As you know, I participated in the Jenny Craig program over the span of 4 weeks. This final post was written at about the end of week four.
I’ve just finished week 4 on the Jenny Craig program. And now I’ve kicked myself out of the nest and am flying on my own.
Somewhere around the middle of week three I began to long for the taste of my own cooking. Imagine my surprise. I mean I’m a decent cook, but I’ve always gravitated toward the “it’s better if someone else cooks it” mode of thinking. By this time I had reached a weight loss of 6 pounds. I discussed this with my Jenny Craig consultant, and she suggested that I begin substituting in my own meals slowly. This is the beginning stage of transitioning to lifelong weight management. And since I was nearly at my halfway goal and had a good handle on my cravings, we both felt that this was a good option for me.
Sticking closely to a 1200 calorie level, Barbara (my consultant), sent me the basic breakdown of what I should be consuming each day. In other words, how many starches, vegetables, fruits, meats, milk servings, and fats to be divided out among my 3 meals and 2 snacks. She also sent me the Halfway and Lifelong Success guide to aid me in menu planning.
The Jenny Craig program comes with some terrific guidelines in the form of a Weight Loss Manual and Success Made Simple Manual that arrive with your first food order. Both are full of information that has helped me prepare for eventual success on my own. Included in the Success Made Simple Manual is Jenny’s Grocery List, which is a guide on how to incorporate my favorite foods into my own menu. It lists serving sizes, calories, and carbohydrate counts.
I’ve learned a lot of visual cues, so that I’m not driving myself crazy by measuring and weighing portions. Did you know that a meat serving should be approximately the size of a deck of cards? A couple of months ago I would have told you that if it didn’t hang over the side of my plate I was good.
Say it with me, PORTION CONTROL IS MY FRIEND.
I’ve been learning a lot about myself and the reasons I may overeat. I’m a cross between an Emotional Eater and an Unconscious Eater. I typically crave carbs and sweets when I’m tired or depressed. And before if I sat down to watch T.V., I would grab something to munch on, even when I wasn’t hungry.
Now if I’m craving something, I’ll make a healthier choice that satisfies me without throwing my weight loss success under the bus. For example, I dearly love 1/2 a cup of low fat Ricotta Cheese, sweetened with a little Stevia and some cocoa powder. I’m watching much less television these days, but when I do I make sure I have something to keep my hands busy (like sewing ALL THE SCOUTING BADGES onto A.H.G. vests).
This last week I’ve been completely on my own, save for an occasional Jenny Craig Anytime Bar as a snack. I’ve now lost a total of 8 pounds after being on the program for 4 weeks. I’m not starving. I’m not deprived. And I am making wise choices.
Yes, there is temptation. A week ago I made cupcakes for a scouting event, and I’m here to tell you that I did not LICK THE BOWL or EAT A CUPCAKE. I wasn’t even tempted.
My measurements are now 36-33-37. Which when I started were 38-35-37. My goal is to get that middle number down into the 20’s. Thusly ending the Sausage Casing Era.
After & Before (stay tuned, as I will be announcing the upcoming event, The Burning of the Overalls.)
I am aiming to lose another 7 to 9 pounds. Even though I’m on my own now, I intend to continue to use the principles that I’ve learned over this last month. In the past, I’ve been reluctant to talk about any weight loss I’m trying to achieve for fear of public failure. But I look at a healthy style of eating so much differently now. If I want to splurge on something, I have the tools I need to get myself right back on track. It’s only failure if I don’t try.
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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 very own.
The average weight loss expected on Jenny Craig is about 1 – 2 pounds per week which is a normal and healthy rate.