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4 Surefire Ways To Stick To Your New Year Gym Resolution

As 2018 is creeping ever closer, thoughts of New Year’s resolutions keep popping into our heads. We know that the biggies of eating less and venturing to the gym more are going to factor high on our list of things to commit to. So how do we ensure we don’t give up by the time the curtain falls on January?

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Mini-Goals

You can’t whip on your sweatpants and a t-shirt and head to the gym on a mission to shift forty pounds. The goal is too vast, and you’ll quickly become disheartened. Instead, write down your major objective; this is the end goal. Then begin to break it down into more manageable chunks. Do you want to ensure that you go to the gym three times a week? Do you want to be able to run 5k without taking walking breaks? How about losing 2lb a week, to begin with? All of these aims are measurable, and you’ll be able to see the impact of your gym sessions helping you to maintain that much-needed motivation.

Change It Up

There’s nothing worse than venturing to the gym for the third week since you began your resolution, only to be confronted with the same squat regime or press up exercise. Take a look online and source a more exciting range of exercises that you can try. Just because you want to work on your calves and hamstrings in one particular session doesn’t mean you have to use the same machine and do the same stretches. Never forget the power of cardio. Different classes such as boxercise and circuits as well as a quick run around the park can keep you engaged with your fitness plan and mix it up a little bit.

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Do The Right Exercises

If you want to run a marathon within the year, it goes without saying that you need to steadily increase your running distance and work on your endurance. At the same time, if your major motivation is to tone up, you might not want to be torturing yourself with cardio every time you head to the gym. Whatever your fitness goal is you need to find the correct exercises that will help you to achieve your aim.

Rest Up

Don’t launch yourself into a new gym regime and attempt to get on the rowing machine every day. This isn’t conducive to good health. You should be aiming for three sessions a week as it’s vital that you give your body enough time post workout to recover. Using supplements, drinking plenty of water and having an ice bath after every session can aid your muscles in their recovery. As you become more attuned to the gym and understand how your body reacts to exercise you may be able to up your sessions at the gym to four each week, but you should always aim to have those all-important rest days.

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New Year’s resolutions are ridiculously tricky to stick to. However, if you follow this advice, you have every chance of achieving your fitness goals in 2018.

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Staying on Track with Jenny Craig in Spain

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. Tried other diets? It’s time for Jenny Craig!

If you’ve read my site or my social media feeds of late, you know that I am loving my new, healthy life thanks to some hard work, exercise, and Jenny Craig. I’ve lost 53 pounds* and I really feel like a new person. Everything is better! I look better, my clothes fit better, I have more energy. It’s a complete and total win in every way. As I am very near to my ultimate weight loss goal*, I not only want to keep it up but I want to teach myself how to maintain this new, better, and much more healthy lifestyle now and in the future. It’s about now, yes, but it’s also about later. I think the entire Jenny Craig program really helps with that, too.

*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

The awesome Jenny Craig food is a huge kickstarter. I love the food, I really do. Jenny Craig entrees are the basis of every meal. You will learn how to balance your meals plus members add in their own fruits, vegetables and dairy for balance and variety. Plus, consultants teach members how to combine delicious Jenny Craig Meals and Snacks with Fresh & Free Additions that are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories. The food is designed to help members experience healthy ingredients and learn proper portion control. Having the structure of a menu with portion-controlled meals can help members feel more in control of their eating and reduce the stress of making healthy choices. In doing all of this, I really understood how to eat the right way, not only to achieve some fantastic weight loss but also how to eat and maintain it going forward.*

This was very important for me as my family and I recently took a truly amazing trip to Spain. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous about being in a foreign country for 11 days. I knew that I couldn’t lean entirely on my Jenny Craig meal regimen.

And that was ok. This is what it’s all about, right? I had to put from all that I learned from my months with Jenny Craig; I had learned how to tackle this challenge and come out on top! In the weeks leading up the trip I made sure I was “in the zone.” I wanted to go into the trip looking good and being at my best (and lowest) weight.* That way, I could be confident and content in Spain. I wanted to go there and enjoy myself.

Spain is known for having wonderful food. It was better than I thought it would be! With the tips my consultant shared with me, I got to enjoy myself and still stay on track. The key for me was sticking as much to the right formula as I could. For example, I brought Jenny Craig breakfasts (like the bars), protein snack bars, and protein shakes along for the trip. They didn’t have to be refrigerated or frozen, so it was easy to pack and tote along on every tour and every turn. It kept me focused and kept me in the right frame of mind. It was the perfect little boost for me so that I would never be ravenous and I could still enjoy all that wonderful jamon, bocadillos, tapas, wine, and more! Plus, we walked a ton and I made sure to go for another hour walk every night after everyone else was in bed. It was great because people in the city are up all night. Dinner starts around 9 or 10PM in Spain, so the late night walks helped!

When I returned, I already had my  Jenny Craig food stocked up and ready to go! I stepped on that scale and was relieved to know that I only gained one pound! With all that fun, all that living, and all that amazing Spanish food, that was a huge win. Period. I was so happy. Thankfully, all that I’ve learned from the meal plan and my weekly consultant meeting really set me on the path to success! When I went to my meeting the following week, my consultant was really pleased with how well I did and how much I loved the trip. She was really helpful in getting me ready for the trip and for encouraging me before and after. There’s no pressure during these one-on-one meetings. I go every Saturday morning at 8AM (sometimes even 7AM) so that I have my weekend ahead of me. This was a big key for me and I am so grateful for the guidance and encouragement.

Spain was the best trip we have ever taken. What an amazing place and what an amazing experience. With the help and structure of Jenny Craig, I’m still on track and on pace to achieve my ultimate weight loss goal.* Feels good, man.

*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

If you want to give it a shot, Jenny Craig has some great offers right now, too! If you want to learn more about How The Program Works, please check out:

This post was sponsored by Jenny Craig and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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My New, Happy & Healthy Lifestyle Continues

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. Tried other diets? It’s time for Jenny Craig!

It’s summer time! It’s the season of warm weather, outdoor fun, and a lot less clothing mixed with more activity. In other words, it’s a time to look and feel good, right? Thank goodness I decided to change my life for the better with Jenny Craig over three months ago!!! The timing could not have been better and neither could the results!!! I am really happy to report that I continue to feel and look like a new man in just about every single way! I am 50 pounds down and counting* and want to lose another 16! I’d be 190 at that point, which would essentially be an all-time low for me. With the ease of the Jenny Craig program, I am fully in the zone and 100% into every bit of it!

*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

The crux of the program is a total lifestyle change and it has led me to the light. All that you may have read or heard about is true! You get to eat an entire range of foods. From carbs (yes, carbs) for energy to fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals to meats and nuts for protein, you need to get it all in each and every single day! The trick is HOW you do it. For one thing, you simply have to eat less. What people eat today is WAY too much. The portions are insane and it directly leads to weight gain (among other problems).  You should see what I eat now compared to what I was eating. It’s night and day and it really shows. I never feel gross or tired after I eat. I’m properly satisfied and ready to take on the rest of the day!

Aside from a variety of good foods and portion size, I’ve also learned HOW to eat during the day. For one, the Jenny Craig food can fit perfectly into any person’s lifestyle. It’s all laid out for you week-by-week and it works. To make it even better, you may be eating less each time but you are eating ALL DAY LONG! Yes, you eat a meal, then a snack, then a meal, then another snack, followed by another meal and a snack! This is the way to do it! You never really get too hungry since your blood sugar levels are relatively constant. This helps you to avoid that “I’m starving” feeling and the subsequent binge eating and poor choices. I literally plan my snacks in advance if I can and try to fit the day into my eating schedule. If I get hungry, I know a snack is coming and it’s easy to mentally wait 30 more minutes than 3 hours.

In addition to snacking and meal frequency, I have learned to drink a lot more low-cal liquids and it really makes a huge difference. Apparently your body is not certain whether it’s hungry or thirsty a lot of the time, so people are eating when they should be drinking. As a result of me drinking more black coffee, unsweetened tea, water, flavored seltzer and other low-calorie treats, I truly feel better and am full for so much longer. It sounds crazy, but it really does make a huge difference.

In case you were wondering, here’s a bit more about the Jenny Craig food:

  • Jenny Craig entrees are the basis of every meal. Members add in their own fruits, vegetables and dairy for balance and variety. Plus, consultants teach members how to combine delicious Jenny Craig Meals and Snacks with Fresh & Free Additions that are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories.
  • The Jenny Craig Program reflects the key recommendations of the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines to achieve a healthy eating pattern and active lifestyle in order to reduce risk and attain a healthy weight.
  • The food is designed to help members experience healthy ingredients and learn proper portion control. Having the structure of a menu with portion-controlled meals can help members feel more in control of their eating. It can help reduce the stress of making choices and can create order.

I’ve been really consistent with my plan and don’t like to veer off of it too much. However, now that I’ve lost so much*, I’ve been eating less Jenny Craig meals and more meals on my own. Thankfully, all that I’ve learned from the meal plan and, perhaps even more importantly, my weekly consultant meeting, has really set the stage for me to go out and be among the masses yet keep with the program! This weekly status check is perfect and informal. but it’s so helpful to talk about the week’s challenges and successes, to weigh in and track your progress, and to just have someone for 15-20 minutes to talk to about your wellness journey. There’s no pressure during these one-on-one meetings. I go every Saturday morning at 8AM (sometimes even 7AM) to get it in and to have my weekend ahead of me. It feels great and it’s a huge part of my success. They’re always there to motivate me!

*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

Working with Jenny Craig has truly been an eye-opening, life-changing event for me and it continues to be, 50 pounds later*!!! I look forward to seeing my progress each week and to one day getting to my final weight goal. At that point, it will be great to get into maintenance mode and continue on for the rest of my life! I feel better, I look better, I have more energy both physically and mentally. It’s been an unexpectedly awesome and satisfying journey so far and I don’t want to mess that up!!!

*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

If you want to give it a shot, Jenny Craig has some great offers right now, too! If you want to learn more about How The Program Works, please check out:

This post was sponsored by Jenny Craig and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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5 Ways to Sneak in a Workout

Working out doesn’t have to be a stressful activity, nor does it have to be something that creates a tipping point on your daily to-do list. You’d be surprised with the results if you do just a little bit at a time consistently each and every day. There are many ways you can sneak in a workout during a busy day without thinking twice. Since I’ve been getting into shape, I find the time however and whenever I can. It can be a challenge, but it’s something you simply have to do, however you can make it happen. Today I am sharing 5 ways to sneak in a workout so that you can take full advantage of these sneaky ways to get fit.

Squats

Do 10 or more squats every time you go to the bathroom. This will seriously only take you a few moments and you are already taking a restroom break anyways. Get into the habit of doing 10 squats each time you go to the bathroom throughout your busy day.

Dumbbells

Place dumbbells at the bottom of your stairs, each time you walk up and down the stairs carry these with you. Doing some bicep curls for every walk up and down those stairs will quickly start to help your arms gain muscle tone.

Always take the Stairs

No matter how quicker it is to use the elevator, always opt to take the stairs when running errands. Whether it’s a shopping trip day with the other half or you are off paying bills for the household, always take the stairs!

Use Your Body

Whenever you think of it, take out 5 minutes, literally, do some exercise. 50 sit-ups, 25 push-ups, 10 chin-ups. Just squeeze in a quick set literally whenever you think of it. It’s not hard and it’s quick, but you will see the difference with time.

Schedule a Daily Walk

Last, but not least, schedule a daily 30-60 minute walk. This can be a great way to enjoy your lunch break. Make sure to have a daily walk to keep that exercise level up and in turn it can help you recoup from a stressful morning which is a total winning scenario. You’d be surprised just how good walking is for you and how good you’ll feel when you’re done.

Move in Place

Take a minute out and job, run, jump rope, or do jumping jacks right in place. Sounds crazy, but it works and it’s quick and easy.

No matter how busy your life is and how many things you have to accomplish today, you certainly can use these tips to get a little workout in. Try to use these tips to reach your fitness goals so that you can feel happier, healthier and look awesome!

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Make This Summer a Fit One with Exercise, Diet, and Skincare

I have partnered with Lubriderm on this post. All opinions are my own.

With summer just around the corner, get ready to shed your winter layers and show off more skin. Prepping for the season requires a combination of proper fitness, nutritious eating and a healthy lifestyle. As you may or may not know, 2017 is the year of fitness for me. I’ve lost 50 pounds and am exercising regularly for the first time in years. I look so much better and I feel amazing. I know that I’m doing the best I can for myself and for my family, and it’s dope. So when Lubriderm told me about this fitness agenda, including a sweet Interval Workout with Kevin Curry of FitMenCook at Kore New York, I was more than psyched to join in on the fun. I know it would be tough, but I knew I was ready to step up my game.

SWEAT. STRENGTH. SOUND.

Kore New York in downtown NYC’s Meatpacking District and is all about a higher intensity type of interval training. Meaning…hold on tight, you are going to work out, have fun, and feel the burn. It’s 50 minutes of full-body, HIGH INTENSITY strength, cardio, core and resistance training set to a club inspired atmosphere. It’s REPS ON RHYTHM™. While there were moments I just had to catch my breath, I am pleased to say that I actually finished a good 95% of this class. Maybe I wasn’t a model student, but I was pretty darn good. And I felt great afterwards, not like death, so that’s a huge plus, right? It was even better to have the very cool Kevin Curry of FitMenCook there, too!!

After that kid of workout, your body is just craving something good. In addition to getting your muscles toned up and looking good, you have to feed your body the right foods. It’s all about what you put into it when you’re talking about getting something out of it. You know what I mean? While lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables in right-sized portions are the way to go, I have a soft spot for a really tasty smoothie. They have so much goodness in one nice, easy to drink package. They’re easy to make and you can really mix it up, getting different flavors, tastes, and nutrients each and every time!

One of the best parts of the day was when Kevin shared this awesome recipe. It’s really tasty, for sure.

Kevin Curry’s Smoothie Recipe

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk (or more to loosen up)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • cinnamon to taste
  • optional to make sweeter – 1g stevia in the raw or 1 teaspoon agave

Kevin Curry of FitMenCook was also awesome enough to share some of his great tips on simple ways to gear up for summer! Get Summer Ready!!!

Fuel Your Body

Make room in your recipes for seasonal fruit and vegetables like cucumber, berries and melons. Start each day with a smoothie to up your antioxidant intake.

Dare to Bare Skin

Make sure your skin is ready too! Using a light moisturizer and SPF combo, like Lubriderm® Daily Moisture Lotion with SPF 15, will ensure healthy-looking and protected skin you’ll want to show off.

Get Up and Get Moving

As temperatures rise, get a jumpstart on your summer fitness with simple activities that everyone

can do outside. Go for a morning run, bike in a local park or hike a scenic trail.

Swap Seasonal Styles

Switch out the heavy winter garments for breezy summer attire. Adding bright colors and breathable fabrics to your wardrobe will help beat the heat.

Show Off That Skin

Ok, so we have our fitness an diets working in high gear, but there’s one more really important part of looking and feeling great in this super fit 2017. While you are looking feeling all good, and the mercury keeps on rising, there’s a good chance you’ll be showing off a lot more of something. Shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits? What could it be that I’m referring to? Well, yes, silly, I’m talking about your SKIN! You need to get you epidermis in shape, too, if you’re really going to look and feel your very best!!! So remember to care for your skin by making sure it stays hydrated and healthy in the summer heat with the help of Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 15 that won’t weigh skin down during the summer and can moisturize for 24 hours!

Daily Moisture Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is the solution to moisturize and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This fast absorbing formula delivers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and long-lasting moisture, all with a clean, non-greasy feel.

Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection

Clinically Shown to Moisturize for 24 Hours

Clean, Non-Greasy Feel

So, what do you think? Are you ready to get your WHOLE body fit this summer? Diet, exercise, and skin care. That’s the trilogy I’m talking about. It works, trust me. My 2017 is looking really great so far and I can only hope and pray that it gets even better!

Lubriderm is Every body care

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Helps prevent sunburn. If used as directed with other sun protection measures (see directions), decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

*Warnings
For external use only. Do not use on damaged or broken skin. When using this product keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove. Stop use and ask a doctor if rash occurs. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away

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Apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating

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I Have Changed My Life and My Ultimate Health Goal Is In My Sights

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. Tried other diets? It’s time for Jenny Craig!

I hate taking selfies and don’t love seeing myself in pictures. That’s just the way I am. But Vera convinced me to include a pic of myself. She suggested a “before” and “after” deal, but I just went with the after here. I’m not a big fan of the before!!! I am close to 3 months into my Jenny Craig journey and I literally could not be happier! I’m down over 40 pounds (40 was my stretch goal and I killed it) on my way to even more*!!! I’m so pleased with the entire experience that I’ve decided to stick with it until I reach my ultimate goal of weighing 190 pounds! I was 190 about 10 years ago and looked and felt great. I want to get back to that so that weight even if I put on a couple of pounds, I can easily buckle down and get to 190 without even sniffing that 200 number!!

*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

My entire life has changed in three short months, thanks to my new favorite hangout (see above). I’m eating so much better and it shows! I look better, younger, and so much more alive. Why, because that’s how I feel! I have a ton more energy and, honestly, wake up each and every day feeling great and ready to attack what it to come. I haven’t felt this way in years! I exercise, I play with my kids, I just live and enjoy my life so much more since I’ve lost the weight and changed my life – almost entirely. Gone are the days of loafing around, eating the wrong things (and too much of those things), and not taking advantage of everything I’ve been given. My kids, my wife, and my friends see and feel the difference in me. It’s been so dramatic and I’ve been such a Jenny Craig cheerleader that at least 5 people I know have joined…and that’s just close friends. More are thinking about it, too. It’s like a should be a spokesperson and write about it on my blog or something. ;o)

Seriously, I’ve said this before but I need to reiterate this. The Jenny Craig program is the best weight loss and management program I can think of. Truly. If you really commit and decide to do as the plan guides, you will lose weight and feel great. It’s all there, spelled out and given to you! There’s little thinking, until you are ready, willing, and able to start to go it alone. Since I’ve lost more than half my goal weight, I’ve been eating Jenny Craig meals for less days. I’m down to 5 days now, but my consultant has been amazing, guiding me through the days where I’m on my own. She maps it all out for me during our weekly consultant meeting. It’s such a huge help for me. I can still stick right on track even though I’m not eating the plan meals 7 days a week!!! I can’t state it enough! The food is designed to help members experience healthy ingredients and learn proper portion control. Having the structure of a menu with portion-controlled meals can help members feel more in control of their eating. It can help reduce the stress of making choices and can create order. It’s been an eye opener and a life-changer.

Jenny Craig’s program is all about the food. There’s a ton of variety, including more than 100 delicious entrees, desserts and snacks developed by dietitians, nutritionists, and professional chefs. There are egg frittatas, chocolate muffins, pizza, Chinese-style food, burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches, lemon cake, oatmeal cookies, cupcakes, and much more. I can’t say anything bad about the food. The whole menu switches each week in a 4 week cycle, so you never get tired of anything (unless you really love something and want to have it more often).

Jenny Craig entrees are the basis of every meal. Members add in their own fruits, vegetables and dairy for balance and variety. Plus, consultants teach members how to combine delicious Jenny Craig meals and snacks with Fresh & Free Additions that are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories. I very rarely feel hungry. If I do, I drink a bit more water. If that doesn’t work, I reach for some fruit or vegetables. If that doesn’t work, I might go for some nuts or an Anytime snack bar. There are so many options, and the coolest part is that your body starts to actually crave the good stuff. It’s really amazing if you think about it. I’m telling you, I really just do not crave junk food any more, it’s just such an amazing change for me. As you can see, this was my main entree when I recently went out to a Neapolitan pizzeria!! I have one slice of pizza (a small one), Diet Coke (no beer), and this salad…and I enjoyed every bite!!!

When it comes to setting up the weekly menu, you have options. If you love something, get more of it. If you don’t love something, leave it out and substitute something else in its place. Your consultant will help you every step of the way since their goal is simply for you to succeed. Plus, once you set the menu, it’s all right there meal-for-meal. All you have to do is follow it. It’s mindless, which is what I love!!! Really, Jenny Craig makes it all so easy. I can’t wait to see what the next couple of months brings.

If you want to give it a shot, and I highly recommend it, Jenny Craig has some great offers right now, too! If you want to learn more about How The Program Works, please check out:

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post.  Tried other diets? It’s time for Jenny Craig

This post was sponsored by Jenny Craig and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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I Love My New Lifestyle and Weight Loss Success with Jenny Craig

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. Tried other diets? It’s time for Jenny Craig!

It’s the start of spring and it’s been approximately six weeks since I decided to change my life for the better with Jenny Craig. I am really happy to report that I feel and look like a new man! I am twenty five pounds down and counting* right now and don’t see any signs of letting up!!! I am fully in the zone and 100% into the Jenny Craig program. It’s a life-saver for me and it could be the same for you!

*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

The best part of the Jenny Craig program for me is the very detailed, designed and balanced daily meal schedule. This structure is very key for me. It takes all the guesswork out of eating well and having a balanced diet. Sure, it took me a week or two to fully get “over the hump” of not eating too much each and every meal, but since then it’s just a part of my life. Smaller, balanced portions three times a day in addition to snacks, sides, fruits, vegetables, and yogurt each and every day. It sounds like a lot and it is. I feel really satisfied. When I do feel a bit of hunger, I just reach for good food and not junk. It’s really a life-changing experience. You will get to the point where you crave healthy food. It really is pretty amazing. I’m on a 1500 calorie a day plan and it’s more than enough.

Jenny Craig’s program includes more than 100 delicious entrees, desserts and snacks developed by dietitians, nutritionists, and professional chefs. There are egg scrambles, cinnamon rolls, tacos, pizza, cheesesteaks, burgers, chocolate cake, and much more. I’m serious, I really enjoy the food. If there happens to be something you’re not a fan of, then you can substitute in something else. It’s actually difficult to get bored of the food since you get a new menu each week for four weeks. By the time you’re back at week one, it’s been an entire month since you’ve eaten those foods! It’s awesome.

Here’s a bit more about the Jenny Craig food:

  • Jenny Craig entrees are the basis of every meal. Members add in their own fruits, vegetables and dairy for balance and variety. Plus, consultants teach members how to combine delicious Jenny Craig Meals and Snacks with Fresh & Free Additions that are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories.
  • The Jenny Craig Program reflects the key recommendations of the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines to achieve a healthy eating pattern and active lifestyle in order to reduce risk and attain a healthy weight.
  • The food is designed to help members experience healthy ingredients and learn proper portion control. Having the structure of a menu with portion-controlled meals can help members feel more in control of their eating. It can help reduce the stress of making choices and can create order.

Now that I’m really in the zone and feeling good, there’s nothing better than my weekly consultant meeting. This weekly status check is perfect and informal. There’s no pressure during these one-on-one meetings. You talk about your wins and challenges faced each week. I have to say, I’ve been very good. I don’t cheat and barely stray from the Jenny menu. That being said, I’ve gone out to dinners and even had a three-day vacation with four other families to Washington DC. I was nervous about the trip, I’m not going to lie, but I came through strong. I thought about my program meals and their relative portion sizes. I took my snack bars and fruit along with me so I wouldn’t miss my snacks. These were key as I didn’t allow myself to get off-schedule and become ravenous. When the meals came around, I took a bite of this and a taste of that. When I ordered my main meal, I enjoyed dishes like grilled fish, swapping out the fries for grilled veggies. I also was sure to know when to stop eating. Me not finishing my entire plate is huge. I couldn’t wait to tell my consultant!!! She was very impressed and happy for me. At the end of the trip, with all of that walking, I actually LOST 2.6 pounds*. #Winning. The results are awesome and the consultations are really terrific. It’s easy and takes about 15-20 minutes each week. After the talk, I pick up my food for the week. It’s happy time, baby!

*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.

I am far from done as I’m only half way through my three-month commitment. I’m doing well and I’m really pleased with everything. It’s all about balance, portion control, and making good choices. I couldn’t ask for more. I can’t wait to see what the next six weeks have in store for me. I’m so psyched about all of this, check out all of my Jenny Craig swag!

If you want to give it a shot, Jenny Craig has some great offers right now, too! If you want to learn more about How The Program Works, please check out:

This post was sponsored by Jenny Craig and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. Tried other diets? It’s time for Jenny Craig

This post was sponsored by Jenny Craig and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post.  Tried other diets? It’s time for Jenny Craig

This post was sponsored by Jenny Craig and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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5 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier Without Much Effort

Often time’s people are scared away from the idea of consistently eating healthier because it seems to be such hard work. Reality is that eating healthier doesn’t require a lot of effort. It’s simply about finding simple ways that work for you. I am on a major health kick and I feel so much better for it. Seriously, so much better. It’s actually pretty amazing. Because of my good feelings, I am going to share 5 simple ways to eat healthier without much effort to help inspire you to make better eating habits stick.

Make a Grocery List & Never go Hungry

While I can tell you to make a grocery list and stick to that list, if you go to the store hungry the idea of sticking firm to a grocery list is nearly impossible. Try to ensure that your belly is full prior to getting groceries. Create a list of items you will get that include a broad range of healthier snack options for the whole family. Once in the grocery store set yourself on tunnel vision only grabbing items that you have on the list. In and out, baby. 

Get Green

No, I am not talking about the eco-friendly go green campaign, but rather those green veggies. You see, green vegetables are a great way to get nutrients and fill you faster. If you can’t get fresh green vegetables then check the freezer aisle as frozen veggies are more nutritious for you than canned veggies. Try to add a few new green vegetable items to your household each week until you determine which ones are a good fit. Eat it up as much as you can. 

Get Tricky with Snacks

Perhaps consider cheese slices on apples rather than having it on crackers. Learn to train yourself to switch out at least one bad thing in your snack habits each day so that you learn new habits without thinking. There are many ways to incorporate a small bit of health into every bite throughout your day. Learn to exchange one bad thing for one good thing as each day passes. Small snacks throughout the day keeps you going, keeps your metabolism going, and prevents you from wanting to binge.

Avoid Sweetened Drinks

Sweetened drinks, yes fake sugar and real sugar, are often full of unnecessary calories. Surely it’s great to enjoy a sweetened drink from time to time but cutting them out to near 100% is the best way to go. Be aware that you can get a similar sweet treat by adding fruit to your water. There are many fruit diffuser bottles these days to make adding fruit to your water a piece of cake. 

Drink Black Tea or Coffee

Black coffee or tea is much better for your body than the creamer and sugar add-ons we put in our morning cup. You may have to slowly wean yourself to go black with these drinks as it is most certainly an acquired taste. Usually within 14 days you will have grown accustomed to enjoying a nice black cup of coffee or tea.

Water, black coffee, tea, diet drinks. It makes a big difference.

There you have it 5 simple ways to eat healthier, so what are you waiting for? Go get started today, it’s never too late to put your health first.

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