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#675252 Vote this post up! What the heck is that? Know I know and want you to kn...

Posted by barb_ on 09 September 2012 - 12:06 PM

You know, when I joined the forums, I didn't understand much about them. Call me old or something. So, one day I was looking at my profile and saw this number beside it. It said excellent. What the heck did that mean? So, I privately sent a message to one of my friends here, Melissa, and asked her. What is that number for?

She came back and was laughing. She said that you can appreciate a post and click on the green arrow to the right of a post, at the bottom of the post, I think, to let that person know that you think what they posted was really helpful, good, thoughtful, whatever.

So, then, I felt pretty good about that. And after that, every time I love someone's post, I click that little green arrow. But I wonder how many of you, like me, didn't even know that was a potential? Am I the only dummie? Just askin'. I also wish I could figure out some of these emoticons. Going to try here. :D Yeah. I did it!
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#718778 Milestone day

Posted by GwenJ on 01 May 2014 - 09:50 AM

I am about to go in for my weekly WI and is time to celebrate another milestone.  Today marks 52 weeks of being on Jenny. 


I never thought a year ago that I would make it this long.  This was just a temporary thing to shut my mom up. She wanted to lose weight again and need a partner.  I’ve done it with her in the past with Nutrisystem.  Blah!  Didn’t even last a week because it was so gross I couldn’t choke it down.  I felt sick and hungry all the time.  I would eat two or three packs of a snack because they were so small and it’s all you got to eat was what came in those packages.  I was miserable and hated every second of it.


She suggested Weight Watchers first.  Yep, been there, done that.  It felt like fat shaming.  Standing in a room in front of 10 women being weighed and telling everyone what you weigh and how much you lost or gained that week.  Not happening.  I know it’s changed a lot since those days but I can’t get that out of my head.  Plus I remember my friend telling me she counted points and she only had 5 left for the day and it looked like she was performing a scientific experiment when it came time for dinner because of all the stuff she was doing.  No thank you.


Then she said Jenny.  I had no excuse here.  I didn’t know anyone that had ever done it.  So she called and they had an apt open for that afternoon.  UGH!  This is happening!  I went over there and met with my JCC.  Loved her.  She explained all the plans and I said Give me the 1 year plan because if I do monthly I know I will quit.  If I am committed for a year, I know I will stick with it.  Forked out almost $400 for my membership and food for that week.  My mom was shocked that I picked the year because she was only going to do the month.  She gave in and did the year too.  So two hours later off we went with 4 bags of food. We were in this.


Over the course of the last year I have struggled, laughed, cried, got angry, frustrated, anxious, every emotion you can think of.  I think there are 8 stages of Jenny.  Lol And everybody has to go through every stage if they are going to be successful.  Some people will give up early because it’s too hard.  And heaven help me there were many times I wanted to give up.  I wanted to quit because “I was sick of the food” or “I want to just be normal.”  Wah wah wah.  We all want to be normal.  Jenny is teaching us to eat normal so we can do that in the future!  And get over the food.  Geez.  We obviously ate what we loved beforehand and that’s what got us into this situation. It’s time to take a step back and realize that we need to change our eating habits for the long term otherwise we will be back in a year or two.  Or worse, we will have health issues.  Heart disease, diabetes, etc. 


Over a year ago my doctor told me that I was borderline pre-diabetic.  He had me taking medications every day and pricking my finger first thing in the morning then 2 hours after every meal.  I hated it.  I cried all the time because I hated doing it.  So I started just making up numbers because my skin became so sensitive and it hurt no matter how I did it.  Just caused me so much anxiety.  And I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life.  I watch my father in law who is also a diabetic and I think, I don’t want to be like that.  I don’t want to give myself injections at the table before every meal.  Then check it later on to ensure I did enough.  And carry around things all the time plus watching for low sugar levels, etc.  I don’t want to be tied down to a test kit and needles.  Because if I kept doing what I was doing, I’d be in that spot.


When I started JC I would walk with my husband.  I’d do about a mile because that’s all I could do before my back hurt so bad I’d cry.  I never shopped because of the back pain.  I couldn’t stand anywhere longer than 2 or 3 minutes.  So I started using the stationary bike.  That lasted about 5 minutes before I would get bored.  Eventually I could get up to a half hour if I used my iPod.  Then one day after my bike session I thought I’d go for a walk.  So I did a short walk down the street.  Then the next time I went a bit further.  Then a bit further.  I got into a groove.  I had an ankle injury that sidelined me for about 2 months but I bounced back. 


And now here I am, I did a 5 Mile St Pats run, a 5K last weekend, and just registered for 3 more.  The Komen Race for the Cure, Muck Run, and the Cardinals Care 6K.  I go to a gym twice a week for classes or personal training plus do my own walking/jogging.  Just started the C25K program again.  I’m actually making goals for myself! Who would have ever thought that? 


I want to post my “Before” and “1 year” photo but Jenny lost my original picture.  I’m so upset over that too.  They never printed it and didn’t have it on the camera anymore. 


As of today I am down 10 pants and 2 shirt sizes.  I have my weigh in this afternoon so I’ll post what my one year weight loss amount is afterward.  But below is a photo comparison of my “before” and current.  I wish I had one when I actually started but this one was taken about 6 months before I started Jenny. 


Anyway, I guess the point of my post is that you can all do this.  Anyone coming in and struggling, you CAN do this.  You just have to stop making excuses and just do it.  I’m not perfect, we all know that.  I share my cheats and flubs with ya’ll whenever they happen.  But you just can’t give up.  It’s hard and will always be hard. If it were easy we would all be a size 2.  But I can promise you one thing, the short term disappointment of not eating that piece of cake will go away in about an hour.  J 




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#675289 Vote this post up! What the heck is that? Know I know and want you to kn...

Posted by gettin'skinny on 09 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

Thanks for letting me know about that! I have a 5 neutral guess that means they like you more. One day maybe I will be part of the "in crowd"
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#677229 I Finally See It!!

Posted by eieipad on 01 October 2012 - 12:57 PM

I am blown away. Seriously....pictures have helped me see what my mind refuses to see in the mirror.

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#665046 The Forum Effect

Posted by barb_ on 10 June 2012 - 01:06 PM

Sometimes I wish I could post on all different strings. New members, general, those thinking about joining. Why? Because, I just betcha if they did a study, those who log in here to the forums and continuously read, listen, post, contribute, learn, commiserate, and just generally feel empathy with all the others on here who are trying so hard, well they lose MORE. We all try so very hard. I betcha that our weight loss is way better than the average JC member who signs up, takes her food home, doesn't learn about volumetrics (I learned it from here, not my JCC), or new recipes of the same 28 day meal plan (I can cook???? And it's not hard??????)!!! What else do we learn from our fellow posters? That we all fail at some point. For a minute, a week, or maybe longer. That we don't' let it get us down. That we can make some excuses and the others will understand and rally behind us. We all try to stay positive. And best of all, no matter our starting size, we are all beautiful and for those lucky men who sign on here, you are Handsome!

I sign on to some of these topics so I can read the updates. They are so cheering to me. To watch how one person flounders and 15 others come to his/her assistance. Wow! That is incredible. I just maybe have my daughter convinced to sign up here. Maybe. I told her my belief that with this forum, you lose weight more! She sighed 'okay." Who knows, She is 24; she knows everything. Of course, once she signs on I will have to be careful what I say. LOL! But we have a competition going now. Game on!

I'm going out of town tomorrow for 5 days. Anyone know if those non-refrigerated Jenny dinners will explode in my suitcase? I am also taking many days of snacks and ummmmmmmm, the yogurt bar. Heaven. But, I had to weigh in one day early. And I freaked! I don't think near I have lost that much since my 2nd week. I am 4 inches taller than her, at least 100 years older than her, and I am now below her last weigh in. Cause she goes out partying way too much! Yahoo!

Course, I may be singing a different song next weekend when I get back from D.C. I'll be throwing myself under the bus admitting to that 8 oz. prime rib with au jus and steak potatoes maybe. Who knows.

Everyone here, please persist. You know from reading others' stories that even when you fail for a minute, in the long run, would you rather be the sprinter or the long distance runner? Hugs to all of you. I'm taking my lap top and phone, so will stay in touch for some needed encouragement. This is my first time where I just can't avoid temptation. Barb
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#662179 Bump If Your Clothes Are Too Big!

Posted by nancy5012 on 26 May 2012 - 04:19 AM

Love this thread!!

What a rush it is to get into a smaller size - I think it is better motivation than the scale. Suddenly you feel better about yourself and actually WANT to go shopping!

I started my journey at size 1X top and size 24 pants (ugh...it pains me to even type that!).

I am currently fitting into some medium tops and my size 14 pants (!!!) are getting loose! I expect to see size 12 in about another month. Can't wait till I see those single digit sizes again!
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#648001 Here's the Price List!

Posted by happineff on 30 January 2012 - 07:17 PM

There's been some discussion about Jenny's recent raise in prices and where to find them. To help every one out, here is the most current list of items and their prices! Thanks to Lisa Kay for scanning this!

(FYI: This does NOT include the newly released breakfast pizzas or upcoming additions. Will update when available! This list also might include some items that have now been discontinued.)

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#582005 Before & After pics

Posted by Blessed4Life2 on 04 November 2010 - 01:31 PM

Come on everybody......show that figure off! Even if you arent at goal yet and have only lost a few lbs, we still want to celebrate w/you.

There is nothing more inspirational for those who need motivation than to see before and after pics.

So get to it.. :P ...I'll start off.... B)

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#703613 Dissatisifed customer

Posted by sandooch on 28 August 2013 - 08:59 AM

WW and Lean Cusine frozen meals also have way more sodium then JC. That's great that you are doing well on WW, I just don't see why you have to come on this board and diss a program that so many of us love and are happy with. I would never even consider going on the WW board and do such a rude, uncalled for thing (and I've done WW a few times in the past and could say some negative things about that program as well).

If you don't like it or the changes, that's your opinion and perogative. But I don't like people coming here and knocking down a program I absolutely love and am doing so well on, and I'm sure many people here will agree with me. Not every program is going to suit everyone's needs. Everyone needs to find what works for them and not knock down what other people are having success with.
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#672289 food cost

Posted by barb_ on 07 August 2012 - 09:57 AM

Sounds like the first person is talking about she joined online and so does it without a centre. As to you Mary, I'll be happy to tell you, but you can also ask for a price sheet next time you visit. So you can get a TRUE picture of what it costs. I use the centre approach rather than online because I better be held accountable each and every week. That weigh in, I haven't missed a single one in the 5 months I have done this. I might have to re-schedule, but I never skip. Skipping to me means you have cheated too much and don't want to be caught. So, you hope to make it up the next week. Not a good approach. And the counselor is so helpful and supportive. If yours isn't, get another. It's not hard.

Okay, about the costs. I think the first 4 weeks were my highest because I bought everything they suggested. Including those Anytime bars that cost $10.99 for 7. Not smart. Also, those soupitizers are not needed, as far as I am concerned. I still have 4 left @ $2.99 a piece.

You need to go for the first 4 weeks meal plans to get you educated and in that JC mode. Frankly, I spent somewhere between $125 to $130 a week the FIRST MONTH. JC even has it on their order form. Week one = 125.38, Wk 2 = 124.14, week 3 == 121.14, and week 4 = 121.98.

However, first thing to go for me was their expensive desserts. Yes, they are good, but so is Skinny Cow and Weight Watcher's ice creams and frozen desserts and even candy. Lots cheaper at my grocery store. 2nd thing to go was the food I didn't like. Didn't order it again. I still have a Turkey Paninni that has been in my freezer for over a month.

3rd way to save is the cereals. I avoid their breakfast squares at $1.99 a piece, or the cereal at 2.49 a serving. I have by now learned about sodium and how to look at labels. So, I buy my own cereal that is in a box and much cheaper. Although, have to say I love their cranberry almond cereal. $2.49. But, I stay with my breakfast faves. Breakfast scramble, Florentine breakfast pizza with some lemon juice and maybe a little greek yogurt (fat free).

My average bill now is less than $100 each week. But you still must figure in fresh fruit, veggies, etc. I even now fix some meals of my own. Have the butcher chop 4 oz sections of salmon or other yummy fish. JC just doesn't have enough fish on their menu. As you go along, AND as you read these forums, you will see people post recipes on how they turned a sometimes blah dish into something wonderful. And you are so FULL!

I wish you both luck. Hope you post often and read often. You can afford it! If you look at the overall picture. For me, I'm on 9 medications. I can hopefully get off a number of these once I hit my goal. Even my doctor said she would start to wean me off some when I get down to 160. And you are no longer eating junk food. HUGE savings!

Keep coming back and keep asking questions. Visit all the forums. They all have something to add. Returning clients is not just for Returning Clients. Everyone goes there. Same for a lot of these others.
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#666737 Fair food

Posted by Blessed4Life2 on 21 June 2012 - 02:18 PM

:mellow: Ok, am I going to HAVE to pull this car over kids? Because If I do HAVE to pull this car over......and I WILL pull this car over if I have to, then I will paddle everyone involved. :P :D ;)

Lets just all get along :) ...we are adults here. Mariah Lover, I know you are new....so please feel free to come back often. We REALLY do normally have harmony and love for one another.
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#659945 Price is daunting

Posted by Laurie S on 08 May 2012 - 09:28 PM

It is expensive, but it is worth the investment in me. They have several plans and can work with your buget... The food is soooo much better than nutisystem... I speak from personal experience. I wish you the very best, no matter what your choice :rolleyes:
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#659384 Bump If Your Clothes Are Too Big!

Posted by BlueEyedAngel on 03 May 2012 - 05:10 PM

So I ordered clothes and was so excited to get them in the mail! Only to find out..they are too big! I actually ordered a size 2x for pajama bottoms! I havent ordered 2x in..well, I cant remember when! Also, my shorts i ordered were a size 28 and too big! I am officially down to a size 26 jean! I haven't been able to wear size 26s since my senior year of high school! I cant tell you how excited I am! Such a NSV for me!

Anyways, thought I'd open a topic for those of us who are wearing clothes that are too big, or getting looser! Bump it up! :)
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#654999 reputation points?

Posted by Jen.M on 28 March 2012 - 10:18 AM

I believe that's the number of times someone's clicked the little up arrow next to one of your posts. It's sort of equivalent to a Facebook "like".
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#725609 Food Costs Per Month

Posted by Kayla J on 25 September 2014 - 04:11 AM

Hello Shary.  Yes the food is expensive .  It  still bugs me to pay 6 bucks for a dinner entree, but I've come to understand and accept the cost of the food.  You are paying for a plan that works.  The price of marketing that plan and running the company is incorporated in the cost of the food.  The monthly fee does not even begin to touch that cost.  I have been able to accept the cost of the food by looking at how much I was eating out before.  If I ate out for lunch, then went out to dinner and had a drink.  I would easily spend 20-30 dollars in just one day.  I'm only on my third week and I too feel the pressure of the cost of the food, but in my opinion it works.  I have tried lean cuisine before and I lost weight but I fell off the wagon.  The accountability of this program is something that helps me succeed.  If I start buying a lot of my own food even while on the program, I think it would be too easy for me to revert to my own ways.  Also, as I progress through the program I know I will learn how to prepare my own meals and save money.  I'm just not there yet.  

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#716836 Food Costs Per Month

Posted by Charlotte Roberts on 03 April 2014 - 08:20 PM

I am interested in joining Jenny Craig but I am completely worried about any hidden costs. What does it cost a month for food besides the $29.99, also the shipping as well, I really want to get into this as I have tried many other things and have had no progress but I cant spend to much either.

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#666675 JC never told me about maitnance

Posted by Mariah Lover on 21 June 2012 - 10:06 AM

Great posts Phyllis.

That sucks that JCC's aren't going over MOMO's and Maintenance with people that have paid good money for their program. I can understand people that are on promo's like my wife and I, but if anyone asks their JCC's about it, most are willing to share; I know mine is. I never intend to have to go back to JC, I'll just keep coming here and sharing.

You gave a great suggestion to put your JC meal on a plate, I think all counselors should tell people to do that, it really does give you an idea of what you are eating because you can't tell when you are eating it out of the microwave container. If you eat the way your day is balanced on the sheet they give you (the blue or green one) and just add a little more to keep you from losing, then you have a winning formula. Really what we are paying for is for JC to tell us how to eat properly, not just to tell us how to eat; but I don't think everyone always sees that.

Congratulations to everyone on their weight loss and continued weight loss.

My tips are probably what other people have said, use the nutrition panels on the JC food to compare frozen things you are buying at the grocery store and see what you are eating on a plate. The sodium will be higher, but you can offset that with drinking more water. Eat balanced meals, 4-6 oz of meat with a moderate starch and your freebie veggies. Find lowfat and healthy recipes to make the foods you enjoy, you can try turkey meatloaf or lowfat baked ziti made with fat free sour cream instead of ricotta. Try switching out your whites for browns: brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread. These things will aid you in your healthy eating habits. Please remember to use moderation also, you can eat the things that you enjoy, but do it moderately with smart and healthy choices and you will be just fine and keep your weight off that you worked so hard to lose.

Good post Phyllis, OOPS I mean Matt ;)
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#660504 Kale Chips and Cauliflower Popcorn Recipe Needed Please :)

Posted by Laurie S on 13 May 2012 - 01:17 PM

Thank you so much! I will be trying them soon! Do you know if the kale has to be completely dry before plceing in oven for baking? :rolleyes: Thanks!!
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#666956 I Love Encouragement

Posted by Free of Concern on 23 June 2012 - 08:26 AM

Encouragement is such a wonderful thing to receive and give :D I had a double dose today and I feel so happy :D

First my personal trainer encouraged my form and my commitment to the exercise at today's session. Moving my body and pushing it to the limit was such a wonderful feeling. Then the compliments .... it made me glow. When I think back to year ago and the state my body was in, I am so happy that today I have more strength and tone. Yes I had a part to play but my personal trainer has been such a great pusher, motivator just love him to death.

Then my JC consultant this morning with her comments and quick read of my personality. Total awesome!! For this year I have just been circling in terms of my weight loss and I feel down right silly when I walk into the JC Center but they are still committed to me my weight loss journey. So after talking with my JC consultant I have some "tools" I want to utilize this week and keep moving on my journey.

Encouragement so necessary in this life. So if you are a parent give that extra nudge and warmth to your children. If you are married reach out and say thanks to your partner. If you see someone on the street today give them a smile. Encouragement what wonderful thing to do for another.

Have a great weekend everyone!! :)
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