The Fat Lady Sings

fat lady 2This post is not about a Wagnerian opera. It’s about me. I am the fat lady.

I joined Jenny Craig in late December when the director called, offering to waive the hefty sign-up fee. All I had to do was buy the food. I had talked to her in November, but I flatly refused to pay hundreds of dollars for the privilege of buying small frozen dinners and a printout of my meal plan for the week.

Four weeks later, and four pounds lighter, I don’t know if this diet is for me. I keep cheating. Just looking at another blue box of Jenny Craig fare makes me think about something better, fresher, and tastier. I have a cycle for most of my adult years: fat, fatter, then wham! thin. Repeat over twenty or thirty years.

Today, I started the day with 2 scones and a cup of Earl Grey tea after dropping off my car at Tire Kingdom. The scones were not low-cal, but they were free. My sister owns a tea shop. Then I walked to a local farmer’s market.

I purchased organic rye bread, a small wheel of goat cheese, and a beef bone. After walking around the center of town for 30-40 minutes, I waited at the tea shop for my ride back to the mechanic shop.  For lunch, I had slices of rye, a smidgen of cheese, and 1/2 an orange. The dog got the bone.

Lucky dog, he is. He has trouble keeping weight on his frame. You can feel his ribs easily. The German Shepherd chases squirrels out of the backyard. If I were to adopt his program, my neighbors might call social services.

Instead, I am walking daily, almost an hour most days. Sometimes I take the dog with me. I feel like the squirrels need a moment of peace.

Tonight,  I will eat home-cooked lentils simmered in coconut milk, served with purple glasses me2rice and  broccoli. I have a box of oranges from my mom’s trees. I picked them a few days ago. They are mind-altering, fantastically fresh and delicious. An orange will be on the menu for dessert, I think.

Jenny would not approve. After all, I am not buying her over-priced frozen entrees.  I think this way of eating, fresh foods rich in protein, fiber and vitamins, may be the key to staying thin for life. I will let you know. It’s not over.

6 thoughts on “The Fat Lady Sings

  1. I lost 50 pounds about 10 years ago without any program. I was seeing a dietitian (my insurance paid for it), and she put me on a 1200 calorie diabetic diet. The first couple of days I thought I was going to die & had a horrible headache, but was never hungry & didn’t have any cravings after that. Oh, and I was supposed to walk 30 minutes/day…that was it, only 30 minutes, but sometimes I cheated and didn’t do that.
    Good luck! 🙂


  2. You can do it! Walking is a great exercise. I try to take smaller portions on a smaller plate and never go back for seconds…I realized I was doing a lot of extra eating when I put the food away after dinner…oh the habits we have. Good luck, a program isn’t necessary.

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  3. laurie,

    your lentil soup sounds wonderful and it makes me hungry. thanks for a good laugh-i could just see you chasing squirrels in your yard-then again, that wouldn’t seem that abnormal, unless you got down on all four like your dog 😉

    congrats on your 4 lb. loss. i know 1 lb. a week may not seem like much to you but it’s healthier than losing a lot, which we eventually put back on. i’m trying to lose 10 in the next 5 weeks so i can fit into a formal, but doubt i’ll succeed. guess i need to be more positive.

    yes, the health issues continue-seems like the past 3 years it’s been one thing or another. some are hereditary, some age related, some caused by stupidity-like when i was doing such a strict diet that i fainted and cracked 4 ribs. but luckily, i am still alive and kicking.

    take care and have a nice week. have a bowl of that lentil soup for me, will you?



    1. Teresa, be careful. A cracked rib in the wrong place could lead to injury of other organs. I didn’t do the lentils last night. I couldn’t find an onion. However, I did eat a healthy dinner anyway.


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