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222857881530160080_Kp2dmjFr_cLooking at my bank account and the weight I still have to lose to get to WLS, I’ve spent the morning thinking things through with my mom and sister.

I have enough money left for 3 1/2  more weeks of Jenny Craig, and realistically, I’m not going to be able to lose 17 lbs in that time period.  My mom told me that she and my dad can’t help me with any more funds, so when this money is spent, that’s it.  Jenny Craig food alone costs $500/month, not counting the produce and dairy supplemental food, so we’re really talking about almost $700/month.  I simply cannot afford that much.  So I had to think of what comes next.

When I was talking to my mom, I asked her whether I should even buy Jenny Craig during the week of Christmas, since I wasn’t going to have a loss that week.  Should I really pay $175 just to maintain my weight or even gain?  My mom asked why I couldn’t put the principles and eating plan that I’ve learned through Jenny Craig to use with food from the grocery store.  And then it hit me – I can!

The week of Christmas I can make my breakfast cookie or green smoothies, I can have Light Progresso soup and a salad for lunch, and I can have Hungry Girl Crock Pot chili and veggies for dinner.  I can keep my meals to 200-250 calories plus veggies.  I can eat two snacks of fruit + yogurt/string cheese.  And I can have a Fiber One bar or 100-calorie dessert.  I can indulge in family meals on the 24th and 25th and workout to mitigate those extra calories.

And as I was telling all of this to my sister, she said, “why can’t you do that starting now?  Why can’t you weave in other options with the Jenny Craig food? That way, the Jenny Craig food lasts longer.”  She’s absolutely right!  This way, I can make the Jenny Craig plan last 7 weeks, which is more than enough time for me to hit my goal weight.

I’m going to have to be very careful about my portions, because overeating has been my main downfall in the past.  One of the great things about Jenny Craig for me is that I know that I only have a limited amount of each treat.  I don’t eat more than I should, because there isn’t more to eat.  With this new idea, the key is going to be keeping the extra food out of reach, in my garage, locked with a key that my sister keeps.  That might seem a bit extreme, and I may not even need it, but I’m not taking any chances at this point.

I’m so glad that I entered my daily Jenny Craig plans into MyFitnessPal so that I can go back and see what each day looked like and find the right substitutions.  I’ll follow MFP to drop down calories as my weight loss continues.

And of course, I have to make sure to get my workouts and water in.

I can’t explain the relief I feel, because watching my money dwindle down and not knowing what to do to continue the weight loss was incredibly stressful.  It made me lay awake at night.  This new plan combines the best of Jenny Craig, with a realistic way to make it all the way to my goal.

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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss.  I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.

To put it plainly, Week 12 sucked.  I stuck to the food 100%, didn’t exercise at all, and was hit and miss with my water intake.

So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 298.0, which is a gain of 2.4 lbs this week. Which means I have 17 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. This back and forth is killing me.

Recently Carina described PF as a vampire bite – once “bitten,” you’re cursed with it forever.  That’s how I felt this week.  The pain came and went, but it continued to take a lot out of me, and at the end of the day, I just didn’t feel like going to work out.  That’s really on me, because I wouldn’t feel much pain riding the bike or swimming.  I just couldn’t muster up the energy to get to the gym.  It’s also the end of the semester at school, so I’m swamped with grading, and again, taking an hour out for some stress-relieving workouts would have been a good choice, but unfortunately, it was a choice I didn’t make.

The good news is, later in the week I found a pair of shoes that are like a miracle for me in terms of relieving the pain from the torn fascia/PF – Orthaheels!  I bought the Elisa in black, but I loved them so much that I bought them in mustard, too, to wear with brown clothes.  (I didn’t buy the straight brown shoes because they were a strange brown, and I’d rather go with a funky choice like mustard, because it coordinates well with the more earth tones.  Plus, my school colors are blue and gold, so these go perfectly for Friday color days).  These shoes are made for people with PF, and the footbed is designed to hold the heel perfectly.  I put them on and I instantly felt little to no pain.

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I did get a bit overconfident while wearing these shoes, and I tried to take Sofi for a walk like I normally do, but after about 15 minutes, I was in a lot of pain.  I’d pushed too hard.  So for now, I’m going to stick to exercises that keep me off my feet.

At Jenny Craig I asked them to give me the menu for the next step down, even though my weight hasn’t quite met their guideline.  This week I’ll be dropping down to 1500 calories, instead of 1700.  The change is really only in the accompanying foods – one less fruit per day (3 instead of 4), one less dairy (4 instead of 5). I have to make the most of the remaining weeks I have left.

This week I’m committing to going to the gym, even if I’m tired, in pain, etc.  Because I’m feeling the pressure of a dwindling bank account – I can’t pay many more weeks of Jenny Craig.  I’m going to have to make the most of the 4 weeks I have left and then I’ll have to see what I can do from there.  I’m way too close to my goal to let anything stop me.  I have to keep going.  I just need to remind myself of this when I feel like giving in and skipping the gym.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 2 – Your Most Significant Spend?
What was your most significant expenditure in 2012? It doesn’t have to be necessarily the biggest expenditure, just the one with the most impact. What difference has it made to your life?

I can say without a doubt that making the decision to follow the Jenny Craig plan to lose my pre-surgery weight loss requirement was the expense that has made the most significant impact on my life. I’m finally seeing results, and the end (mini goal) is just within reach, which is a fantastic feeling.

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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss.  I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.

Week 11 on JC was mixed.  On the one hand, I didn’t workout at all, because I was in so much pain due to the torn fascia.  On the other hand, I stuck to the JC program 100%, and most days didn’t even have the desire to eat, which is rare.  I’d seen some good news when I peeked at the scale, so I was hopeful.

So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 295.6, which is a loss of 3.4 lbs this week. Which means I have 15 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. Back on track and feeling great.

Now that I have the prescription for Motrin from the doctor and can manage the pain, I’m not going to let the torn fascia stop me from getting workouts in.  I’ll be putting in time on the recumbent bike and in the pool at the gym, as well as on shorter, slower walks with Sofi.

I have to make the most of each week so that I can shed this weight, make the surgeon’s requirement, and get the surgery.  I don’t want to stop JC until I do that, but money is an issue, so the more “bang for my buck” I can get the better.  If I can lose three and a half pounds on a week that I don’t exercise, I can easily shed more on a week that I do, right?

This next week I want to see just how much I can lose when I’m going full steam ahead.  No matter what, I’m going to keep moving forward.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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‘Tis the season! Which means that the world turns sparkly, the weather turns chilly, and 2012 is almost over. I’m looking at this time of year as a Countdown to Christmas – focusing on my weight loss and achieving my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Achieving that will be the best gift of all!!! Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend.  This is the time of year when food and celebrations are plentiful and the last thing on most people’s minds is weight loss.  I’m going to show that weight loss can happen during the holiday season. My Sunday progress updates will be called Countdown to Christmas Weigh-Ins.

Week 10 on JC brought the first holiday of the season – Thanksgiving.  Knowing that I was going to go off plan for Thanksgiving dinner, plus the fact that I had extra days off, I had the intention of getting in several solid workouts trying to mitigate as many calories as I could. As it turned out, this Thanksgiving holiday brought new realizations, including the fact that Thanksgiving itself wasn’t as difficult to navigate as the day after. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

So, Bella, how bad was it on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 299.0, which is a gain of 4.2 lbs this week. Which means I have 18 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. Did I take a step backward? Yes.  Am I discouraged about my ability to make my goal? Not in the least.

Let’s break this down a bit…

Wednesday was great, on plan, and I completed a Bella Tri, burning 980 calories. I felt so great after doing that set of workouts that I am going to add them into early-day workout routine.

Thursday went well, too. I started off the day with JC breakfast, and lunch, and then ate a bit of everything offered at the Thanksgiving meal, but didn’t feel overly stuffed.  I tracked everything, and while my total for the day was over 2800 calories, at least it was all accounted for. I didn’t do my planned gym workout, but I still burned a decent amount of calories with some housework in the morning and an after dinner walk with Sofi. When I weighed myself the next morning, I was up 2 lbs, which I knew would come of easily, since it wasn’t a true gain.

Friday was the day that things went off the rails. Nothing outlandish or even that enjoyable. I just felt an incessant hunger, brought on by eating so many calories the previous day as well as the hormones that come with TOM (I’ve been getting TOM every two weeks, which I’m going to have checked out by the doctor). I didn’t go nuts and eat ice cream, McDonald’s or even bread, just handfuls of almonds, lots of pieces of string cheese, and some stale rice cakes.  Crazy, right?  But I just wanted to eatandeatandeat.

Saturday I got up and decided that I wasn’t going to go on a weekend-long bender, so I stuck to the JC food.  I gave into laziness and started a Vampire Diaries marathon (like I need another t.v. show to watch), and didn’t workout.

Which brings me to today.  Up 4.2 lbs, but with the knowledge that the day after a holiday it’s going to be important for me to keep busy and to make sure I’m out of the house. Especially in that “munchie” afternoon time when I seem to lose willpower. I see a trip to the gym followed by a movie or something on December 26th.

This week I’m confident that next Sunday I’ll see a loss on the scale. The food’s taken care of, and I won’t be deviating from JC.  As far as workouts, I’m going to try alternating easy days with bigger workouts:

  • Monday: walk Sofi; housecleaning – vacuuming and mopping the floors
  • Tuesday: Bella Tri (10 min: elliptical, 20 min: bike, 30 min: swimming); walk Sofi
  • Wednesday: walk Sofi; housecleaning – bathrooms
  • Thursday: Bella Tri; walk Sofi
  • Friday: walk Sofi; decorate for Christmas

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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 Sunday. Sundays are the perfect day to weigh in because I don’t have any other morning obligations and can focus on my weight loss. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week 9 on JC flew by – I was busy with work and spent quite a bit of time after work helping friends.  Once again, it was nice to have the Jenny Craig plan, because I was able to just live life and not have to be overly concerned about what I was going to eat.  I’ve been really appreciating that JC takes the guesswork out of it.

So Bella,what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 294.8. This is a loss of 2.4 lbs this week, and a total loss of 20.2. Which means I have 13.8 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. The end is totally in sight!!  Finally hitting a milestone weight loss (20 lbs!!!) gave me an incredible boost this morning.  It’s fantastic to be able to string a bunch of losses together and see something significant like this.

A tire weighs 20 lbs – this really puts things in perspective.

This next week brings the dieting challenge of Thanksgiving.  I’ve decided that I’m going to enjoy the day – I’m going to eat all the foods my family and I prepare and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine.  It’s only one day, which is why the day before and the day after Thanksgiving (when I’m lucky enough to be off of work), I’ll be putting in big workouts to mitigate Thursday’s feast.  I’m going to do my own version of a sprint triathlon – 10 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the bike, and 30 minutes of swimming.  (A true sprint tri has a 5K run, a 20K bike, and 750 meters of swimming, but I need to work up to those numbers). I’m actually looking forward pushing myself to do a workout like that on Wednesday and Friday.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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 Sunday. Sundays are the perfect day to weigh in because I don’t have any other morning obligations and can focus on my weight loss. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week 8 on Jenny felt like second nature.  I feel really dialed in to the entire program, and have gotten into a good groove.  I didn’t workout quite as much as I should have, although I did go to Bikram yoga two times.  I got my water in most days, but not all of them.  When I stepped onto the scale this morning, I felt like I’d lost, but didn’t have good idea of exactly how much.

Okay Bella, enough suspense, what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 297.2.This is a loss of 5.2 lbs this week! Which means I have 16 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. This loss was a welcome surprise!  I didn’t do anything particularly spectacular this week, which means that in a very ordinary week extraordinary things can happen.  I plan on doing more of the same this week.  Now I have my sights set on whizzing through the 290s to get into the 280s. I feel so excited, so confident, and I know that I’ll have made it to my mini goal before I know it.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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 Sunday. Sundays are the perfect day to weigh in because I don’t have any other morning obligations and can focus on my weight loss. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week 7 wasn’t a lucky one for me.  I gave into TOM cravings, made possible by the plethora of Halloween candy around.  Plus, the foot pain is back with a vengeance, and it was just a super-looooong week.  Not excuses, just facts.

Okay, so we get that you had a hard week, Bella, but what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 302.4.This is a gain of 3.0 lbs this week, which means I have 21 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement.

I just recorded a video for my YouTube Channel with more details about the week, so if you’re so inclined, please watch:

I want to add that I’m not going to write a long list of all of the workouts I have planned for the week.  They’re in my iCal on my computer and my phone.  Just look for them on MyFitnessPal and Twitter.  You’ll see them after I complete them, and we can celebrate then.  It’s about DOing, not saying.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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 Sunday. Sundays are the perfect day to weigh in because I don’t have any other morning obligations and can focus on my weight loss. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week six on Jenny was another amazing one. At last week’s JC meeting, my consultant asked me what my mini goal was, and I kept that goal in mind throughout the week as I got in a few good workouts, stuck to the plan, and started seeing the difference in the way my clothes were fitting.

That’s wonderful Bella, but what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 299.4!!! This was the goal that I’d stated last week with my Jenny consultant – that I’d finally get under 300 lbs once and for all. This is a loss of 4.2 lbs this week!! So now I have 18 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement.

I completely believe this quote to be true, because it happened this week. I spoke my goal, believed I could do it, and made it happen. My next goal? To get to 289 lbs, which I want to achieve by Thanksgiving.

But let’s get back to this week – I got to 299.4!!! I am beyond thrilled that I had such a fantastic week, especially in week 6! I’m so proud of myself, especially because I resisted the temptations that presented themselves this week, and you know what? It was easy because I knew nothing was worth not reaching that goal this week. To celebrate, I’m going to get a long overdue pedicure tomorrow. I found a great place that’s really inexpensive, and I can’t wait to have pretty toes. I earned a bit of pampering.

Beyond the scale, I’ve been noticing that my stomach is getting smaller and my clothes are fitting better. Just yesterday my sister told me that she could see the weight loss in my face, especially my neck. I love it!

As much as I love Jenny Craig, I’ve been really worried about how I was going to continue on the program because of the cost. Just the Jenny food alone is $500/month, plus the veggies, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, and string cheese that I need to supplement the menu,which is another $40 or so a week. I’ve been stressed about what to do because I can’t truly afford it, but it’s working so well. In the past two years, nothing else that I’ve tried (and you guys know that I’ve tried EVERYTHING!) has worked this well for me. But having money problems because of budget cuts and not being able to make ends meet is just upsetting beyond words. Thankfully, my parents are incredibly supportive of me, and they’ve agreed to loan me enough to cover the JC costs for the remainder of the year. That is a huge load off my mind!

This week I’m going to hit the pool again, and now that I have the swim cap and goggles, I’ll be able to avoid the bloodshot eyes and blurred vision I had last week at the over-chlorinated gym pool. I’m also planning to ride my bike and do the Zumba DVD at home. 225 minutes is the goal again this week.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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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 Sunday. Sundays are the perfect day to weigh in because I don’t have any other morning obligations and can focus on my weight loss. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

This week was fantastic!   I stuck to the plan all week, got some great (sometimes frosty) workouts in, and just felt really motivated and proud of myself.

That’s wonderful Bella, but what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 303.6, which is a loss 2.8 lbs this week. Which means I now have 23 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. Even though I didn’t lose all of the weight that I’d gained last week, I did lose more than half of it, and 2.8 is completely on track for my December goal.

All week I felt confident and happy about what I was doing to promote my weight loss.  I didn’t let the pain of the plantar fasciitis get the better of me, and I braved the freezing pool twice.  I also got in a dance party and a kickboxing workout.  I tracked my food, stayed on plan, and drank my water.  My goals were to get back to basics, and that’s exactly what I did.

This morning I went to the new JC center, and I love it!  The center itself is bright, clean, and very organized.  I felt happy just walking in the door.  My consultant, Sherri, was wonderful!  She’s energetic, knowledgeable, and so confident in the information that she’s giving.  As she was asking me questions about myself and my weight loss goals, her responses let me know that she really cares.  Their scale had me down almost 4 lbs today (I think the two scales must be weighing differently, which is another reason why I’m glad that I do my official weigh-ins at home), and Sherry was so enthusiastic and positive.  She high-fived me!  Talk about a turnaround compared to my old consultant – night and day!!  I am so happy that I made the change, because I know that I’m going to look forward to my Sunday morning JC weigh-ins now.

Sherri also gave me a really great tip that I thought I’d share:


Another great thing that happened this week was that I woke up pain free this morning – that hasn’t happened in more than a month!  I took two rest days in a row on Friday and Saturday where I didn’t even give Sofi a walk, and I think that did the trick.  I’ve also been good about doing the stretches and taking Aleve to help with the swelling.  Even though I know I might have lost more weight if I’d gotten two additional workouts in, I think it was more important to get some relief  from the pain.  I feel like a new woman, ready to get out there and tackle anything that comes my way.

My workout plan this week is to continue with swimming, but rather than fight the elements at the unheated, outdoor pool, I’m going to start swimming at 24 Hour Fitness.  I avoid swimming there because it is so heavily chlorinated, but with my foot being the way that it is, swimming is one of the best options I have.  I will also ride my bike (or the recumbent bike at the gym), and go to Saturday morning Zumba.  5 workouts equaling at least 225 minutes of exercise this week.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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