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22

I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.

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an open letter to jenny craig

No Jenny Craig

Dear Jenny,

I’ve been a loyal fan of yours for years, have sworn by and touted your program as an influencer, shared my progress online and enthusiastically sent many of my readers to you.

So it pains me deeply to learn — from some of those readers who have sent me frantic private messages — that you’re a Donald Trump supporter and are going so far as to actually host a fundraiser for him.

I am despondent at this news because it means I’m going to have to leave you. [Read more…]

jenny craig – again!

Jenny Craig freezer

A friend of mine asked me how I don’t weigh 300 pounds after all my traveling and press trips where half the activities revolve around food.

There is literally only one reason: Jenny Craig. [Read more…]

jenny craig, i’m baaack!

Jenny Craig Halloween

If you follow my blog (which I hope you do, and for which I am eternally grateful), you know that I’ve been traveling a lot this summer. In fact, I was only home six days in August, which may be why Michael looks so relaxed.

Anyway, if you’ve been following my trips, you know that one of the main activities on every single one of them is eating.

Although this is one of my favorite things to do and I genuinely look forward to it, it’s also a problem since I’m trying to stick to Jenny Craig — which is surprisingly easy to do when I’m home. [Read more…]

new at jenny craig!

Jenny Craig goodies

I love Jenny Craig!

I’ve lost 20 pounds since starting the program at the end of January — despite the fact that I’ve been on a lot of press trips, including two weeks in France. [Read more…]

au revoir, french croissants; hello, jenny craig chocolate muffins!

chocolate croissants

It seems only fitting that my first post back after two weeks in France would be about food, right?

Well, you can imagine how I felt going back to Jenny Craig this morning after indulging on those chocolate croissants, above, every single morning for breakfast. [Read more…]

jenny craig – week 10

Jenny Craig mat

Thank goodness for Jenny Craig.

At my weigh-in today, I lost 2 pounds, bringing my grand total to 18 pounds.

This is great and I’m very grateful to the amazing women at Jenny Craig, but I am totally disgusted with myself. [Read more…]

jenny craig week 4.5

Extraordinary Desserts coconut cream

Let me preface this by pointing out that whoever came up with that saying, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” obviously never took a bite of this.

Let me also point out out that this is not a Jenny Craig food 🙂

Okay, so I was supposed to go for my Jenny Craig weigh-in last Thursday but I postponed it because I thought I had jury duty. (The court was actually closed that day but that’s a whole other story.)

I also postponed it because I had that coconut cream deliciousness from Extraordinary Desserts, above, for Michael’s birthday.

And a large popcorn during the screening of 50 Shades of Grey.

And this roll from our favorite sushi place, Katana. [Read more…]

my jenny craig surprise!

Jenny Craig cinnamon rolls on plate

Breakfast of champions 🙂

I wasn’t planning to write about Jenny Craig again until next week but I was so shocked at my weigh-in this morning, I had to share with you. [Read more…]

i’m baaaaaack!

Jenny Craig progress sign

Okay, I put back on all the weight I lost last year — all 30 pounds — plus some.

I’m a little disgusted with myself.

But, since my word this year is “improve,” I’m back at Jenny Craig and I’ve already lost [Read more…]

my jenny craig and jazzercise thanksgiving challenge!

We're losing the amount of weight of these pumpkins

Join us in losing these pumpkins by Thanksgiving!

I lost 6 ounces this week. Yay!

This was actually a big deal for me because it means I’m continuing my losing streak (this is the only area in which I want to do that, thank you!), and it was a difficult week to stay in my routine because my husband came home after five weeks of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. (That’s a whole other story!)

When I went for my weigh-in yesterday, Marne leaned in and quietly asked me how much I wanted to lose before Thanksgiving. “Why are you asking?” I whispered back. “Will I win a prize or something?” (Trust me, the weight loss is prize enough.)

She laughed and explained that the La Jolla Jenny Craig office was doing a challenge, where you pick a pumpkin from their selection and pledge to lose as much as that pumpkin weighs by Thanksgiving.

I’m always up for a challenge so I said I would do it if she would do it with me. We agreed five pounds apiece was a reasonable goal but couldn’t find a five-pound pumpkin so we raised the ante.

Now, we’re each aiming to lose half of the combined weight of the pumpkins we’re holding in the picture. That means six and a half pounds each. Oy.

So who wants to join me? This is a very visual way to see what you’re actually losing. If I can lose the pumpkin I’m holding – plus some of Marnie’s – that will feel so good!

And, with that, I’m off to Jazzercise!

*I received a free month on the program in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Note: Clients following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.