Travel should take you places... it took me to Hawai'i last year. Beautiful!
Favorite American Idol, past or present: Officially, it's Diana until another one (read: Kelly Clarkson) will be in a picture with me.
October 29, 2013 -- We're getting close to the holidays, and I'm hoping to reach my goal weight by Thanksgiving. For me, that's any number below 200 pounds. Yes, there's psychologically something really nice about having a "1" in front of my weight instead of a "2," and I can't wait to see it on the scale.
Jenny Craig's scale has me at 209.4 pounds, down 2.8 in the past two weeks. That's fully dressed. At home, I'm showing a few pounds less than that (not fully dressed). I'm happy with my progress, and I don't feel fat anymore. It's a great feeling.
The bigger goal, though, is to maintain a healthy weight through the holiday season and beyond. And here's some great news: the average Jenny Craig client loses 10 pounds during the holidays. So I'll keep working on the diet, with the help of Jenny, and I'll update my progress again after Christmas. I'm confident that I'll be telling you I've lost 40 pounds and reached my goal -- almost there.
October 16, 2013 -- I'm not a big fan of surprises, so I've been weighing myself daily at home. I always know what to expect when I "officially" weigh in on Tuesday morning at Jenny Craig's weight loss center in Mobile.
It was a strange week. Saturday, I started the day at 208 lbs. We celebrated my sister in law's birthday that night at Fuego (yum!), but I was careful. Next morning: 208. So far, so good. On Sunday, I had a couple of margaritas. Not a wise choice, and I was 209 on Monday morning. Ok, I'm up a pound, but still down 2-1/2 from a week earlier. All I had to do was be good on Monday, and Tuesday's weigh-in would take care of itself. So I was really, really good. On Tuesday morning, my scale said I'd gone up two pounds more -- 211.
What happened? I have no idea, but the official weigh-in did not go well. I lost weight, but just 2/10s of a pound. And of course, my scale had me at just 207 pounds the next morning. Timing is everything.
It's easy to get frustrated when you do things right, when you try hard, and you still don't get the result you want. But being on a diet is a lot like playing the stock market, hopefully in reverse. With stocks, your portfolio goes up some days and down others. But the trend is what matters -- not the individual day. Keep trending down on your diet, and don't let the plateaus frustrate. If you're dieting right, the weight will come off. And Jenny Craig can help.
October 8, 2013 -- I've been dieting with Jenny Craig for 2-1/2 months, and the weight keeps coming off. My goal has been to at least a pound every week; and with the Jenny Craig plan, I've been very successful. Yes, there was that one bad week of tailgating a few weeks back (oops!), but every week before and since has been weight loss success.
I love it!
I love the compliments I'm getting. I love how easy it is to follow the program. I love that I'm no longer classified as obese (yay!). And I love how easy it is to make real change without giving up the things I like. I can still go out to dinner, but I'm making wiser choices and enjoying myself just as much as ever. I can enjoy a glass of wine, no problem. I can eat dessert! Jenny Craig has just added a carrot cake cupcake. I love carrot cake!
My current weight is 212 and some change -- down 1.2 pounds from last week. My goal is to go below 200, so I'm about two-thirds there. Wanna get your diet started. See below for a Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center near you. More to come.
September 24, 2013 -- Here's the deal with Jenny Craig and wine. A little wine is just fine. They treat it as a fat, so you'd essentially have a glass of wine in lieu of dessert. But you've gotta be careful. Too much wine can slow down a diet, even stall it. What's too much? Let's say more than 2-3 glasses a week.
Personally, I enjoy red wine. Which may explain why my weight loss is slowing down a bit. Last week, I lost one pound. This week, I'm down another 1.2 pounds. I'm already more than halfway to my goal weight, so losing weight more slowly does not bother me.
Still, I sometimes feel like a lousy spokesperson for Jenny Craig. Because I know I'd be losing weight more quickly if I followed the plan to the letter. It's really a great program. But now's a good time to remember that it's not simply the food at Jenny Craig. Your personal weight loss consultant is an important part of your success, too. They know you've got challenges -- a big dinner, a birthday, a Jags football game this weekend in Tennessee (yes, we're going -- Go Jags!), and even a nice glass of wine. They want you to meet your goals, not theirs. So if you're happy with the speed of your weight loss, they're all about it -- and celebrating that one pound lost this week.
As of today, I've lost more than 22 pounds with Jenny Craig. I'm happy with my progess and ecstatic about the compliments. And the goal is in sight -- 15 pounds and I'm below 200 pounds. That's where I want to be. Yay!
September 10, 2013 -- At today's weigh-in, I found that I'm halfway to reaching my goal. The Jenny Craig plan is working.
At last week's weigh-in, I'd gained 1.8 pounds after a day of tailgating (see 9/3 entry). No, tailgating is not the best thing to do on a diet. But you can be careful and make common-sense decisions about what you plan to do. You don't have to sit in a corner with your Jenny Craig food. The consultants at Jenny Craig are there to help you navigate these diet minefields -- tailgating, parties, even holidays.
This week's weigh-in reflected a bigger reality: except for that one day up at Auburn, I've been sticking with the Jenny Craig program and steadily losing weight. The day to day weight loss number, or the week to week truly isn't all that important. Five pounds in a week is great, but I'm far more excited to have lost 20 pounds overall. Success is measured by how you feel, the good things you're doing for your long-term health, and the joy of wearing a size smaller. Yes, I'm going to need new clothes soon. :-)
September 3, 2013 -- Alright, I stalled before posting this entry. Over the Labor Day weekend, I did a bit of self-inflicted damage. First weekend of football season, and I went out of town to the Auburn-Washington State game. Tailgating! Yes, certain foods and beverages (read: beer) stay with you longer. I'd gone into the weekend down about one pound more, but by Tuesday's weigh-in, the damage of the weekend was still there. I gained 1.8 pounds.
Nobody wants to gain weight on a diet. It seems unfair that one bad day can wipe out the week's weight loss. Plateaus are part of any diet, too. Don't get frustrated! If you've stuck to the diet except for that one day, you'll be fine. It's another day before you reach your goal, but you're getting there one step at a time.
August 27, 2013 -- Five weeks into my Jenny Craig weight loss, and I'm down a total of 16.4 pounds. That's more than 3 pounds per week. Most of us who've been on a diet know that the weight doesn't always come off evenly, or easily. You work real hard one week and don't lose anything.Or you cheat one weekend and find you've still lost a couple of pounds. That can be frustrating, but at Jenny Craig, they want you to celebrate the little goals met. Don't worry about how much you lose; instead, focus on the fact that you've lost weight. That you're moving toward the body you've always wanted. The consultants at Jenny Craig are really nice people, and great cheerleaders.
Are you ready to meet your weight-loss goals? Call or stop by Jenny Craig in Mobile, Pensacola or Spanish Fort to get started. Join for as little as $19.99/month plus the cost of food.
August 20, 2013 -- Every Tuesday, I stop by Jenny Craig in Mobile to weigh in and get new food. Today I weigh 222 pounds; so I'm down 3 more pounds. Yay! Hard to believe I can do this and still eat cheesecake. Also today, my consultant Ashley asked about my next goal. That's actually a pretty important distinction. It can be overwhelming to look at the end goal for weight loss. It's often easier and far more satisfying to look at short-term goals -- the next goal. My next goal involves Body Mass Index (BMI) numbers. That's the shorthand the government uses to determine whether Americans are normal weight, underweight, overweight, or obese. If your BMI is 30 or more, you're considered obese. I don't want to be part of the so-called "obesity epidemic." So my next goal is to get my BMI below 30, which is 215 pounds. Just 7 more pounds to my next goal...
August 13, 2013 -- Hi there, this is Mason. Several weeks ago, on July 23rd, I started losing weight with Jenny Craig. I'm feeling pretty good about the results thus far. Between football season and Mardi Gras and the simple fact that I enjoy a good restaurant, I'd put on about 40 extra pounds. But I've already dropped 11.2 pounds in three short weeks, and I'm well on my way to getting back under 200 pounds.
I started at 237 pounds; but with the help of Jenny Craig, I've gotten down to 225.8. I'd like to say I've lost even more, 'cuz my shoes weigh at least a couple of pounds, right? And did I leave my phone in my pocket? That's gotta be another pound. :-)
In all seriousness, though, I'm eating better and differently. One of the things I'm learning is what a normal portion looks like. Turns out it isn't what they give you in a restaurant. Get used to smaller portions, and then transition from Jenny's food to your own healthy food choices. So you can change how you eat, and you'll have a personal consultant to help you through it all. I'll keep you posted on my progress here.
Ok, now for the advertising portion. If you're ready to lose weight, call or visit a Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center near you for a free consulation. They've helped people who want to lose 5 pounds and people who want to lose 100 pounds. They can help you, too.
Local Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centers
MOBILE: On the Beltine, behind Belk at Springdale; (251) 378-5491
SPANISH FORT: In the Eastern Shore Plaza; (251) 626-4747
PENSACOLA: On Nine Mile Road, next to Target: (850) 477-1818
People are different, so everyone's weight loss results will vary. Mason is a paid spokesman for the Jenny Craig Weight Loss program and is compensated for his participation. This blog post is part of the advertising campaign, but the weight loss is real.