Weight Loss Journey – Bye Bye Jenny Craig I won’t miss you…

Published December 18, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, sorry been out of action lately. I’ve gone back to working full-time this week and so to rest my dodgy right wrist I’ve decided not to work on my blog at home. I’m going back home for Christmas this coming Monday which means I’ll be out of action for 2 weeks till the new year.

Anyways, this week I had my final consultation with JC and I was really nervous as I wanted to break the news to them that I aint coming back anymore. After 3 months of eating JC meals, I’ve finally had enough!! Though I must admit initially I was really impressed with the frozen meals – they were really tasty and their snacks are pretty good too. But like any good things, they will come to an end soon. For me, the weight isn’t shedding off as much, I’m still hovering around the same weight mark and are really getting sick of the frozen meals – as they do repeat after week 4. So, since my membership trial $10 for 10kg membership for 3 months is coming to an end. It was a perfect timing for me to tell them that I don’t want to continue anymore. Well, when I arrived at JC for my weekly consultation I went really late around 6.20pm which means I’ve had my dinner already which means I should put on a little more weight.

My consultant was meant to be Sarah but she was really busy with the previous client so I ended up with my initial consultant Corinna 🙂 I love Corinna she’s always been so supportive…she asked me how was my week and I said it was ok. I managed to ate most of the meals but didn’t hit the gym at all my excuse was I had ‘the time of the month’. Anyways, I hopped on the scale and surprisingly I did lose about 300g consider I had ate my dinner so really I might have actually lost 0.5kg. So she was very proud of me. But I had to break the news to her that after 3 months worth of frozen meals, I’ve decided to go back to my normal food as January will be my last month in Melbourne and I really want to explore all the good restaurants that I have missed while I was staying in Melbourne. She said “that’s fine, yeah if it was me I would have been sick of it too” (she whispered) as I don’t think she’s meant to agree with me. She gave me a warm smile and said “you’ve done really well, consider you’ve been doing it for a short time and you still managed to lose some weight” I thank her for all her support and said well, I might return back to JC one day. She replied with her great smile “yeah we’ll have your files and will welcome you back anytime” She didn’t convinced me to stay and was still so nice to me. It made my decision to leave JC alot easier. So I went to the counter and paid for the remainder of this week’s meal. This week will be my last week for JC 🙂

In Summary, I have been keeping a record of how much it has cost me to buy the JC meals and the final weight loss for the 3 months was 7.5kg 🙂 even though I have not made it to my half weight loss mark, I’m still very proud of myself.

Here’s a glimpse of the costings:

22/09/10 $152.90 week 1
29/09/10 111.65 week 2
6/10/10 136.55 week 3
22/10/10 143.3 week 4
29/10/10 99.4 week 5
4/11/10 83 week 6
10/11/10 142.3 week 7
17/11/10 131.9 week 8
24/11/10 90.15 week 9
1/12/10 68.15 week 10
7/12/10 111.75 week 11
15/12/10 77.6 week 12

Total cost for 3 months = $1,348.65
Average weekly cost = $112.39

Seriously, it isn’t too bad – for some weeks my meal costs are quite low – I’ve been eating out a lot more hence there was a back log of frozen meals. But average costing per week ended up less than $150 which is great!

Here’s my pros and cons of joining JC:

Pros:
1. Easy to follow meal rosters – didn’t have to think what you need to eat each day – very convenient. Brekkie, snacks, lunch and dinner all planned out for you. Save cooking time and preparation time
2. If you end up eating out on a particular day, when it comes to your weekly consultation you can let them know to take out the meal on the list as you have a spare one at home
3. If you don’t like a particular meal you can swap it with another one (as long as the calorie count is similar – they will let you know)
4. weekly consultation and weighing – you are accountable to someone on a weekly basis and the consultants will weigh you and go through how you can improve for the next week. A great support as you don’t feel as if though you’re doing this alone
5. Membership trial 10kg for $10 was a great deal for 3 months
6. If you are on holidays for a few weeks, you can let them know and they will let you have a few weeks break
7. The frozen meals are actually quite tasty and surprisingly full. They are well portioned which teaches you to eat regularly and make sure you have regular meals which are small portioned.

Cons:
1. Once you’ve had a few frozen meals for at least a month, you start to get sick of it as after week 4 it goes back to week 1 menu and they just rotates around
2. Cost wise – it’s a little on the expensive side, they do provide you with itemised invoice showing how much each food item cost and they are a little on the expensive side. If you pay for the regular membership fee it will cost around few hundred dollars plus you need to pay for the meals as well.
3. The weight loss progress is a little slow, you will find at first there’s not much progress as your weight adjust to a ‘food shock’ to your system. Your weight will fluctuate from losing 1kg one week and then gaining that back and then losing 1.5kg the next week. So it’s not really a quick weight loss program but rather a slow weight loss program
4. Not sure how healthy it is to live on frozen and microwave meals but they do recommend fresh fruits and salads with their meals along with a multivitamin supplements they provide
5. On top of the membership cost and meal cost you’ve also got to buy your own fresh vegies, fruits, yogurt and milk so really there’s still some grocery cost involved as well which can be a pain sometimes.

So as you can see there’s definitely more pros than cons of joining JC, and now that I’ve been through it what I’ve learnt is I need to regularly eat throughout the day (healthy snacks ofcourse) otherwise my body goes into this hunger or starvation mode and I end up eating 3 supersize meals as suppose to 6 small meals. When I eat out I would automatically try to order healthier options as the JC program is rather expensive, it will make me think twice whether I should have a large fried rice as suppose to having a small serve of fried rice and lots of vegies with it. It was also a challenge for me in terms of eating JC meals and preparing normal meals for Pandabear and I’ve so proud that I’ve finally learnt how to ‘not waste food’ buy over buying things. I even typed up a stock take of what I have in my pantry and fridge to monitor my spendings.

Here’s some meals I’ve been eating…

So it’s been a pleasant journey going through JC and looking back it was well worth it 🙂 Now it’s coming to an end it will be a challenge for me to see whether I can maintain my current weight or lose more weight and not pig out!

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