every happened to anyone that even with all your friends you just feel alone? You see this week was also the end of a very important friendship to me, I cried, ate ice cream and decided to move on. It is part of life, but I cannot pretend I don't care. It affected me, it made me feel alone in a world where I know I am not, and that made it harder to care, but I came out the other end. And I am so glad I did,I am glad I decided to care enough to keep going even when my heart was not in it. I am young, and I plan on enjoying my life and my new body, as little by little I see it change. Because that is why I am doing this. Because no matter what happens in the week I will get over it, I will move on, because I have a goal. So yes, I ate ice cream and cried, but I also went to the gym, hung out with friends, went to school, you know the drill... Well everyone I hope you have all had a better week than me, and if not I hope that you did not let it get you down, because when we are all out there rocking our hot new bods, we will thank ourselves for being strong. Good night and happy eating. P.S thoughts on that for my closing line?
  4. XimeGarciaG

    Entering week... who cares?

    Hello Eveyone, I woke up today and like I have done for the last 3 weeks I met my trainer to get an intense workout done, It is true I was late, but it wasn't my fault, I swear it was the traffic! After that I went in for my weigh in, I am now at 154 with a goal weight of 135, and rather than be discouraged about the fact that I have been on this program for quite a while longer than I had hoped i decided to feel encouraged, to stop counting the weeks, and instead feel good, to let myself cheat every once in a while, because that is life! it is not about never making a mistake but rather knowing when you've made one and moving on. You see when I look in the mirror, in pictures, on skype with my friends I am amazed at the fact that I do look like I have lost weight, rather than feel doscouraged about being on the diet for so long, I feel proud of myself for sticking to it even after everything. For not quitting, because this is not for anyone else but rather for myself. So yes, I will stumble, yes I will be in this diet for quite a while longer than expected but also, I am proud. And so with that I bid you goodnight. With a little note to anyone out there who is feeling discouraged, I've been there, and I got back. You can too. Mistakes are part of life, we fall only to learn to get up again, you will make mistakes but that is okay. Because at the end of the day feeling good about yourself is worth any mistake along the way. Goodbye everyone and happy eating! I know I enjoy that Chocolate Lava cake P.S leave a comment. I love hearing about your experiences, what you think of my writing, or anything else that may come to mind, i'm not picky!
  5. I am still feeling pretty good right now which is miraculous since I have been on Jenny Craig for almost three weeks (which means no fast food for the same amount of time) and I have only been really hungry twice. I did a complete turn-a-round in regards to my eating habits and I keep waiting for the "Big Boom" So far, no "boom." I see sabotage like an evil ninja because sometimes you don't see it coming and when you realize it is happening, it is too late. Well, I am here to tell you that you can be a "good ninja" and overcome the sabotage just like any other challenge in your life. Sometimes, the sabotage is subtle and maybe unintentional, but nevertheless, it doesn't contribute to your goal so it is not good for you. The quicker you can recognize sabotage, the easier it will be to avoid or counter it, even when the unintentional saboteur is you. Here is an example of a ninja that I defeated. I went to visit a friend of mine at her job and we were talking about Jenny Craig. I told her that I was doing pretty well and asked her how she was doing on her program. Just then I saw it...a chocolate-covered pomegranate cluster sitting innocently on her file cabinet...defenseless and all by itself, out in the open with no wrapper . I used to eat them by the cup. I said jokingly, "That is not what I think it is, is it?" She said, "Yes, it is" and told me I could have it. "You know I am on Jenny Craig, I don't want to eat that," I said confidently as I looked in the other direction. She laughed and said, "It's not going to kill you to have one." A ninja had just entered the room disguised as unintentional sabotage . I thanked her, but told her I did not want it (which I did). Then I asked myself if I had wanted it before I saw it and the answer was "No!" I realized it for what it was, an old habit trying to resurface...not today! After she finished her last few tasks, she asked if I wanted to go get something to eat and I told her that if it was not on the Jenny menu, I would not eat it. I was determined . She said sarcastically, "You can have salad right; let's go to Soup Plantation" so we went there to eat. Two things were wrong here and I recognized them as I drove. First of all, I should have declined the invitation and went home and studied and the second, I had promised myself that I was not going to eat out until I lost 50 lbs (that is just my own personal promise), I will know next time to pause for a moment and think before I say "yes." Lesson learned. While at the restaurant, I made good decisions. I created a salad of lettuce, beets, crushed eggs, non-fat Ranch dressing, a few cornels of corn and about five peas, shredded carrots and a tablespoon of sunflower seeds. I made sure everything was in moderation. THAT salad was the best salad that I have ever had in my life!! Usually, I make a salad and waste it as I race to grab two bowls of chili and three of those delicious corn muffins. Not this time. I ate slowly and I enjoyed every fork full of my salad masterpiece. What happened next floored me. My friend tried to convince me to get: a baked potato....I said, "No thanks"...one muffin...I said, "No thanks"...some jello...I said, "No thanks"...some vegetables (which I could have eaten, but, I said, "No thanks." I wanted to eat a salad "period!" Another ninja had entered the room and was sitting at our table, but this time I heard him creep up and I was ready. I stood my ground and the unintentional sabotage (I say that because a friend would not sabotage on purpose, right?) had no power. I don't know if I mentioned this, but my friend is on Jenny Craig, but she has not bought her food for the week so she is not eating it. I thought we were ready to go and I was standing by the door when I saw her loading her tray again. This time: clam chowder with crackers covering the top, ice cream and a cone and vegetables. I asked her with a smile, "Is that on Jenny Craig?" She told me that she was trying to be good because I was following the program. Really? My point is this: We have to be determined to stand up for what we are trying to do. Others may not understand or care, but we have to care at all times. If we want to loose the weight, we have to do what we are supposed to do. We have had a lifetime of "giving in" and that should be over or on its way out. I know people are not intentional saboteurs, but some are. We can protect ourselves from both. Keep your eyes on what you are doing and remember why you are doing it. Don't be hard on yourself, if you stumble a time or two, or are disappointed by something. Deal with the emotion "without food." I know, I know, this is hard to do sometimes, but if you do it once then you can do it twice and then you are doing it all the time. I would think you want to not only be beautiful, but healthy too, right? I know I do. Be the "good ninja" who protects you from anything that can harm you and that includes acts of sabotage, intentional or not intentional. I remember right before I started Jenny, Craig, I "felt" unhealthy and it scared me so I am determined not to go there again. Whatever your reason for improving your life, remember that and remind yourself of it especially when you forget. We can do this and we can do it well. All the other stuff is just life happening and we have to deal with life regardless of what we weigh. Jenny Craig is teaching me some extremely valuable lessons that I was missing before because I was too busy cramming food down my throat to dull...everything. Not anymore. I am going to take responsibility for my emotions and my life and you can too (if you haven't already). Like Jenny says, "Feel like new. Feel like you." I haven't felt that way for a long time, but I am feeling that way now and I gotta tell you, "I love it!"
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