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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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#703344 Common Board Definitions

Posted by BlueEyedAngel on 25 August 2013 - 05:06 PM

Welcome to all our new (and not so new) members! When you first join Jenny Craig (JC) you often see different abbreviations that you may not know what they mean! This board is to help provide definitions into the abbreviations to help you out! Feel free to add any to the board! :)

JCC / Jenny Craig Consultant : This is your "counselor" or "consultant" that you either talk to at your center, or you talk to over the phone. ( Hope you love yours as much as I love mine! )

MOMO / Meal On My Own: After losing some weight on the JC plan, you start doing your own Meal On Your Owns! This can happen a little before your halfway point, your halfway point, or even after.

DOMO / Day On My Own: Are just like MOMOs, you will eventually have Days On Your Own. Some people sign up for a program where they do two days on their own (DOMO) and five days on JC food. Sometimes DOMOs happen when we are on vacation.

NSV / Non Scale Victory: Any "victory" not associated with a number on the scale. Sure, we all love to see that number go down, but there are other victories that don't involve the number! Some great ones I had were: fitting in an airplane seat, being able to shop at the mall, and fitting into a dress I hadn't worn since 8th grade. We love sharing our NSVs!

DH / Dear Husband: whether he is dear to you or not, they put up with us at our best and worst! Gotta give them some credit!

TOM / Time of Month : Our periods! Love em (when losing weight and they're regular) or hate em (losing weight and they're regular) they affect our moods, our weight, and sometimes our feelings towards the universe!

I feel there are a couple of definitions I am forgetting, but I'm sure someone will help us out by posting them below!

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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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Posted by jstald on 17 November 2010 - 01:26 PM

Please read this important announcement: NEW FORUMS MODERATION POLICY
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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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#692399 Tips for the newbies

Posted by matt from nj on 27 March 2013 - 09:05 AM

Welcome to all of our new members and congratulations on making your choice to join your last weight loss program. You will read alot of different stories on these forums, but they all have something in common. We were not happy with our weight and wanted to do something about it.

A diet is something that is temporary. You go on a diet, lose your weight and then go off when you hit your goal. 99% of those people will gain it back and come back. The trick to your longevity is making this a change of your life and creating a new lifestyle. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and thinking you will get a different result. If you want a different result, then you must do things differently and change something.

The magic is not in the food you will buy and eat, but how the meal is put together. The meal is a template of how you should be eating. The meal is a balanced meal of some protein & starch and veggies and portioned out. You will be cooking and eating for yourself when you hit your halfway point and for the rest of your life. Take your meals and put them on a plate and you will see how your food is portioned out so that you get a visualization of what you're eating and how much. When you start to plan your own meals (don't be scared, the first part of this is your trianing) plan it with 1/4 meat, 1/4 starch & 1/2 veggie. This is the way I do it with 4-6 oz of meat with a starch serving ( could be brown rice, potato or a starch veggie like corn or peas) and non-starch veggie.

Resign yourself to making a lifestyle change. Do not panic when you find yourself in a situation that you can not eat your JC food. Relax and make the best choice you can. If you go out to a restaurant with friends, order something grilled with a side and non-starchy veggies, and if they give you a huge portion (which alot of restuarants do) either split the meal with someone or put half away and take it home.

One of the other downfalls of a diet is the denial. Find lower calorie alternatives for the things you love. If you do not, then you are setting yourself up for failure. Most people eat something they are not supposed to and then say "well I've already screwed up for the day, might as well go out with a bang" and then go for the chips, snacks, fast food; you can fill in your own blank here. If you moderate the things things you love, you will have no feelings of guilt or denial. If I am out and there is no Subway around and I have to eat fast food, then I go for a small hamburger and small fry. No guilt but I made a good decision instead of going with the supersize double burger meal like I used to.

You will have weeks that you lose and others where you may gain or lose nothing. remember that you will lose it faster than you gained it, but it still takes time. Try looking at your weight loss as an average and not be so focused on the weekly or daily number. I can guarantee you that if you weigh yourself daily, you will become frustrated quickly. Most people lose 1-2 lbs a week, so if your average is more than than, give yourself a high five and smile in the mirror. People also lose at different rates, so if you and your significant other are both doing this, one of you will most likely lose quicker than the other. Don't get discouraged.

What you drink is just as important. Water is best, if you have trouble with the plain water, crystal light and mio are great ways to get your water in. Try to drink as much as possible.

Space out your food. Try to eat every 2-3 hours, this will help keep you full and not have hunger pains. You will most likely be hungry at first, so find ways to get through this. Remember your body is used to living a certain way and will probably fight the change. This is where you have to be strong and remember that you are the master of your destiny. Filling things will also help, try foods with more protein or use your limited fats for good fats: walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and there is some kind of PB that I have seen people talking about.

The my fitness pal app will also help you with knowing calories and tracking what you are eating. You can even put your own recipes in it to have a calorie count. It can also help with exercise too.

Jenny is already set up to have you on a calorie deficit. If you work out, then you need to add those calories back in. If you do not, then your body can go into starvation mode and slow your metabolism back and you can actually gain weight. Remember, your body is a machine and you need to fuel it or it will slow down. Yes, you actually need to eat to lose weight. That's a hard thing for some people to wrap their head around. So if you burn off 500 calories, then add some protein and good fats back in to compensate for the loss.

I hope this helps some of you and remember that this board is full of people in the same situations. I started the plan myself a year ago and did it by following these very things. I eat fantastic food that is both healthy and very tasty and I deny myself nothing. I have no cheat days because I am not a diet to cheat myself, but I do so in moderation and portioning. You will get there yourself if you work at it. Anything worth doing is not easy and comes with sacrifice, but if you do it right I promise you that you will live better, eat better and be happier when you go out to buy those new clothes and get the compliments. I just saw a friend that i haven't seen in a few years and his eyes bugged out when he saw me and I got a "holy crap you lost weight:. I have lost it and am not going to be finiding it. It's gone and forgotten about. Do not keep your old clothes as a fallback in case you gain the weight back. If you do that, then you have your possible failure as an option. There is no failing option.

Every day is a new day, so if you had a bad one, shake it off and smile knowing you have a new tomorrow. Do no dwell on your bad days, it will just make the new ones worst. Live by making good and healthy choices and you will be happier. If you're eating because of a psychological reason, then you need to deal with that. Alot of people eat to make up for something that they are lacking or depressed about. Deal with that problem to move forward with your new life also.

Good luck and feel free to contact to me or anyone else here if you need any help, advice or just want some inspiration. We've all been there and can offer great insight for helping you.
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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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#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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#717726 Losing my motivation

Posted by sandooch on 14 April 2014 - 05:06 PM

That weight gain is not muscle at the start. It's pure water retention as your body holds water in order to repair your sore muscles. It should release that water in a few days to a week or so. Hang in there, hon. Once you do start to add some muscle to your body, your metabolism will fire up so that you burn more calories around the clock...even at rest. How cool is that!
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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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#666420 You are not going to believe what just happened!

Posted by ::dietcokehead:: on 19 June 2012 - 02:05 PM

First off, props for the weight loss and for doing it with your own food. That is the whole point anyways, to eat on your own.

Second, she treated you terribly and I'd contact corporate and if it were me, I would demand a refund for my whole membership being treated that way. It's not your fault that their food got you sick. Jenny is supposed to represent eating and being healthy.

In my opinion, I don't need Jenny at this point and I think you are at the same point. If you already have the formula down (which I so think you do) then keep on going. You can find out so much on the internet, you don't need them since you are disciplined. You don't need points, just having a healthy grasp of how many calories you're eating and balancing things out.

I think you will continue to do great if you keep doing what you are doing. Congrats!!!

Is it your implication that people who are still going to Jenny and eating their food lack discipline? That's how your statement reads and that's one of the things that really turns me off to your posts. It absolutely takes discipline to follow and succeed at ANY weight loss program/lifestyle change. Regardless of where you are in your program. You are no more disciplined than I am, or anyone else who is following the program, because you CHOOSE not to eat the Jenny Craig food.
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#660552 Kale Chips and Cauliflower Popcorn Recipe Needed Please :)

Posted by Laurie S on 13 May 2012 - 08:08 PM

OK, thanks! My plan is to wash the kale and then spin it out in the salad spinner and then cook as directed. I am hoping they really turn out like chips... So I can eat them with salsa... which is a weakness of mine :P
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#667537 How do you do MOMOs?

Posted by happineff on 27 June 2012 - 12:35 PM

You don't have to give up 7 Jenny breakfasts, although MOMO breakfasts can be pretty easy! I also look forward to my Jenny Breakfast Scrambles and French Toasts. I do many more dinner and lunch MOMOs, and there are many great options that are also easy to make. The most important thing to keep in mind is portion sizing, obviously!

Sometimes for lunch I'll make a tasty Morningstar Burger (come in a variety of flavors between 90-130 calories a patty) with a 110 calorie Thin Bun. Always fix a salad to go with your lunch. I usually make mine with green lettuce, onion, red pepper, carrot and a Jenny Balsamic Dressing (50 calories) and 1 serving of croutons (30 calories). Comes to about 310 calories or less!

Or for dinner I often follow the general rule of filling 1/2 my plate with vegetables (steamed, grilled, sauteed, your preference), 1/4 the plate with a starch (either rice or potatoes), and 1/4 the plate with baked chicken or other meat. There are endless combinations to be had here, so buy your favorite veggies (for me, broccoli, zucchini, onions, carrots, squash..) and enjoy! You can do it! :)

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