Jenny Craig Day 1 - Phone Consultations

Jenny Craig Day 1 - Phone Consultations

Today's Jenny Craig Tips:

* If chipperness isn’t in your personality’s Rolodex, the pep rally feel of your phone consultations may rub you the wrong way.

* The plan’s “Soupetizers” are a great way to feel full on few calories.

And now, here are the details of my 1st day on JC...

What I Weighed Today: 194.5 lbs. (8am)

Jenny Craig food feels like eating at Spago’s after spending a month on Nutrisystem.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. –Herm Albright

I am so impressed with this food and it has taken the edge off the miffed feeling I’ve had ever since yesterday’s game of phone tag hell. I know it has only been a day but what I’ve had has put me in a really optimistic place regarding what my meals are going to be like on this plan.
But I’m still not so sure how I feel about this phone consultation bullsh*t.  I think that I would much rather have a set time to walk into a building and meet with someone.  There is too much left to fate when it comes to the phone meeting thing.  For example, I have given these people my cell number three times now but I still keep getting calls on my home phone which I only gave them once in the beginning because that is where I happened to be that day.  I had to get short with the customer service rep to finally get them to realize that I be called on my cell number only.  This plan is expensive and it can not be all because of the food.  The cost includes the overhead to have people talk to you.  Well, in my book that means I shouldn’t have to wait a day to get someone to return a phone call.  Rant complete.
This evening I spoke to my new consultant, Tanya.  Tanya has the voice of a woman who spent her high school years smoking Marlboros and drinking Jim Beam from a bottle and the personality of rosy-cheeked cheerleader.  Tanya says "we" A LOT.  Tanya knows “we can do this.”  Sometimes Tanya’s “we” is her and Jenny Craig and sometimes her "we" is me and her.  But what becomes painfully obvious in our first slightly annoying and slightly cloying conversation is that Tanya does nothing alone and apparently neither will I as long as I have her in my corner.  She went over the materials that had come with my food.  Most of this part of the conversation was boring to me because I had already gone over everything by myself because I couldn’t get a consultation soon enough.  The main thing she told me that was of interest is that the diet is based on approximately 1,200 calories a day (which we know can be low for me but we will see how my body reacts). 

Jerry: You will be stunned.
Elaine: Stunned by soup?
Jerry: You can't eat this soup standing up. Your knees buckle.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  Jenny Craig Blueberry Muffin, 2 oz. String Cheese
Snack 1:  Jenny Craig Cookies & Cream Anytime Bar, 2 cups Coffee w/4 tablespoons sugar-free Vanilla creamer
Lunch:  Jenny Craig Beef Chow Mein, Steamed Brussel Sprouts
Snack:  Jenny Craig Cheese Curls
Dinner:  Jenny Craig Turkey w/Gravy
Snack:  Apple


I could either order what they call Soupetizers, which I noticed on the menu but were absent from my box, or I could make them myself with a bunch of veggies and some low-sodium broth.  Soupetizers are just really low-calorie soups that you eat before your meal to help you fill up.  Within the program there is a list of ‘unlimited’ foods and drinks such as celery, cucumber, sauerkraut, lemon juice, and mineral water of which you can have as much as you want all day to help you stay on plan.  Then there are “limited” foods, such as BBQ sauce, fat-free mayo, fruits, and Soupetizers.  These you can have up to three servings from the entire list each day.  I like the idea of having the Soupetizer so I made some out of a bag of pre-seasoned frozen veggies and vegetable broth I had in the cupboard.  It was delicious and the pot was big enough to last the rest of the week (if I only need one serving per day to keep me full).  This may be one of the tips I take with me for when I am between eating plans and trying not to lose my mind.
Anyway, back to my conversation with the effervescent Tanya.  She told me how she lost nearly 40 pounds on the plan and she thinks it’s the best thing out there.  I felt a little bad when she just kept saying how proud she was going to be to get me to my 50 pound weight-loss goal when I knew that I would be breaking up with her in two weeks to start going in to the centers and breaking up with Jenny Craig altogether in 28 days.  I played the role though and gave her my best “Yay, Team Heidi!”  attitude and got off the phone as soon as I could.  Five minutes after we hung up she sent me an email:

Hi Heidi!
I am SO LUCKY I got you!  You seem so awesome!  I have to tell you—I am bound and determined to see you get this weight off.  I’ll do whatever I can to see you do it!
Remember, you get free shipping ($65 savings) if you order two 2-week orders.  So please think about what your choices will be for your next delivery.  (I attached my order form since it is the most current.)  Also, think about what date you want your next shipment.  We deliver Tues-Fri.  I need 5-7 days to process and ship your choices so that you get a delivery before you run out of food.
I am here Sun/Mon A.M. and T/W/Th P.M.  Please come to me directly for everything you need!
I can’t wait to work with you, BEST OF LUCK THIS WEEK!
Yours truly,

  I feel a little like an ass.

Product Reviews:
* Jenny Craig Blueberry Muffin
YUM! Super moist and suspiciously filling and delicious.  Those of us in the know can tell it is definitely not ‘full-fat’ but it is an excellent version of a low-calorie muffin. 
* Jenny Craig Cookies & Cream Anytime Bar
Meh.  I’m going to have to eat 1 of these everyday and it is a strange little snack.  I can only describe it as a flavorless Tootsie Roll.  The first bite taste kind of sweet and yummy but it is very chewy and at about the 4 chew of the first mouthful, it starts to taste a bit like Silly Putty or PlayDoh. As a person who has suffered with Pica (a nutritional deficiency that made me crave and eat sand), this is not the worst thing I’ve ever had but it’s also not the best.  It is supposedly a nutrition bar so I will get it down everyday but it is a taste phenomena that I can imagine most JC dieters find strange at best and repulsive at worst.
* Jenny Craig Beef Chow Mein
YUM!  So freakin’ good! No beef boogers here, good size slices of beef in a slightly sweet, brown, thick sauce.  Yummy noodles. Very filling BUT so good that you kinda want more right away.  That’s the danger of well-made comfort food. This was one of the vacuum packed meals and I was immediately impressed
* Jenny Craig Cheese Curls
YUM! These will probably only be yummy to people who have had and enjoyed low-fat versions of cheese curls before.  I LOVED these.  I usually by my low-fat cheese curls at Trader Joes and I actually have come to like them far better than their high-fat brother Cheetos, however the difference here was that the serving was tiny.  I usually by a big bag and consume about 1/3 of it in one sitting.  While the taste of these was very satisfactory, the serving size left me wanting to stab someone.
* Jenny Craig Turkey w/Gravy
YUM! Turkey medallion slices in a delicious golden gravy. Smashies (mashed potatoes) and green beans with slivered almonds on the side.  Filling and yummy. Excellent!

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