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.
Where do I begin? I guess like everyone else, bigger than I wanted to be and unhappy.
All my life I have been the cute, chubby one in my family. I took after my mom's side of the family: big hips, big arms, big legs. But I tried to look at the bright side; I have small hands and feet.
The bright side started getting dimmer and dimmer, though, after I had my third child, which also included a third C-section. I weighed 180 lbs and I felt like a blob! My skin started feeling tight, my arms started getting dimples and I had absolutely no energy. I had hit my all-time lowest self-esteem. I would close my eyes when I passed my mirror without clothes on in order to get in the tub. I was so embarrassed by my body that I wouldn't get undressed anywhere around my husband. I just wanted to crawl under a rock and hide, but that would have taken energy, so I just sat there with one question:
What was I going to do?
I had tried so many different diets before from pills, drinks and even other meal programs that all inevitably failed. I wanted a quick fix or at least something that would make me start to feel better about myself. Then came my answer … "Have you called Jenny?"
I remember sitting on my couch, my favorite place at the time, watching TV. A Jenny Craig commercial came on. The newest Jenny gal had reached her goal of losing 40 lbs* on her weight loss journey. She was sitting in a kitchen, commenting on how this year was the first year in a very long time that she would not make losing weight her New Year's resolution. Overwhelmed with that realization, she began to cry. I started crying with her. I knew how she felt before she lost the weight, and I wanted to feel like she did sitting in that chair having transformed herself with her weight loss. I wanted to be able to say, "I am here. I arrived!"
I spoke with my husband and told him what I wanted to do. The question that popped into my head was, how would I manage going to the Jenny center weekly to meet with my consultant with my kids in tow? The answer was that I chose the Jenny Craig At Home option. (With Jenny Craig At Home, Jenny's Cuisine® meals get delivered right to your door, and you can talk to your personal consultant on the phone every week.) I couldn't have made a better choice for myself. I got all the benefits of the center without having to leave my home.
While on the Jenny Craig Program, I have formed a bond with my fabulous consultant. She has been my conscience and a great encourager. I'll never forget when I got my first call. I made her well aware that I may not lose weight but inches. And she said, "Well why don't we just wait and see."
Well guess what?
I ate well, worked hard, waited and I reached my goal. Ten months later, I surpassed my original goal for a total of 50 lbs.* I don't sit on my couch much anymore. I love shopping at clothing stores and trying on cute little outfits including jeans. My husband says I'm "hot." Wow, I'd never heard that before. People I haven't seen in a while don't even recognize me. They all ask the same question, "How?" and my simple reply is Jenny Craig. A woman stopped me on my run with the kids and said, "Those can't be yours, you are so thin." I smiled and replied, "Jenny Craig!"
I am a new person, with a new life and a new future. I went from "body loathing" to "body loving," and it is because of Jenny Craig At Home, and the support from my great consultant and my family. "I AM HERE. I ARRIVED!"
Since losing my weight, I have more confidence. I am more physically active, and I'm not afraid to take on physical challenges. For example, I have run 10Ks, learned how to snow-ski, and recently participated in a mud run. Losing the weight has also given me the strength to do something I never thought I would be qualified for, and that is teach a self-esteem class for a nonprofit organization.
The sky is the limit, and there is no going back! Thank you, Jenny Craig At Home!
† 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.