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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.
Walking into Jenny Craig was a significant turning point in my life. I knew that I needed to lose weight. With my family history of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, I was at risk for heart disease if I didn't change my life style.
I've been married for over 20 years, and we have two wonderful teenage boys that keep us busy. The stress of the past few years, however, had caused me to lose myself in food, and eating became my comfort. I would eat any food I wanted and then afterwards feel disgusted with myself. I justified my eating habits because of my stress. I just didn't care. I knew that I had to lose the weight, but I just figured I would do it eventually.
Eventually did come when I looked at a picture of myself and I couldn't stand what I saw. We had taken our children on vacation to California. When we came home, and were looking at the photos, I did not like the way I looked. I was at my rock bottom with stress and depression. I was an emotional eater and knew it was time to change or suffer some "heart-breaking" consequences. I decided it was time to start taking care of myself by losing weight. I did not have the mental strength to try to figure out what to eat, and I certainly did not have the control to know when to stop eating. I needed support and a menu plan that would tell me what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat. I found that with Jenny Craig. I was surprised how good and satisfying Jenny's food is. I have slowly been incorporating my own food into my menu plan along with Jenny's food. I practiced portion control and ate regular balanced meals and snacks as I changed my eating habits. The biggest change I made was learning to be satisfied with smaller portions and to control hunger with the right kinds of snacks. I now treat myself to yogurt when I need something to eat. I also eat very slowly now. I find that I am satisfied with my meal when I eat more slowly and tell myself that I am satisfied. After a few minutes, I really am not hungry anymore. It is a fun challenge for me. I feel like I can continue this strategy using my mind to help determine my satisfaction. If food was in front of me before, I would just continue to eat without recognizing that I was not hungry anymore. It is a good feeling and one of my favorite changes since my weight loss. I believe this will be one of the most valuable tools that I have learned from Jenny.
I also learned ways to handle stress and emotions so that I don't use food for comfort. Now when I get stressed, instead of sitting with food and running away to my bedroom to watch TV, I now find a project to work on ... like cleaning the house, cleaning out my closet (now that I do not fit into a lot of my clothes), or cleaning out the garage. I also finding solitude taking walks, and I want to start learning yoga.
My new healthy habits also benefitted my family. I have found that I feed my children much better since starting Jenny. I eat while I am cooking their meal, which stops me from snacking on their food. I use my Jenny meal plan as a guide and try to incorporate more fruits, vegetables and lean meats into my family's diet. We also have healthier snack choices such as a veggie tray and fruit for us in the house. With a family history of stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, eating right and exercising are my ways to help myself have a long and healthy life and a lower risk of heart disease.
Since November 2012, I have lost 50 lbs.* Not only have I learned healthy eating habits and taken opportunities to add activity to my day, I have also lost numerous dress sizes and inches! I feel great; I look great and have more energy to meet the demands of my day. It has been a great journey so far for ME. Jenny Craig changed my life.
† 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.