100 lb. Club - I have come to a decision....(grab a coffee, it's kinda long)

09-05-2007, 11:17 AM
After much thought and study, I have decided to join Jenny Craig. Even though I owe NO ONE an explanation, here are my reasons (maybe this is more for myself than anyone):

--I NEED STRUCTURE: When reflecting back on the programs that have worked for me in the past, the ones that are the most structured have always done the best. Back in 2003-2004, I lost 70 lbs using Medifast. My physician advises going that low in calories again, so I can't do that. But I think my success was largely due to the rigid structure. Obviously it wasn't a long term success, because I have put on 50 of the 70 lbs again.

--FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: I also realized that the programs that gave me too much choice (like Weight Watchers) were the most dangerous to me. I would stay within my points, but what I spent my points on mostly was crap food, totally void of nutrition. That only taught me ways to manipulate the system and still eat junk. I lost and gained the same 6 lbs for about 10 weeks. Jenny's program is based on balance.

--FINANCIALLY: I've recently discovered that my health insurance with pay 50% of the program cost for JC, while my employer will pay $40 a month toward the program as part of the company wellness program. Between the two, I can join Jenny for FREE, plus have some of the food paid for.....that being said, I am in a very good place financially where paying for program food will not be a hardship on me at all.

--DONE MY HOMEWORK: I've been reading diet reviews, message boards (including this one), etc. to find out how the program works, what I should expect, etc. I feel very well prepared for the decision I have made.

--KEEPING IT REAL: I am aware that I cannot eat ONLY Jenny food forever; I also know that there will be occasions where dining out will happen, special events, and other things that will put me in food situations. The JC program has thought through all of these things, and has trained their consultants to help their clients develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. BTW, I *LOVE* the fact that there is a consultant JUST FOR ME...unlike having to vie for the little bit of attention of my WW leader would give me. And I will not hesitate to ask for a different consultant if I feel I am not clicking with her/him. It's MY program, after all....

So, there you have it.....I am about to embark on a brand new adventure. I can visualize this plan working for me. I am COMMITTED to improving my quality of life through being healthy. The only one that can do this is ME.

I want to thank you all for reading this to the end. I hope you'll all support me in my endeavors.

09-05-2007, 11:24 AM
Good for you! I'm not on Jenny Craig but I hear you on having structure in your diet plan!!!! If you're anything like me there wasn't a lot of structure when it came to eating when I was growing up. Mom would pile the mashed taters on my plate and encourage me to eat more! I know mom meant well but geez she had to have seen what all that food was doing to me!

It's great that your employer is helping out! Do you mind providing more info on how that works with your company-are they teamed up with a certain program? insurance? etc. I'd love to propose something like this to the company I work for so any details you can provide would be great!

Good luck on JC!

09-05-2007, 11:24 AM
Congratulations on your decision to improve your health. The way you choose to do it is your business, I always say do what works for you.Good luck.

09-05-2007, 11:27 AM
Good luck, Jen! JC and the other food delivery programs never seem vegetarian-friendly, which is why I haven't considered them, but I think it's awesome that your employer will pay part of the cost! That definitely makes it worth a try.

(As an aside, I just left the Space Coast for a job in Tennessee. My parents live in Melbourne. Small world!)

09-05-2007, 11:27 AM
Hey Jen, I totally get what you're saying about loving structure - I also thrive on it.

Just be thinking long term - how will you get the structure you need when you're flying solo. You don't like the freedom of WW (or probably calorie counting), I would definitely encourage you to join us in the Whole Foods Lifestyle section - whole foods + calorie counting really provides a ton of structure while eliminating junk. It might give you some ideas for meals/recipes (and strategies for restaurants/social events) to try during/after Jenny Craig! The Maintainer's Forum is also a GREAT place to hang out - everyone that loses 1 lb is a maintainer!

Good luck with Jenny Craig!

The Other Jen

09-05-2007, 11:53 AM
congrats on this decision! And that is great that your health insurance will pay part of it!!! The most important thing is you getting healthy, no matter how you plan to do it!! Way to go!!!!

09-05-2007, 11:56 AM
Jen - The reason that there are so many different diets out there is that everyone needs different things to help them reach their goals. It sounds like you have put a lot of thought into your choice and it makes a ton of sense. That is so great that your work and insurance will pay for so much of it. I can't wait to hear how it goes for you!

09-05-2007, 12:52 PM
Sounds like you've thought it out...good idea.;)

Best wishes!:D

09-05-2007, 01:42 PM
Yes, we will support you! Please keep posting and let us know how you're doing.

09-05-2007, 02:06 PM
I absolutely applaud your decision. I think it is vital to find your weaknesses and work around them. Doesn't hurt that insurance and the job will help with the costs.

I used to say all the time, how I wish somebody would just hand me a days allotment of food, I would know that that's what I could eat and be done with it - period. JC was not an option for me for several reasons - the main one being I have a family and it just wouldn't fit it with a family life, not to mention the money aspect of it.

I think you're a pretty smart chickie. I think you are more then aware that this is just a temporary means to your "solution". I think you know that when that weight comes off, and it will, there IS maintenance to contend with after. Hopefully by the time you get there and well before it, you can start weaning yourself from JC and find a more permanent "solution", so to speak.

Good luck to you Jen. I'm EXTREMELY excited for you!!!!! I think this can really be something positive for you.

But please don't forget about us, now that you've got some JC counselor helping you along ;). Hey, maybe they could put you in a commercial like Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli. :)

09-05-2007, 02:13 PM
Sounds like you have done your homework. I hope it goes wonderfully for you!!!

09-05-2007, 02:46 PM
Good for you, Jen!

I think that half the battle is choosing the plan that's going to work best for you as an individual rather than jumping on the bandwagon and going for whichever diet is currently fashionable. Sounds like you've fully looked into it, so I'm sure you're going to be fine!

09-05-2007, 03:22 PM
Hey there!!

I really like Jenny Craig and I think you'll do great. You have really put a lot of thought into this.

We are here for you 100%!!

09-05-2007, 03:27 PM
I agree that they key is to find what works for you and for your lifestyle. My sister did JC 2 years ago and loved it and has been able to keep her weight off. Best of luck to you! :)

09-05-2007, 04:18 PM
Thank you thank you thank you! I knew I could count on you all for support! To answer a few questions:

Vealcalf:I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. They have partnered with Jenny Craig to offer discounts on the program costs. I know there are some other insurance carriers that do as well...as far as my employer goes, I work for a large company that wants to try to keep healthcare costs down, and feel like offering financial incentives for this will pay off big in the long run. My employer will reimburse me $40 per month to be on either Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem. They will also contribute $25 per month towards a gym membership. Even better--they are giving CASH to people that lose weight! If you lose at least 5% of your body weight a quarter, you will end up with $500 at the end of the year! They are doing a similar incentive with a tobacco cessation program. I missed my 5% target the first quarter, but am hoping to be able to make it the second quarter.

Thistoo:JC actually has a lot of meatless meals now. ...and I work near Melbourne where your folks are! A small world indeed!

Glory (aka the other Jen): I guess what I meant by "too much freedom" is that it is too much for me at first. I need to be told what to do, at least in the beginning. The JC program is structured in such a way that it will start incorporating food other than JC food a bit at a time, with the end goal to be totally off the food. I don't know of too many maintainers in JC that don't still use the food in some way or the other though....

Rockinrobin:I don't see JC as a "temporary" solution--more like a means to an end. JC has a good maintenace program, so they don't kick you out the door when you reach goal! LOL And BTW, There is NO JC counselor that can ever replace the support of 3FC folks!!

Again, thanks to all of you for your support. I have an appointment tomorrow after work, and I am THIS excited:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:!!

09-05-2007, 05:05 PM
Aw Jen, I'm glad to hear that Jenny Craig itself has a longterm plan. I mean I knew that YOU did, I just wasn't sure, being unfamiliar with them, if THEY did. The reason I said "temporary" is because I figured one can't go on eating their food forever and ever and ever. Or could one?

I know no one can replace 3FC, this IS a unique place. But I'm real glad you'll have your own personal counselor. Again, I'm real excited for you. :)

09-06-2007, 10:51 AM
Well, I reckon one COULD go on eating the food if they wanted....and who knows? I may do that, if I get rich or something! :)

I have an appointment today at the centre after work for the big weigh in, etc. I am really excited to get this party started!! :)

09-06-2007, 03:20 PM
That's great Jen! We all have to find what works best for each of us. I needed a lot of structure in the beginning also. For me, having a list of foods that I could and could not eat was a lifesaver. I knew there were things that I had to avoid (based on the lists that my "diet" was based on), and that was my structure and how I made it from day to day. I understand yours doesn't work just like that, but regardless I understand the need for structure.

We'll be here to cheer you on, regardless of the program you choose. Good luck!

09-07-2007, 10:35 AM
Thanks Tammy! In the beginning of the program, they plan it out for you, but after awhile you can make your own choices of what JC food you want to eat. Eventually, non-JC food is incorporated in the form of exchanges (which is totally foreign to me!).

I've hit a little snag in joining JC--I have to get my cardiologist's approval before going on it. So....I have an appointment with him today for a six month follow-up. Hopefully he'll sign my waiver and I can get this show on the road! My JC consultant says she's never had a doctor refuse to let a patient go on the program--I really hope mine won't be the first!

Will check in later with the results of my visit!

09-07-2007, 10:32 PM
I'm so happy for you that you've found something that will work for you!
I know what you mean about structure. I'm using Medifast now. It's really helping me, as I need the structure SO much, too! I tried WW, but didn't have the self control to choose wisely. I figure when I get near goal, I will have trained myself to stay away from all of the junk that got me here.
Best wishes to you! You can do it!!!!

09-08-2007, 12:28 AM
Thanks Peggy P! Good luck with Medifast!

BTW, all is well...doc was glad to see me join Jenny Craig--says it is a very sound program!

09-08-2007, 12:53 AM
Good to hear, Jen! You can do this! :cheer:

09-08-2007, 03:08 PM
Thanks SAPF!!

09-09-2007, 12:50 PM
I'm glad you got approval! And thanks for clueing me in that they've got more vegetarian-friendly meals now, I will keep that in mind in case I ever strike it rich ; ) I wish my employer would give the kind of incentives yours does for healthy living, but I work for a county so I'm not holding my breath. I'm glad *someone* has those benefits, though. Good luck on your new program!

09-09-2007, 01:04 PM
Hi there!
I've never posted on this board, but as you see by my ticker, my goal is to lose over 100lbs. I hope that my response on this board is appropriate!!!
The BEST diet for you is the ONE THAT WORKS!!!! If, for you, this is Jenny Craig, EXCELLENT!!! You have support here, for sure!
Way to go in making such a thought-out decision!!!:hug:
And, no matter the outcome, at least you will know if this program is for you.
Keep everyone updated!

09-09-2007, 01:28 PM
It sounds like a really good plan for you! You sound like you have it all figured out and you can't lose (actually you WILL lose, LOL!)

One thing I've learned is that there is no perfect diet for everyone. My mom lost 30 pounds on WW 10 years ago and she's like the WW evangelist, LOL, but OMG I joined like four times and it always drives me NUTS! I hated the meetings, the weigh-ins, the merchandising and the endless counting, counting, counting and that whole WW culture! BUT SHE LOVES ALL OF THE ABOVE, as do tons of people.

It took me a long time to look in terms of, what's right for ME, instead of saying "what's wrong with me that I can't do this?"

Good luck to you?

09-09-2007, 01:31 PM
PS, isn't that dress of Val's just the bomb?? I love it!! I would love to wear that to the mother/daughter fashion show at my daughter's school in March! NOW THERE'S A GOAL....I got some work to do!

I find her really inspirational - I like her video blogs on the JC site.

09-09-2007, 05:33 PM
My mom lost 30 pounds on WW 10 years ago and she's like the WW evangelist, LOL, but OMG I joined like four times and it always drives me NUTS! I hated the meetings, the weigh-ins, the merchandising and the endless counting, counting, counting and that whole WW culture! BUT SHE LOVES ALL OF THE ABOVE, as do tons of people.

It took me a long time to look in terms of, what's right for ME, instead of saying "what's wrong with me that I can't do this?"

Good luck to you?

I hear you about the "WW culture"....I never felt "good enough" when I was on WW, ya know? Just a personal thing with me...it is obviously a great program with so many successful folk.

And K8-EEE, you hit the nail on the head--the question should not be "What is WRONG with me, but what is RIGHT *FOR* me?"

And yes, that is an AWESOME dress! I think in her blog on JC she says it is a size 6 or 8. She looks awesome, doesnt she?

Today is Day 2, and so far I have had some very tasty food and have read some very motivating material. I feel SO GOOD about being on this program! :)

09-10-2007, 11:39 AM
I'm so happy for you, hun! If it works, that is all that matters. We all have to do what works best for us, so long as the weight is coming off and we're getting healthier, what matter does it make what plan each of us follow? As I always say, "one size does NOT fit all"- the same goes for diet plans!

I wish you the best of luck on JC. Keep us informed of your progress! :hug:

09-14-2007, 09:54 AM
Just wanted to update: I dropped 5.6 lbs on my first weigh in! just a wee bit shy of my 6 lb goal! But I will be there next week! :)

09-14-2007, 10:00 AM
Just wanted to update: I dropped 5.6 lbs on my first weigh in! just a wee bit shy of my 6 lb goal! But I will be there next week! :)


I just realized....your name is Jen and you're on Jenny Craig....it was definitely meant to be!

09-14-2007, 10:08 AM
WTG on the loss, that's awesome! :cheer2: How often do you weigh in?

09-14-2007, 10:18 AM
Oh Jen, I am SOOOO happy for you. May this be the first of many, many spectacular weigh-ins for you!!!

09-14-2007, 10:33 AM
Thanks, y'all! :)

Gale, I see my Jenny Craig Consultant (JCC) once a week to weigh in, purchase food and review my week and discuss good things and bad things. She was very pleased with my weigh in results!

I've decided to make 1 lb a week my goal. I know there will be weeks where I go over that, and some weeks that I will be short of it, or even gain (TOM stuff), but I think a 1 lb a week average is achievable.

Another decision I have made: to NOT weigh at home. The only scale that counts right now is the JC scale. I'm doing this so I won't drive myself mental with the scale difference. It will be difficult, because my partner is OBSESSED with weighing himself daily (sometimes even more than once a day). But just like I bypass alcohol and sweet treats when out, I can avoid the scale.

09-14-2007, 10:38 AM
:woohoo: That is such great news! :cp:

09-14-2007, 10:43 AM
Jen - What a fantastic weigh in! I am so glad it is going so well for you.