I am the worst about weight yo-yoing. I gained 30 pounds my freshman year of college, lost 30 pounds, gained 15 back, etc. And on top of the yo-yoing, I have always had a hard time because I rely on food for boredom and emotional support. When I got the opportunity to try Jenny Craig, I jumped on it.
I knew the program took the guess work out of weight loss, so I prepared to dedicate myself. When reading about the program, I realized it avoided all the gimmicks and focused on normal, healthy weight loss.
First, I received a call from a Jenny consultant to order my food. I ordered anything from a cheesy omelette to a chocolate cheesecake! There was over 100 options – so the choices were endless!
I received my order on a Thursday, and with the order I received a booklet that listed serving sizes for fruits and vegetables. One of the great things about Jenny Craig is you can have unlimited non-starchy vegetables. This means when I was feeling some hunger pains, I could eat a bowl full of broccoli (which I have done frequently).
Another thing I learned was that you have three limited food options a day. This meant that I get to keep drinking creamer in my coffee.
After using the handy grocery list section in the booklet, I headed to H-E-B for some supplies of my own. I grabbed some greek yogurt to use on days I didn’t have a shake – plus broccoli, grapes, strawberries and other Jenny approved items.
I came home and separated the groceries into individual serving sizes, and I was ready to receive my call from my consultant on my first day.
Talking to an Consultant
The cool thing about Jenny Craig is you have three ways to talk to your consultant – over the phone, over skype or in person.
I decided to talk to my consultant on the phone or on Skype. When we first spoke, she explained the benefits of Jenny Craig and the goal of natural, gradual weight loss (which is the healthiest kind). She helped me create a menu for the week, and she taught me how to use the Jenny Craig app and the planner to meet my weekly goals.
After getting a plan together, she talked about my weekly motivation. This is more than just lose weight (which is usually why people get on Jenny in the first place). My goal for the first week was to be more happier in the clothes I wear and to stop relying on food for emotional support.
The first thing I learned after talking to my consultant, Debi (shown in the photo above), was that you can still go out and stay on the program. My friend was moving into a new apartment, and I went on a hunt to help him find some curtains. Afterwards, he wanted to go get food.
We decided to go to Cheddar’s where I got broccoli and green beans. This counted as my vegetable serving to go with my Jenny Craig prepared dinner meal. When I got home, I had my Jenny, and I felt 100 percent guilt-free.
The Results After 1 Week
In the first 8 days, I lost 2 pounds. Some people will see a dramatic weight loss (around 5 pounds) the first week. However, I eat rather healthy 70 percent of the time, I jumped right on the gradual weight loss train.
*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.
As for my body changes, I always know I am gaining weight when I start seeing saddle bags. Saddle bags are fat in the mid-section on the back.
After the first week, my saddle bags diminished significantly.
As for how I felt the first week, I never went hungry. When I did start to feel procrastination hunger pains, I just ate a bowl of chicken broth, and I felt fine.
My day started out with a Jenny breakfast item, fruit and a milk (either greek yogurt or the protein shake). By the time I made it to work, I had a anytime bar. Lunch always consisted of a lunch item and a salad, and before I even made it to dinner, I had a fruit serving. For dinner, I had Jenny Craig and a large vegetable serving and a Jenny Craig snack/dessert.
This was a ton of food – plus my limited free items like coffee with creamer.
I will be continuing with Jenny for the next month, so stay with me for my next post on my progess!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.