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  Moving into March!

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With all this change of weather coming through town I stand behind the March saying…“In like a lion and out like a lamb!” That 72 degree day really messed me up…not only did I want to pack away coats, tights and sweaters, my poor tulip and daffodil bulbs are already blooming (I planted at least a 100 when we moved in) and I wonder what will happen to them next? Anyone know how I can protect and save my pretty someday-flowers?

I love the beginning of a new Month. A time to set new goals, plan a few fun things with friends and check back in on those goals we set together at the beginning of this new year. I think overall I have been pretty mindful of taking care of my skin, changing into pjs, trying to get a tad more cardio each week…and let’s talk about my friend “JC” (her real name is Jenny Craig.)

IMG_2637(breakfast scramble with an orange & coffee was one of my favorite morning staples!)

So when JC approached me I was at first a bit hesitant about trying this wellness, weight loss program. The idea of only eating what they provided me for two months scared this chef home cook out of her mind. How will I only eat what they pack me? What will my family eat? How will I still maintain a bit of social-ness? Well, it’s been two months and almost 20lbs down (*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration) and I can honestly say it was pretty simple, as a foodie it was yummy, I still managed to cook from time to time just in moderation, my family didn’t starve and honestly, I still managed to be social. I am very pleased.

They say anything big in life takes a village and while at first it was weird to sit down with a stranger and talk about my weight journey, this girl has heard it all. Amy was able to think about each week, identify those special occasions and treats and learn to navigate all those sticky areas that made loosing weight often difficult for me. We confided in each other about the darn baby-weight and how it actually does get harder to loose the pounds after the ripe age of 40…but it can be done. She was great, Thanks Amy!

IMG_2656(Healthy cheese curls & a club soda spritzer were there perfect afternoon snack!)

Back to the food…just a couple of “high-fives” to a few of the menu items…Chicken Street Taco’s you were pretty darn good and if I added a touch of salsa you almost passed for a trendy taco restaurant lunch. Chocolate Lava Cake, you made those days when you didn’t think you could stay with it really worth it, so decadent. Lasagna and Ravioli, you did a great job being there for this Italian lady who loves her carbs and pasta…but in smaller portions than my grandmother would often serve. Have everything pre-portioned and in a daily menu form made this really easy for me. I didn’t have to think about what the day had in store but rather, just pack up the various elements and follow along and I started to se a change.

They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit and this 60 day experience has really drilled down a few important ways for me to approach eating moving forward. WATER…OMG, we must drink a lot of water. Moderation, you can eat what everyone else is having within moderation and planning. You can have a treat now and then…just plan for it and then enjoy it. Vegetables are great…the more vegetables…the A) better you feel and B) the less you are going to eat junk. Serious habits have been formed, with JC you seriously always have someone there to cheer you on, motivate you & keep you on track!

So while I was hesitant at first, it ended up to be a great experience. My clothes fit better and I’m excited for spring fashions…so what’s not to love about that? Thanks “JC” you were a pretty good gal pal to hang out with these last two months! Peace.

Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.