Three Months Into My Jenny Craig Weight Loss Journey + My Fit Girl vs. Fat Girl Mentality for Weight Loss

Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week

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Last week, I celebrated the three month mark since starting my Jenny Journey. Time is flying! Now is when I really feel that this is becoming a lifestyle more than anything else. YAY! As far as my weight loss progress goes, I have lost ~33 pounds and 18.5 inches in the last three months.

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I can now officially say that I am half way to where I want to be. Since starting my weight loss journey over a year and a half ago, I’ve lost 66 pounds. I have another 63 to go in order to reach my goal. The half way mark feels good but I can’t wait to reach the finish line.

Here’s a week 14 progress selfie:

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Getting there!

I LOVE THIS PROGRAM.

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With Jenny Craig, I NEVER feel deprived because I literally get to eat my favorites every week… turkey burgers, pasta, cupcakes, cookies, chips, brownies, pizza, popcorn… it’s a diet plan that doesn’t feel like a diet at all. Everything is portion controlled out for you — making life so much easier. I truly feel that anybody can lose weight with the Jenny Craig program and I am SO grateful to have found it.

On this Weight Loss Wednesday, I want to talk about the mentality of the weight loss game… like I’ve said before it is all MENTAL. Once you get your mind right, your body will follow.

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One little – and very simple saying that’s really helped me with making better decisions and saying NO to bad foods and temptations that lead me further away from reaching my goals is the “fat girl vs. fit girl” mentality.

I ask myself this one question when making decisions about food or going to work out or taking the stairs over the elevator, etc… “is this a fit girl or fat girl choice that I’m about to make?”

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I have post-it’s all over my kitchen and one reads “fit girl or fat girl?” – it really keeps me on track especially when those evening cravings set in.

What are some of your favorite weight loss mantras or mental strategies that help you on a daily basis?

Celebrate Mom & Enter to Win H-E-B’s #HEBMomSweeps on Twitter!

This Mother’s Day, H-E-B is celebrating all the strong, beautiful, inspiring women out there who have the most important jobs in the world… MOMS. H-E-B is hosting their very first #HEBMomSweeps and giving you the chance to win big.

H-E-B is giving away a $200 H-E-B gift card and other awesome Mother’s Day inspired prizes!

From today through May 10th, show H-E-B via Twitter what makes your Mom the best mom ever.

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Here’s how to enter the Twitter Sweeps:

Post a picture of you and your mom with a word that describes what makes her powerful to you. Be sure to hashtag your tweets with #HEBMomSweeps!

For the official sweepstakes rules, visit: HEB.com/moms

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Available at H-E-B!

Looking for some gift giving inspiration? H-E-B has plenty of great items to spoil those special Mamas in our lives.

Get creative and make a Mother’s Day goodie basket customized just for your Mom – include her favorites and some new items for her to try. I like this mix of beauty products, cooking goods, and some yummy treats.

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Pictured items:

  • H-E-B Tex Fest Texas Montage Reusable Shopping Bag
  • H-E-B Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
  • H-E-B Chai Tea
  • H-E-B Juice Stand Green Smoothie
  • Cocinaware Slotted Turner
  • Cocinaware Silicone Tongs
  • Dead Sea Skin Care by H-E-B – Refreshing Mud Mask (I bet you didn’t know that H-E-B has their own line of Dead Sea mineral skincare products!)
  • Orchid Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Other Mother’s Day gift ideas:

  • Fresh Flowers
  • Mom’s Favorite Wine with some wine accessories (wine cork, wine bottle bag)
  • Mother’s Day Cooking Date – find an amazing recipe on Pinterest, head to H-E-B and grab all of the ingredients and spend the day spending some quality time with Mom and cooking a fabulous meal for the whole family to enjoy!

Whatever you do, remember it’s a day to celebrate that one and only very special woman in your life. The one who gave you life! Make it a day to remember and enjoy the love you share. Wishing you and yours a very happy and joyous Mother’s Day on May 15th.

I’m looking forward to spending the day with my Mom and Grandmother… the two most special ladies in my life. <3

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Thank you to H-E-B for sponsoring this blog post and throwing such a great Twitter sweepstakes to celebrate #HEBmoms!

My Jenny Craig Weight Loss Journey: Week 11 Update #WeightLossWednesday

Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.

As of my weigh in this morning, I am down -25.4 lbs with Jenny Craig!

Now that I feel I have my nutrition on point, I am focusing on getting more active. My Jenny Craig consultant tells me I’m right on track because this is the part of the program where she really encourages her clients to work on upping their exercise efforts.

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Last week, I reinstated my gym membership and it feels SO good to be back. I’ve set my goal of working out to at least 5 days a week.

Jenny Craig’s Updated Menu Items

At the beginning of this month, Jenny Craig introduced some new menu items. I think it’s great that they do this because one of the greatest things about the Jenny menu is the variety. By changing things up every once in awhile, it keeps the diet plan from getting stale.

Here are two of my favorite new additions:

Chicken Pesto Pasta – 280 calories

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Super tasty and packed with veggies.
Vanilla Buttercream Cupcake – 140 calories

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Yes, it’s exactly as good as it looks! Yum. People still don’t believe me when I tell them I eat cupcakes every week on my diet plan.

Jenny Craig in the news

I was really excited to see Jenny Craig in the news recently for being recognized as one of THE best commercial weight loss programs out there. The scientific study (published in the Annals of Internal Medicine) recognized Jenny as a highly effective and sustainable weight loss program. This is very encouraging for those of us on our Jenny Journeys!

For me, this is so important because I know what it’s like to have tried other plans – and drop the weight quickly (in an unhealthy fashion), only to gain some of it back because of the un-sustainability of the program. I am so sick of the weight roller coaster I’ve been on the last couple of years!

Jenny Craig teaches you lifestyle changes that are completely doable once you have dedicated yourself to healthy living. Portion control, moderation, hydration, activity… these are just a few. Yes, my weight loss on Jenny Craig has been much slower but It’s also much easier. I’m truly enjoying the process and know that I am doing this the healthy way!

 Making the Switch from UP by Jawbone to FitBit!

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More exciting news from this week: I have joined the FitBit world!

Through my husband’s employer and their amazing health program, Vitality, I’m now using the FitBit CHARGE HR. I LOVE that it includes heart rate monitoring, so I don’t have to bust out my Polar and chest strap every time I want to clock my calorie burn per workout. Plus, the interface and data reports are super nice and I’m really enjoying joining in on the community and forums — not to mention the gamification aspect of earning badges for your fitness accomplishments. It’s fun!

Are you a FitBit user? Connect with me here. I’m always looking for accountability buddies so we can push each other and celebrate our triumphs. The secret to success is support!

My Weight Loss Progress Photos

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The second photo was taken at Nordstrom Rack last weekend. I absolutely LOVED this super comfortable t-shirt but I couldn’t bring myself to buy new clothes just yet. I have boxes full of clothes to get me through these next couple of sizes that are just like new! One of my main motivations for weight loss is shopping and fashion. I can’t wait to work on a whole new wardrobe at a size I’ve never been before!

I have another 70 lbs to go in order to reach my final goal. Thank you so much for reading this week and following me on this journey! For more updates, connect with me on Instagram.

Are you on a weight loss journey of your own? Tell me about it in the comments section.

Create the Perfect Game Day Outfits at Fanatics.com

Opening Day is a big deal for me and my friends. We LOVE baseball and always celebrate the beginning of the season because finally, our favorite sport is back in action!

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Here’s a throwback photo from when my husband and I first started dating. The ballpark was a big part of the beginning of our love story.

I love spending time at the ballpark. It’s one of my favorite Houston things to do – especially, Friday night games where you can always count on an awesome fireworks show. Baseball season means quality time well spent with friends and family rooting on the hometown boys. Go Astros!

The Houston Astros’ Opening Day is Monday, April 6th.

 

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The festivities begin outside of Minute Maid Park with the Opening Day Street Fest from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Astros will take on the Cincinnati Indians for their first game of the season. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m.

Ask any sports fan and you know we love reppin’ our teams. I have a drawer full of my favorite team’s shirts and caps. This year, I used Fanatics to add to my game day wardrobe choices.

Fanatics.com has the best selection of sports gear to show off your team pride!

With everything from MLB, NFL, College Athletics, Soccer, NASCAR, and many more. Fanatics is the largest online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise and provides the ultimate shopping experience to sports fans.

I also love that they usually have a great deal code going on for all customers in the top right hand corner. When I placed my order, I was able to take advantage of free shipping and 15% off my order.

Fanatics also has a wide selection of accessories and items spanning much further than just clothes. If you’re ever in need of clever gifts for a sports fan, Fanatics.com is exactly the place to turn to.

I had so much fun styling my perfect Opening Day outfit:

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New Era Houston Astros 2Tone Diamond Era Flex Hat – Navy Blue/Orange
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Houston Astros Majestic Women’s Baseball Dream Sequins Tank Top – Navy Blue
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Check out Fanatics.com and share your perfect game day outfit picks in the comments section! I’d love to see what you come up with. Who are your favorite sports teams to root for?

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

My Jenny Craig Weight Loss Journey: Week 7 Results! #WeightLossWednesday

Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals. However, the opinions and writing are entirely my own. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.

As of my weigh in this morning, I am down -21 pounds with Jenny Craig!

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*Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.

I am loving the program and the progress I am seeing! Over all, I have lost a total of -53 pounds from starting my weight loss journey. It feels so great to be on track again with the scale moving in the right direction. I still have a long road ahead of me but we’re getting there!

I’ve had a few of you ask me about what exactly the Jenny Craig process is like. So let’s go through a typical consultation meeting.  

I meet with my Jenny consultant, Renee, and pick up my foods every Sunday at my local Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center location. [Shout out to the amazing ladies at the Highland Village – Houston location!!]

We talk, we weigh, we plan.

Renee and I go through my food diary of the last week and talk about any challenges I faced, my successes for the week – scale and non-scale victories, and strategize about what’s working and not working for me. The goal is to always make improvements for better weeks ahead!

I weigh in every week and we check my progress. Once a month, we also take my measurements which is so rewarding to see them go down!

Then we go over my goals and meal plan for the week ahead, as well as, anything in my schedule that may need some extra preparation for (eating off plan, special events, etc.). If there are any changes I want to make to the foods I’m eating, we do that. The Jenny Craig plan is completely customizable to fit your preferences and goals while still achieving weight loss and your designated calorie count.

I always leave my meetings feeling empowered, motivated, and proud of myself for the progress I’ve made. Even if I don’t have the best week, my consultant is always there to remind me I’ve got this. There are bumps in the road – but we get over them!

My Goals

With my diet plan going well, here are the things I’m focusing on next:

  • Incorporating more activity into my everyday schedule
  • Tracking steps with my fitness tracker (my daily goal is 10,000)
  • Getting outside and enjoying the weather – I work full-time in a stuffy office building so it’s really important for me to get out there and breathe some fresh air and get some sun now that Spring is finally here!

Favorite Meals of the Week

Here’s my favorite Jenny Craig meal of the week:

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As you can see, I was really excited to try their red velvet cupcake for the first time. It was delicious! Also the barbecue meatloaf, potatoes, and veggies is one of my favorite dinner entrees. I always add a squirt of reduced sugar ketchup to the potatoes. Lastly, one of my favorites, a simple cucumber salad with pepper and lemon juice. YUM!

Eating Out While On Jenny

My husband and I went to brunch over the weekend with friends. I’ve been a little bit nervous about eating off plan since starting the Jenny program. I do my best to limit eating out because really, there’s no need when I’m paying for prepared meals that are delicious and ready-to-go but sometimes you really just want to go out and socialize over some good food.

On the Jenny plan, it’s OK to do this. Obviously, it’s not realistic to think you will never ever eat out again. Jenny Craig is about living your life and making healthy choices in whatever environment you’re in.

We brunched at The Egg and I and I was really impressed by their selection of healthy “Smarter Choices” items. I ordered the Egg Byte omelette made with egg whites, veggies, and salsa on the side. It comes with an english muffin and a cup of assorted fruit. All this for 300 calories. Perfect!

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The meal was SO delicious. I also have to give this restaurant huge kudos for having a fantastic nutritional calculator on their website that allows you to get all the macros for anything you eat while dining with them! Can every restaurant do this, please?

Staying Hydrated with Sparkling Ice

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Another favorite of mine is the Sparkling Ice drinks that come in a variety of tasty flavors. I am SUCH a fan. Me and my husband buy these in bulk from Sam’s Club – you get a great deal on them. They had the Sparkling Water and Sparkling Lemonade flavors in stock last week and we got one of each. SO GOOD.

These drinks are super refreshing – no calorie, sugar free, and provide you with vitamins, too! I’ve also learned they have tea flavors now, which I’m dying to try!

Have you tried these drinks yet? Let me know what you think!

What are your favorite healthy items?

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