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tap4jennycraig posted a blog entry in tap4jennycraig's BlogI learned two valuable lessons this past week and I will share them with you because you may be able to relate. As I write this article, I can smell someone cooking in one of the neighboring apartments and it smells delicious, but since I am not hungry, it is just a smell. It's gone now, thank you timely breeze . Ok, here we go with the first lesson. My friend agreed to ride with me as I went to see a friend who lived about an hour away. I was glad to have the company; however on the way she asked if we could stop at Jack-in-the-Box because she wanted to get a vanilla shake and a chocolate cake (aka "chocolate overload"). I felt a little funny that she would ask me, knowing that I was on Jenny Craig, but we went and I survived, sitting next to her as she slurped and stirred the thick shake and then moved on to the chocolate cake. My friend does not have a weight issue and we used to go and get this combo together and equally enjoyed slurping and stirring. I had a lot of time to think as she ate and at first I was a little angry thinking, "She is really going to eat this chocolate cake in front of me, really?" It almost seemed as though she was taunting me. I never looked in her direction as I continued to drive. What I learned is that my change to Jenny Craig has not only affected me, it has also affected my late night, fast-food run buddy and my friends that I use to tag along with as I went from one fast food place to another. What are they to do now that I no long visit these grease pits? I also realized that only "my" eating has changed, not theirs. They can still have whatever they want and I either have to be absent when they eat the stuff that I have chosen not to eat or find another way to deal with the situation. So here is what I came up with. When I am driving, we are not going to places that tempt me...period! I am also not going to ride with friends who want to make late night fast food runs. That is how I will deal with it! My success is important to me and I have to stand up for myself. The next circumstance showed me something very important about my relationship with food. I was asleep and I received a call at 2:30 a.m. from someone I know who was stranded and needed me to come get them. They were hysterical. Against the advice of my best friend, I went. I did not see them at the designated spot so I came back home. What was important is what happened before and after the event. Before I went, I was feeling reluctant about having them stay in my apartment. I did not want to go, but I had said that if they needed help, they could call me. I could not go back on my word. There were other things that complicated the situation even further so I was really disturbed while trying to work it out. After I started back home, I felt myself wanting to eat as I passed all of the neon signs calling me to their drive-thru. It was at that moment that I realized that I was "not" hungry, but I needed to calm myself down. I fought the urge and came home and tossed and turned in my bed until I finally fell asleep. Not eating taught me that I didn't have to give into an old crutch. I had done what the CD (Touchstones for Success: How to Change Your Mind To Achieve Your Goals) said and let my emotions play out and then intervened as the non-biased negotiator. I was proud of that moment. Being on Jenny Craig is not only taking the weight off of me. It is teaching me about myself and I love that. I notice that I swipe my debit card less because I am not eating out and I notice that I can go into a store and leave without candy. I feel powerful in my new journey and I know it will last as I loose the weight and gain a greater perspective. I hope you are doing well on the program too and if you stumble a little, that's ok. You have time to correct your flow and still end up where you want to be. Thank you for reading and make it happen. You can do it!!
tap4jennycraig posted a blog entry in tap4jennycraig's BlogIt has been seven days since I started the Jenny Craig program and I am feeling better by the day. The only thing I ate was fast food and occasionally I would go to a sit-down restaurant with my friend. When I started feeling unlike myself, I decided to call Jenny. The woman who took my information over the phone had the same first and middle name that I did so I took that as a sign. I currently weigh 320 lbs, but I am determined to widdle that away week by week. I was on Jenny once before, but financial restrictions caused my doom. I could no longer afford the food, BUT I am "making myself a priority" so I will do what I have to do to make this happen. I am 53 and I just graduated from UCLA. I am now studying to be a lawyer and I know that I will need to be at my best to do that. The food is delicious and I am almost having trouble eating it all. When I ate before, it was maybe once a day and consisted of hamburgers and French fries or chili...you know the drill. The interesting thing is I don't keep food in the refrigerator because I binge. My refrigerator looks brand new after several years. All it does is cool air and an occasional bottle of water. Seeing the frozen boxes in the fridge and the boxes in the cabinet seems strange, but nice at the same time. This week has been good for me with just two or three temptations. Today I walked into the 7-11 and there they were taunting me....Reese’s cups ; sitting in a pretty little pile showing me the ridges of their dainty paper cups through their bright orange wrapper. I walked right past them. I hope I didn't hurt their feelings. I walked out with a diet cranberry drink . The next temptation was a dinner I had to attend. I told my counselor that I could take my dinner and ask them to microwave it and she said “Uh...no, you are not going to do that," and we both laughed. It was catered, but I instructed the server on how much to give me. I DID get a peanut butter cookie, but I broke in half. I ate one half...and then I ate the other half. I didn't beat myself up though because I wanted to take six cookies and I only took one. So far, so good and I know it will only get better. My first meeting is tomorrow so I will keep you posted. Love , tap4jennycraig 1.8.13 .