I officially started Jenny Craig 2 weeks ago, after an initial consultation with Kathy from the Jenny Craig Team. She had gone over my official history, and we discussed my food likes and dislikes. Which was a short conversation, since I rarely have ever met an entree that I didn’t take a liking to.
Because of my schedule and the fact that 3 little people follow me around all day since we homeschool, we determined that the “Jenny at Home” program would best suit me. This involves a weekly phone call from a Jenny Craig consultant to discuss my progress and any problems I might be encountering.
Kathy also ordered the Personalized Menu Planner for me. That way I could have more egg-centric breakfasts, since I tend to need a strong dose of protein to get me going in the morning. What I learned is that the Jenny Craig team is totally able to tailor the menu to fit my needs.
And then a week later, this arrived at my door.
You would have thought that Santa had arrived, bearing life-giving sustenance to the starving. The children descended like locusts. I shooed them away and kept them entertained with the dry ice that came in the coolers to keep everything nicely frozen. And then I took inventory.
This was 2 weeks worth of food. The frozen food was still solid. I stood marveling at the variety. And I was thankful that I have an upright freezer. I organized and color coded each meal and snack. Because that’s how I roll.
The morning that I began the program, I charted my weight (137) and took my measurements. After wiping the tears from my eyes, I jotted them down (38-35-37). I was roughly the shape of a tree trunk.
I have to tell you that the first 2 days were hard. Very hard. So much so that I was looking at the plaster on the wall thinking it looked a bit like cottage cheese and might be tasty. Basically I was now consuming about 1200 calories a day. If I had to guess, I would say that prior to the program, I was taking in around 3000. Maybe more. Those Ritz Crackers add up you know.
Even though I was still preparing meals for my family, it was wonderful not to have to think about what I was going to eat. I had breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2 scheduled snacks all prepared for me. All I needed to add was salad and fresh fruit and vegetables at lunch and dinner. You can pretty much eat all the salad and vegetables you want on this program.
The most difficult time of day has been about 3 or 4:00 each afternoon. After a discussion with my weekly consultant, Barbara, we determined that I could save my cup of milk from breakfast, and substitute a 6 ounce plain yogurt to eat later in the afternoon when my blood sugar was low.
It worked like a charm. I even added in a cup of green tea at that time of day to help curb my appetite.
I am having a much easier time now than when I first started 2 weeks ago. The cravings for things like chips and sweets are subsiding. And I certainly don’t feel deprived since the Jenny Craig snacks include items such as White Cheddar Popcorn (my favorite), Chocolate Walnut Brownie (to die for), and Chocolate Cake. Not even kidding.
I’ve just completed 2 weeks and I’ve lost 4 pounds. Which is exactly where I’m supposed to be, as I should not expect to lose more than 1 to 2 pounds a week. I never realized that even 4 pounds can make a difference, but everything is starting to feel a bit more loosey goosey (technical diet term).
Besides weekly phone calls with my counselor, I’m also receiving encouraging newsletters from the Jenny Craig team weekly, which are filled with useful tips and information. I have truly felt supported by Jenny Craig. Oh, and I have also been able to follow Jenny Craig on both Jenny Craig Twitter and their Facebook page .
I look forward to soldiering on toward my goal, as I most certainly do not feel alone.
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