11/20/15 Katie's Healthy Eating Journal: Sunday

by Katie (Jenny Craig 2009 Poster Girl) 21. November 2014 08:03

I've really been bothered and stumped by the fact that I gained last week after doing a day on my own.  To be honest, it freaked me out and made me want to just stop.  Switching over to foods on your own is scary in itself and then having your consultant want to up your calories to 1500 gives me extra anxiety.  Moreover, I decided NOT to do the 1500 caloric diet and just stick to 1200 until the holidays are completely over.  I have to manage the extra calories I'm going to be having from Thanksgiving until New Year's.  I have a social event that revolves around food pretty much every weekend until NYE.  So I want to be smart about what I'm changing over the next few weeks.  I'm going to discuss with my consultant about doing 1200 calories on my own first coupled with the added calories from the holidays.  Then, once I've become more confident in this eating on my own thing I'll up my calories to 1500 to start true maintenance. 

Back to the issue that I gained after one day on my own.  Throughout the day I had only had pumpkin oatmeal, my two fruits and milks, 2 egg whites, 2 slices of bread, one cheese stick, 3 oz. shrimp, 1/2 c pasta, tsp. olive oil, my salad with low-fat dressing, and Jenny Cheesecake.  I thought I'd followed everything to perfection.  I'm supposed to have 6 starches throughout the day:  2 from oatmeal, 1 from the 2 slices of bread, 2 from the 1/2 cup of pasta, and 1 1/2 from the cheesecake.  I was over by just a half.  I had my necessary milks and fruits.  I needed 6 oz. of meat for whole day:  1 from egg whites, 2 from cheese stick, and 3 from the shrimp.  I am supposed to have a total of 3 fats which I also had:  1 from light dressing, 1 from tsp. of olive oil, and 1 from cheesecake.  See why I was confused...I had everything planned meticulously.  BUT, I came to a realization today...I happen to be glancing at my Jenny "cheat book" of what all the servings are exchanged for...and a 1/2 c of pumpkin is a STARCH.  I was having almost FOUR starches just for breakfast!  So in total I had actually had 8 starches which is even more starches than the 1500 caloric diet (they recommend 7).  All these exchanges are quite confusing.  I'm probably confusing you aren't I?  Once I get the hang of this and you want to try my diet you should do what my consultant advised me to do:  begin printing out each day's journal of food and store them in a binder.  Then, when I plan my meals for the week I can refer to my print outs so I don't have to recreate from scratch everytime until I get this stuff.  The goal is for it to become habitual so I don't need a guide anymore. 

Breakfast - (lol, I think today's exchanges are correct)

1/4 cup Break-free eggs (1 meat)

1 oz. Kroger Turkey Sausage (1 meat) - this was the leanest sausage I could find for only 4g of fat and 180 cal.  But this was for a serving size of two sausages and for 1 oz. that was 1 and 1/4 sausage)

2 slices of sugar-free 40 calories per slice bread (1 starch)


1 cup coffee with 2 tsp. fat-free creamer (1 milk)

Snack -

JC Anytime Bar (1 milk)

Lunch -

1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese (2 meats)

100 calorie Whole Wheat Bagel Thin (1 starch) with 5 squirts of Spray Butter (1 fat)

Steamable Brussel Sprouts

Snack -


Dinner -

Fish and Chips (2 oz. of fish and 2/4 cup of sweet potatoes (chips) is 2 starches, 1 fat from oil to cook fish)


Salad (mixed greens, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms) 2 tbsp. light dressing (1 fat)

Snack -

JC Triple Chocolate Cheesecake (1 1/2 starches and 1 fat)


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