I have been on the Jenny Craig program for just shy of a month now, and I wanted to give a little update for those who might be following along. First, it has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. Sure, it took a little getting used to with the food, but with such a great variety of meals and snacks plus the option to customize with my own ingredients and toppings, it is very satisfying. I have been able to really personalize and tailor the menu to exactly what my preferences are while still fitting in the 1200 daily calorie guidelines.
Before I get into the best parts of my Jenny journey, I want to talk a little about goals. Most people go into weight loss with hopes of having the pounds melt off while making a minimal effort. In reality, that just isn’t the case. Members on the program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week, which is a much healthier range than a lot of the “lose it quick” trends. Over the course of my month I haven’t had any big losses, but I have noticed that my clothes are fitting better. I also feel that my body isn’t weighing me down as much throughout the day because of overeating. Before I started, I had gotten in the habit of stuffing my face throughout the day, which lead to lethargy and a general feeling of heaviness all the time. Now that I am keeping track of my foods in my menu worksheets, I have a much better grasp on just how much less I need to be consuming to still feel satisfied which has really opened my eyes. But, food is just part of the equation, with physical activity being equally as important as a great meal plan. Jenny Craig encourages me to develop a healthy relationship with food, build an active lifestyle and create a more balanced approach to living that forms the whole package, rather than just one part of it.
The food itself is probably my favorite part of the entire program, with dishes like French Toast, Mediterranean Veggie sandwiches, and butternut squash ravioli, it’s like they know me. And I’ve never been a big fan of shakes or milk drinks, but their vanilla shakes? Amazing. My favorites are the breakfasts, and these aren’t anything like the typical frozen, flavorless bowls of cardboard that you usually think of with weight loss programs. These are full flavored, nutritious and well balanced real food with real flavors.
And as I mentioned earlier, it is easy to combine Jenny Craig menu options with my own ingredients, and salads are a great way to do that. I am currently loving their Salsa Ranch Dressing, but they have other equally yummy flavors as well.
You know I am a sucker for recipe development, so of course I had to create the perfect salad to go with the Salsa Ranch Dressing and it is fabulous! You can create it yourself by starting with mixed greens, and then topping with blackened whole kernel corn, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, and a little cojita cheese.
Another thing I love about being part of Jenny Craig is the overwhelming support that I have gotten from my consultant. We chat on the phone weekly, and besides weigh-ins and measurements, we discuss goals, successes, low points, and basically anything that has to do with keeping me on track to meet my goals. He is amazing, and I really appreciate that part of the program, because we all need a little support when we are trying to lose weight, no matter how little we want to take off. With Jenny Craig, I always have someone there to cheer me on, motivate me and keep me on track and to help me navigate life’s more tempting situations.
We will see what the next month brings, but I think I am off to a great start so far!
*Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.*
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