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Week 2 Jenny Craig Review [$100 Visa Gift Card Give Away]

One week over (and just over 5 lbs down).

I headed back in on Monday and after some chatting about how the week went and if I liked the food it was time to get down to business.  For your second visit you not only get to get on the scale, but they let you take your own measurements and then you get to take your before images.

This week we talked a lot about the thought process behind losing weight.  Turns out my issue with all or nothing dieting is what they call a diet extremist.  So I need to focus on getting over the fact that I won't be perfect and celebrating the successes that I do have.  Progress, not perfection in their motto.

We talked about the food.  The first week is a lot of their freezer meals and it was all good.  You are allowed to have as many non starchy vegetables as you like, so it is easy to dress them up.  Add some broccoli to the pasta and zucchini to the soup.  I really like veggies, but I was shocked at how many they actually have you eat.  I think I averaged 4 to 5 cups of required veggies a day, not counting the free snacks.  I had a complete light bulb moment.  I didn't want to eat two cups of the same veggie at dinner, so I started making a few different veggies, which gave my kids more veggie options.  I used to make only one because fighting over one type of vegetable seemed like enough, but I can actually get them to eat more vegetables overall if they have a choice.

The best part of the prepackaged food is probably seeing an actual portion size.  I can't remember the last time anything I bought at a restaurant was actually a single portion.

Most of the appointment was spent making a plan of action for the next week.  You lay out your schedule and what bumps you might have in the road (a party you will attend with a lot of great food, dinner out, a holiday) and they help you make a plan to successfully meet all of those bumps.  And it isn't just ways to avoid eating.  They actually will give you advice on how to choose what to eat at a party and they have a great guide for eating out too.  It covers everything from restaurants to the mall food court.  My favorite piece of advice for a party was checking out all of the options first, then picking out what you want to eat the most and enjoying it, then eating a lot of veggies and fruits to keep from eating everything on the table.

So those are the tips that stuck out so far.  I would love to hear what tips you have for eating healthy and making good food choices.  Leave me a comment letting me know the tip that works for you and you will be entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card

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*** I was given the opportunity in September to try out Jenny Craig for four weeks, including food, free of charge.  This is the second post in a series of three that walk you through my experience.  The average Jenny Craig client is expected to lose 1-2 pounds per week, which is a healthy and normal rate to lose weight, so follow along and see how I do with the program.  There will be a fun giveaway included in each post as well.***

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