1.11.2017

I’m Changing My Life

So...
I did a thing.
A big thing.
I decided to take control of my health. I am on a quest to lose weight. 
But before we get into how, let's talk about my weight loss story:
I've lost weight in the past, but then I'd get back into old habits and back the weight would come. Even when I thought I was eating healthy, I don't think I was. My portions would be too large or too small. I'd skip meals. Also, I always lost weight for others (weddings, to please people, etc,) because my weight never bothered me; it bothered other people. 
But this year, I could see how choosing a non-healthy food lifestyle was going to hurt me in the long run. I was tired all of the time. My knee started to hurt going up stairs--I am constantly going and down stairs at work as a nanny. What if I couldn't keep up with the kids? What if they ran faster than me and I couldn't catch them, protecting them from danger? Reasons like those are why I decided to get healthy, to lose weight for myself and myself only.
I'm changing my life, and I've chosen Jenny Craig to help me.


Jenny Craig is a clinically proven weight-loss program designed to provide structure and support to help members lose weight and learn how to keep it off. That is exactly what I'm looking for!

The program takes a holistic approach to weight loss and weight management, focusing on food, body and mind. Jenny Craig members can expect to lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week, which is a healthy range of weight loss. 

Jenny Craig features prepared food, which is delicious by the way, portioned out perfectly. It features a meal plan, leaving the guesswork out of what to eat and how much. You add your own fruits and veggies. You get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Pictured below is about a week's worth of food, minus the extra fruits and veggies that I add in.


Here's why I chose Jenny Craig--I don't like to cook. At all. I come from a family of amazing cooks, but I'm not one of them. I work long hours, come home and then work until midnight on my blog, waking up at 6 and working on blog stuff until my day job. It's easier for me get something from a restaurant than cook. Or eat a sandwich. Or cereal. Or be too tired to eat dinner and then wake up starving.

I don't like leftovers, either, to be honest. With Jenny Craig, there are over 100 options to choose from, created by 40 professional chefs. I like variety. Pictured above is the yummy chicken fajita bowl. There's no fork in the pic because I'm not sharing! ;)

I was worried I'd be hungry, but that hasn't been the case at all. Yummy options, like this cheddar popcorn help with that! 


Here's another dessert--sweet things are my weakness and I'm glad I don't have to give them up. This cupcake was so delicious, y'all. I'm happy to report the food is truly delicious and satisfying. 
Another reason I chose Jenny Craig--the amazing support system and knowledge from their consultants. I've tried to figure out weight loss stuff on my own, but I've failed. I was kind of embarrassed about losing weight and didn't want to make it this big THING, so in typical ME fashion, I kept it all to myself and didn't ask for help. I finally realized it's okay to get help from others. 
At Jenny Craig, they've made personal support the cornerstone of their program for 30 years. Every member is paired with a dedicated consultant who provides them with one-on-one support to identify their challenges and goals, and helps them to create unique weekly meal and activity plans.



Here I am meeting with my consultant, Ashley. She is a doll! Each week, she works with me on my menu, discusses any challenges from the previous week and determines a plan for the week ahead. Like for this week, I am currently working on drinking more water. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm doing better than last week! She also keeps track of my success with weekly weigh-ins and is teaching me how to self-monitor. She's been so helpful. I don't feel alone in this. I can call anytime I have a question. The staff has been so wonderful!


Don't live near a Jenny Craig center? They offer one-on-one support through consultations over the phone or via video chat!

I have been so pleased with Jenny Craig--enough that one of my friends has signed up too! I am not starving all of the time like I used to be, I have energy now, and I'm learning how to portion and make better food choices. I'm learning about incorporating more activity into my day. Losing weight is the icing on the cupcake...that I have occasionally! ;)

I plan on doing another post on my progress, but let me know if you'd like to see more posts about my journey!


If you're interested in checking out Jenny Craig, click here! 
Thanks for the support, y'all!




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45 comments:

  1. I love that you don't have to sacrifice your favorite foods - that's huge for me!! Good luck on your journey girl - I know you can do it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Good luck girl! I've heard great things about Jenny Craig. Can't wait to follow along with you!! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. That's awesome that you found something that will work with your lifestyle and give you the options you need. Go girl!

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I've heard wonderful things about Jenny Craig. Good for you for focusing on health in the new year. I need to do this as well.

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  5. Good luck, Elle! I'm always in a constant battle when it comes to my weight. The past few years, the Dukan Diet has been the one that really clicked for me, but since last year, I've been back in my old habits, and I'm so paying for it now. Here's to a successful journey for us in this game!:)

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  6. I can't wait to follow you on your new healthy journey and hear all about the amazing changes you are making. All of this food looks amazing, especially the cupcake!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  7. Interesting post my dear, fingers crossed for you :-) I lost weight when my last meals was at 5.30 pm...

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  8. Best of luck with this and here's to a healthy 2017!

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  9. Good luck on your journey Elle!

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  10. Good Luck!! I know how and it is and you can do it! Support is huge and you know you got that here:)

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  11. Always do what makes you feel good about yourself! I've been creating healthier menus for a while to support my husband. He now encourages me to go to the gym. I like living a healthier lifestyle too. It will be hard, but you can do it!

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  12. Good on you for doing this, Elle and you're doing it for YOURSELF and not for someone else. Way to go! xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  13. Cant wait to hear about your journey & what you think about the food/plan as you go along.

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  14. You've got this gurlie, you're going to rock it! And I hear ya... I'm not a fan of leftovers either. Can't wait to hear how it's going <3
    Green Fashionista

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  15. This is so great and I can't wait to follow along! That's awesome that the food actually tastes good. And you can still have something sweet (that cupcake looks delicious!). Good luck, Elle!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  16. Good for you, girl! I've long thought about trying one of these programs, but I always was worried about the quality of food and if I'd just be starving all the time. Wishing you all the luck on your journey!

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  17. Good for you!! I can't wait to follow along and see how you're doing!! You got this girl!!

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  18. Definitely keep sharing your journey!! I'm currently working on losing weight myself. I'm doing Beachbody workouts and the 21 day fix! I love reading about others weight loss journeys because it helps to keep me motivated!

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  19. This is awesome Elle! I know you've got this girl! Sounds like a great program with the weekly consultation! :)

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  20. Good for you! I did Weight watchers last year for 3 month and it helped me big time. I know you will get to be where you want to be.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  21. Good luck on your journey! Slow and steady is the way to do it and so glad you found an option that fits your needs! Please keep us posted on your progress!

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  22. ohhh that cupcake looks delish! i think it's so awesome you are doing this Elle, and for yourself. it's about so much more than losing weight. i like to cook but i hate leftovers so i feel you there! wish you all the best Elle!

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  23. Health and weight loss is such a hard thing. Sounds like you have a great plan and support in place. Good luck babe!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  24. It really is so tough to come home and cook a meal after working all day long, which is why the prepared meals from Jenny Craig sound so awesome! Keep up the good work girl!

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  25. You go girl! You can do this! I really need to get back into my routine!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  26. So proud of you! It sounds like the plan is going to fit well into your lifestyle too, which is key. :) I hope you will share more about your journey.

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  27. Good for you for taking care of your health for yourself! So good! It sounds like Jenny Craig will fit well into your lifestyle. I definitely look forward to hearing more about this as you continue!

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  28. Best of luck to you! I think you're going to kick the crap out of your goals, especially since you found something that fits with your life and your motivation is coming from the right place. Can't wait to see how you do!

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  29. One problem I have is the size of my portions. I will have something relatively healthy for tea but then completely ruin it all by having a huge portion of it and then I might as well have just had something unhealthy! This sounds like a fantastic programme and the cheddar popcorn and cupcake look delicious too :) x

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  30. How awesome Elle! I'm so happy and proud of you for taking on a healthy lifestyle! I'd definitely love to see more posts and progress, and for you to share your journey. I also am trying to work towards a healthier life this year, and change some of my bad eat habits that I've developed in the past few months!

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  31. Sounds like a great program!! Good luck! I know you can definitely do it :)

    xo,
    Angela

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  32. Aw you go girl! So proud of you and can't wait to hear all about your journey!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  33. This is such a great post, you go girl, I can not wait to follow along!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  34. Loosing weight for yourself is the only way to really stick to it. Congrats on your decision!

    http://lindalibraloca.com

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  35. Way to take control of your life, yourself! I am also 4 days in of counting my macros and it's been an eye opening experience. I wish you all the best, let's hold each other to it!

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  36. this is great! glad you found something that works for you and your lifestyle :) rock on girl!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  37. Good luck girl, you can do this! I am doing the same thing. CHEERS to a new year and a healthier you!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  38. Oh dear, oh my word, we are part of the same club, Elle, you and I and many others :) I am part of the yo-yo effect thing, losing and gaining weight due to my unhealthy habits. Feeling tired is something that happens everyday, and shouldn't. I don't like leftovers either, and I loved to see that Jenny Craig offers popcorn :) and cupcakes :) and I would have to control myself not to get 5 of them :) The fact that thy have consultants and even through video, makes it even better! I am sending you good vibes! You will make it! 1-2 pounds a week sounds OK to lose, so, not so fast, to be healthy!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  39. Best of luck with it! I'm looking forward to seeing your progress xx

    Beautylymin

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  40. Good for you for focusing on yourself! Best of luck with this journey!

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  41. You go girl! I can't wait to follow along and maybe you'll expire to make a change too. I feel the same way about cooking!

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  42. You are already fabulous and beautiful, but I completely support any decision to improve your health. Good luck!

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  43. Best of luck to you on this journey, Elle! My mom did Jenny Craig back in the 90s and had great success with losing weight without ever feeling hungry. In fact, I remember her telling me she didn't know how she'd manage to eat all of the food and snacks each day. One tip that helped her was to eat an orange if she ever got a headache. Her counsellor told her that, and it helped. She lost over 50 pounds and felt fantastic!

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