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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:

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.

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!


Weight Loss Journey – The temptations of eating out!!!

Published December 11, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, sorry haven’t been posting lately been trying to adjust going back to work and recover from a week’s visit from my mummy and little sister. So yes, it’s time to catch up on my post. Well, as you guys know that I’m a foodie so when I was told that my mummy and little sister will be visiting me for a week, I’ve already planned in advance to take them out to certain restaurants to eat. Pandabear has provided me with a suggestion that since we’ll be out about during day time I should really still stick to coming home for dinner that way I can have some JC meals for dinner. As he knows me well, I will definitely pig out when I eat out he recommended me buying lunch size JC meals and have that for my dinner. Sounds fair 🙂 So did it go according to plan? Nope, cos we ended up eating out for dinner most of the time anyways :-O

So it was time for my weighing with JC and I was pretty sure I would have gained back at least 1-2kgs. So when I hopped onto the scale to my surprise it was only 1kg. Phew…not too bad and I was left with lots of JC meals so didn’t have to spend lots of money buying the next lot of food so it was a win win situation. Now that my mummy and little sister have returned back home, I have no excuses but to stick to JC meals again…so here’s some of the JC meals I’ve been eating lately…

So, after having most of the JC meals I’ve ended up with the same weight – I think my body went for an extreme shock when I returned back to the huge portions and oily food of eating out and now that I’ve suddenly changed back to smaller portions of JC meals it’s decided to remain the same weight. I think I’m at this point that I’m struggling with losing 3kgs so that I could reach my weight loss 1/2 way mark. I’m hoping that with last week of two of JC will help me achieve that. As my membership is expiring around 21st Dec it’s perfect timing as I will be returning back home for Christmas after that time for 2 weeks so it’ll be interesting to find out how much weight I would have put on. As I’ve only got one month of stay left in Melbourne (January) I really wanted to eat out and try out as many restaurants as possible and it will be time that I learn to control what I order and the portion size and to stop eating when I’m already full. Also, I’m starting to get bored of JC meals now as they only supply you 4 weeks worth of meals after the 4th week you go back to week 1 and it just keeps rotating…

It has been a great learning experience with JC and looking back now I’ve learnt to eat healthier food and to make sure I don’t let myself go into the starving mode and ended up eating large portion of meals cos I’m hungry and to do that I made sure I have regular healthy snacks throughout the day. Even though I have not reached my full weight loss goal, at least I’m 1/2 way there 🙂 so I shall let you know how I go with my last week and two with JC.

Weight Loss Journey – Why isn’t it paying off?!?

Published November 17, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, sorry I haven’t been posting…some things have happened within a span of week. First my RSI is getting worse so I had to visit a GP who then referred me to a physio and who gave me a soft tissue massage that nearly killed me. So I was told to have one week off work and rest my wrist. So hence, I’ve been trying very hard to not blog or facebook! Now that my wrist is getting better..I’ll quickly do some post.

I went for my usual weighing today and was expecting to lose at least a few kgs as I’ve been sticking to the meals 100% and been to the gym at least 3 times so I was hoping that I should lose more weight. When I got there, I got greeted by my lovely consultant and we went through what I was expecting, how I did and what I can improve upon. Then it was time to hop on the scales. To my surprise I only lost 0.3kg..which is like nothing! I mean at least it’s a lost and not a gain. But still, I was puzzled as to why I didn’t lose more. Possible reasons could be my body has yet to adjust to losing more weight and maybe skipping some salads and vegies might have affected it too. So, I’ve decided not to be too hard on myself and keep going. Pandabear comforted me and said “well, at least you’ve lost some kgs and not gained some. Each week your body’s metabolism is different”. His ways of comforting me…Here’s some of the meals I’ve been having…

Overall, I liked the gourmet vegetable pizza – it was cheesy and had lots of nice vegetable toppings 🙂

Weight Loss Journey – Getting there…

Published November 12, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, sorry I haven’t been blogging lately..well, I’ve decided to torture myself more by working an extra day cos in 2 weeks time my mummy and my little sister will be visiting me! Yay! So I’ll be taking a week off to take them around. I’ve been getting bad hayfever and slight RSI on my right hand from madly typing and clicking on my work mouse. So I think I better take a break from typing and clicking which means I’ll probably won’t be blogging that much!

Anyways, it’s come to that time for another weighing with my favourite JC consultant. She’s such a nice girl with beautiful smiles, caring and skinny. I still think it’s a criteria to work at Jenny Craig even though they said no…so this week has been an ok week, I managed to stay away from eating out and was left with only 1 JC lunch meal. However, since I’ve been getting this hayfever lately, been feeling rather tired so haven’t hit the gym at all. So I wasn’t sure what to expect. But surprisingly I have lost 0.9kg – yay 🙂 I know it’s not much but any little kgs will help with my motivation! I’m nearly reaching my 1/2 way weight loss goal mark of 20kgs. So here’s a shot of the types of meals I’ve been eating along the way..

Anyways, my favourites are chocolate pudding and shepherd’s pie 🙂 and my least favourites are chicken korma and dahl with rice…not very nice…I’m not very keen with lentils and the looks of it is also not very appetizing…

Well, we sat down and went through what could help me getting back on track with exercise. So I have decided to hit the gym in the morning before I go to work. It was so hard!! It means I have to wake up at least an hour earlier to achieve this..but so far I’ve made it for 2 days so let’s hope I can continue with this.

Weight Loss Journey – a good good week

Published November 4, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello, yes today I went back for my usual weekly routine weighing and catching up with Jenny Craig. It’s so nice to be greeted with a warm smile and not get told off for not sticking to the meals 100%. Anyways, I’m back on track again after a bad bad week last week where I gained 0.8kg which was kinda expected as I hardly ate any of the Jenny Craig meals. So this week, I made sure I tried to stick to it…and the results shows – I’ve lost 1.4kg this week – so proud of myself. I didn’t stick to it 100%. I’m left with 2 lunch and 1 dinner which isn’t too bad. My consultant said “well, I think you can have a day eating out as a reward” which is always encouraging and considering that I’ve hurt my left knee and have reduced my gym/exercise commitments down to close to nil – this was what I needed to pick me up again 🙂

So I’m hoping I can stick to it, another option that was presented to me was to have the option of planning your own menu (I was given a pamphlet that has all the meals that I could choose from so I’m going to check it out as I’m starting to get sick of eating my frozen meals). Anyways, here’s some of the photos of food I’ve been eating…enjoy…

It’s a good good week for me…hopefully I’ll stick to it for the rest of 5 weeks left…

Weight Loss Journey – bad bad week…

Published October 28, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, how’s everyone going? I’ve got a day off today which is great but it’s also a day for my weighing with Jenny Craig and I ain’t looking forward to it as I know I would have gained some Kgs. It’s been a really bad week for me after coming back from the holidays, I’m still in this eating mood and ofcourse as you guys know I pigged out on Tuesday when I gave myself that day off and ate some pizza and garlic bread. Last night I also snacked heaps cos I was really hungry and Monday I also ate out. So when I went through my freezer to find out how many meals I’ve got left I was shocked to find out I still had 4 dinner meals left in the freezer along with 3 lunch meals. How did that happen???

Anyways, it was time to face the reality I had a new consultant today – she was very nice. I must admit all the consultants I’ve had from Jenny Craig they are all really nice and skinny I must add. It must be a selection criteria to work as a consultant at Jenny Craig – skinny and nice. So I had a brief chat with my consultant and told her the bad news that I’ve still got quite a lot of left over meals which means either I have skipped some meals or I have ate out. She didn’t tell me off instead she asked what happened this week. I sort of said to her I had a stressful week at work cos I thought I nearly lost 3 months of data that I was working on and also been feeling really tired with this hayfever going on. Really, I was giving myself excuses – maybe I decided I’ve had enough of eating Jenny Craig’s food. She was really encouraging and told me that we all go through bad weeks, it just mean you start your next week fresh and hopefully you’ll be back on the right track again.

So here’s some of the food I’ve been eating with Jenny Craig…

My favourite is the chocolate mousse it’s delicious and considered it came in the powder form and all you need to do is add some milk and whip it up with the chocolate mousse powder and keep it refrigerated for 10 minutes and it’s ready for eating 🙂 I must admit I didn’t really like the chilli con carne..must be the lentil stuff, I was never into lentil stuff and I prefer my meat! I love meat! But I guess the taste and flavour was ok. So I hopped on to the scale and yes, I have gained 0.8kg for the week 😦 but I sort of expected it considered I’ve been eating out and snacking and my gym routine was only for 2 days so ofcourse I was going to gain some weight back.

Actually, I was starting to think whether I should give up on Jenny Craig soon as I find myself struggling to stick to its meal plans but then I thought to myself well, without Jenny Craig’s portion control meals I’ll probably gained a lot more it’s back to sticking to Jenny Craig’s meals until I reach my 1/2 goal weight loss mark of 10kg then I’ll go on my own preparing my own meals. So yeah, starting from today it’s back to strict Jenny Craig meals…

Weight Loss Journey – Jenny Craig continues on…

Published October 7, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, as you guys know I’m on Jenny Craig diet. Well, I had my first consultation and weighing and it was so disappointing I only lost 0.1kg!! Which is pretty much nothing – it’s probably my clothes weight heheheh. Anyways, I sat down with the consultant and went through why I didn’t lose much. I skipped 3 lunch meals and ate out and she said I wasn’t drinking enough water to flush my system out and not sticking to the vegies/fruits and salad which is probably why I haven’t lost much weight. I was still exercising, so was a little disappointed. Anyways, here are some of the food I’ve been eating…

Honestly, the meals are actually quite tasty – there’s a few I don’t like such as the porridge for brekkie – it’s quite tasteless, tomato basil lentil salad for lunch and fried rice – not much flavour. The good thing about this is that I could tell the Jenny Craig consultant that I don’t like them and trade them off with the ones that I like which is great 🙂

Well, I went back for my second weighing – week 2 of meals and I lost 1.4kg, so happy. I still skipped a lunch and a dinner but have tried to drink as much water as I can and having fruits and vegies. So I was pretty happy. So the total weight loss is now 1.5kg. Not much but hey it’s a start. I’m onto my week 3 of meals and I’ll be away overseas for a week where I’ll eat out everyday 😦 oh well, I’ll have to try very hard and watch what I eat, probably end up gaining the 1.5kg back hehehehe….we shall see how it goes…