Jenny Craig Max Up Week 1 Day 1

I overslept so I’m already messing up this diet. LOL. I was supposed to eat a recharge bar 2 hours before breakfast but couldn’t eat Willkie I was sleeping. Oh well. Here’s breakfast.

Waffles. Please oh please let them not be disgusting. I put them in my toaster and immediately noticed that they smell delicious. If they taste like they smell oh boy I’ll be happy.

The syrup is very thick.

Jenny Craig Classic Waffles with Syrup – 195 calories

While they didn’t taste as good as they smelled, they were not horrible. I would eat them again. You can taste the artificial sweetener in the syrup.

Smell/taste: A+/B, Serving size: B, Ease: A

Jenny Craig Shake- I am supposed to have a Jenny Craig shake with my breakfast. Unfortunately, you have to purchase these separately. So, on top of the $185.56 ($142.64 with coupon) and the supplemental food from the grocery store, you have to purchase shakes from Jenny Craig. They are $3.50 a serving. WOW!

Smell/taste – don’t know. Didn’t come with the food I bought, Serving size – don’t know. Didn’t come with the food I bought, Ease – really easy since I didn’t have the shake mix. Overall score for the Jenny Craig Shake – F-.

The Recharge Bar – you are supposed to eat this two hours before breakfast. I other words, since I get up at 5:30 and have breakfast, I would have to wake up at 3:30 to eat this. Nope, not going to do it. Here are some photos of the bar.

Recharge bar up close

I am not going to lie, I was looking forward to eating this bar. Macadamia nuts, almonds, and pecans drizzled in honey? Sounds delicious. NOPE! I will not be eating these. I can’t imagine getting up extra early to eat this mealy, flavorless bar. Not going to do it!!!

Smell/taste: F/F-, Serving size: C, Ease: A

LUNCH TIME!

Today’s Jenny Craig lunch is orange chicken. Hopefully it is good.

JC Orange Chicken

Three minutes in the microwave and this delicious little mean was ready. the flavor was great. The chicken was actually very good. Not rubbery at all. I’m supposed to have an additional healthy veggie but I think I will skip it.

Smell/Taste: A/A+, Serving size: C (I’m going to be hungry in about an hour). Ease: B+

Dinner!!!!

Tonight I am having Three Cheese Macaroni with Broccoli with Carrots! Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert! Looks good. Four and a half minutes in the microwave.

Mac n cheese and veggies: Smell/taste: B/A, Serving size: B, Ease: A

Chocolate Chip Cookies: Smell/taste: B/B, Serving size: B, Ease: A – taste ok but hard, hard cookies.

So, my final conclusion on day 1 is that the food tastes ok but is not worth what they charge for it.

The Jenny Craig app is atrocious.

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You’ve seen those Jenny Craig commercials, right?

I decided I was going to try 4 weeks on the Jenny Craig diet plan. I saw an ad and thought the coaching plus the set menu each week might help me lose weight. I was always reluctant to try this plan because you had to pay extra to join and also buy their food. The ad I saw said that you just pay for the food now. So, I thought I’d give it a try.

First thing I did was sign up and pay for my first week of food. During the sign up you have to answer a bunch of questions and it tells you which plan would work best for your situation. Of course I was steered toward the most expensive plan – the Max Up plan. 7 days – 3 meals a day plus some snacks. I had a coupon code, so I paid $142.64. Yes, that’s $142.64 AFTER the coupon!!! Regular price would have been $185.56. I placed my order on 3/9/22 and was then told to schedule my first phone consultation with my coach. I was able to get it scheduled for the very next day, after work.

After I paid I was provided with the menu for my first four weeks. Guess what!?!?! It turns out that you don’t get all the required food for the week with that $186 ($143 with the coupon). Nope, you have to provide fresh fruits and veggies, some healthy protein, and Jenny Craig Shakes ($3.89 per serving). Really??? They really got me there, I’ll find out more during the phone consultation in my coach.

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So, the consultation call…sigh. My 6:20pm call was a little late. The “coach”, whose name was not understandable, started asking me the same questions that I answered on the computer and was very disappointed to find out that I had already signed up for the plan online. She wanted to know why I asked for a call if I was already signed up. When I told her that I set up the call because the website told me to after I signed up and paid for my food. She suggested 800 calories more for me than the online plan suggested. Great program, huh? She then proceeded to tell me that, since I signed up online for auto ship, I am not allowed to have the phone consultations. Apparently, only people who sign up and order their food through a coach are eligible for the phone consultations. She tried to convince me to cancel the auto ship and have HER order my food for me. I refused. Her response was “That’s too bad.” At this point she quickly finished the phone call and basically said “good luck”.

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Needless to say, I’m not happy with the dishonest advertising and the pushy salesperson/coach. I cancelled all future orders with customer service…I hope. I have decided to eat the food according to the menu they provided and post my thoughts here. Stay tuned for Monday 3/14 when I will be posting my review of Week 1, Day 1 on the Jenny Craig Max Up food plan. It should be a hoot!

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Now, for some ice cream and then time for bed. See you on Monday!

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What I did on my vacation

We were off work last week doing work around the house. In between chores and projects, I spent some time crafting. I am really enjoying crocheting. I’m getting more confident in my skills. I participated in a mystery crochet-along. The parts of the crochet pattern came out every other day. At the end we had a finished product. Here’s some pictures of the crafts I worked on this week.

crocheted bunny
bunny butt
Bunny has a friend that still needs eye and a beak
The finished mystery crochet-along
My first attempt at chalk paste stenciling

Hopefully I’ll be back to regular posts this week.

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Doodle Challenge Day 11

Today’s doodle mixes pencil and ink on mixed media paper. I shaded the butterfly with a No. 2 pencil. The outlines and lettering were done with a .08 micro liner. The pink background was done with a Dollar Tree gel pen. It is no surprise that I call this doodle Fly Free.

I hope you are all well and enjoying doodling.

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Doodle Challenge Day 10

I don’t know if it is still popular but a few years ago hand lettered sayings on book pages were a big think. I always liked how they looked. I thought I might try a doodle on a book page.

Today’s doodle is a Celtic lot on a book about Celtic lore. This one was a challenge due to how intertwined the knot is.

What would you like to see drawn on a book page? Maybe you would like to do a book page doodle and share it with us? I hope you do.

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Doodle Challenge Day 9

You do not need expensive or special tools to doodle. This doodle is done with a regular No. 2 pencil on a post-it note. It is a 3D twisty heart that I call Love in 3D.

In the past I have been known to doodle on my desk calendar, my arm, and even my pant leg.

Where have you doodled? What simple tools have you used? Share your story.

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Doodle Challenge Day 8

For today’s doodle I tried a technique I saw on Pinterest. Using torn paper to make the outlines of mountains. I added some water, a rocky beach and some palm trees. I enjoyed making this one.

What kind of doodle will tomorrow bring? If you have a suggestion, I’d love to hear it. Write it in the comments. Happy doodling.

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