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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.
I was a compulsive eater. Growing up, I never had a weight problem. Once I got to college, I definitely put on the “Freshman 15,” but then it kept going. After graduating college, the weight gain was more rapid. I had never been active. Once I began working a desk job and living alone, I continued to gain. I could eat enough food to feed a family of four. I ate my way up to 272 pounds.
When I was bored, I would eat. When I was watching TV, I would eat. After a long day at work, I would eat. I didn’t have the energy or desire to get off the couch and do anything else, so I ate. I had no portion control. If I liked the taste of something, I couldn’t stop eating it. I made poor food choices and would fill up on unhealthy foods.
For years, the weight didn’t bother me. It didn’t bother me because I wasn’t really seeing myself. I wasn’t looking at myself in the mirror. I never owned a bathroom scale, so I pretended not to notice the weight gain. But I was tired. I was tired of buying the same shirt in different colors so I wouldn’t have to try on more clothes. I was tired of being scared to travel, knowing that one day soon I was going to need two seats to sit on the plane. I was tired of avoiding friends that I hadn’t seen in years because I was so embarrassed about my appearance. And most of all, I was tired of feeling like I was just existing rather than living. I didn’t have a zest for adventure or a desire to get outside any do anything.
My “a-ha” moment came when I saw a picture of myself from an Easter party at a friend’s house and I thought, “Who is that person? How had I let my weight spiral out of control?” I was at an all-time high of 272 pounds and a size 26. I was embarrassed. I was certain I was heading down a path towards diabetes, respiratory problems and heart disease, which runs in my family. I decided I needed to do something. I didn’t want to start my 40’s the same way I started my 30’s…lethargic and bored and sitting on the sofa playing video games and eating French fries.
I knew I needed a behavioral change, but I didn’t know where to start. I found my answer when I came across an ad online for Jenny Craig. When I called, I told the woman on the line that I wanted to make an appointment for a week out. She asked me, “Why wait? This time next week, you might have already lost a couple of pounds.” I made an appointment for that day and went into the Jenny Craig center.
I was determined to lose weight and now I had support and accountability to my consultant on a weekly basis. I wasn’t going to let her or myself down. My consultant taught me portion control, how to add fruits, vegetables and dairy into my diet to help me fill up on fewer calories and to build activity into my routine. I started out barely being able to walk 2 miles once a week, but now I work out six days a week and run 6 miles on the weekend. I took it one day at a time and set small goals for myself and I kept shedding the pounds.
Today, I can proudly say I lost 137* pounds through hard work, exercise and the support of the Jenny Craig program! The best part of being healthier & slimmer is my level of activity and sense of adventure. Since my weight loss, I went skydiving, zip lining (three times!), and ran multiple 5K’s and rafted and hiked in the Grand Canyon. I wouldn’t have considered any of these activities at my previous weight and appreciate my ability to do them. I love to inspire others with my success and was featured in a national magazine and on national television. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that would ever happen!
† 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.