Real Lives. Real Change.
People just like you have found real weight loss success on Jenny Craig. If they can do it, you can too! Read their inspiring stories.
I have been battling weight since I was a child. I grew up with hearty meat, potato and gravy meals and was expected to always clean my plate. I knew that I had been gaining weight over the years and frankly had stopped trying to lose. I felt heavier than I’d ever been, when I went to see the doctor for a cough. I was not prepared for what I saw when the nurse had me step on the scale. I was shocked, scared, and ashamed. I realized, right then, if I did not make my own decision to lose weight now, I feared it was only a matter of time before my doctor would tell me I HAD to in order to save my health and my life. That night I cried and prayed. My weight was out of control and I needed help. As I prayed the answer came to me to try Jenny Craig. Two days later I had my first appointment.
At that visit I weighed 269 lbs. pounds. My goal was to lose 80+ pounds. Wow! It seemed unattainable at first. Could I really do that? Not on my own I decided. I now had the help and support of my Jenny Craig consultant. Having someone in my corner to hold me accountable gave me the hope that I could do it. I also had my faith to help me too.
I hit it off with Veda, my consultant right away and her experience and advice was invaluable. She helped me celebrate my successes and kept me focused on my goal. She didn’t let me beat myself up when I had a slip up and helped me remember how far I had come at each step of the journey. I spend a lot of time in my work and personal life supporting other people so having my one-on one time with Veda each week has been therapeutic on so many levels.
I was following planned menus to the letter, the weight was coming off*, and I was thrilled. I really liked the Jenny food and quickly identified some favorites. Roast beef with mashed potatoes and triple chocolate cheesecake were at the top of the list! I was excited about what I got to eat instead of feeling deprived about what I couldn’t eat. I started slowly to exercise on the elliptical trainer until I was going to the gym 3-4 times a week for a 40 minute workout. My consultant continued to see me through milestone after milestone. When I reached my half-way point, I had my picture taken at the center to mark this milestone. I was excited to see the smaller me and proud of what I had accomplished so far*.
I did it! I lost 85 lbs.* on Jenny Craig. I am so grateful and so proud. Improved health, increased energy, more confidence, and fun shopping were some of the many wonderful benefits that I experienced after losing weight. As if this was not enough, I qualified to be tested, and turned out to be a good match to donate a kidney to my friend. At my previous weight they would not have even drawn blood for the initial testing. My longtime friend Kevin had been battling kidney cancer and had to have both kidneys removed. He had to rely on dialysis to do the job his kidneys once did. His quality of life and health were severely impacted as he waited for a kidney transplant. During this time I told Kevin during a visit that I would be willing to donate one of my kidneys to him. I went with 2 other friends to be tested to see if we were a match to donate. As it turned out, I was a good match for Kevin and was ready, and willing to fulfill my promise of donating one of kidneys. My recovery was not easy. It was painful and I developed complications on two occasions which each required surgery. I am happy to say, my friend Kevin did very well with my kidney and is enjoying life and better health as a result. I had no fear and have no regrets about my decision to help my friend. I feel like it was all part of God’s plan. My weight loss gave me a happier, healthy life and also allowed me to give the same to Kevin.
† Rock CL, Flatt SW, Karanja N, et al. Effect of a Free Prepared Meal and Incentivized Weight Loss Program on Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance in Obese and Overweight Women—A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2010;304(16): 1803-1811.