Friday, January 14, 2011

In Pursuit of my Mojo!

Mojo may refer to:

* Mojo (African American culture), a magical charm bag used in voodoo
* a slang word for self-confidence, self-esteem or sex appeal

Adorable little Polar's Mom summed it up so perfectly in her comment of my last post: I seem to have lost my Mojo! I'm not sure where it went but I am sure I'll find it zippity quick and be back to my usual sassy self in no time flat!

I had my Jenny consult this morning and it was no surprise that I didn't lose, but I had expected a gain and was quite pleased when Alice announced, "you maintained." Music to my ears after the tough week I had. I did a bit of soul searching and think I figured out what I did "wrong" last week.

As you know, I met my halfway goal which meant I could start incorporating some Meals on my Own (MOMO) and Days on my Own (DOMO) into my plan. I was so excited about cooking not only for my family but also for myself, but unfortunately I hadn't really gotten the portion thing under control and my own food triggered some eating patterns in me that I haven't experienced since Jenny. I felt off track, out of control, and just plain not happy.

Looking back, I realize a couple of things I did that didn't work for me. First, I decided to do both DOMO over the weekend. Bad idea. The weekends are already less structured and adding the confusion of Exchanges, etc. just threw me for a loop. Also, having never really done MOMO before now, at least not officially, two days on my own in a row was too much.

So, this week I have it planned differently. Instead of DOMO, I'm doing a couple of MOMO. I bought 5 days worth of food this week and will integrate those with my own meals and see how that goes. I have a Jenny cookbook and plan to make a couple of my family's meals from there, portioning out the proper amounts and serving them restaurant-style. Any leftovers will be measured out into individual containers and either refrigerated or frozen, my own little Jenny Cuisine boxes. (Thank you, Catherine, for this great idea!)

Also, I need to get back on track with my exercise so I added a couple of new playlists to my i-pod and am gonna hit the road this evening. Sorry, Loki, you'll need to stay home, Mama needs some time to herself!

Now, here's some TGIF fun for you. This "game" is floating around blogland, I found it on Fat, Angry Blog as well as other places, thought I'd try it here myself....

30 days of photos - Day 1

1. A picture of yourself and 15 facts:

1. I am 46 years old
2. I am a Leo (and even if the new zodiac had altered that, I'm not buying it)
3. I was a preemie, born 3 weeks early, weighed in at 4 pounds 12 ounces.
4. Kali, my first daughter weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces. She was 6 days late.
5. My parents were divorced before I was born (don't ask) and my mom remarried (a couple of times) so I now have a big ol' blended family!
6. I have 3 daughters from 2 different husbands but am now happily shacking up sans the legal stuff
7. I reconnected with my high school sweetheart after Divorce #2. We've been living together in non-marital bliss ever since (see above)
8. I love to cook but I refuse to believe that has anything to do with me gaining weight. Cooking didn't get me fat, eating did!
9. I love animals of all kinds. Especially cats. And wolves. (Loki made me add that)
10. I love to read and am starstuck by authors much more so than actors.
11. My mother died of lung cancer on February 4, 2009. It's not a happy fact but it is very much a part of who I am. (if you're a smoker, rest assured I'm gonna nag you go quit).
12. I love the color red. Big time.
13. I guess it goes without saying that I adore pin-ups.
14. I wear heels whenever possible, the higher the better, flats only when necessary and sneakers only when exercising. Otherwise, I'm barefoot.
15. When I was a little girl my mom forced me to have a pixie cut. It was not flattering. I eventually forgave her but in rebellion I grew my hair long..and longer..and still longer. I've recently cut it to a more manageable length more suited to an..ahem..woman of my age but you'll never see it shorter than it is right now. Rapunzel forever!

Still to come:

2. A picture of you and person you’ve been the closest with the longest

3. A picture of the cast of your favourite show

4. A picture of your night

5. A picture of your favorite memory

6. A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day

7. A picture of most treasured item

8. A picture that makes you laugh

9. A picture of a person who has gotten you through the most

10. A picture of the person you do the most fucked up things with

11. A picture of something you hate

12. A picture of something you love

13. A picture of your favourite band or artist

14. A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without

15. A picture of something you want to do before you die

16. A picture of someone who inspires you

17. A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

18. A picture of your biggest insecurity

19. A picture of you when you were little

20. A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

21. A picture of something you wish you could forget

22. A picture of something you wish you were better at

23. A picture of your favorite book

24. A picture of something you wish you could change

25. A picture of your day

26. A picture of something that means a lot to you

27. A picture of yourself and a family member

28. A picture of something your afraid of

29. A picture that can always make you smile

30. A picture of someone you miss

So, doesn't that sound like fun? You may end up knowing much more about me than you ever thought you would..or cared to. *wink*

Have a Wonderful Weekend! TGIF!


  1. Cool stuff. Yes, I was in your position last week, and had been for a while. I think your plan to overcome is great-and for me it seems little results or doing well each day stack up and feed into the MoJo, until it feeds itself. I found that I really need to regulate weekends, too, as two off days in a row can derail my MoJo and then my week is shot-not that I'm complaining that weekends are two days! ;-) And I really need you to help me work on wearing heels. I LUUUURVE shoes and have many rockin' heels, but I think I need training first!

    Polar's Mom

  2. Um I think I will pass on the game. I don't even know that much about me. But I will say that what I have learned is that making life patterns is important. Maybe talk to jenny about how you are supposed to live the rest of your life. ONLY with Jenny? I don't think that's realistic but most addicts (not saying you are a food addict but the analogy applies I think) cannot let even one drop of the drug back or it is OVER. So what do we do? I don't know. I guess I am trying to come up with a routine that incorporates my passionate journey with some realistic eating and living patterns - hard hard hard. It will be a work in progress.

  3. Oh yeah - send me MOJO (from up at the top of your page) !!!!!!

  4. Hey, even maintaining is an accomplishment when you are having a bad week. Kudos to you. I feel like alot of bloggers have been having rough weeks! Whats up with that?

  5. These are so interesting! I get a weirdly almost perversely voyeristic pleasure in reading these little facts people post about themselves, its in a nutshell. Neat stuff. Anyways, hope all is going well, and just wanted to let you know I've posted your blog as one of particular interest on my own! Keep it up, that picture of you is stunning!