Monday, November 25, 2013


Well, not really..........
But she has gone out of my life until after the new year.

I just can't afford Jenny Craig and Christmas at the same time.

The food is pretty expensive.  That may be why it works.   One should be able to do the exact same thing (and lose the same amount of weight) with Lean Cuisine as with Jenny Craig.  But where as an average Lean Cuisine meal is approximately $3; an average Jenny Craig meal is approximately $5.

I think that added cost may be why I can stick to a plan of Jenny Craig meals better than I can stick to a plan of Lean Cuisine meals.

In my 'old' life - meaning married - I could afford to be on Jenny Craig through the holiday season.  But, looking at my finances this year, I realized that Jenny Craig would seriously impact the amount I have to spend on presents and on going to Texas after Christmas.

The people I love - and that I give to - probably wouldn't even notice the difference.  But I would.

So, I'm just going to try to stay conscious, vigilant, EMOTIONALLY AWAKE by blogging.

We'll see.  I'm not feeling too sure of myself.  Or competent.  Or motivated.  Or capable.

But I will keep trying.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WEEK 1 WITH JENNY CRAIG (and a little help from a colonoscopy)

Tomorrow, I go see my Jenny Craig consultant again.  (Who happens to be a little tiny teeny bopper who has probably never weighed more than 105 and thinks that I'm older than her great grandmother.  But that doesn't bother me.  Really.                                  REALLY. )

I feel like this week has been successful.  I've figured out which Jenny Craig foods I like, which ones work with my lifestyle, and - since I'm only doing it five days a week - I haven't gotten tired of it.  Yet.

Here's my favorites:
1.  Breakfast Scramble - eggs, cheese, potatoes, peppers.....yum..
2.  Cheesy Potatoes and Chicken - oh my, it's like one of those bowls from Kentucky Fried Chicken.  And just as good! (nearly)
3.  Tuna Salad
4.  Chicken Salad - I make both the tuna and the chicken salads into sandwiches with low calorie bread and low cal cheese.  These work into my lifestyle best - for lunch.  The salads actually come with crackers and applesauce but that feels too much like DIETING to me.  I want sandwiches.  I NEED sandwiches for my emotional wellbeing.
5.  Chicken Fajitas - my favorite because it's MEXICAN FOOD!
6.  White Cheddar Popcorn - tastes JUST LIKE Smart Food.  Do you know Smart Food?  Amazing, addictive cheesy popcorn.  I've been known to eat the whole big bag.  Luckily, the Jenny Craig version only comes in a small bag.

Other stuff is good but those are my favorites.

This week, I'm going to try some new stuff.  I'm going to try Florentine Breakfast Pizza,  Sunshine Sandwich, Stuffed Shells, Beef and Barley Soup, Roasted Turkey Medallions, Fish and Chips, and Salisbury Steak.

Yesterday, B and I finished cleaning out Dianne's storage locker and shopped.  We ate out twice.  Both times, I did OK.  Even though I wasn't "with" Jenny C, she was still on my mind.  At lunch, we ate at Chili's and I had the lighter version of salmon with rice and veggies.  And for dinner, we went to Subway.

My scales say that, since hanging with Jenny C, I've gone from 233.5 to 228.

(With a little help from my other friend, Dr. Rowberry, but WE WILL NOT COUNT ON HIM FOR REGULAR HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Jenny B.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Jenny Craig Is My Friend

I have a young friend named Elissa.   A couple of years ago when she was about five or six, she sang a song to a mutual adult friend of ours.  She sang...
"Donna Schaferrrrr is our friennnnnnnddddddddddd, Donna Schaferrrr is our friennnnnnddddddddddd..."

This morning, her tune has been going through my head with the words changed to "Jenny Craigggg is my friennnnnddddddddddddd,  Jenny Craiggg is my friennnnnddddddddddd..."

And here's why.

This morning I weighed 228.  That's down from 233.5 last Wednesday.  Of course, the colonoscopy helped but I think it's really because I've embraced my friend,  Jenny Craig.

I thought I was going to take a two day break from her.  But this morning, I ate the first Jenny Craig product that I didn't like.  Cheddar Cheese Omelet.   Something I love in real life but something that Jenny C just really doesn't know how to make.

She uses really yucky cheese.

But, I'm not mad at her.  And I'm happy with me.

Thanks to her.

And now I'm gonna go decorate my Christmas tree.

Jenny B.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

YIKES! Jenny C is not around this weekend!

When Jenny Craig and I started hanging out this time, we decided to only hang out 5 days a week (so we wouldn't get too tired if each other too quickly).  So today, she's gone.   And I'm about to go out to breakfast with my other friends!
So, in hopes of being accountable, I'm telling you guys what I'm going to eat.   I'm going to order scrambled eggs and one piece of toast.  I'm going to ask for a side of mayo and make myself a scrambled egg sandwich.  I going to try to con one of my friends out of ONE piece of their bacon.  I'm going to take my "splurge" - my peppermint mocha creamer - to really enjoy my coffee.  

I'll let you know how it goes......    Wish me luck!

Friday, November 8, 2013


Today is my third day of hanging out with Jenny Craig.

Day 1 - I stayed on plan.

Day 2 - I prepped for a colonoscopy so was off plan.  No food, but lots of surgary drinks - 2 Gatorades, 2 glasses of Tang, a Ginger Ale, and a gallon of that horrible bowel prep that I'm sure has sugar in it.

Day 3 - I weighed 229.5!  However, I'm sure that's because there was nothing in my system.

Here's there the pride comes in:  I have to have a colonoscopy every three years because of polyps. After my last one was over, I immediately went to a Mexican restaurant and pigged out - cheese enchiladas with an egg, beans, posole, guacamole and chips, sopapillas, ketchup, honey........

This time, I felt a great need to celebrate because, for the very first time,  I didn't have any polyps and don't have to have another colonoscopy for FIVE years!

I wanted to go out to eat.
I wanted to go out to eat JennyBranchNeil style.
You know, no holes barred.
Mexican food, Dairy Queen pumpkin pie blizzard, BBQ sandwich and fries, chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes - all the things I thought about last night when I wasn't thinking about barfing.

But...... I chose to come home and hang out with Jenny C.  I had Jenny C tuna salad on reduced calorie bread, salad, and Jenny C chips.

And now, I have.....


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Me and Jenny C

Let me make the introductions.....

Jenny, I'd like you to meet my blog friends. 

Blog friends, I'd like you to meet my friend, Jenny Craig.

I don't know who that man is with Jenny but I want him.  Does he come with the diet?  He was not in the bag of food I picked up last night.

But, I did pick up my first bag (this time) of Jenny Craig food.

I have to qualify that statement with "this time" because, as you know, this is not the first time I've hung out with Jenny.  I first met her 20 years ago, when Donna and I joined during the spring before my 40th birthday.  Both us Jennys looked much younger then.  (Or are we plural Jennies?)

I also learned last night that, the last time I hung out with Jenny, I actually weighed 256.5 pounds!!!!!!!

So...... ........ things could be worse.

This morning, I weighed 233.5.
29 pounds MORE than what I got down to last year.
also, 11 pounds LESS that what I got up to last year.

I can choose which one of those to focus on.....  Right now, I choose to focus the fact that I could of weighed more.  Lots more.

This morning for breakfast, I had Ranchero Breakfast Skillet - a nice frozen microwavable meal of potatoes covered with eggs, cheese, onions, and peppers.  It was really good.

Here's lunch....  I realize the presentation is somewhat lacking, but I AM an overeater.

Presentation smezsentation.

And, yes, I will eat the green beans out of the can with Tabasco Sauce poured on them.

And guess what hanging out with Jenny has made me want to do??  She and I are going to go to Curves together this afternoon after work!!  Just for a little bit.  She wants to go longer but I told her that, today, I gotta go slow. 'Cause it's been a looooonnnnnnnnggggg time.

It's great to have a friend who supports you and makes healthy food for you and has your SAME NAME!  Even if she's invisible!!!

Jenny B

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello From The Bottom

Heyyyyy!  Can you hear me up there?????

I'm down here at the bottom.  Not sure it's THE bottom, but it's A bottom.
And I hope it's mine.....

I don't want to talk about what happened to my motivation.
I don't want to talk about how I wallowed in a sea of binge eating and self-loathing.
I don't want to talk about the fact that there really hasn't been much self-loathing - - - not near as much as there should have been.
I don't want to talk about the fact that I've actually been happily stuffing my face with little thought about weight gain, health, goals, looks, etc.
I don't want to talk about the fact that I found an app on my phone where I can make my face look skinnier and, for awhile, I thought that might be an answer to my problems. (Until I realized that I actually see people in person, too.)

 See, big cheeks here.....

Wah-lah!  Big cheeks GONE!

I want to talk about my new best friend, Jenny Craig.  She and I have known each other for a lonnnnngggg time.  We actually have a love/hate relationship.

I have actually been a really BAD friend to her.  I invite her into my life, we start hanging out, then I abandoned her because she - well, she just gets boring and she puts a damper on my social life.
She really can't help it - it's just who she is.

But I need her now.  And I'm going to try to be a better friend to her.  I'm going to include her in my daily life - even in the times that I'm socializing with my other friends.  I'm even going to invite her to Thanksgiving dinner.

So, I'm going to go pick her up this afternoon in Santa Fe and we are going to be BEST BUDS!!!!!!!

I'm also going to start blogging again so you, too, can learn to love Jenny C as much as I do.

We'll be the Four Musketeers.
Big Jenn
Little Jenny
Jenny C

And we're gonna have FUN!!!!!!

Were there 4 or 3 musketeers?  I forget....