Making the Mental Shift During Different Phases of Your Weight Loss Journey

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.


Recently my Jenny Craig Anywhere consultant, Amber, really got me thinking about how not only does your body change during weight loss, but your mindset does, as well. Especially, if you’re like me and you have A LOT of weight you want to lose from start to finish.

I’ve been struggling over the last few months because my weight loss has not been as fast and aggressive as it was previously. And that’s OKAY!

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These things take time and progress and patience go hand in hand.

I take pride in the fact that I am doing all of this on my own, the natural way. No, I’m not going to lose all my weight within a couple of months like if I had gone the weight loss surgery route.

I have to realize, I am changing my life for the better, forever – not just my body. It’s no wonder this process has taken me years. I initially started my weight loss journey back in September of 2013. And everything has changed since that day.

It’s taken me some trials and tribulations to find what is the right program for me. I lost my gallbladder along the way and have learned many, many lessons about weight loss and healthy living. Some days, I still really struggle but I’m proud of my journey, so far, and.. I’m not done!

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Amber says your motivation changes from when you’re first beginning your journey to when you’re over half way to your goal (like I am now).

I never really thought about this but it’s true. When you’re first beginning, you’re so sick of everything… the way you feel, the way you look in the mirror, etc. Literally, everywhere you turn, there’s a constant reminder of why you MUST change your life.

But after losing 75 pounds, you’re proud of the weight you’ve lost and the way you look and feel. You’re, dare I say, getting happier and happier… and in turn, more comfortable and accepting of your body.

But still… and here comes my frustration, I’m not at my goal weight or goal size! I don’t want to stop. I haven’t finished my weight loss journey yet.

Remember, losing weight is ALL a mental thing. Amber has helped me to come up with a few different strategies to re-focus so I can reach my final goal.

  • GO shopping and buy smaller clothes. Compare how much better the entire shopping experience is and use that as motivation… it will only get better and your wardrobe will thank you!
  • Set a goal date/event. (For me, this date is my 29th birthday: July 17th!)
  • Re-visit your list of motivation/goals from when you first started your journey at (fill in the blank) weight.
  • Now, at your current weight, re-write a new and updated list of motivations and goals.
  • Be proud of all that you have accomplished but keep your eye on the prize!
  • Remember, this is a lifestyle change.. embrace your new lifestyle and be confident in the fact that you are loving yourself each and everyday. This is huge progress and something to always be mindful of. Congratulations!!

Has your motivation changed from when you first started?

What are some things that continue to keep you motivated on your weight loss journey?

I’d love to hear about your journey! The secret to success is support!

My Jenny Craig Re-Start (Week 3) – Overcoming the Sick Cycle Carousel & My Latest Inspiration: Tory Johnson’s Shift for Good #WeightLossWednesday

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.


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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.

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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!

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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!


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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.


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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?

Jenny Craig Anywhere vs. Your Local Jenny Craig Center #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. Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.

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The holidays are officially over and a brand new year is here! My weight loss efforts couldn’t be happier.

The holidays are tough with sweets and treats seemingly everywhere you turn! Not to mention, all those family and friend gatherings centered around food, food, food. I’m back on my Jenny Craig grind and already feeling 10x better than when I was off plan and on holiday hiatus.

I’ve gotten a few questions from friends and readers asking me how it’s been going from in-center to JC Anywhere. So for today’s Weight Loss Wednesday post, I’m sharing about what it’s been like to transition to Jenny Craig Anywhere and what the differences have been between visiting an actual brick and mortar center location and doing JC at home.

What’s the difference between Jenny Craig Anywhere vs. Your Local Jenny Craig In Center experience?

Well, the biggest differences are that your consultations with your Jenny Craig specialist are over the phone and your foods are delivered straight to your doorstep.

For me, this has really taken some getting used to. Coming from being at my Houston Highland Village location for six months last year and losing 50 lbs in 200 days… I was thrilled with my results! But I knew leaving my center wasn’t going to be easy for me.

Before moving out of the city, my consultations were always set up for first thing on Saturday morning. I would go into my Jenny center, weigh in and visit with my consultant, then pick up my foods for the week. Now, I’m still able to schedule my over the phone consultations Saturday mornings but I plan my orders whenever I have time to make sure I’m not without foods between deliveries which works but I still miss the whole Jenny Craig in-center experience. Like I said, it’s taking some getting used to for me.

I’m definitely grateful to have the Jenny Craig Anywhere option but if you are lucky enough to have a center near you, I recommend taking advantage of the in person support! You get the whole experience which I feel makes more of an impact with helping to keep me motivated and on track. I would look forward to those visits all week-long, seeing the girls, and hopefully, celebrating my success from the week.

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The greatest thing about Jenny Craig Anywhere for me has been the convenience of planning my meals for the week and having it shipped directly to me. I can either choose the pre-planned menus or I can personalize them and order exactly what I like.

With my schedule being much busier these days with a new job and longer commute, having my foods delivered to me at home has been so nice. My in-law’s also gifted us with a deep freezer as a housewarming gift after we moved so I have plenty of space to stock up on meals! With Jenny Craig Anywhere, you are able to order up to 3 weeks of foods at a time.

Jenny Craig Anywhere is an excellent option for men and women who don’t have a center close enough to them or who just really would like the convenience of doing this plan from home. You still get a great amount of support from the consultants and the same structure from your menus. I know if I ever need anything, the Jenny Craig Anywhere team is just a phone call or e-mail away!

Meal of the Week:

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These Jenny Craig Classic Waffles are delicious! Super filling and satisfying. Definitely one of my favorite breakfast options. Have you tried them yet??


Welcome, 2016!

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Happy New Year! 

Wishing you and yours an awesome, crazy wonderful year.

Remember, it’s in YOUR power to live happy, work hard, and accomplish your goals. Whether or not you are making new resolutions or still working on ones you’ve started years before, bettering yourself is a lifelong thing! Each of us has something we can work on. Commit (or recommit), take steps toward your goals everyday, and enjoy the journey. Patience and persistence pays off.

Stay dedicated!

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Continuing My Weight Loss Journey with Jenny Craig Anywhere #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. Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week

Last month, my husband and I moved out of the city, leaving me without a Jenny Craig center nearby. For the last few weeks, I’ve been off the program. Luckily for me, though, I’ve learned that Jenny Craig offers an online/over-the-phone program called Jenny Craig Anywhere.

I’m SO excited to be continuing my journey with Jenny! I know this program works and I’m ready to reach my long-term goals.

All stocked up! I just received my first delivery and this is what two weeks of Jenny Craig foods looks like:

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Yum! 🙂

During my first 200 days with the Jenny Craig program, I lost 50 lbs. I’ve done a pretty good job at maintaining this over the last few weeks regardless of some dieting/weight loss challenges like our cruise vacation in August, moving, making a career move into a new industry, getting used to a new full-time work schedule and commute, etc.

With all of these big changes in my life lately, you can imagine my stress and anxiety levels have been higher than usual. As a result, it’s been really important for me to keep my eating in check and not turn to food when things get crazy! As someone who has had those stress and emotional eating tendencies in the past, I know I have to watch myself closely.

I try to always look at things positively. These are good challenges for me to face because all of these weight loss changes I’ve made have to be lifestyle based. You have to make sure you don’t turn to your old ways when things get rough again.

All of the lessons I’ve learned with Jenny over the past 7 months are so helpful. One of those being to stay patient and consistent, no matter what…

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Needless to say, I’m ready to get back on track with the number on the scale moving down again!

I’ve got ~47 lbs to go to reach my final goal weight.

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Here’s my latest full body photo taken Oct. 3, 2015. I’m going to be using this one as my before picture for the next leg of this weight loss journey.

Remember, you can follow my weight loss journey on Instagram, too.

I’d love to connect with you!

Are you also on your own weight loss journey?

Leave a comment and tell me how it’s going. What are your goals?

As some very wise women say, the secret to success is support! Let’s do this!

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