Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler and there are no holidays or other social commitments to derail me from strictly adhering to my food and workout plan. I’m determined that fall 2012 will be when I achieve my pre-surgery weight loss goal. Since weekday mornings are hectic, I’m moving my weigh-in day to Saturday. Saturday mornings I go to Zumba, so I’m already focused on health and fitness; it’s the perfect day to weigh in. Plus, Saturday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Saturday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.
If you guys have been following along this week, you know that it was my first week on Jenny Craig. It’s my third time on the program, the last time being 9 years ago. In that time, they’ve vastly improved the food, encouraged the idea of “volumizing” meals by adding in veggies, and kept all the convenience and organization that I loved. They also have me eating 1750-1850 calories each day, which was a huge leap from what I had been doing on Kaiser’s pre-surgery plan. At first I was concerned that the jump in calories would negatively affect my weight loss, but I should’ve known better. Jenny Craig isn’t the top weight loss program in the country for nothing.
This morning I weighed in at 304.2, which is a loss of 9.6 lbs this week! Which means I have 23 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. I am thrilled with this result!! I feel wonderful, and as I mentioned in a reply to one of the comments I received yesterday, I really and truly know in my heart that I will get to the pre-surgery goal.
For the longest time, I’ve been hoping, wishing, and praying that I would make it, but in my heart of hearts I don’t think I truly believed it. The doubt came from all the starts and stops. The rollercoaster ride I’ve taken on the scale really destroyed my confidence in my ability to do this for myself. Subconsciously I didn’t believe in myself, and maybe that’s where some of the self-sabotage came from – a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts.
Now that I’m seeing how easy this is on Jenny Craig, every single one of those doubts has been banished from my mind. I don’t even question IF, I know it will be WHEN. I haven’t felt this type of conviction in recent memory. Not when I did the medically supervised fasting; not when I did Medifast, twice; and not when I did any pre-surgery plan over the past two years. Part of this is the knowledge that if I don’t make the goal weight soon, the surgeon will kick me out of the Kaiser program for not being a good WLS candidate. That weighs heavily on my mind now that time is also a factor. But the bigger part is the fact that Jenny Craig works, plain and simple.
This week I’m going to focus on drinking 100 oz of water every day. I know that water really helps me drop weight, and it keeps me feeling and looking better. Hydration, people! Anyone want to join me?
Until next Saturday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!