It’s been over a month since I started my Jenny Craig experience and I couldn’t be more happy with my progress. I am well on my way to my goal weight and have learned ways to help me eat in a more conscious and enjoyable way. For me the first step was connecting with my awesome consultant and figuring out my eating style. The weekly meetings helped hold me accountable for my food choices and each appointment we further discussed how to help alleviate external cues. Although I’ve lost and gained 40 pounds multiple times over the past 10 years, I always found a reason to blame my poor food choices on a busy schedule. The on the go wellness plan and support from my Jenny Craig consultant has helped me start the year off right. After you find your eating style, you’ve already tackled the most hardest part of changing your lifestyle.
Everyday of my first month I shared my meals and progress on Snapchat. My weekly meetings with my consultant and documenting my food journal held me accountable and before the end of the first week, I was already noticing the emotional impact eating better had on me. I felt more confident. I had more energy. I felt proud of myself. I just felt good knowing that I had taken the first step – actually getting out of the car and walking into a Jenny Craig office.
The next step to my success was truly understanding the program – and my own eating habits. At the suggestion of my consultant, I read all the materials she provided before beginning my Jenny Craig meal plan the next day.
Find your eating style
With the help of my consultant and the Jenny Craig Getting Started Guide, I learned about each of the eating styles.
Jenny Craig Goal: Learn about making the best food choices, and focus on a healthy, non-diet approach.
Jenny Craig Goal: Learn new ways to cope with your emotions, and focus on breaking the cycle.
Jenny Craig Goal: Develop awareness of what you eat, and focus on noticing your feelings of hunger and satisfaction.
Jenny Craig Goal: Balance the pleasure of eating with healthy choices, and focus on planning for social situations.
I am, without a doubt, an unconscious eater. I miss meals frequently and graze throughout the day simply because food is there, regardless if I’m hungry or not. I graze on snacks while I’m working in my home office and don’t realize how many unplanned calories I’ve consumed.
My consultant helped me find ways to change not just what, but how I eat. Initially it felt challenging but as I made it through the first month, I had made small changes that turned into part of my normal routine. Instead of drinking a big cup of coffee full of creamer and sugar, I was drinking hot tea each morning. I found easy ways to help me change the way I was enjoying food. I wrote down everything I ate as well as logged it on a calorie counting app. I also made sure to plan intentional activities each day to stay active. An hour at the zoo with my one year old daughter was very different than our usual stroll because I intentionally walked paths that would require a big uphill stroller push. These little changes added up to great progress and steps to a new lifestyle.
With Jenny Craig, members develop a healthy relationship with food, build an active lifestyle and create a more balanced approach to living. My Jenny Craig experience helped me understand and overcome the challenges to healthy eating, identify enjoyable ways to move more, learn positive coping strategies and reframe my beliefs and attitudes to better support my weight management goals. My consultant suggested I plan my meals around my grazing behavior. With over 100 menu items created by 40 professional chefs, it was easy to select menu items that fit into my on the go schedule and “snacking” throughout the day.
Snacks like Jenny Craig White Cheddar Popcorn helped me actually enjoy the food I was eating – and when the portion was gone, I didn’t continue grazing.
Learning to pair the snacks with healthy additions also helped me. The Jenny Craig Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers pair great with fresh vegetables!
I also found better ways to snack with grocery items like my better for you caramel apples. Every week I met with my consultant to discuss my successes, challenges, and a plan for the week ahead.
After four full weeks and being fully committed to the Jenny Craig experience, I truly changed the way I think about food. Jenny Craig members can expect to lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week, which is a healthy range of weight loss. In 28 days I lost 11.4 pounds!*
*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
Let Jenny Craig help you find your eating style and always have someone there to cheer you on, motivate you and keep you on track. What do you think your eating style is? You might be surprised when you work through your habits and learn how to make healthy changes!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.