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  1. I am the type of person who likes my coffee to taste like candy. Not crazy-style -- most mochas at Caribou or Starbucks are too much for me and I ask for them to cut the flavorings in half. Nevertheless, I always thought I couldn't handle a plain latte. When I calorie-counted in the past, I sacrificed an extra 130 calories per day so that I could add Monin coconut syrup and Ghiradelli sweet ground chocolate to my espresso and milk every morning. To me, it was totally worth it. In my mind, I couldn't drink coffee any other way. And hey, I could stay within my calorie goals even with this treat every morning, so why not? 

     

    When I joined Jenny Craig, I realized I had to give that up. Jenny Craig has no "limited free food" option for Monin syrup and Ghiradelli chocolate. It's not on the plan. Period. 

     

    I am a teacher and I had recently received a Christmas gift of Grey Duck Chai. Unlike some of the other brands that have a ton of sugar, one ounce of the chai mix had only 22 calories. So I decided to wean myself onto making a "Dirty Chai" in the morning. I did 1 spoon of Splenda, 1 oz of the Chai mix, and then added my espresso and 1 c of milk. Chai mix still isn't on the Jenny Craig plan, but at 22 calories, I counted it as a limited free food and didn't stress about it. 

     

    Then I ran out of Grey Duck Chai mix. 

     

    I figured it was working for me, so I'd just order some more. But in the meantime, I would try just adding an extra spoonful of Splenda as a substitute and see if that made it palatable. 

     

    Indeed, it did make it palatable! In fact, after a few days I decided not to even order the Chai mix. My new morning drink was espresso, milk, and Splenda. That's it. Sweet, flavorful, and 100% Jenny-approved! 

     

    Yesterday, I did a coconut mocha again. I had run out of coffee beans and couldn't make my espresso at home, so I decided to go to my favorite coffee shop and get my favorite drink. 

     

    It wasn't bad. But definitely not worth the calories. I have grown accustomed to my new beverage and I guess I just don't miss my old coffee drink. Yay for progress! 

     

     

  2. PushingForty

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    saraheileen76
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    Even though tonight I wasn't perfect (I made excuses for not feeling well and hardly eating during the day) tomorrow will be better in the health department.  I enjoyed the evening and I can't let anything ruin that!  Definitely still committed to my JC plan!!  

     

    Keep looking up, my fellow JCers!!

  3. Chestener
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    Marvelous Monday!  Yes. I hate that programming about Monday. 

    At any rate, its a lovely day out and I got in a mile. I was thinking how irksome 

    it is ...don't eat that, can't have this. Or if you do indulge it has to be some

    modified, paler, imitation. I don't want to be overweight and I also don't want 

    to not enjoy meals. Cause let's be real, more often than not those low cal etc

    imitations just don't do it and are overly sweet, sweeter than if you had eaten 

    the real thing.

    Take sugar, for me, I'll learn to deal with the real thing...rather than all the 

    substitutes. I have lived long enough for sweet n low and equal to be proven

    worse than and yet they are still on the table. No splenda or any of the others

    for me either. This is my blog and my thoughts, not knocking anyone and why 

    should I have to qualify my own opinion. No snark just this is my opinion.

    Ah well, 

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  4. Ms Jam
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    I posted about the scale on the forums when I first started Jenny Craig.  I dug around to find it - and want to keep it where I can find it easily - because the scale is the one thing that can ruin an otherwise good day, (even though I know the "truth" about the fickle scale).  She can be a real mood wrecker!  I have conversations with my scale.  I call her Lady Di (my short for obedience!).  (Well - in truth some days I call her the B word, or worse....).  I actually have conversations with Lady Di.  They go something like this:  "Come on Di, ... we're friends!!!!"  She usually says ... "It's not my job to blow sunshine up your arse."  Or I say, "I'm putting you in the corner, and that's where you'll stay until you change your mind."  She'll say, "why don't you put me in the kitchen, and then you can apologize".   Sometimes I'll jump on it and say, "Skinny Up!"  Sometimes I shout "Flab-U-Less!!", and of course there are times I mumble ... "What the ***#exploitive^***"

    And on and on go the scale conversations.

     

    But the truth is - I need to remember the TRUTH about this crazy relationship with the scale!

     

    Scale Weight = True Weight + Weight Variance (AKA weight of the annoying little gremlins that mess with your weight)

    One of the things I did to help me overcome my frustration with the "daily scale fluctuations" was to create a weigh in chart on graph paper - so that I could see the patterns over the period of a month. That completely changed my mind set on how our bodies deal with weight loss.  My chart bounces all over the place in a weeks time - but when I draw a line from the first of the month to the end of the month the line goes straight down!!  (well ... not straight down --- but one of those nice angles we use in geometry!)

     

    "Daily" Fluctuations are normal and has nothing to do with body fat.

    The things that make the scale bounce around are:

    Water Retention

    Water intake

    Excess Salt Intake

    Waste products

    Consumption of a late or bigger meal

    Constipation

    hormone changes

    Slow digestion

    Lack of a morning bowel movement

    Building muscle (lean muscle mass)

    Even if you have eaten more than you should, your TRUE body weight does not increase significantly over night. True weight gain or loss is a process that occurs over a longer period of time! This is key to remember!

    I wrote this down from some research I did on the subject:

    Mandatory Mind Training

    1. Recording daily weight is just DATA. Your "indicator" is looking at the data from one week increments.

    2. The best judge of your true body weight will be how your clothes fit, measuring your body fat % and measurements with a tape measure.

    3. Short term Fluctuations in body weight are caused by factors irrelevant to your long term progress!!

     

     

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  5. Ridiculous, right? I lost 0 weight the week before which is part of this equation, for sure. I may just have to go on vacation often.

    I went out to dinner. I snacked on veggies with a tiny taste of Humus... I did not have my JC desserts all nights. (One or two nights I did). I brought JC dressing with me. One night I had filet - and left half. Another night Branzino and ate every morsel. One nigh Salad with Salmon - always asked for stuff dry - it's just a meal... I am reading a book (Thanks Steph) and it says to be sure and take credit. So I guess I should. So credit:

    1) I did not eat anything from the bread basker

    2) I did have 1 bite of my friends desert... One bite that's it... Wow - who are you?

    3) I ventured way out of my comfort zone going away with people I barely knew...

    4) I at the JC Chicken salad (soooo not my favorite) for lunches on the course

    5)  I came home and resumed Jenny.... more or less - nice dinner out with a friend last night - where Likely I did overeat a bit.

     

     

    OK _ time to get back to exercising at the gym / I think I will work on eating less veggies while I cook. I make a mess of veggies to "volumize" but eating 5 carrots - is 150 calories? or even zucchini = it adds up and it is what I attribute my spectacular vacation success stories to - not eating too many "free" veggies and less bread/carbs than Jenny has. OOH also eating Barsoctti for breakfast at 160 calories vs JC fr toast (230 calories) all small ways to make a big difference.  I could adopt this for my breakfast -  but where's the fun in that? I am in it for the long haul... and JC french toast is 'da bomb.

     

    OK on my day off today :) So off to either plant flowers or clean out closet (making room for sister who is relocating to my place until her condo is renovated). She is super psyched to "diet" while staying with me  - so glad to have her participating in healthy style.

     

    Ciao everyone - a few photos of vacay - No cl;ue who this person is!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  6. Journey to a Healthier Me

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    Day two of Jenny Craig is winding down to an end.  It was challenging at times.  Even though I had ate, I wanted to eat more. It was as if I was craving for something. So I had to throw extra willpower to stick to the plan. The food is filling and is planned out for me. So it takes all the guess work out of what I need to do for the day.  I've been trying to lose weight for years. So now I recognize I need to take the burden of worrying about food away while I start this weight loss journey.  It has helped me to not constantly think about food. Like normal thoughts for me would be "what am I going to eat for the day" "how much should I eat" "I'm eating now, what am I going to eat later." "I'm still hungry maybe I should've ate something different..."

     

    Tomorrow will be day 3 and I'm going to incorporate 30 minutes of exercise. Plus a nice soothing bath, using my Lush Bomb.

     

    I'm currently 275 pounds. My mini goal is to get out the 270s and my JC goal is 230 to start. My ending goal is 150.

  7. Goal to a healthy BMI

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    Today I weighed in at 260 lbs which was great since I started at almost 280.  I am really excited and my BMI is under forty.  I remember when I was gaining weight steadily the last couple of years and when the scale first reached 260 how depressed and ashamed I felt.  I thought I would never get back to 200.  I remember how it felt when the scale said 280 and I thought I am going to three hundred pounds soon if I don't stop.  Now on the way down I won't forget how great it feels seeing that 260 again from the other side.  Next stop seeing that 250 again!

  8. YO YO Me

    Chrissie_Roberts
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    So, I guess not being motivated by the scales is still a work in progress for me.. Considering the title of this entry.. Hey, I said I'd work on it.. I am down two pounds, so a total of 12, which a amazing for me.. I find it very hard to lose weight.. I'm absolutely eating more on this plan than I was before, different things, and actually much more variety.. I'm finding I like things I didn't even know I liked.. Hummus? I didn't know I liked Hummus.. I love it! Who knew.. I think this whole community idea, and everybody talking about their stories is a good thing.. I relate to a lot of the posts, and realize my situation might not be specific to me at all, which is a good thing to know..

  9. Angela Macgillivray
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    I recently hit what I think (HOPE) is my rock bottom. My weight has been steadily increasing forever. I thought I had it somewhat under control, but after quitting JC prior to the summer I continued to gain. One day I stepped on the scale and the most upsetting thing happened. The scale registered at over 300 pounds. I stepped off and laughed. I laughed to cover the tears. I weigh 300 pounds. And I can see it in pictures. I can feel it in my clothes and in the difficulty I have carrying myself around. I am ashamed. But I'm also at a point where I call it as I see it. I'M FAT. I AM AN OBESE WOMAN. And if I don't do something I am going to have health and physical problems as I get older.

     

    My father is on a walker in his early 60's in a large part due to the damage his weight did to his body. I do not want that to be me. I need to figure this out. I don't know how to figure this out. What can't my brain wrap around the fact that I AM FAT AND IT IS MY OWN FAULT. I don't know where to start as far as fixing this issue. Diet and exercise. YES! It doesn't work. I doubt myself. I don't know enough. I think this 'one last bite' won't matter. What has to happen for me to fix this? I was considering gastric bypass but my insurance won't cover it. Short of hiring a personal chef/dietician I don't know what to do.

     

    I am overwhelmed. I am scared. I don't know what to do. I cannot see that scale continue to go up. I can't live like this anymore.

  10. Mb's blog

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    I knew the holidays was going to be rough.. and I went into the holiday season allowing myself to cheat a little.
    Find the hardest time is the weekends. 
    Started running out of breakfast options, because I would eat  that meal and an anytime bar, and then cheat during the holiday season for dinner, so went ahead and ordered some items for the next 2 weeks.
     

    My "coach/ counselor" is not for me..I find her pushy and annoying. I'm the kind of person who once you annoy me-- which 2 emails and 2 voicemails from her in the past day did for me... I kinda cut you off.
    She wrote that I would need to order food this past Friday for the next 2 weeks, when I just ordered $300 worth. When I brought that to her attention, she came off snarky with me.
    Also, having an appointment every week to talk with her, annoys me. Maybe she'll accept an email instead. I just hate the phone and really find her tone annoying.
     

    I'm starting my year off cranky.

  11. A reason to dream . . .

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    So here I am, sitting in my study in front of two ten feet over-sized windows. The window's true beauty is not its size, simple oak or oblong bronze hardware all the way from South Africa, it is actually how it captures the sun and pushes it through the pane. For a moment, the ray makes me forget that I've been perched between two internal translucent lingering fixtures in my life: a fear of failing and a dark cloak of anxiety. Before starting the day and setting to write my meal plan down I decided to take several deep breaths and pray to cling on to the good in everything around me.Why not. . . Finally, I decide that there's much to see and do and get the day started. 

     

    Today, I decide that the main thing that is brightly shining in my life is that I am starting a diet that may allow me to slip away from what has kept me divided from being healthier and happier for over a decade. "Could it finally be here, are things going to change for the better" I ask patiently? Without answering, I determine that I am just so glad that it is here and that I made this step: finally. It feels like greeting a familiar friend after several years or getting a package that's taken so long to arrive at your front door. It just feels good--  

     

    This is more than a diet . . . it's a new beginning for me. I know I can do this. I'm 190 and 5'4. I have too. I am not dreaming this is real.

     

    Thought to hold on today: "I never new the sun could shine on one pink flower and feel that warm through all that glass"  

     

     

              

  12. So the mystery behind my extreme overnight weight-loss is finally solved. Yesterday, my mother came to visit me and when she weighed herself, she was down 10lbs from her usual weight. Yes, my scale is the problem and yes, I guess I haven't reached my goal weight after all because I have 10lbs to go.

  13. BlueBlog

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     La forme vaginale exige un pénis de grande taille pour convenablement lui apporter le plus de satisfaction et apercevoir la vigueur  de son amant pendant le lien sexuel. Il est éminent de conserver une vie sexuelle épanouie et une partenaire comblée, il reste alors bien temps de rapidement agrandir le pénis vu que cela s'avère le premier handicap à la satisfaction. Cette situation pourrait sembler beaucoup plus sérieuse quand l'individu rate son choix et opte pour un soin qui ne serait pas certifié parmi les scientifiques et testés par plusieurs hommes.


     L'organisme de l'individu endure plusieurs changements au cours de la période d'adolescence, ceux-ci sont le résultat de la production des hormones dans l'organisme, et plus de désordres pourraient se manifester au cours de sa vie.

     

    Certains renversements comme par exemple le changement de la dimension de la verge, la poussée des poils sur plusieurs parties du corps, la survenue des premières érections, seraient l'effet de la sécrétion de l'hormone masculine dans le corps de la personne pendant la puberté. Plusieurs de ces bouleversements sont très associés à la circulation sanguine comme par exemple la dimension du pénis qui se trouve assez reliée à la pression du sang dans les vaisseaux du pénis.

     

    Seulement, le flux du sang ne se révèle jamais similaire à tous les individus, cela alors donne des proportions de verges qui ne sont pas identiques , et cela provoque le mécontentement de quelques hommes.

     

  14. In its own time

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    I've fallen off the wagon in the past three days since I last saw my JCC. I've eaten like a maniac because I've been having emotional turmoils. I'm supposed to be getting my period next week, and I get these insane cravings and it's like I don't realize what I'm doing until I've finished eating. I'm feeling so bad because I just weighed myself for the fun of it, and it says I have gained SEVEN POUNDS IN THREE DAYS?! It takes me WEEKSSS to lose that amount of weight. I don't know what to do anymore, and I honestly just feel like giving up at this point, how do I get back from that? I've been chastising myself since the first day it happened, but that hasn't stopped me from continuing down this path:unsure:. I'm feeling so sad about it, but that only leads me to continue emotional eating. How do I get back on track? I can't gain back all I've lost, I've worked so hard for it. 

  15. My Son & Me

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    Let me start off by saying I was nervous about my first weigh-in because I had started my cycle and that normally means a 3 lb weight gain!

     

    But I am DOWN !!    Here are my week 1 results vlog

     

    How did your week go?

     

     

    xo

    Melissa 

     

     

  16. GZBNura

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    Today started strong. It is boss's day on Sunday so my co-workers wanted to take our boss out to eat. I when and took my jenny lunch and ordered a garden salad, no dressing. Later, I was leaving my house for school and my car wouldnt start. I know nothing about cars. My car not working effects my whole life. Getting to work, going to school, going to the gym, going to my jenny appointment in 2 days. If the repair will cost alot (which most car problems do) having the money to pay for the food. Basically in that moment my whole life when up into a spiral of unknown and i just wanted to cave. Order a pizza or walk to taco bell and get comfort food but I when inside my house and still ate my jenny dinner and snack. I dont know whats going to happen at the moment but i can't let a bad day ruin my progress.

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  17. Aussie Katie

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    Hi guys,

    I started my first week with Jenny in South Australia. Tomorrow is my first ever weigh in. I am nervous and excited but have had my ups and downs this first week. I suffer from bad insomnia as i am a shift worker and when i don't sleep i sometimes make bad food choices by not eating all day and then having a high calorie dinner. Anyway i tried really hard this week and the one day when i screwed up i got my favourite take away food and i couldnt believe i was actually full from eating half of it, my stomach must of shrunk or something. I am back on track but really stressing i am not going to have a good weigh in as i had a few bad moments over the week. How is everyone else going? oxoxo

  18. BoomBoom

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    I am back on Jenny Craig and loving it... It works for me because i am a pet sitter and it is easily allows me to take my food with me.


    But,,,, i remember being on Jenny Craig a long time ago that i always had a problem with GAS..  Anyone else?? And what are you doing to stop it.

    HELP..

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    Camis
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    I have very little words to describe how happy I'm to be down 11 pounds. This journey has been difficult, but once I set my mind to do it, it has been very rewarding. Sure it has been hard that I can't go to my favorite cafes and get a tasty pastry and coffee... now I just get the coffee and drink it while I eat a protein bar and walk my baby around the city.

     

    Being pregnant wasn't easy for me, gaining 60 pounds was hard and the hardest part is looking at yourself in the mirror and not recognizing your own face. I can say I feel great about taking control of my life again. Having a three month old baby doesn't leave much time for me, but I feel this, Jenny is what I'm doing for myself and I treasure it.

     

    Life is good,11 pounds down 30 more to go!

  19. Two Days In :)

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    First Weigh In Was TODAY!  I've lost 8lbs so far!  I have a long way to go of course, my very first goal is to get under 300lbs, I am now at 360lbs.  I'm just on Cloud 9.  It's crazy because this is only my first week on JC and I'm already starting to change my whole outlook on food.  It's difficult at first but the results shows that it's completely worth it!  Plus for a diet, I really enjoy the food.  The small portions sometimes drives me crazy, especially on weekends, because weekends are usually when I feel like snacking the most but it's something that I just have to get used to :) It's all about portion control and making smart choices! which was my first lesson of the week. 

  20. Caroline Karwowski

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    When i began Jenny Craig i weighted 297.4. I began this journey with my set goal of 170lbs. Knowing that some day i can reach that goal gives me butterflies.

    during my first official weigh-in I  was 291.3. The shock that came to my eyes that I can accomplish losing that much weigh was unimaginable. Today when i went my weigh only dropped 2 pounds. though it wasnt much, i know i can do better. I set my goal for next week at 5 more pounds off. By being more activity, going on walks, swimming at the public pool nearby, dancing to music, and sitting to my plan i know i can accomplish this. We all have the choice to make a change and its up to us. 

     

     

  21. Just Tell Me What To Eat

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    The food is already delicious. I'm making meals an event rather than just a task. Today is Cinnamon Swirl French Toast and strawberries.

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  22. Going through renovation is never easy. Especially when it's of your own body. It is so great to see the before and afters of other people. Not so easy when you actually have to live the time between the two pictures yourself. The fact is, I made it through my first week, and had my first weigh in at the center. My scale at home tells me one thing, and the scale at the center tells me another. That is strange, but I understand it is not all that unusual. At home, I hop on the cruel flat truth teller in the morning. My appointment with my consultant was at 6 PM. So I have to account for all the water and food I ingested during the day. In any case, the results were still positive, and I lost weight. According to my scale, 4 pounds, and at the center, 3 pounds.

     

    When you think about it, the fact that different scales can say different things about the same body is actually kinda funny. Or at least curious. It reminded me that we can't really trust the human way of measuring and judging things. Or people, for that matter. Proverbs 16:11 says: "A just balance and scales belong to the LORD; all the weights of the bag are His concern." When God weighs somebody, He is checking their character. And that will be a precise measurement every time. We definitely do not want to be found deficient in His book. In Daniel 5:27, we read about a king who was found deficient in God's scale, because he had defiled the objects that belonged to God's temple, and he had not humbled himself before the Lord (Daniel 5:22-24). This King had brought the cups that belonged to the temple, and used them during a pagan party. If eating and drinking in honor of man made  idols while using God's vessels wasn't enough, that king was also reminded of how he had not worshiped the God in Heaven, and had not come to him in humble adoration.

     

    God takes His temple and all the things pertaining to it very seriously. I want to be found weighing just the right amount in God's scale. As for the unrealible human version, I hope to continue to see decreasing numbers each week. Since my body is His temple, I am sure God cares about both my spiritual and physical weight. As the verse in Proverbs said, He cares for "all the weights of the bag".

  23. Procyon4092
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    I woke up hungry this morning and that's a good thing.  It made breakfast so pleasurable and delicious...something to be savored and enjoyed, rather than something to wolf down because it's the time of the day to eat.

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    Please visit my weight loss journey blog at: http://xtinedanielle.com