Almost everyone who has dieted or tried to live a healthier lifestyle, backslides now and again. At the end of July after some stomach issues and a few setbacks, I decided I needed to take a "break". Yes, I know..big mistake thinking I could just take a break from being healthy! Now I didn't gain back a lot. I gained back a total of 6 lbs, HOWEVER, I noticed a big difference overall. I felt myself getting down in the dumps more and felt guilty every time I did indulge in a particular food. So I was off Jenny Craig for a total of 8 weeks. I completely lost all interest in volumizing my foods with veggies and instead indulged in the occasional stop off at the drive through of McDonalds. I wish I could say I had some sort of epiphany, however it wasn't like that. I had been looking for a treadmill for a while and when the opportunity presented itself I finally bit the bullet and spent the money on a great Nordic Track! I began working out in 2 sessions, once in mid morning and another hour in the latter part of the afternoon. Within a week I was feeling better and ready to commit myself back to Jenny Craig. I called last week and my food arrived on Tuesday of this week and Wednesday (yesterday) was my NEW start date.
I want to say it's great and I'm doing great, but I'm not. I am HUNGRY again. I know I have to get used to this again, it passed the first two weeks last time i went on JC, so I'm trying to hang in there. As mentioned previously over the last months, I have NES and yes, that has kicked in to full gear. I have gotten up 3 nights in a row, several times, I might add and ate my Jenny Snacks. Not such a bad thing right? WRONG.. I didn't eat just one. In 3 nights, I ate 6 of them. NOTE TO SELF FOR NEXT WEEK.. NO ORDERING JENNY CRAIG SNACKS. That's it.. I can't have them in the house, I can't order them, my consultant is just going to have to get over that fact. :)
So I'm sure people want to know what will be different this time, I honestly can't answer that yet. I have not given myself up to this new commitment 100%, BUT, I AM GOING TO TRY. I'm going to start with a simple daily goal of using my treadmill for at least 1 hour a day. That will be my goal for now. I'm going to try and do this on a day-by-day basis and see where I am in a few days or next week. I'm also going to add MORE veggies to my Jenny Craig meals. I'm going shopping today and I promise myself to ONLY buy healthy veggies to go with my meals.
For anyone else who seems to fall into a rut, it's normal, your normal, and it will pass. Just forgive yourself and decide to re-start, NO it's never easy getting back into this, I'm not going to tell you it is. When I went off Jenny and told myself I needed a break, I was only thinking of a week or two, however it turned into 2 months and everyday I would say, I will start tomorrow. Only tomorrow didn't come until just recently. I can do this.
My armband is on and I'm going to finish out this week just focusing on getting my activity level to where it was before or better. On Monday I will begin logging my food. I'm still keeping to the Jenny Craig menu and checking things off as I eat throughout the day. I'm also marking down my water intake as that's another thing I hope to improve.
To myself: Welcome Back!