Jenny Craig Day 9 - PMS, Hunger, and Spanx

Jenny Craig Day 9 - PMS, Hunger, and Spanx

Today's Jenny Craig Tips:

* You’ll be surprised how much self-control you’ll need to avoid bingeing on Jenny Craig food--some of it is that good.

* Feeling like you run on a mental treadmill is no excuse for not running on a literal one.

And now, here are the details of my 9th day on JC...

What I Weighed Today: 190 lbs. (8am)

Bloated, miserable, wallowing in pain…yup, the old ball and chain is back.  My love/hate relationship with being a woman is ever present.  I am well aware of the power of the part that makes me female, but I also am punished for that knowledge each month.  I am flogged by my uterus for my lack of humility.

Women complain about PMS, but I like to think of it as the only time of the month when I can be myself. —Roseanne

 The very essence of my womanhood reminds in as painful a manner as she can that: With power comes responsibility.  Gross responsibility!  I have noticed that my PMS ravenousness has shifted a bit.  Not that I don’t crave things or am not hungry 24/7 during that time, but it’s easier to resist temptation.  I still slip, but not like before.  It helps too that the JC meals are really good and I am enjoying the food on this diet.  A few of the things I’ve eaten have made me feel a little guilty, but whatever- if they say it’s okay I’m eatin’ it.
 
190 is a pretty cool place to be. 25 pounds from where I started.  No small feat for an addict like me, and I will happily accept my applause and rose bouquet.  One small problem: I’m not really getting the applause or the bouquet.  I keep looking for signs that things are changing drastically but there are none.  My clothes are only slightly looser and most days I find that the problem areas are still…..well….problems.  I need Spanx and other girdle-type garments to make most of my outfits look decent.  I am still solidly in a size 14. Depending on the cut, I will do a 16 for comfort or to avoid a muffin top.  I’ve taken a few of my tops in under the arms to accommodate shrinkage in the boob and back area.  But the stomach/leg/thigh dilemma is still quite overwhelming.  I really don’t see a shift there and that is where the most available flesh for my calorically restricted body to feast on is.  I know what you are thinking: EXERCISE!  I’m thinking it, too!  Just not doing it.

You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is." 
—Ellen Degeners.

I feel like I run on a treadmill daily but it’s not a literal one.  It is my insanely unstable life.  I work for people who are dangerously close to being out of business and have been for several months.  I supplement that work with singing gigs and hustling up other work anywhere I can.  Then there are the moments of just wanting to vegetate.  The need to quiet my mind and stop the world.  I can’t seem to get myself out of bed in the morning in time to get anything more than a few quick stretches to stimulate circulation in my bum leg and maybe a few sit-ups and push-ups.  By the time I am on my way home from whatever client I am dealing with that particular day, I am just so drained I can barely keep my head up.  I know these are the same excuses everyone has but I live in this body and I know what it feels like.  All the experts say, “Plan your day around your workout, not the other way around.”  Yeah, but they make their living coming up with cute little sayings like that and most of them work out for a living.  I should be more positive and uplifting, but the truth of the matter is that my uterus feels like it’s playing in traffic. My hands and feet are swollen and achy from water retention, I have a distinct urge to stab everyone that gets within two feet of me every time I leave my house AND to top it all off…..I THINK I’M STILL FAT!! WTF???

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  Jenny Craig Blueberry Pancakes w/Veggie Sausage
Snack 1:  Jenny Peanut Butter Chocolate Anytime Bar, 2 cups Coffee w/4 tablespoons sugar-free Vanilla creamer
Lunch:  Jenny Craig Chicken Salad Kit, Sliced cucumbers
Snack:  Apple
Dinner:  Jenny Craig Beef Chili, Steamed Mixed Veggies
Snack:  Jenny Craig Peanut Caramel Snack Bar

EXERCISE:
None

**Silver Lining: Talked to Howard tonight.  He asked me to email him a picture and then he showed it to his friends at work so they could see “how pretty” I am.  He may be the only person on the earth I don’t want to stab.  Four more days till our date.  I have decided that I will not go shopping for this date.  I have to wear what I have in my closet.  This continues the experiment of acceptance and it keeps me grounded.  If I allow myself to go overboard I will expect more than I should from this situation.  It’s too early to get excited.

Product Reviews:
* Jenny Craig Blueberry Pancakes w/Veggie Sausage
YUM! Jenny sends some low-syrup to go on these but I didn’t use it.  The pancakes are slightly sweet already so I made little sammiches out of them.  So yummy!  Like little blueberry-veggie-pigs-with-blankets.  You have to heat the pancakes separate from the sausage but it all goes in the microwave so it’s still convenient.  I loved this.  Wish I could find it in real life.
* Jenny Craig Chicken Salad Kit
YUM!  I love these little salad kits! Tiny can of chicken salad that was tangy and tasty, 6 yummy low-fat crackers and a little fruit cup.  Some might not be satisfied with this but I totally was.  It helped to have the veggies I brought from home to fill it out.  But it was really tasty and convenient.  I made sure to keep it in the fridge because I like cold fruit and cold chicken salad. 
Room temp on a mayonnaise-based salad is a little gross.
* Jenny Beef Chili
YUM!  I did have to add a little salt BUT, this was really tasty.  I kind of wonder again if it wasn’t just regular chili but a smaller portion.  Sometimes it seems that in order to preserve a sense of normalcy with regard to taste and texture, Jenny will give you a very small portion of a high-fat recipe food.  Chili is one of those eat till you bust foods and having a small portion, no matter how delicious, was a little frustrating.  But I have to say it was good, REALLY GOOD!
* Jenny Craig Peanut Caramel Snack Bar
YUM! This was like a piece-of-a-piece of a Snickers bar. The bar was really small but it packed a lot of chocolatey goodness.  It was really good but I already felt a little teased from my dinner so I just wasn’t crossing the threshold to satisfied.  I wanted to pound 3 of these.

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