I’ve been on Jenny Craig for a month, and today I’m sharing with y’all my final thoughts as I say goodbye to the program!
I eat my last Jenny Craig menu items on Friday, and to be honest it’s bittersweet. I’ve really enjoyed chatting with Mary, my consultant, once a week. She holds me accountable. I don’t want to tell her I failed miserably that week. I don’t want to tell her that I was too lazy to walk, or that I had a mocha frappe with extra whipped cream. I want to tell her that I lost weight, even if it’s only a pound. I want to tell her that I followed the program to a T. I want her to know what I’ve been learning about myself and food…and it’s been a lot.
During these 4 weeks, I sidestepped one time from the plan. I took Kayla prom dress shopping, we were gone for hours. I was going to grab my anytime bar, and didn’t, because I was worried about getting her to the store. I put others before myself, something I am working on, thanks to Mary. Y’all, I didn’t want to tell her that I bought and ate peanuts because I was starving. However, for Mary to see where I’m at (in my mind), I had to tell her. Truth be told, I should have went back to the house and grabbed my bar. Well, I should have grabbed the bar before leaving the house. I didn’t.
I never thought that I would learn so much in this short amount of time that I’ve had with Jenny Craig, but it’s been a huge learning process. The first week not only did I notice things, but my family did too, which was important. Portion control. Learning how much that I should actually be eating was a huge change for me. Most of the recipes that I make here, should really be feeding a family of five and sometimes six. However, this family of four has been eating it, with minimal leftovers. I’m actually disgusted in the amount of food we have piled our plates with over the last however many years. From the first week, my family started cutting back on their own dinner portions!
When you eat smaller portions, you actually do get to eat all day. (sort of) With Jenny Craig, I am able to eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert or snack. That’s a lot of food. Or is it? If you are eating proper portions, it’s not a lot of food. I’ve learned what it actually feels like to be hungry and full. Full has been hard for me, because I’m a eat until your plate is clean. Those large portions I have talked about, yea. Basically stuffed and full aren’t the same feeling. I know that now.
I’m sure that you’re all wanting to know what kind of weight loss I’ve had. Since I started Jenny Craig on January the 20th, I’ve lost a total of 8 pounds. (Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration) It may not seem like a lot to some, but to me, it makes all the difference in the world. It puts me where I was before Christmas as far as weight is concerned. It puts me one step closer to my goal. It also gives me the motivation to keep going. I may not be using Jenny Craig after Friday; but I have important tools that I need to keep going. In my getting started guide that was provided by Jenny Craig, I know the sizes of what I’m supposed to be eating, and the variety of which to choose my food. I’ve learned that planning ahead helps keep you on track. So planning out my weekly menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner (we already do the dinner planning part), and snacks, I’m already setting myself up for success.
If you’ve ever been on the fence about trying Jenny Craig, go for it! The food is delicious, the consultants play a vital role, and you’ll learn so much about yourself personally, as well as your eating style. Want to read what I wrote when I first started Jenny Craig? Check out Get Results with Jenny Craig.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.