Jenny Craig Day 11 - Bad White Cheddar Popcorn

Jenny Craig Day 11 - Bad White Cheddar Popcorn

Today's Jenny Craig Tips:

* There’s nothing wrong with making a company give you what you paid for (“Jenny Craig, return my calls, dammit!”).

* It is indeed possible for a company to mess up popcorn.

* You know you’re making mental progress when you spend Friday night alone and the night doesn’t end with you slurring on the floor surrounded by food wrappers.

And now, here are the details of my 11th day on JC...

What I Weighed Today: 191 lbs. (8am)

So it’s Friday and I have nothing to do tonight.  I feel like I want to go out but there are two things holding me back:  1)  I really don’t want to go out alone (not scared to, just don’t feel like it on this particular night) and 2)  Howard.  I know that Howard should not be part of this equation but I have to be honest and say that he is.  To be truthful, I wish our date was tonight.  I’m not even sure why it’s not but I don’t want to question him about it.  He is obviously as busy as I am, and I prefer to be a low-maintenance type chick because I prefer a low-maintenance man.  I don’t want clingy, jealous, needy or stupid so I avoid being all of those things myself.  I’ll just stay in and work or watch TV.  Maybe soon I will have a date every Friday night.  I can’t remember the last time that was the case for me.

Isn't it strange, when you're single, all you see is couples, and when you're in a couple, all you see is hookers? —Jim Gaffigan

I got a call back from the Jenny Craig diet center today.  I have an appointment tomorrow morning.  I am up a pound today which worries me but hopefully that will be gone by the time I weigh in tomorrow.  The person who called was nice enough.  Her name was Gail and she sounded professionally friendly but not overt.  I liked it.  I have no idea how long this appointment is tomorrow.  I should have asked but didn’t.  I’m assuming about ½ hour.  This is going to be interesting.  I hope they let me get a bunch of all the stuff I like.  Some of this stuff I could easily eat every day. 

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  Jenny Craig Maple Nut Hot Cereal, 2 oz. String Cheese, 2 cups Coffee w/4 tablespoons sugar-free Hazelnut creamer
Snack 1:  Jenny Peanut Butter Chocolate Anytime Bar,
Lunch:  Jenny Craig Personal Pizza, Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower, Soy Sauce
Snack:  Apple
Dinner:  Jenny Craig Cashew Chicken, 3 oz. String Cheese, Venti Starbuck Skinny ½ Caffe Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte ,
Snack:  Jenny Craig White Cheddar Popcorn


I watched an Oprah show about hoarding today.  It was fascinating, particularly when Oprah compared hording to weight.  Of course she would, it’s what she relates to.  The funny thing is that people say the same things to and about obese people that they do to hoarders:

-     ‘How did you let this get so bad?’
-    ‘At what point are you going to say enough is enough?’
-    ‘This didn’t happen overnight’
-    ‘How can you live like this?’
-    ‘It’s just laziness’
-    ‘Just get up and do something about it’

Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs. —Robin Williams

To be truthful, I’ve said these things about hoarders, too.  But when she compared it to the weight thing, a light went on in my head and I had to readjust my way of thinking.  I know how easy it is for something to get out of control and then seem so insurmountable that you just don’t know where to start or from what angle to attack it from.  I know how you can have a problem that everyone else can clearly see, but that you can’t or won’t acknowledge in public.  I know about giving up.  But I also know about asking for an getting help.  I know the miracle of being supported, but I also know the fascinating process of learning to be my own cheerleader.  I know the process of changing the inner dialogue from “I’ll never be able to lose all this weight!” to “I’ll focus on just losing this much for now, or getting through this day for now.”  The next day or week isn’t nearly so hard once stop looking at the big picture and just focus on small victories.  I am most definitely a work in progress.  I still like immediate gratification which has caused me to be disappointed and discouraged on a regular basis.  But as long as I am not in a hormonal, emotional tailspin, I have been able to pull the switches and stay on track by just reminding myself that we are doing this in increments.  28 days by 28 days, five pounds by five pounds.  Everything else is gravy.

Product Reviews:
* Jenny Craig Maple Nut Hot Cereal
Meh. I’m probably being a total b*tch about this but I just wasn’t bowled over.  It was just as good as any package of instant oatmeal.  To be fair, it was a little more hearty than Quaker Oats.  The oats were larger and thicker so they stayed more al dente, which gave the cereal a more ‘health-food’ vibe.  But other than that it was pretty unremarkable.
* Jenny Craig Personal Pizza
Meh. I like pizza.  I hate cooked tomatoes.  Put them both together and I will eat it but I won’t like it.  The reduced fat cheese melted in a very strange way, it just sort of ….wilted.  Then there was this weird sogginess that persisted in the middle of the pizza no matter how long I left it in the toaster oven.  Add to that those hot, mushy diced tomatoes and I had a little vomit in my mouth moment.  I ‘fixed’ it by scraping all the toppings off, retoasting what was left and just eating the dough.  I gave this a ‘Meh’ instead of a ‘WTF’ because in the end, I did enjoy the crust and wanted more when I finished it.
* Jenny Craig Cashew Chicken
YUM!  Awesome little dish!  As you know I usually don’t like nuts in my food (pardon the obvious pun).  At any rate, this was so subtle that I didn’t mind.  The gravy was slightly sweet and tangy.  It came with a small serving of brown rice and had lots of veggies mixed in.  Well done JC.
* Jenny Craig White Cheddar Popcorn
Meh. One of my mainline addictions is White Cheddar Popcorn.  There is a brand called Smart Food that I buy by the case when I’m not dieting.  So I was really excited to try JC’s version.  Yeah, that went over like a fart in an oxygen tank.  I’m not sure if it was because the popcorn was prepared with no fat or because it was possibly stale but this was popcorn jerky.  Half the pieces never broke down enough for me to swallow so I wound up spitting these chewed up pieces of Styrofoam into a napkin after sucking all the flavor off of them.  Bizarre. Don’t want to waste a snack on that crap again.

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