I’ve been keeping a little secret. Over the last 4 weeks, I’ve been participating in the Jenny Craig weight loss program. I will be sharing my experience over the span of 3 posts. And each will include a giveaway! Woohoo!
I’ve never been one to follow any fad-type diets. Years ago, I watched a friend of mine go on some sort of cabbage diet. She lost 100 pounds in the span of something like 3 months. When I saw her a few months later, after she had begun eating “normally,” she had gained back all of her weight, plus extra. And her health had deteriorated dramatically.
And while DIET to me is a 4-letter curse word, I have always felt that it’s best done safely and slowly. It’s about a lifestyle change, and coming to terms with the reasons why we may overeat, or eat to satisfy something other than hunger.
When I was approached to review the Jenny Craig program, I was thrilled. Mostly because I remember well seeing Valerie Bertinelli’s weight loss journey, and how incredibly wonderful and healthy she now looks. We’re the same age, and I figured that if she could do it, I could as well.
After agreeing to get on board with Jenny Craig, I did a little research into the program and saw that it was not so much of a diet but rather a positive lifestyle change. I was also reassured to know that I would have a trained consultant hold my hand through the program, and “talk me down” if needed.
I’m not expecting the weight to just drop off. I should only expect to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week which is a healthy rate. I am only looking to lose about 15 to 20 pounds. Which may not sound like a lot, but on a Mrs. Shorty McShorty like myself, it feels like much much more.
Over the years, I’ve documented my weight struggles. Which usually begin with an O and end with another O. Just this last year I boasted about losing 20 pounds when because of health issues, I went on a vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly raw foods diet. However, when I began to eat normally again with my family, I gained 10 of it back.
I hadn’t learned to make positive choices.
And while I do eat a healthy type diet, I have a problem with portion control and cravings. And then there is the inevitable self-pity eating which usually involves a column of Ritz Crackers.
And so the journey begins. No more excuses. I’ve stepped on the scale and documented my measurements. Which, if you’re wondering, are pretty much the same all the way down. Giving me the appearance of a sausage.
The “before”. Could also be used in an episode of “What Not to Wear.”
“Do you have a surefire way to curb those inevitable cravings?”
I’ll be taking notes, y’all.
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Disclaimer: As a participant of the Jenny Craig program, I received the Jenny Craig food for free. All observations and opinions expressed in this post are my own.