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Making a Fresh Start with Jenny Craig

Last year, I suffered from a nerve injury that caused me to be more sedentary than I’ve ever been in my life. I turned to food for comfort when I was in pain. I gained about 15 pounds and now I feel very dissatisfied with my body and fitness level. With the start of the new year, I decided that something needed to change. I am no longer going to let pain rule my life. It’s time once again for a Comeback!

making a fresh start with Jenny Craig

Getting Started with Jenny Craig

The folks at Jenny Craig offered to help me reach my weight loss goal. I was so excited. I could not wait to get started! Yes, I still struggle with the nerve pain, but I have resolved NOT to let it run my life. I’m setting small goals to help me get back on track and I’m excited to have the Jenny Craig program to help me succeed.

My schedule is super busy, so I don’t have a lot of time to visit a local Jenny Craig Center in person. I’m using the Jenny Craig Anywhere program. It offers one-on-one support through consultations over the phone or via video chat. I use the online app to track my food. It’s so easy and convenient.

making a fresh start with Jenny Craig

Placing My First Order

I was a bit nervous about whether or not Jenny Craig would have enough food choices to fit my needs. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Jenny Craig Menu offers more than 100 premium menu items in a wide variety of flavors created by 40 professional chefs. Placing my order over the phone was super easy and the food arrived in only 2 days. Unpacking the box was really fun as I explored what I would be eating for the next 2 weeks.

making a fresh start with Jenny Craig

Following the Plan with my Consultant

Having a dedicated consultant is one of the main reasons I decided to try Jenny Craig. The company has made personal support a cornerstone of their business for 30 years. Every member is paired with a dedicated consultant who provides one-on-one support to identify their challenges and goals, and helps them to create unique weekly meal and activity plans. Since I’ve been so sedentary, I set a goal to of 7,000 steps a day to start and I wear my activity tracker daily.

New Year, New Me with the TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker

My first consultant was not a good fit for me. I shared this concern in the online survey I received during my first week. A lovely customer service manager contacted me right away. She explained that finding the right consultant for each client is what Jenny Craig is all about. She set me up with a new consultant right away. I LOVE her! She helped me create the plan below. In three weeks, I have lost 8 pounds. I am beyond thrilled!

(Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. I received promotional consideration.)

My Plan so Far

  • 1200 calories per day with a blend of Jenny Craig meals, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Eating a Jenny Craig meal before being in a tempting situation like when my family orders pizza
  • Packing shelf-stable Jenny Craig foods when I travel
  • Planning alternate meal choices in advance
  • Tracking with the Jenny Craig phone app
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Making time for myself – My consultant and I identified that I am fall into the “self-sacrificer” category so it’s important that I have “me time.”

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How’s the Food?

My biggest concern was how the food would taste. After all, I’d be eating this food for 2 weeks. The Jenny Craig Food has been really delicious! Sure, there have been a few misses, but most meals have been hits for my taste buds. The portion control has really been key to my success. I don’t need to guess if I’m eating too much or too little. It’s all planned for me.

So, that’s how my experience with Jenny Craig is going so far. I’ll report back in a few more weeks with an update.

What are your health and fitness goals for 2017?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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  2. adriana says:

    I’ve always heard awesome things about Jenny Craig! I’ve never tried it because I’ve always been in love with the way Weight Watchers works for me, but it seems like a great program. There’s definitely tons of ways out there for everyone to find that one, awesome way to help get fit!

  3. Zack says:

    Great article and good luck!

    This does look like something that I could do with. I often need guidance and a good plan in order for me to succeed. Will look more into this as well, thanks! 🙂

  4. this is so awesome. i cant wait to follow your progress. i have been working on eating better and living healthier as well.

  5. Valerie says:

    As someone who has dealt with weight issues much of my life I say anyway program someone can learn to stick with and that actually works for them is a good thing. I’ve seen people have great success with Jenny Craig.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I have been doing Jenny Craig as well. it has helped me to realize how much I mindless munch.

  7. This year I am also bound and determined to gain back my health. No more making excuses and continuing to do the same things, but expecting things to change. Congratulations on your weight loss! It’s definitely something to be proud of!

  8. Victoria says:

    I have heard nothing but good things about the Jenny Craig program. I want to give it a go myself, but before signing up I have to make sure I can incorporate it into my schedule. Right now I am focusing on working out, but I do need to make some changes to my eating habits.

  9. E H says:

    The food in the photo looks delish – I would love to try it out! I have never tried this diet, however, I have heard a lot about it. I think it is a great way to lose weight, as long as you can stick to the program, and not get into the yo-yo dieting mode, which I am very much guilty of doing. The time when you are on the diet is usually great – most people are able to lose weight if they stick to the diet. Once you are off the diet though – that’s when the trouble in the form of carbs and the sugary yummies starts creeping up on you – I am wishing you luck on your journey!

  10. Alicia says:

    Thanks for sharing about these meals. I’m trying to lose weight and these look like a great option!

  11. WOW they really do have a lot of options! It’s also really cool they gave you a new consultant. I am wishing you the best of luck on this journey. I know sooner than later we’ll all come back and read about you hitting your goal!

  12. LauraOinAK says:

    I’ve heard great things about Jenny Craig. Having meals all ready for you to just heat up definitely makes life a little easier. I think that’s my hardest obstacle…not wanting to make 2 of each meal so my growing boys can eat their favorites.

  13. Jenny Craig is a fantastic program for weight loss. I have had a chance to try some of the food and it was delicious, They are always coming out with new dishes.

  14. Claudia Krusch says:

    My friend is having amazing results with Jenny Craig . I have been thinking of giving it a try soon. I have been trying to eat healthier this year.

  15. I think it is REALLY cool that they heard you and gave you a new consultant! Great customer service like that means the world to me. I am sorry you gained but so happy that you found a way that works for you to get back into shape. Continued good luck and best wishes. I KNOW you can do this!

  16. Catherine S says:

    This sounds like a great program. Kudos to you for finding something that works with your nerve pain and schedule. I will look into this, I need to lose some weight.

  17. What an exciting journey! I’ve had several friends that made Jenny Craig a lifestyle for them and they are really happy and healthy! Good luck with your progress!!

  18. Connie says:

    This looks like a really easy plan to follow. I love that they choose a consultant that is a good fit for you. Best of luck.

  19. robin masshole mommy says:

    I have heard really good things about this program. Good luck on your journey.

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