Jenny Craig Day 7 - Better Taste than Nutrisystem

Jenny Craig Day 7 - Better Taste than Nutrisystem

Today's Jenny Craig Tips:

* If you’re a parent (or contemplating future parenthood) one way to stop yourself from indulging in unhealthy food is to ask yourself if you’d dish it up for your child.

* If you frequently go to events with unhealthy fare, take charge and bring your own snacks.

* Jenny Craig S’mores bars can easily become an addiction akin to heroin.

And now, here are the details of my 7th day on JC...

What I Weighed Today: 193 lbs. (8am)

When last we left off I was surrounded by loneliness (and food), but fear not--I didn’t succumb to a food binge. I am back to really, really, REALLY enjoying this diet.  For the most part the food is good enough to look forward to.  I don’t feel like I’m suffering.  Don’t get me wrong, I am craving sushi big time, but I’m not starving and angry.  Huge step up from some other eating plans that shall remain unnamed…*cough* Nutrisystem *cough*! 

I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.  —Erma Bombeck

Anyway, I am moving through this pretty easily and a pound and a half in a week leaves me encouraged that I will be able to reach my goal this month.  I am able to take the food to my parenting classes by running home first to let the dog out and zapping my entrée in the microwave.  I then slide it back into the box and head out.  The classes are pot-luck so I usually pick up something delicious for the class and a salad for myself from a restaurant on the way in. There is this one older black woman in the class and she brings some good lookin’ food to class.  But I have managed to keep my eyes on the prize and resist.  I even got more of the class to bring veggies and fruit every week instead of pizza and fried chicken.  I worked on their conscience by saying, “This is not food that good parents would serve to their kids! We need some vitamins and fiber folks!”  It totally worked.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  Jenny Craig Multi-Grain Hoops, 2 cups Coffee w/4 tablespoons sugar-free Vanilla creamer
Snack 1:  Jenny Craig Cookies & Cream Anytime Bar, Starbucks Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte
Lunch:  Jenny Craig Cheesy Enchilada, Sliced Cucumbers
Snack 2:  Nectarine, Baby Carrots
Dinner:  Jenny Craig Salisbury Steak, Steamed Broccoli
Snack 3:  Jenny Craig S'mores Snack Bar

We still have some naughty stuff but mixed in is the healthy stuff and I’m pretty proud of standing up for that.  I told them about my journey and they were very supportive.  I keep imagining me being a mom that my kids are proud to have pick them up at school.  A mom that has the energy and stamina to keep up with them.  I want to be a good mom so bad.  I’m scared and excited and anxious.  It is the job of a lifetime.  In every job I do I look to be a star.  I need to be really good at it and I don’t want to do it if I can’t excel at it.  But with a job the excelling part is just about doing exactly what your upline wants of you.  If you listen carefully to what they ask and get that done well then go one step beyond that, you usually will find that you can impress them.  You have to make sure that your one step beyond is in the direction they would go, but if you truly listen to them you will go in the right direction.

Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. I have to be liked. But it's not like this compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised. –Michael, The Office

It’s about being a pleaser.  And as a professional pleaser and life-long co-dependent I can tell you that I know of what I speak.  Well, being a parent will take me in a different direction.  Being a successful parent will usually mean NOT being a pleaser.  I need to love and nurture and take these children in my direction.  I need to guide them the way I usually look to my upline to guide me.  And from what I have seen of children, they will consistently attempt to go a different direction.  With kids you don’t get the immediate gratification of, “Good job! Wow that was awesome what you just did!”  They do!  They may never tell me I did a good job, and if they do it will be at least 30 years after I bring them into my life!  Scary.  But I want it. I need it.  I can’t wait to have it.

Side note, Howard texted me tonight:

‘dinner Sunday, pick you up at 8’

A date, kids! With a real man! In his lovely Mercedes! I know that is total gold-digger talk but I don’t go out with Mercedes guys a lot.  I usually am getting my heart broken by guys who drive ’87 Pintos.  If I’m gonna get screwed over, at least I can get treated like a lady first.  OK, that was a really negative little utterance but my faith in my ability to have a lasting, loving relationship is minimal.  Something always happens.  This guy looks soooo good on paper that it makes me nervous.

* Jenny Craig Multi-Grain Hoops
YUM!  Imagine putting all the different types of Cheerios in 1 bowl. LOVED IT! But as with all their cereals I needed more.  It may just be my own weakness for cereal but I was dying for 1 more bowl right after I finished this.
* Jenny Craig Cheesy Enchilada
Meh.  Bland Mexican food! Didn’t think it was possible but this definitely was the case.  You could clearly see the tomato based seasoning on the Spanish-style rice that was the side dish with this but it was devoid of any acidity or spice.  So weird.  And the enchilada looked creamy and cheesy and good but it was really blah. There was spicy heat but it was more of a feeling than a taste (like someone put hot water on your tongue). Adding salt helped but not much. 
* Jenny Craig Salisbury Steak
YUM!    I loved this. It reminded me of being a little kid with my TV tray.  It was really well done (not cooked well done but successfully executed) and I was impressed with the size of the meat patty.  Will definitely ask for more of this one.
* Jenny Craig S'mores Snack Bar
YUM!  Melty, gooey chocolate and marshmallows with a graham cracker bottom.  You really can’t go wrong.  It was really small, though.  I’ve got to get used to truly dealing with proper portion size.  I could have eaten 3 of these easily.  Anything I like I just want to gorge myself on.

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