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A couple of months ago I was asked to try out the Jenny Craig program. Aside from a few posts on Where Are My Knees?, I didn't know much about them but I liked the idea of a pre-planned diet with an on hand consultant. Over the years I've tried everything from fad diets to meal plans and have been a member of Weight Watchers & Slimming World too many times to count so I looked forward to trying something different. Prior to starting the plan my weightloss had stalled but I had successfully maintained a 50lbs loss so I was hoping it would give me the boost to get my weightloss back on track.

Along with the box of food, I received a folder & a specially tailored pescatarian two week meal plan. I was a bit overwhelmed with how much extra food was needed; along with each Jenny Craig item other foods such as proteins and fats from a list of foods given were supposed to accompany every meal. My plan was set at 1750 calories which was higher than the calorie intake I was on and while I didn't think there was enough food for the latter part of the day, the breakfasts were insane and I usually only managed to eat the cereal & a piece of fruit.

For the sake of honesty, I didn't complete the full two weeks; I managed a week & a half so I genuinely can't comment on the effectiveness of the plan but I wasn't impressed with the options and I found the people I spoke to ill-informed & patronising. Considering the rigidity of the plan I found the lack of choice to be a problem, I can't abide mushrooms yet I received four mushroom stroganoffs. I also found it hard to fit around my lifestyle, I'm a student & as most of the meals required a microwave or boiling water, I was having to eat at weird times as going to university left me stuck. I also found that the extra foods meant I was buying more food not less.

In one of my initial phone calls I was asked for my stats and measurements and was told that to find my waist measurement I had to 'bend over to the side, it's where it goes in'... there are no words. After receiving my meal plan, I queried the high calorie intake as I was already eating below 1750 & was worried I would gain not lose. I spoke to several people & after being told numerous times that 'the calorie intake has to be lower than normal in order to lose weight' followed by a recital of the basis of the plan, I finally managed to explain that the calories were higher not lower & was greeted with a baffled explanation that the calories were worked out scientifically by a nutritionist etc. On another occasion I had a query regarding exercise only to find out that the person I had initially spoken to had disregarded the activity level I'd stated & put a lower one. At the time I was walking the 4 mile round trip to the gym as well as spending 2 hours there working out everyday & doing a weekly boxercise class, so to find out that I'd basically been called a liar was beyond offensive. My phone broke and I got a new contract & number during my second week but no one replied to my email.

I realise this review is wholly negative and I apologise but I'm not going to write a favourable review about something I was unhappy with. I still think the Jenny Craig plan combining a meal plan with a consultant is a good idea, especially for those who struggle or lack support but I think the plan would be more suited to someone who struggles with meal structure and portion size.

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Quick post as I'm currently on my way out the door but just a heads up for the twitter event hosted by Weight Watchers this evening. I adore Louise Roe's style so I bet it's going to be good! :)
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L-R from top: Jessie J Jubilee/First tattoo!/Fish bowls/Fire & cocktails/Fittie central/Queenie celebrating/30 Day Shred/Nando's/Mirror whores/Bouncy castle 2/Carrot cake/Meeting the Royals/Jubilee fiesta

I should probably make more of an effort to take pictures but I usually get too caught up in the moment.
This week has been amazing, I think I could sleep for days!
How was your week?
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IMG_9688 Has it really been six months since I last did one of these? Lawd. I do miss rambling on though, so they're coming back. Unfortunately I was out all day & didn't get chance to get a picture of my lovely mug, so here's a photo of some jubilee themed children instead.

I spent the day (& most of the evening) drinking tea & Pimms at a street party in honour of her majesty. It was freezing & at one point raining but like the true Brits we are, we soldiered through! There was a BBQ & a bouncy castle & the best part is, I get to do it all again at another one tomorrow.

I travelled down to Sheffield on Friday for an event & got to meet up with Rosie for the first time in forever. The event was fabulous & it was amazayn to catch up with Rosie! We may have taken advantage (I say we, mostly Rosie ;) of the royal masks & jubilee themed cupcakes but more on that later...

I am so happy to announce that my shopping ban finally ended on Friday! I'm going to do a post explaining how torturous it was but suffice to say, I have learnt nothing & saved nothing; it was just bleak.

I've just started the True Blood series, (television & books) and so far I am not impressed; to me it's basically Twilight but if possible Sookie is even more vacuous than Bella. What're your thoughts, are you a fan of True Blood?

Did you do anything for the jubilee?
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Clockwise from top: Drunken times/Simply Be/School run/Welcome to Sheffield/Train journey/Jessica Ennis, who? Haha!/Panache Event/wiwt/Jubilee tote/Rosie <3/Ear cuffs/Making soup/UV/Beat the rush/Patriotic nails

Hi lovelies,
How was your week?
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