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tap4jennycraig posted a blog entry in tap4jennycraig's BlogI 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!"
tap4jennycraig posted a blog entry in tap4jennycraig's BlogTonight was a test in many ways. I had my first weigh-in today and I lost 5.4 lbs. (yeah!). I was happy and I felt like singing. As luck would have it, a friend of mine was hosting a karaoke night at a club and he invited me to come and perform. Now, normally, this is not a problem, but since I am on Jenny Craig...it was still not a problem. I knew two things going out the door. The first was that I was not going to drink and the second was that I was not going to eat. I had already eaten dinner so I put an apple in my pocket and headed out the door. Now usually karaoke goes hand-in-hand with drinking. People get a little (or a lot) tipsy and then want to sing. I am always supportive of all who sing. I am a singer so I sound the same whether I have had a drink or not. Tonight, I had a great time just performing with the karaoke machine (no chaser) and the audience liked my performances. I sang "Natural Woman," Time After Time, and Whitney Houston's, "I Look to You." The last song is a gospel song, but I am sure God likes to be serenaded every once in a while too. Besides, I am very grateful that I have lived to see 53 after being overweight all these years. Living my life with Jenny Craig is not going to be difficult as long as I stay positive. I am incorporating the changes into my life so they will last. So far, so good. When I got home, I ate my snack: chocolate cheesecake and fat-free milk. I told myself before I let that I would have the snack to look forward to when I got home, but when I ate it...it was too sweet. Oh, but I put some raw almonds in my salad. Now THAT worked. It was really good...who knew? Overall, I am feeling pretty good and not hungry.(still can't get over that one). I look forward to the meals and I am loving salad like never before. It is going to work this time because I am taking it slow and taking full note of my wins, like tonight. Hang in there newbies. We are going to make this happen and dance like nobody is watching when we loose the weight. You know what? Dance now!! tap4jennycraig