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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Move More,

You step on the scale. The number is the same–and it’s been the same for days. Despite following your plan, the scale just won’t move in the right direction. It seems like you’ve hit the dreaded weight loss plateau. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and fall back into old habits. Instead, talk to your consultant and check out these ways to get back on track and past the plateau.
 

 
Stalled out
Being stuck at the same number on the scale happens to everyone at some point during their weight loss journey. It’s totally normal. Weight loss plateaus happen because your metabolism naturally slows down as you lose weight. After your body has burned up glycogen stores (carbohydrates) in your muscles and liver, you’ll see a significant drop on the scale due to water weight loss. Then, as you lose weight, you’ll also lower your calorie requirement and this can translate to slower weight loss on the scale. And remember, a few days isn’t always enough time to make a scale budge.
 
Push past the plateau
If you’re dissatisfied with the number on the scale and are frustrated by hitting a plateau, talk to your Jenny Craig consultant. Your consultant is there for you and can help guide you in the best direction to kick start your weight loss once again.
 
Sweat it out
Add just 15-30 minutes of walking or other physical activity to burn extra calories. Consider increasing the intensity if you’re doing a workout, which will help push past a plateau by burning more calories for the same amount of time. Try adding resistance exercise to tone and build muscle to boost your metabolism, since stronger muscles mean more calories burned. Weight lifting, circuit machines and bodyweight exercises are all options as well. 
 
Eat your greens
To stay satisfied, fill up on fresh vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli and more from Jenny Craig’s Fresh & Free Additions list. These foods are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories. The fuller and more satisfied you feel, the less likely you are to have a potential lapse.
 
Mix it up
Look beyond the gym for getting extra physical activity and burning more calories. Finding new ways to move is fun and mixes up your day. Try taking the stairs at work, mowing the lawn or raking leaves, having a daily dance party in the kitchen with your kids while making dinner, vigorously vacuuming and cleaning the house, and riding your bike to work to squeeze in more exercise throughout your day.
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From birthdays to job promotions and every celebratory moment in between, there seems to be a trend that all these milestones have a food element associated with them. While reaching milestones in your weight loss journey should be celebrated, part of this journey includes figuring out other ways to reward yourself outside of food. Here are 5 ways to reward yourself to put an extra pep in your step and continue to motivate yourself toward weight loss goals:
 

1. Revitalize your wardrobe.
There is nothing like buying a new pair of jeans when you’ve dropped a size. Celebrate yourself by buying a new article of clothing or have an outfit altered for every 10lbs dropped. You can also make room in your closet by donating clothes that are overly baggy.
2. Get your hair styled.
Whether that means getting a haircut or a blowout, we’re all about it! A new haircut or style helps you feel refreshed and can add a boost in confidence about your overall appearance.
3. Pamper yourself.
A massage or a manicure/pedicure are just two ways that you can take an extended amount of time to devote to yourself
4. Plan a field trip for yourself.
Plan a field trip for yourself. Your field trip can take any form. Take a walk along a body of water, go window-shopping at your favorite stores or visit a museum.
5. Join a Club.
Find some like-minded individuals who want to celebrate being healthier too. Join a walking club, meetup or even exercise your mind by joining a book club. You’ll have fun and it will keep you inspired!
 
If you’re looking for other ideas on how to reward yourself instead of with food, ask your Jenny Craig consultant! Visit your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center or meet with your consultant via phone or video chat, where we’ll happily brainstorm and celebrate your weight loss milestones with you.
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Twin sisters and Jenny Craig members Christine & Keisha B. share their weight loss journey in PEOPLE’s 100 lb. Weight Loss feature.* “My doctor said I was morbidly obese,” Christine shares with PEOPLE in the May 29, 2017 issue. "I grew up with food as an expression of love, so I had to change the way I thought about eating." 
 
After being inspired by her twin Keisha’s success on the program, Christine joined Jenny Craig and was paired with her own consultant. The pre-school teachers give each other support to stay on track and now have a different outlook on food. “You have to make a commitment to be good to yourself,” Keisha tells PEOPLE.
 
Read more about their journey here!
 
*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
 

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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

*These tips are for Jenny Craig members who are on the maintenance phase of our program

 
Take summer up a notch by grilling your favorite fruits and veggies. The grill isn’t just for searing meat–you can create scrumptious roasted vegetables and fruits fit for a summertime side or lip-smacking dessert. . From peaches to corn, here are five tips for grilling summer fruits and veggies.
Non-stick trick
Having a peach or pineapple stick to the grill can be a sad, burning mess Be sure to add a light spritz of non-stick vegetable cooking spray to avoid sticking. Olive oil spray can add wonderful flavor to hearts of romaine, asparagus, zucchini and yellow squash, without the loaded calories.
Season it right
The grill will already add a roasted and smoky flavor to your fruits and vegetables, so there is no need to add any salt or butter. If you’re looking to boost the taste, add fresh summer herbs, such as basil, thyme, rosemary and chives.
To peel or not to peel?
Most vegetables don’t need to be peeled before being placed on the grill. Not only will you keep key nutrients inside, but you also won’t dry out your veggies. Keep the husk on the corn to insulate it and allow the steam to cook the kernels.
Wrap it up
Not a fan of the char from a grill? You can still utilize the barbecue by placing your fruits and veggies in a foil bag before cooking on the grill. Try a handful of summer berries with a dash of Jenny Craig Breakfast Syrup and then sealed in foil to create a colorful compote for Jenny Craig’s Chocolate Lava Cake. For a delicious side, you can also foil wrap and grill some summer squash, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and a handful of freshly chopped basil.  
Get creative
Turn summertime fruit into a light dessert straight from the grill. Ideally, fruit should be firm and barely ripe for the grill. Create a mouth-watering peach or apricot cobbler by halving stone fruits, brushing with Jenny Craig’s Breakfast Syrup and then grilling until caramelized. Or for a kid-friendly dessert, make fruit kabobs that include sliced bananas, strawberries, pineapple and watermelon.
 
 
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If you’re saddling up your car for a road trip this season, don’t fall off your plan by succumbing to gas station junk food. Whether you’re heading to the beach, camping or meeting up with family a few hours away, it’s a good idea to think about what Jenny Craig items you’ll need to make sure you don’t fall off your meal plan.
 

 
While Fresh & Free Additions, like celery or cucumbers, and our snack bars are great as car-time snacks, here are 5 essential Jenny Craig foods you need when you hit the road:
 
Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit. Perfect for picnics at any location, the Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit comes with white meat chicken, celery and dried cranberries pre-mixed in creamy Greek yogurt dressing. The kit comes with crackers, but add other vegetables, like more celery or radishes to continue with the delicious mix of crispy and soft textures.
 
Tuna Dill Salad Kit. A classic meal with a twist, as this Tuna Dill Salad Kit packs plenty of flavor with a Greek yogurt and dill dressing. This salad kit also includes wheat crackers, but you can add lettuce and tomatoes for a Fresh & Free Addition.
 
Hummus. Crackers are a great vessel for protein-rich dips, and our Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers combo is a great example of that. This portable snack packs a powerful flavor-punch with chickpeas, ground sesame seeds and a hint of garlic that also pairs well with carrots, cucumbers and peppers.
 
Cheddar Cheese Crisps. Road trips are all about on-the-go type foods, and our Cheddar Cheese Crisps are ready for wherever you go! You’ll have a satisfying bite not only because of the savory cheddar cheese flavor—the texture of the crisp is like a cracker and potato chip combined.
 
Cookies. Our Iced Oatmeal Cookie and Lemon Cooler Cookies are sweet and will have you smiling with every bite.
 
Being prepped for your road trip and your final destination allows you to focus on spending quality time with your loved ones.
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


 
With so much going on in life—projects at work, spending time with friends and family, daily errands, etc.—it’s easy to get swept up in everything and feel like you’re running on empty. Stress comes in many forms, and can pile up to make you feel overwhelmed, tired and frustrated. When you feel stressed out, it’s easy to get derailed from your plan. Part of your wellness journey is to find alternatives so you can focus on creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself overall, which means monitoring your emotional health and how it impacts your physical health. Here are 4 creative ways to deal with stress:
Pursue a passion project.
Finding something you’re passionate about can easily turn into a hobby. If you like painting, take an art class. If you enjoy learning about history, find a biography to read. Once you find something that ignites your curiosity or gets you excited, you’ll make time to incorporate that passion into your life.
Say “no” more often.
Committing to too many things throughout the week can cause stress. If you have too many social events one week, reschedule one for the week after. You may be able to apply this at work, too—sometimes “no” just means that you should shift around priority projects, or communicate your needs to your coworkers to assure them that you’ll get to the task when you can.
Step away from your cell phone.
Smartphones have let us stay connected with our loved ones through multiple social media apps. Sometimes it’s just nice to step away from your phone to have some time to disconnect and focus on yourself and the people immediately around you.
Make lists of tasks and events—and cross items off.
Lists are great tools to prioritize tasks and events for the week, and you can check off each item as it’s completed. You can also make lists of your goals for the next year or a list of your favorite movies, songs, books or inspirational quotes that you can turn to when you need a little pick-me-up.
 
Putting yourself and your needs first can allow you to curb your stress and feel successful and confident in your wellness journey! Keep an eye out for more ways to combat stress, and feel free to discuss strategies with your Jenny Craig consultant.
 
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*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average lose 1-2 lbs. per week.

By Julie F.
 
The moment in my life that inspired me to lose weight was when I took a good look at a picture of myself from the holidays. I didn't realize I looked that big! I had previously been on the Jenny Craig program 10 years ago, which proved successful for me.
However, life got busy and several traumatic incidents over the years derailed my healthy initiatives including losing several close family members and a friend. On top of that, both my teenage daughters in their “hormonal rage” years made it even more stressful. I felt lonely, angry, disrespected and sad, which resulted in too many “emotional eating” events.
 
I made the decision to do something about the weight. I called my Jenny Craig center in Leesburg, VA. Lucky for me, my favorite consultant, Rochelle, was still working there from my previous weight loss journey. Rochelle's positive vibes, as well as cheering support from family and friends, helped me. In 7 months, I lost 28 lbs* and 30 inches. I went from an almost size 16 to size 8! Go ME!!!
 
As the pounds started to disappear and the dress sizes became smaller, good things started happening in my life. I reconnected with an old boyfriend from 30 years ago whom I dated in my early 20's. Together, Richard and I are making better choices in our meal selections and portion sizes, thanks to what I have learned on the Jenny Craig program. In 2016, Richard and I got married and I was proud of myself for being at a healthy weight for that special day.
 
The positive weekly encouragement from Rochelle has been amazing, including, those times where there was an oops or two in my weight loss journey.  Rochelle helped motivate me and keep me focused.
 
I also owe my weight loss success to Jenny Craig's tasty, wide variety of meals, snacks and desserts. There was no boredom there! Jenny Craig has a great, easy to follow program, that has not only proven once, but twice to be successful for me. Positive Attitude + Determination + Jenny Craig = Success!
 

 
*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
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Don’t miss your chance to enter in our Success Stories of the Year Contest!
 
 
We are looking for the stars of our 2018 national advertising campaign.
 
What’s new this year:
--Grand Prize Winners receive $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to LA, a photo shoot with a celebrity photographer, deluxe hotel accommodations and more.
--Consultants to the Grand Prize Winners can receive $2,000 and more
--This year’s contest is open to current and former members – anyone who has successfully lost weight with the Jenny Craig program and has kept the weight off
--Active consultants who have had success with the Jenny Craig program are welcome to enter
--Visit JennyCraig.com/SuccessContest to learn more and enter!
 
See Official Rules here.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is open to legal residents of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec) and Puerto Rico, age 21+. Essay and photo submission required to win. 8 Grand Prize Winners receive $5,000 gift card + Jenny Craig food + gift pack + photo shoot and travel (ERV of $7,475). Up to 8 accompanying consultant finalists receive $2,000 gift card + gift pack +photo shoot and travel (ERV of $4,300). 15 semi-finalists and their consultants receive Jenny Craig food + gift pack (ARV of $50 for consultants and $225 for members). Entries accepted 5/16/2017-6/19/2017. Sponsored by JC USA. Contest is subject to official rules, visit jennycraig.com/successcontest.
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Get your day going with Blueberry Pancakes and Sausage. Combine your Breakfast Syrup with fresh blueberries and lemon zest for an epicurean drizzle to remember. 
 

 
Ingredients 
Jenny Craig Blueberry Pancakes & Sausage
Breakfast Syrup
1/3 lemon, zested 
1/4 cup blueberries 
 
Directions 
1. Saute berries over medium heat for 1 minute or until the berries release their natural juice. 
2. Add Breakfast Syrup and stir gently. 
3. Add half of the lemon zest. 
4. Lightly crush berries, allowing them to color the syrup mixture
5. Prepare Blueberry Pancakes & Sausage as directed 
7. Garnish with remaining lemon zest. 
 
Per Serving
Blueberry Pancakes & Sausage (2 starch, 1 protein, 1/2 fat)
Breakfast Syrup (1 Limited Free Food) 
+1/2 Fruit
1 Free Food 
 
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