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.
If you were to see me in person now, the smile you see on the outside is actually the same smile you would find on the inside, and I couldn't have done this without Jenny Craig's help. Let me explain.
Growing up, I was always thin and fit. I could eat anything I wanted, and my weight was never a problem. I was 104 lbs when I got married, and in my wildest dreams I never thought I would have a weight issue. However, that all changed after I began to put the weight on. I tried all different weight loss programs, but nothing seemed to work permanently—any weight I lost quickly came back plus some. I basically gave up trying, but inside I knew I was starting to lose control.
My family from Houston, Texas, came to visit. We had a feast with all the trimmings you could imagine. Being at the forefront of kitchen duty, I enjoyed the task of taking on all the cooking and sampling of the menu items. We took lots of pictures and when I was looking at them, I realized in horror that I was the heaviest in my family. Even though I laughed and joked about my weight, on the inside I couldn't believe that was me! How could I let myself go to this point? I was devastated because I knew that if I didn't stop soon, I would be in size 14 (my size 12 pants were already getting snug). I needed help but didn't know where to go or how to start.
I recall seeing Jenny Craig's commercials on television and Valerie Bertinelli was the spokeswoman. As silly as it sounds, I felt as though Valerie was speaking directly to me. I began seeing the progress she made and somehow, something in me told me if Valerie could do this, I could do this. As an added push, I had just booked a family vacation, and I needed to lose weight because I didn't want to embarrass myself or my family. Using Valerie as my inspiration, I called Jenny Craig and asked for help. It was easier than I thought!
I am so happy that I joined Jenny Craig. My initial consultation lasted about 30 minutes. We went over all my goals, my objectives, my fears, how the program worked, and menu selections. The consultant answered all my questions thoroughly. Not once did I feel rushed or pressured. My consultant helped ease my fears and worked with me along the way. Each week, we would review the past week's accomplishments and challenges including my weight loss and exercise and activity levels, as well as anticipated challenges that I might have to face. I especially enjoyed the added benefit of having my food shipped directly to my home address. In addition to raising a family, I work full-time and attend school part-time, so this was extremely convenient. The food was delicious, and there were so many different options. I wanted to kick myself for not starting this sooner.
The turning point for me while on the Jenny Craig Program happened while I was in the dressing room of a local sporting goods shop. For the heck of it, I actually picked out a size that I haven't worn for years. As a goof, I tried it on. To my amazement it fit perfectly. I stood in the dressing room and stared at the image looking back at me and cried. But they weren't tears of sadness—they were tears of happiness. I'll never forget that day for as long as I live, and I couldn't wait to share this news with my Jenny Craig Consultant. I remember during our call that we both laughed and cried together and I kept thanking her for all her of her help.
I also was able to wear a bikini again—a BIKINI, not a tankini or a one-piece with a cover-up. Not only did I feel good about how I looked, I also felt healthy. I could actually buy clothes again in the "small" women's section. I am able to bend down and tie my own shoes without losing my breath. I now enjoy running and exercising. I have more energy now than I ever did when I was in my twenties!
I feel great and want to tell the whole world about Jenny Craig. I tell anyone who asks what my secret is to losing weight and that I am extremely proud to say that I am a Jenny Craig client. Without even realizing it, I even inspired my friends to join Jenny Craig because they saw my results firsthand. We know the Jenny Craig Program works. Seeing IS believing—the before-and-after pictures speak for themselves.
In closing, all I can say is WOW! I still can't believe that the person I see each morning is the new me, and I'm loving every second. I couldn't have done this without Jenny Craig's help, the inspiration I found from Valerie Bertinelli, and the support I received from my Jenny Craig Consultants, family and friends. For that, I will always be truly grateful.
Thank you, Jenny Craig, for giving "the original Marie" back to my family and friends, and most of all—giving the "me" back to "Marie."
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