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10/24/2011

Jenny Craig Review Part 3 [$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway]

*** I was given the opportunity in September to try out Jenny Craig for four weeks, including food, free of charge.  This is the third and final post in the series.  You can read about the journey from the beginning and enter the $100 Visa Gift Card giveaways on my first and second post.***


Today marks the end of my four weeks.  In that time my kids started school and dance and football.  I worked and went on a trip with my husband and stayed in a cabin full of junk food with my in-laws.  We celebrated Labor Day and attended a birthday party, went to the movies and prepared and ate meals  at least 84 times.  Four weeks equates to a lot of opportunities to try out what I have been learning from Jenny Craig.

Before I started this plan, dieting was always about something coming up.  I want to lose 20 lbs before a wedding in 3 months.  For the first time I am focusing on the end result, not an event.  And because of that I don't feel the need to force myself to the gym every day for 90 minutes, which only makes me feel like I deserve to reward myself with a snack anyways.  Instead I am planning on this taking a while, sort of like paying of a loan or saving money to buy a new house.  Big goals deserve plans and plans take time.

And I think it is the plan behind Jenny Craig that makes it so successful.  Your consultant helps you plan out your food.  Your consultant helps you plan out your exercise for the week.  You plan your week and your consultant helps you plan how to make it successful.

I averaged just over a 2 lb loss every week.  It doesn't make for a dramatic before and after picture, but I can honestly say it has made a dramatic difference in the way I feel.  And I know it will only continue to get better.   And hopefully next year I will have a great before and after picture to show you.  For now, I am happy with the 10 lbs that I am no longer carrying around.  I even decided to let a friend of mine take some pictures of me for my blog.


So that is my little success from the last four weeks.  I can't wait to hear about yours.  Tell me about a positive healthy change you have made in your life and you will be entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card from Jenny Craig and BlogHer.

The sweepstakes will run from 10/24-11/6.  Check out BlogHer Prizes and Promotions section for more chances to win.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: 
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post 
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post 
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post 
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. 

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older 
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. 
You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. 
The Official Rules are available HERE

You can find out more about Jenny Craig on their website, on Facebook, and over on Twitter.


*** Disclaimer***
I was given the opportunity to try out Jenny Craig for four weeks, including food, free of charge.  The opinions shared in this post are based on my experience with Jenny Craig over that four weeks.  All opinions are my own.  The average Jenny Craig client is expected to lose 1-2 pounds per week, which is a healthy and normal rate to lose weight.




***This promotion has ended and a winner has been selected***

128 comments:

Monica said...

Ooh, I get the first comment! :) I've been trying to work in 10 minutes of yoga in the mornings (I found a video on netflix streaming that has about 5 different 10 minute yoga workouts). You look great in the picture!

M Mommy to 4 said...

Congratulations on your victory! 8 lbs doesn't sound like a lot, but it really adds up! And when you think about it, if you were able to keep up that pace (you might plateau, which is normal), you'd be at the 20 lbs loss in only 6 more weeks! That's amazing! Good luck on making your goal. Your picture looks great so keep it up!

M Mommy to 4 said...

That last comment was just me telling you that I think you're awesome. I went back and read about the sweepstakes after. I'm trying to work on portion control. This morning when I was late and didn't have time for my eggs, I ate half a bowl of cereal instead of the full bowl that I normally eat. I'm hoping to keep that up so that I can lose some of this weight I've been gaining lately! Thanks for the inspiration!

Two Shades of Pink said...

Lori...that is just amazing! And your photo...you are drop dead gorgeous! Love that you took us on the start of this journey for you!

Two Shades of Pink said...

I left off the e in your name...totally a typo. SORRY!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I've been trying to walk/jog at least three times a week! I can definitely tell a difference when I go and when I don't!

Suesan said...

Lorie, what a great picture of you! It's good to hear of the positive changes you are making. I always have felt that if I could get a handle on the planning part of things, I'd be far more successful in my own changes.

I have been eating more vegetables and have cut out soda and caffeine. It's a hard thing, but I've been seeing the results so I'm encouraged to keep at it.

G said...

I've been trying not to eat dessert after the kids are in bed!

Megan said...

Great job! I've been setting weekly goals of running x amount of miles to help get me moving. And by posting these goals on my blog, I'm holding myself accountable for achieving these goals!

Salsa Mama said...

You are so gorgeous!! Glad you are feeling good, I need to get off my duff and lose some pounds myself. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

jennie w. said...

Next year: bikini at Blue Hole!

P.S. Glad you finally put up a picture. It's gorgeous!

Mami2jcn said...

Congratulations on your weight loss!

I've been taking daily walks. I feel much better when I do some daily exercise.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

hawkeyejlp said...

I have been utilizing portion control of my healthy choices. And we started attending church again, which is a healthy spiritual choice for us.

Amie said...

Nicely done Lorie!

JC said...

Congratulations on your success!
One positive healthy change I've made in my life is to stay away soda drinks.

JC said...

http://twitter.com/#!/tcarolinep/status/128557251001724928

Anonymous said...

congrats on the amazing weight loss! I've cut out cream and sugar from my coffee!

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/#!/aes529/status/128570079859310592

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Nat said...

Lori you are so CUTE in that picture! Congratulations on your hard work thus far and best of luck for the road ahead!

SolDucky said...

I have cut out dairy and soy while nursing my allergic baby, and have so far lost 30 lbs off my pre-pregnancy weight!

soluckyducky at gmail dot com

Dee said...

I am exercising three times a week now which is better than my prior exercise plan (nothing lol). Also, no more soda!

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...
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Dee said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/DeeGee13/status/128665888500088832

deeg131 at gmail dot com

The Sunshyn said...

I have been making it a point to regularly walk every day.

chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

The Sunshyn said...

I tweeted this
https://twitter.com/#!/The_Sunshyn/status/128668558438838273
chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

Anonymous said...

Ah Lorie you look so pretty in that photo. Congrats! I recently lost a similar amount of weight and isn't amazing how much better you feel.

Anonymous said...

i've cut out processed foods from our diet! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/128684585260285952 scg00387 at yahoo dotcom

Amy said...

A positive healthy change I have made in your life is switched to whole grain diet. Incorporate more fruit and veggies in my family's diet.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

GretchenP said...

i've taken up running! what an amazing calorie burner and chance for some alone time. i'm training for my first 1/2 marathon! thanks for the giveaway! you look great! :)

Catherine said...

I've made a few changes to my diet and exercise habits recently and they're really starting to pay off. For me, it wasn't about weight, but about my health and sanity. I do way to much an as a result, my mood and immune system suffer. I started by taking vitamins, then made it a point to schedule at least two serious workouts a week, with smaller amounts of cardio when I can get it in, and I started eating out less and eating in more. Being in control of exactly what's in my food has made a huge difference. They're small changes but when put together as I gradually implemented them, they encouraged me to keep going, made me feel better, and reduced my stress level.

Anonymous said...

Making some small changes, such as decreasing sugars and eating healthier Glycemic Index foods. You look beautiful after the healthy eating and weight loss!

Georgia said...

My healthy change is nothing other than walking and eating healthy food. If I don't, I don't feel good.

gmissycat at yahoo dot com

Georgia said...

Tweeted too

https://twitter.com/#!/gmissycat/status/128884380897779712

gmissycat at yahoo dot com

Ashley said...

I have eliminated carbonated and caffeinated beverages from my diet. I feel so much better about myself and I have really noticed a change in my energy level and I have less upset stomachs and headaches.

demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

Keri said...

You look great and I'm sure you can reach your goal! My healthy change was walking 5 times a week for about an hour and cutting back on my portions. Also, lowering my sweet food intake.

Anonymous said...

lost 27 pounds in 3 months....jogging, living on yogurt, salad and garbanzo beans. so happy:-)
just.garbage(at)hotmail(dot)com

Erica said...

I've been trying not to eat anything after dinner.

Melanie said...

I've been trying to make healthy choices for lunch instead of my go-to: fast food!

melduke26 at gmail dot com

Lindsay {Shrimp} said...

I've started doing Jillian Michaels' Six Week Six Pack DVD five days a week. Killer, but it's definitely starting to work!!

- Lindsay

Hkauf08 said...

I LOVE working out!! And I've cut back on soda and unnecessary sugars A LOT if not completely. I also just started Zumba as a new workout!

Anash said...

I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/129881152960987137
email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Anash said...

Mandatory Entry: something that I have changed, i snack on fruits and veggies since 2007 when my familys diet changed due to daughters eczema. it used to be twinkies and cupcakes!
Thanks for the opportunity!
Anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Nichole said...

I've been eating more fruits and veggies

abitnerdy said...

the #1 healthy choice I made is just.... moving more, taking the stairs when possible, taking long brisk evening walks, which slowly turned into running and then snowballed into other fun activities I now love Yoga, and pilates, :)

thank you for the opportunity and great posts! :)
xo

abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

abitnerdy said...

http://twitter.com/abitnerdy/status/130126938550448129

abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

jbafaith said...

I have made a serious effort to keep track of my eating and calories, dividing into 100 calorie increments, and also walking more and incorporating exercise movements into my daily routine.

jbafaith2001 at yahoo dot com

jbafaith said...

tweet tweet

https://twitter.com/#!/jbafaith/status/130129570270674945

jbafaith2001 at yahoo dot com

One nutty wife said...

the #1 healthy choice I made is to eat more fruits and veggies.

always wanted to try out Jenny Craig

the food looks great

babitababita@hotmail.com

One nutty wife said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/#!/zbabita5/status/130208102896246784

babitababita@hotmail.com

Janice said...

no more snacking after 9 pm. And I've long stopped drinking soda (only occasional like once a year)

m8usi@yahoo.com

Janice said...

tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/cappytweet/status/130355878296694784

m8usi@yahooo.com

Nicole said...

I have just recently started on a weight loss journey and the first thing I did was cut out pop. I would often drink at least 2 cans of Coke a day, and now drink mostly water, with a Diet Coke as a treat about every other week. It really helped me kick start my weight loss.
nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

Nicole said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/#!/maybaby522/status/130363648551043073
nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

anna said...

Congrats! I've been getting back into doing yoga lately - it feels good!

anna [dot] posekany [at] hotmail [dot] com

The Fam said...

I've been drinking less Diet Coke and more water.

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

The Fam said...

https://twitter.com/#!/channynn/status/130388178380128256

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Congrats girl! One healthy change I've made lately is exercising more, I got a bunch of Wii Fit exercise games so I can exercise even during these cold winter months. Most of the games are so fun that I forget that I'm exercising :)

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/roomofmyown/status/130319324480151552

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Kerry said...

I used to eat late at night before bed. I changed that and now I don't eat after 7:00pm. It has helped me drop a few pounds.
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/KerryBishop/status/130434294907801600
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Jan said...

I've cut back on my food portions and because the weather is changing here in Michigan, I'm doing walking exercises indoors per my Walk exercise dvd.
tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

Congrats on your weight loss. That's awesome!

Jan said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/disneyfan40/status/130481010784747520
tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

Fawn George said...

I have not been able to exercise this past month because I've been having pain down there and I think I'm pregnant. We're going to take another test here in a couple days. I'd like to Try Jenny Craig. My mom is considering it. fawn@mycomspan.com

Cathy W said...

Congratulations on your success!
One healthy change I've made is to take walks but with cooler weather I need to look into another option.

Cathy W said...

https://twitter.com/#!/cjwallace43/status/130644540548845568

Tiff and Royce said...

A postive change I have made is to run/walk with my children everyday! They usually ride their bikes and are my running buddies, its so fun! 3tiff3@gmail.com

Deb said...

Well, I haven't beaten my battle with my weight....but I refuse to give up. I long ago gave up trying to start a new diet every Monday and rather just try to make each day a new day where I make better choices for my health.

Deb said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/fairydancer35/status/130707441070510081

Anonymous said...

The positive healthy thing I did in my life was leave my drug addicted husband.
traymona(at)aol.com

Jess said...

Congratulations to you!

I am following a free, online program called Sparkpeople. I highly encourage you to check it out. For me, the most valuable benefit is meal tracking. I keep track of everything I eat on the website, and it allows me to gain a better understanding of calorie count, fat count, carb count, and more. At first, it was a hassle to track everything, but within a week or two, it just became routine.

I had a lot of really great success--losing just about 10 pounds per month--and that was without incorporating much exercise into my route.

Unfortunately, I had a health set-back, having been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease about three months ago which is being treated by steroids. As anyone who has experience with steroids knows, they aren't friendly drugs for people trying to lose weight! So now, I'm working on maintaining my healthy eating habits as much as possible--even though I'm not currently seeing any physical results--with the hopes that as soon as I can be taken off of steroids, my body will relatively easily transition into the pre-steroid routine.

And, I'll hopefully be able to start an exercise program soon, too! I need a doctor's approval to spend time in a gym environment, due to the lots and lots of germs that exist there and my low-functioning immune system. But, my fingers are crossed!

Best of luck to everyone on this journey--no matter how big or small!

Tina said...

You look great. Thank you for the giveaway
merleandtina@Yahoo.com

Tina said...

https://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/131230625108721664
merleandtina@Yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have stopped drinking sodas, and lost 10lbs in 3 weeks.

Roxanna said...

I stopped drinking regular Soda and lost 30 lbs!

Roxanna said...

http://twitter.com/#!/roxannaj/status/131765295865004032
sobequeen@gmail.com

Clarke & Lewis said...

I drink more water

Clarke & Lewis said...

http://twitter.com/#!/rsmc1/status/131937631364845568

slehan said...

Finding out that I love to swim and doing it three times a week for the last eight years.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

blogged:
http://slehan.blogspot.com/2011/10/win-100-visa-from-blogher-jenny-craig.html

Danelle said...

I'm trying to drink more water and less diet soda.

groovyonetoo said...

I'm just trying to move more. I park farther away from the store and I make more than one trip when putting away the laundry. It's not much, but every little bit helps! Congrats on your weight loss! I'm glad it's making you feel better. ;)

Myrnie said...

I've been losing a few pounds a month since August, drinking lots of water and not keeping processed foods around. It's slow, but it adds up!

soifua said...

an average of 2 lbs a month lost is FABULOUS. Congratulations. After having 5 children I've started to concentrate on a healthier me, my favorite classes at the gym are zumba and spin; in a few weeks I'm going to take the instructor training course for zumba, I can't wait :)

here's to a healthier world, one person at a time

jori-o said...

One healthy thing I've recently done is cut out ALL suger. Hard, but worht it! I've lost 30 lbs since mid-July =)

susan1215 said...

I stopped drinking pop and started walking after dinner

s2s2 at comcast dot net

susan1215 said...

http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/132252611083640834

s2s2 at comcast dot net

Carolyn G said...

I started walking again

Anonymous said...

When I answer a call that I know will be lengthy from a friend or family member during the day, I take the phone outside and circle the house for as long as the call lasts.


maynekitty///at///live///dot///com

Jane said...

Congratulations!! I am trying to eat less sugar and stop eating after dinner. It is really hard to do but it is slowly paying off.

Marty said...

I've been trying to be healthier in another department--sleep (although trust me, I could improve my eating habits and have been meaning to try!). Lately, I've been trying to establish better sleep habits and winding down before bed by drinking tea. I've read a few places now that not sleeping enough contributes to overeating/eating less healthfully, so I figure it's a double whammy if I can improve on my sleep, lol.

poetees@gmail.com

Marty said...

I tweeted, you can find it here:
https://twitter.com/#!/chippybreath/status/132334756368105472

Marina@EBMR said...

We're making the conscious effot to switch to organic and stay away from the greasy friend nothings out there ;)

Terri said...

I've started drinking a LOT more water and practically NO soda. I also drink decaf green tea, iced. This simple change has helped me feel better and lose about 10 lbs. in the past six months. Congrats on your triumph!
dahbou at gmail dot com

Terri said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/#!/didyouyarnthat/status/132461605953867776
dahbou at gmail dot com

marcia goss said...

I walk a lot more than I used to. I also pay more attention to what I eat, especially snacks at work.
marcia.goss@gmail.com

marcia goss said...

Tweet.
https://twitter.com/#!/mgoss123/status/132470685284052992
marcia.goss@gmail.com

angie lilly said...

The biggest health change I ever made in my life was becoming a vegetarian over 11 years ago. I used to be sick all the time (bathroom sick) and just miserable anytime I ate a lot of meat. I can't tell you how much better I feel being a vegetarian both physically and spiritually!
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here:
http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/132499987434188801
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Great job on your weight loss! I have improved my healthy lifestyle by walking daily and cutting back on sweets and other unhealthy foods.

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/#!/madreblair/status/132516091825102849

Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/#!/madreblair/status/132516091825102849

coriwestphal said...

About 3 years ago, I quit smoking. I was a smoker for about 15 years and it was tough! In the process I gained about 30 pounds. I carried it around like a dragging reminder of what smoking did to me. In the last 6 months, I've decided to take back my body! No more smoking, and a goal of getting back into my pre-quitting jeans! I'm about halfway there, and I've never been prouder of myself!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/132549210867380224

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smdrm said...

I am eating more whole grain foods.
kg4rmt at arrl dot net

MCantu1019 said...

I've been eating right and exercising more.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

~dab said...

I started about a year ago getting serious about my weight loss, and I've lost 108# so far :) I still have quite a bit left to lose but I'm really happy with what I've done so far.

ewhatley said...

I've lost 10 pounds with smaller portions and fewer sweets.

mybeachylife at gmail dot com

bdiane34 said...

My most proud of change this year is I quit smoking, smoked for 20 yrs and now have been smoke free for 4 months
sweokgrl@gmail.com

bdiane34 said...

I tweeted
sweokgrl@gmail.com
https://twitter.com/#!/bdiane34/status/132987501160833026

Anonymous said...

I've tried eating better - more fruits and vegetables.

Tabathia said...

I have reduced my soda intake and sodium
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/133056287943573504
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

icefairy said...

I've resisted the temptation to eat eveing snacks.

icefairyisme at gmail dot com

Angel Jacklyn said...

I stopped drinking pop, but not because I wanted to. My medication actually affects the carbonation so the taste is awful. Well hey, at least it's better this way, right? lol

kytah00@yahoo.com

Angel Jacklyn said...

2nd entry tweet @ http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/133111180762947584

Tracy R said...

I work as an in house caregiver. I recently started borrowing a different exercise DVD from the library every week and doing the workout with my client at least once each weekend. It's been great for both of us!
cardprincess(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Tracy R said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/tracylr233/status/133117293516435456

Kelly Massman said...

My biggest weight loss triumph has been not gaining weight on prednisone (which is so hard for me)!! Thanks! kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

Anne Marie said...

I joined a gym and started exercising this fall!
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne Marie said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/thesodacat/status/133156099925880832

Melissa said...

a positive change I have made...so many! I've begun to watch my portions, calorie count, increased water intake and made exercise a PRIORITY. The result is fifty pounds lost this year! Woot!

Congrats on your loss!

Jammie said...

I have cut out a lot of the junk I was eating, now I eat more fruits and veggies and I get full faster. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

Jammie said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mommysdizzy/status/133240662224158721

meredith m said...

my positive healthy change has been more exercise, my goal is 3 times a week at least - and i try to keep myself more hydrated

meredith m said...

tweet https://twitter.com/#!/mermont84/status/133290526299521024

Mari said...

Eating 6 small meals a day is a positive change I made.

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

eating more organic foods is my biggest change
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