Lost 110 lbs‡ on Jenny Craig
Mackenzie's Weight Loss Story
‡Average weight loss on Max Up in a study was 15 pounds in the first four weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. Mackenzie lost 43 pounds on prior program in 15 weeks and is continuing on Max Up, where she already lost 67 pounds in 37 weeks. Mackenzie received promotional consideration. Results may vary.
I was very into sports growing up. I played soccer, softball and basketball. That continued into college — as a collegiate softball player, I was very in shape. But once I started my first sitting job and got pregnant with my son, that's when I started having issues with my weight.
I've always struggled with emotional eating and overeating, however, we were also in the process of buying a house, planning a wedding and having a baby. I was always eating fast food, whatever I could order out — just so it could take some stress off me.
In October of 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, my son got extremely sick and needed two emergency brain surgeries. It took an even more emotional toll than I was already caught up in.
I hit rock bottom and I was such an emotional wreck. But when things started to calm down, I came to a place where I thought, 'I can't continue to keep living this way because that may be my son watching me in a hospital bed.'
It wasn't until I reached out to my college roommate and we were talking about my son’s recovery and the struggles I was having with my weight that I considered a weight loss plan. I was feeling like I wasn’t the best mom — I couldn't run around with him, I couldn't pick him up, I was always winded and exhausted. That's when my college roommate said, "look into Jenny Craig."
I’ve done another weight loss program before, but my biggest struggle this time around was I didn’t have time to cook and I didn’t want to cook. I needed the structure Jenny provided versus being able to eat anything. After talking to a Jenny coach, I felt like this was the right thing I needed.
"Now all I have to do is follow along."
The most convenient part of Jenny is 100% the meal prep being done for me. With the prep out of the way, I know I will stay on track. I also really like the convenience of the delivery and local pick up — I use both options.
"I was actually really surprised by the food. Don’t get me started on the desserts!"
When I first started I was nervous about the portion sizes of the food. The biggest diet myth I believed was that I would starve. The first day on Jenny took some adjusting because I was overeating, but now I’m so full and satisfied. Totally more than enough food. Now I’m stuffed after each meal!
The Homestyle Turkey & Mashed Potatoes is one of my favorites. The Three Cheese Macaroni With Broccoli & Carrots is really good too — it's nice and thick, I love that. Don't get me started on the desserts! I love the Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream and Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. I feel like those are things that even when I was on another weight loss program, I couldn't eat because then I would have to eat carrot sticks the rest of the day.
When I started Max Up, I began talking to my coach Michelle over the phone once a week. I really love her. I feel like I've known her for a while. We've established a friendship and mutual trust and respect. She's just the sweetest person.
I'm an emotional eater, so there are times when I have to talk to her about having a hard day at work and situations that used to lead me to binge and overeat. I've had to be vulnerable with her. I feel like I can tell her pretty much anything and she's very understanding — and that has led me to be so successful.
Her favorite quote to tell me is, "A reward is not something that will take you one step further from your goal." That is something that has resonated with me throughout the journey.
"I'm always eating the Recharge Bar within an hour of waking up."
I suffered from extreme heartburn and insomnia before I started intermittent fasting on Max Up. When I started doing intermittent fasting, within less than a week, I noticed a difference in my sleep and my heartburn. I used to take an antacid once a day, I don't have to take them anymore. I used to toss and turn, but now I don't wake up every hour. My Recharge Bars are something that my body craves at exactly the same time every day. That holds me over until my fast is complete and it's breakfast time!
"I can run a mile now. Which blows me away!"
I started out by doing 30 minutes a day of walking. I upped my 30 minutes to two miles. I've worked up to four to five miles. I haven't been able to hike with my grandfather in years! I did join a gym so now I'm running. I can run a mile now!
"This lifestyle has become an addiction. I feel so great."
I can finally fit back into my college clothes and actually, some of them are too big. Now I'm a size 8 which I couldn't be more proud of. I'm able to shop online now. I couldn't do that before.
I'm really excited to go on rides and run around with my son. Two summers ago I couldn't fit on the rides with him. It was kind of embarrassing. Now I can be more hands-on with his life and have the energy to keep up with him.
And I can finally take family pictures and feel confident and not upset about it!
"I hold my head high now. I feel a lot better. I smile a lot more."
Before I was so unhappy with who I was, it came out in every aspect of my life. Now I’m getting back that happiness and it's just radiating at this point.
If I could give myself some advice before starting this journey, I would tell myself to be kind and not be so hard on yourself. And love your body and all the different stages you will go through.
I'm looking forward to my 30's. Being present, active and hands-on. I want to be that mom that's at the activities and sporting events. I want to be happy, healthy and present!