Haven’t written in a while…I have been busy putting dresses on princesses from these Disney sets The Princess got for her birthday. The dresses are made of rubber, and she can’t really put them on the dolls by herself. Though she can take them off like nobody’s business. The sets are great. I’d say she spends 70-80%
of her playtime imagining with them. I had bought her a small Snow White set at the grocery store last month that came with two outfits and a little Dopey doll. No idea what’s become of Dopey. Her aunt and uncle got her more expanded sets of Sleeping Beauty and Belle, each of which came with three outfits and some other accessories like Mrs. Pots and Chip, the teacup. Then yesterday, we were shopping for gifts for upcoming events, and she came across a Cinderella set. I don’t really like to buy stuff “off-holiday,” but I buckled yesterday because she was so excited about how this set came with Prince Charming. Plus, like I said, she plays with it almost all day. So, I caved. And it is pretty cute seeing her imagine them dancing together, humming her off-key, awkward-rhythm waltz.
The only slightly negative thing I have to say about them is that every dress comes with a matching pair of shoes that don’t stay on too well. We have probably lost a third of them so far. I’m sure if we busted open the vacuum cleaner bag, we would find them.
Speaking of toys — have you ever experienced a kids game called Lucky Ducks? It’s kind of like the duck pond you would find at a carnival, only there’s no water, and the ducks go around in a motorized circle, making repetitive and squeaky quacking sounds as they do. The object is to find four ducks with the same color on their bottoms. The Princess is playing it right now. I’m telling you, if we took a few of these games down to Guantanamo, and fired them up, we’d be able to find Bin Laden within an hour.
Though I am sure the use of this game is outlawed by the Geneva Convention.
In other news, the diet continues. So far, I have lost 7 pounds, which is motivational for the continuation. But you know, I still think about the money. Maybe it’s the part of me that’s always been broke, (a sense I will probably never shake — which I am sure is somewhat comforting to Manfrengensen) but I think, yeah that’s great, but what is it, like fifty bucks a pound?
But I feel good, I must say. I do see a bit of a difference in my carriage. Yesterday I actually found an outfit that fits me nicely (though it will look infinitely better with a little tummy control) which is good because in the coming weeks I have many social engagements, baby showers, baptisms and the like. And of course you know that when you look good, you feel good, dahling.
I have tried a few other things on the menu, and I would like to tell you that if you are planning to do Jenny Craig, you should avoid the Breakfast Scramble. It’s like an egg and cheese thing served over diced potatoes. In general, I don’t like to mix my egg and potatoes in a hash-like state, but that wasn’t the worst of it. I think it was the cheese…too tangy? Or maybe it was the turkey bacon cubes…too smokey? I don’t know. Not for me.
Good stuff though — Chocolate Walnut Brownie. Too small. But brownies always are.
So, yesterday I began the full Jenny experience. Started the morning with the Breakfast Stuffed Sandwich, which is basically a Hot Pocket filled with egg, cheddar and smoked ham. Not the most tasty thing I have ever eaten, but I’m not a fan of the Hot Pocket in general. I left about 1/4 of it on the plate. What I really wanted was the Sunshine Sandwich, which is like a turkey McMuffin, but they were out of that. Should have opted for cereal or something…maybe if I add some hot sauce or something next time? I also had some OJ as my fruit serving (1/4 cup) as I seem to be coming down with a cold, and that always helps.
For lunch, I had a salad with the Jenny Asian Sesame dressing. Not impressed by that. Too much soy, I think. In the future, I think I will do my own lo-cal dressings, as the selection at Jenny is limited. Also had the chicken sandwich. Probably would have been better if heated in toaster oven rather than microwave. But, I had been out all morning, and forgotten to eat the morning snack (more fruit) so that by the time lunch came, I was ravenously hungry. Toasting would have taken thirty minutes, and microwave took like two minutes, so you know which way I went. The bun came out a bit soggy, so I toasted it after. The chicken came out a little rubbery as well, though I kind of expected that. The honey mustard sauce that came with it was okay. I ate it like a stray dog since I was so hungry, but honestly, I don’t think I will be getting this for lunch again.
Mid-afternoon, I enjoyed the Jenny Anytime Bar in chocolate peanut butter flavor. It was okay, with an interesting texture to prolong the chewing experience. Just kidding, it actually wasn’t bad as far as protein bars go.
Tonight there were chicken fajitas, which were actually quite tasty, plus I was allowed to put taco sauce on them, so they were even more enjoyable. There were two of them, and you heat the chicken, peppers and onions in a skillet with the powdered flavoring for five minutes and then roll them up in small tortillas. Overall, very satisfying.
All in all, I have to say, I wasn’t too hungry between the meals. I was allowed to have two fruits and pretty much carte blanche in the veggie dept. For lunch, I added the salad, and that kept me afloat for the better part of the afternoon.
In the evening I got a snack, chocolate graham twists. Now, on the package, they look a bit like chocolate covered pretzels. There are some shiny looking twists there, so I was expecting a carob-coated-chocolate like experience. In actuality, they were a pretzel-shaped-teddy-graham like substance. Not bad. A bit drier in texture than a teddy graham, but okay.
This was kind of a different day because we were busy in the evening with soccer practice and a meeting at Edison’s school. Manfrengensen had leftover chicken for dinner and the kids got chicken with their favorite (the only thing they all agree on) mac-n-cheese. Tomorrow will be more challenging as I will need to cook for all four of them in addition to making my own meal.
I also drank a good deal of water during the course of the day. It wasn’t bad, though I woke up hungry in the night. I’m thinking this is just an adjustment to diet mode. My body is still asking for more than the 1200 calories I gave it yesterday because it is used to being fed on demand. But I stepped on the scale this morning, and there was a difference (minus two pounds from Monday). Maybe some of that is the concerted effort I made before I started, and maybe some is Jenny, but I’m happy. Seeing the lower number on the scale is always motivational.
It’s time to start getting healthy. Not that I am fat, or have a bad body image, but in the last year, I have put on almost 20 pounds, and the extra weight is affecting my health. It’s not really image that bothers me, although I was left kind of withered when the Wii Fit told me I was what the boys pronounce as “obsees.” I’m only a few points over on the BMI scale, but I don’t want to slide any further.
After seeing the doctor a month ago and finding out that my lab work was funky in the cholesterol and triglyceride departments, I decided to make some changes. But change has been slow. I’ve tried cutting certain things from my diet with little measurable success. A few years ago, after The Princess was born, I did the South Beach Diet, which I was successful with. I think I lost about forty pounds. But you know, the thought of going back on…it’s a hard diet. There’s a lot of denial involved. And life without carbs is a tortuous fate for me. I mean, I hated feeling guilty about wanting a piece of toast for breakfast.
So, anyway, I decided to try Jenny Craig. I had done Jenny Craig in the 1990’s to drop 20 pounds before my wedding, and had been very successful. My dad and his wife got me into it, and they paid all the fees and for all the food I ate while I was on the program. I think it’s going to go well, but I have to say — it’s expensive. Like, eyes-pop-out-of-your-head-like-a-cartoon-character-when-you-get-the-bill expensive. Gotta drop the weight fast because I don’t think I can afford to be on it for more than a few months…
I like the variety of the food and all. And I like having the meals all planned out for me. I will try to keep a little record here about my progress.
In other news:
Some things I saw in my travels today:
Woman walking the halls of the hospital I visited who was wearing a Red Foxx t-shirt. She was walking toward me, this big red T-shirt. She was a big, tall lady. His face was printed on the shirt in white. I thought to myself, “Is that? Is that Redd Foxx?”
Guy working the pharmacy counter who was wearing a pre-fixed tie like the ones I’ve bought for my boys. You don’t tie it…it’s like this kind of zipper aparatus that tightens or loosens it.
Hey, I don’t know if you saw Mad Men this week, but it was a really good episode. Next week’s looks good as well. Can’t wait!