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.
My name is Sharon, and I want to share with you my story about losing 40 lbs* on Jenny Craig and how that helped improve my health and well-being. I found myself overweight with high blood pressure and sedentary as a result of severe knee pain that limited my activity. My choice was to lose weight or have a total knee replacement. I decided to try to lose weight, and I enrolled in Jenny Craig. Afterwards, I called and cancelled my surgery. I thought that if Jenny didn't work, I could always reschedule it.
The Jenny program I chose was Metabolic Max using The BodyMedia FIT™ Armband, which records all my activity, my steps and my sleep. It keeps me motivated to be more active, which helped me lose more weight. I learned about portion control using the Jenny entrées and that I could enjoy my favorite foods in moderation. I also included more vegetables and fruits to keep hunger under control and to keep meals balanced and nutritious.
As I lost weight, my knee started feeling better. I was seeing success. My family, friends and doctor were so excited about and supportive of my progress. To help me stay motivated and have another way to measure my success, I took a bucket and I labeled it "Bucket of Fat," and I kept that bucket in the kitchen area. Every week I added weight to equal my total weight loss and would pick up the bucket and walk around to feel the amount of weight that I had lost. It was a big eye-opener. It was unbelievable what a 10-, 20- or 45-lb bucket feels like. My kids would be excited for me to come home from Jenny Craig after my weigh-in to add more weight to the bucket. Now, I have two buckets each with a bowling ball and additional weights to equal my weight loss. This is when I came to realize the accomplishment I had achieved. And one of the biggest things I noticed with picking up the buckets and walking, my knee starts hurting right away. What a difference!
Since I lost the weight, I have started running and doing exercise classes. Also, our family went on a week's vacation to Florida. I was able to enjoy the beach, hours of walking at amusement parks and a day at a water park without it bothering my knee. What was amazing for me on the vacation was eating out for a week and seeing how much food the restaurants give you. My whole family started splitting meals to make them less wasteful but still enjoyable. I even lost weight while on vacation because of my choices and the knowledge that Jenny Craig taught me.
Another amazing part of losing weight occurred when I went to my doctor for my regular six-month checkup related to my two blood pressure medicines. As a result of my weight loss, my blood pressure has improved to a point that my doctor has taken me off one medication and expects to take me off the other. So, on top of fixing the problem with my knee, I also improved my blood pressure! I am now a healthier me!
Lifestyle Change Award recipient Sharon C.
† 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.