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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I ran easy this morning. It felt wonderful! I did a walking 1.5 mile warm up and then ran-walked 8 miles for a total of 105 minutes of exercise. Change gets a bad rap. A lot of people don't like change. In fact, I was told that the only person who doesn't mind change is a wet baby! But after 6 weeks of sticking strictly to a training plan with lots of speed work, it just feels great to run for fun!!

Another change in my life is the eating. You who have been following me know I struggled October to December of 2016 and I gained. I tried to stick to SP limits. Just couldn't seem to do it. I switched to Weight Watchers, a program that has helped me over and over again. I even bought a new calculator for the new program. Just couldn't get my mind into it and when my nephew wanted to try it and couldn't find his program materials, I was happy to pass them off to him. I tried going back to my anti-psoriasis plan, but I have been psoriasis-free for 20 months (hooray!) now and have added back everything including the nutritious nightshade veggies (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, etc) and see no reason to stick to such a strict program now. I looked at Beck green (The Complete Beck Diet for Life) and probably 10 diet books on my shelves. Sigh. Nothing inspired me.

Then I thought about Jenny Craig. For years I was down on anything packaged, but I know some people here on SP who have had success with it. I like to try new things, so I went for it. And when I tracked on SP I met all my nutrition goals, even sodium, as long as I avoided the salsa, ketchup and such flavorings they do allow. It was fun. Yummy -- far more tasty food than I was used to. It worked, too. Absolutely the easiest diet I have ever been on. They give you the plan. You buy the food. You eat the food, adding your own salads and veggies. I did 4 weeks only eating the JC food plan. I had no problem adhering to the plan. Then I started adding some of my own meals successfully. I have now bought no Jenny Craig foods for 2 weeks. In the 8 weeks I ate on Jenny Craig's plan I lost over 10 pounds. I've lost a couple more since. Probably the biggest thing it did for me was to reset my view of portions. It also helped me appreciate the help that truly tasty food is. It is much easier to stick to good portions when it is delicious.

When I eat the typical lunch I have eaten for much of my maintenance - plain whole grain (millet, quinoa or brown rice), plain beans (black, pintos, kidney, etc), plain veggies (asparagus, green beans, brussels sprouts, etc) with a little olive oil I want to overeat. Whereas JC's packaged foods are filling on fewer calories. And I always love getting to eat the whole thing, whether it is small or big. JC also allowed many more sweet treats than I had had for years and I enjoyed every bite. Perhaps because the sweets had fiber and protein they didn't seem to trigger more cravings, but seemed really satisfying. I ate many fewer bananas and much less fruit on JC. Hmm, how much will I add back?

So now it is a lot more work to plan and cook my own meals. I cook for hubby daily, often separate things, and for extended family at least once a week. I tend to just leave my food plain, which was great for anti-psoriasis, but I'm thinking I may need to spend more time taking care of myself. Some things are delicious just plain -- think raspberries. And some almost plain, like the haddock I had yesterday with a squeeze of lemon and a touch of sea salt and twist of ground pepper. I also created a quick delicious lunch yesterday from leftover whole wheat organic Alma spaghetti, veggies, and egg whites. I added one tablespoon of the low sodium teriyaki sauce, which I previously would have thought was unnecessary but added some good taste.



So after years of me thinking that any food that was not absolutely natural, unprocessed, and plain (lemon, garlic, herbs, spices allowed) was suspect, I am willing to change. I'm looking to balance my new-found desire for taste and convenience with my need for nutrition and fuel for my running.

I am looking for recipes, especially ones I can make big batch and freeze leftovers for me. And if my husband or daughter and her family would eat it, all the better. I expect the next couple weeks is going to be crucial to me figuring out if I can maintain this lower weight I really like!
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  • AQUAGIRL08
    You are on to something here. Have fun experimenting!
    870 days ago
  • SWEDE_SU
    fascinating the way you have had to move things around and shake things up - an experiment of one, and whatever works is indeed the way to go!
    870 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You are doing awesome working on taking care of you.
    870 days ago
  • HARRIETT14
    There are a lot of recipes on Spark that are for six and up people. I have made quite a lot of them and froze potions of them. There Edamame and Quinoa salad for lunches lasts a long time and is delicious. Now that you know which spices to use you can add them to any recipe that you try. I wish you the very best.
    871 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    This blog is right on... The food looks delicious.
    871 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    I am so glad the you were willing to make a change and that it helped you lose some more weight!
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  • _LINDA
    How absolutely fantastic it is to hear that no foods are off limits to you now, that you can enjoy all fruits or veggies. The nightshades are so nutritious! Its sounds like you have found your solution to being satisfied and that is more flavor.
    Hoping you find recipes that all can enjoy!
    871 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Brother this blog really made me think! Not sure what I will do with it but shall see.At the very least I will rethink what I am eating....think I may be sick of my usual and that is why the struggling noe....

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    871 days ago
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  • WATERMELLEN
    Super blog!! It seems to me that you are so busy "doing" for others -- including shopping and preparing and serving food for others that you can't eat yourself, and living in a house with a lot of snack foods you don't eat yourself -- that giving yourself that little treat of precooked foods just for you has to have felt good too!! And now you're thinking more about maxiyum! It doesn't all have to be plain plain plain to be healthy.

    One of the reasons I like pure vanilla essence. And ground cardamom. Yup, they ARE expensive but a tiny bit goes a long way in the flavour department!!
    871 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Your blog reminded me of some of the things I really liked about JC... convenience, foods I liked, and already portion controlled. But it is a lot more economical if we can learn to do it for ourselves!

    Plus, you made me think about when the flavors satisfy and not needing the volume when they do. That's a keeper!
    871 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    I see a real detective here at work and with the kind of thought you were putting into this I am confident you're going to find exactly what works for you.... emoticon ..( That plate of food looks delicious!)
    871 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    glad it worked for you!!
    871 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    I am so curious. How much time during the day/night do you think about dieting, weight and anything related to that...?
    871 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    It's very smart to recognize when change needs to happen.


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  • JEANKNEE
    Happy to hear the change has supported you and you've discovered some new things in the process. emoticon

    Were there certain JC meals that particularly appealed to you? Can you mimic them?
    871 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
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  • OHMEMEME
    Great thinking! Over the years I have had to change things up and rework my eating. Just when I think I'm balanced, I fall off the other end. I agree with everything you've said here. For example, yes to "clean" eating but it's not balanced if you don't get satiety from whatever it is you are eating. Yes to watching out for preservatives and packages but can be used within reason. Cut the sugar and carbs, yes. I can go without sweets for a period but cutting them out completely for a long period is impractical for me. Same with sauces and such... Balance and portion control are key. Clean eating is important. Gotta keep changing things up, yes! Also what works this day, week, month may not the next. We are all experiments of one with much shared likeness. We keep on figuring, configuring, and refiguring. Thanks for the share. Just hearing your perspective is motivating! emoticon
    871 days ago
  • GLORIAZ
    Good blog......you can also find a lot of good recipes on Pinterest, no matter what your weight loss plan might be. Portion size can be a problem, I know how much I can eat, but I always make more than I should, but leftovers can be nice too. emoticon
    871 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Sounds like a plan. Well done for eliminating the psoriasis. For some people it is stress related, apparently...
    871 days ago
  • KRISKECK
    And HUGE congrats on getting to where you want your be weight wise! I can hear the happiness in your writing - so happy for you!
    871 days ago
  • KRISKECK
    Sounds like more spices and herbs may be a welcome change, along with a little more variation. I have have a sweet potato chicken chili from Spark recipes that I love. I batch cook it. Natural with lots of flavor. Maybe things like that?
    871 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    Looks like you found something that truly works for you emoticon
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  • VISUALLYRICS
    emoticon emoticon on looking for balance....allowing yourself to adapt and seeing the BIG picture. I wish you the emoticon
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