Disclosure: I was provided a free trial program and a discount on the Jenny Craig meals. However, the opinions and writing in this post are entirely my own. Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.
Hallelujah!! My willpower is finally back!
I’m three weeks into my program re-start with Jenny Craig Anywhere and finally, avoiding all those workplace temptations and invitations from family and friends to go out to eat is not a problem for me anymore. I guess my willpower took a temporary vacation during the holidays, yet again, teaching me how much of a MENTAL game all of this weight loss thing really is. If you’re not mentally focused, strong, and dedicated – it’s not going to happen for you. No matter how many times we feel like we’ve failed or fallen off, we have to dust ourselves off, begin again, and remember to love ourselves first.
I always tend to find myself in this frustrating cycle of.. starting the year strong, making all of those changes, losing a great amount of weight, then toward the end of the year… here comes vacation time and the holidays… some how this idea of “being lax” with the weight loss thing just for a week or two comes into play. I slack off and “go easy” on myself for a bit… and then SURPRISE: it always results in gaining back some of the weight. So the cycle continues and here, I find myself again, January 2016, getting my sh!t together to re-start my efforts and make this all a permanent change. It’s more than just a little bit frustrating and I know I have no one to blame but myself.
The Lifehouse song, “Sick Cycle Carousel” plays in my head.. and, seriously, I want off this weight loss/weight gain Merry-Go-Round once and for all! And I know I say this every year… I’m praying, hoping, and working to not be in this same spot at the beginning of 2017.
I am setting my long-term goal this year at 50 lbs of weight loss and keeping it off. I want to hit my final goal weight this year and to stop coming up short when it comes to that stupid, yet almighty, 3 digit number on the scale. I know this is a process, and patience and persistence is what’s going to get me there.
Progress Update: I’ve lost 10 lbs with Jenny Craig Anywhere over the last three weeks.
I am super proud of my progress but it’s definitely taken some time for my body to get back on track and readjust to healthy living. During the holidays, I was eating a lot more sugar and crap than my body has been used to for the last year. It completely threw my body out of whack.. and tell me again, why do we do this to ourselves???
Talking with my Jenny Craig Anywhere consultant has been a huge help to me during this time of getting back on track. She helps me realize just how NOT WORTH IT it really is. Why throw away months and months of hard work just to “enjoy” the holidays with your loved ones? Since when does “enjoying” have to always be tied to food and drinking? Hopefully, next year, I won’t experience this sick cycle carousel for the umpteenth time.
On another note, I’m still not back to my rigorous work out schedule quite yet but I’ll get there. I know my weight loss is going to be much slower without at least 4 days of dedicated cardio per week. So I’m setting that as my next short-term goal. Get back in the gym, Christine!
Weight Loss Inspiration via Tory Johnson’s Shift For Good
Just over two years ago, I fell in love with Tory Johnson and her book, The Shift. Needless to say, I’ve been excitedly awaiting her follow-up book, Shift For Good, for the longest time – pretty much as soon as I heard the rumors saying she was working on it. I’ve finally got my hands on this book and just started reading it.
Already, I can tell that this book is EXACTLY what I need at this exact moment in my weight loss journey. It’s uncanny – because this is how I felt when I first read, The Shift. I love her and her books because it’s so easy to connect with her. I totally feel like we are on this weight loss journey together and she has so much to teach me!
One of Tory’s key points, I’ve already connected with – just by reading the first few chapters – is how she talks about being pretty much all or nothing when it comes to healthy living. She brings up an awesome point of how you would never reward a recovering alcoholic with a beer or chronic smoker with a cigarette. That would completely break their sobriety/recovery and trigger bad behaviors that got them in trouble in the first place. It would completely un-do all of their progress, etc. Plus, they have made a lifestyle change, why would they ever go back to their demons and terrible vices as a “reward” for the hard work they’ve put in?
After reflecting on all of this for the last week, I’m very much realizing, like Tory, how much of an all-or-nothing weight loss personality I have. While on Jenny Craig, I’m striving to reach BALANCE… but first, I want to reach my weight loss goal before I can focus on practicing balance.
So I’m back to 100% Jenny Craig meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have my Anytime bar everyday for my mid-morning snack. Even delicious snacks and desserts. All perfectly portioned and prepared. Plus all the veggies, fresh fruits, and un-limited free foods my heart desires… and I absolutely love it.
The Jenny Craig weight loss plan has been an absolute god-send over the last year and I know I will reach my goals.. I have all the tools & support necessary, all the foods necessary, etc… but it all depends on ME and my MENTAL strength, focus, and drive to stay dedicated and not let anything (any holiday or other excuse) get in my way.
Whew! Talk about a therapeutic post!
If you’re still with me, thank you for reading! I hope you are doing well, starting your year off strong, hitting your goals, and being a better you with each new day. We got this! 2016 is going to be an amazing year for all of us.
I would love to hear about how your journey is going. You can always leave a comment on any of my posts or send me an e-mail! Like I always say, the secret to success is SUPPORT.
I very highly recommend Tory’s books for some real-talk, weight loss inspiration.
What is inspiring you this week?