My Jenny Journey

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About this blog

This blog is about my personal Jenny Journey. To share my experiences, hopefully to motivate and inspire others like me. If I can do it, so can you. So, please join me on my #journeytohalfofme!

 

 

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Tricia_Marie

Ultimate Rewards

My son had is yearly physical on Tuesday and I had to share the results! From his charts he went from 133 pounds to 109 (still a little high for his height and age) but we are still working on it. He is currently at 56.7 inches tall and the doctor expects to see a growth spurt soon. She said that he looks great compared to where he was last year! She started to tell us about proper portions of fruits and veggies and I was proudly able to tell her that he eats 3-4 servings of fruit per day as well as 2-3 servings of veggies per day. BAM! While I have lost 94.4 pounds and my husband has lost 63 pounds, my son's 24 pound loss is what makes me happiest. His loss shows me that I will be successful on the maintenance program and that I can do this. It also shows me that my positive changes are making a huge difference, and that is a great accomplishment.

 

Thank you Jenny Craig for everything that you have done for me! I honestly believe that you have changed an entire family's life and I am and will always be eternally grateful!

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2018

The last six months of 2017 were some of the best moments of my life. In June I won Jenny memberships for myself and my husband, and we began our Jenny journey together. 26 weeks later and I have lost 89.8 pounds, my husband has lost 66.2 pounds and our son has lost 22.4 pounds. Our lives will be forever changed, and I am extremely grateful.

 

In 2018 we will all meet our goal weights and I could not be happier. I look forward to fishing on the Mesa, there were so many lakes that I could not fish at due to the lengthy hikes and I look forward to being able to fish every (fishable) lake up there. Also, I look forward to celebrating my 37th birthday half of myself and smoke free for 1 year and 6 months. I also look forward to the 'Biggest Loser' makeover that I am going to give myself once my goal is met, a new me deserves a new look and I am excited.

 

Since starting this journey I have had faced many people (even loved ones) that judged this journey and still do this day doubt that I will be able to maintain it once I am not eating the planned menus. I will not let them or their words get me down, I will prove to them that I can and will do this. I will be successful, all of the weight that I have lost since I started this journey is gone, I will not be going back to the woman that I was. I am happier, healthier, and I look forward to living a long life.

 

As this year ends and you reflect on 2017, what are you most thankful for? What do you look forward to in 2018?

 

Happy New Years to my Jenny family. XOXO

 

#journeytohalfofme

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Transformations

Jenny Craig has changed my life! I am not plugging or advertising for them, but I honestly do not think I could have gotten to where I am today without them! Winning that membership was one of the best things that has happened to me. I have attached some transformation photos to show you the physical changes for myself and my husband. While the physical changes are great, the emotional changes have been the best! I have 62.8 pounds to go until I am at goal, but I am final happy with myself and I am eternally grateful to Dress Barn and my Jenny center for this opportunity.

 

My ultimate goal is to win the Half of Me contest that Jenny offers, to show others like me that Jenny works. To motivate and encourage others, to help them see that they can do it to, if they just believe.

 

If at any time you are struggling and need someone to talk to, I will listen email me at: thensley28@gmail.com. Sometimes, all it takes is having someone to talk to and someone that will listen. I will be here for anyone that needs it. We've got this!

 

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The Holidays

Since I was awarded my Jenny membership, I have stuck to the planned menus (that includes the limited free foods). This is something that I would like to maintain until I come to the end of my Jenny journey. The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday had me a little worried, that I would not be strong enough with all of the food. Well, I was wrong! My husband and I heated up our Turkey Medallion meals, and plated them. We sat down as a family and enjoyed our meals. I was able to stay on plan, and I was so beyond proud of myself. If the number on the scale on Friday does not reflect the good choices I made, I will be disappointed, but I will not be discouraged. I could have given in and wandered off plan, but I didn't. I am proud of myself.

 

We did not get to the gym, because we just don't get over there enough and I didn't want to be rude. Instea7d we went to 7 Falls to look at the lighted waterfalls. I am extremely afraid of heights, but was able to get halfway up (roughly 100 flights of stairs). I was petrified once I realized that I had to go back down, but I did it. Next, went to the Cave of the Winds, and on a tour of the Caves which was a mile long walk. My upper thighs are still killing me! We also went on several small walks with the dogs, but it was not as much as we are used to, but I am okay with this.

 

Should the scale not reflect this amazing accomplishment, I will be okay. I am so beyond proud that I was able to go in with a plan and stick to it. We had a great visit with family that we do not get to see every day or even every year and that beats the number on the scale! Holidays will no longer cause me stress and anxiety and now I know that I will be fine as long as I go in with a plan and communicate it with the people that I am spending it with.

 

Now, we are back home and getting back on track. Went to the gym yesterday and it felt so good! This week I am looking forward to being under 200 pounds (first time in over 6 years!) and I am going to keep pushing to ensure that I get there!

 

What was or is your worst fear when it comes to the holiday season? Were you able to overcome it? If so, how?

 

Tricia_Marie

Half Way!

I did it! I know I have posted this already, but I am so very proud of myself and I want to celebrate!

I have been working incredibly hard since I started this program and have not deviated from it. (Not once). When I feel hungry, I eat some veggies my favorite being carrot sticks and cucumbers and drink water. As many of you already know, I won my Jenny membership in a contest. When I got the phone call I was going through a rough time, my daughter had just graduated high school and moved out without a word while I was at work. I was devastated at the thought of being such a horrible mother. When the call came I knew it was a sign, it was time for me to stop worrying about her and start working on myself, change my focus.

 

Now, my daughter and I have a somewhat better relationship, but that did not happen until I realized that she is an adult and I need to let her go to make her own mistakes. Now, it is time to focus on my son, husband and myself. Once I realized that I was worth it, I was able to focus on my goal and I will not let anything detour me, I will succeed! I am 100% dedicated to myself and this journey is making me feel so good about who I am and it has been a long time (if ever) that I have been able to say that.

 

My advice is to follow your planned meals, yes it can be pricey but so is medications, larger clothing, and eating out. There are going to be meals that are not your favorite, but enhance them with seasonings, and veggies. I have to eat the garden vegetable fritata with a table spoon of salsa. If you start feeling hungry between meals, chug a bottle of water or snack on some carrots or cucumbers (free veggies). This program works, if you let it. You deserve this and you can do it! Lastly, reach out. This forum is a great place for support and encouragement. While each journey is different we are all walking the same path and I enjoy coming here daily. Don't think you can do it? I challenge you to do one full week of pre-planned meals, drink plenty of water, and no deviation. I think you can do it, do you?

 

 

 

#journeytohalfofme

 

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Tricia_Marie

Role Model

Yesterday we went to our Jenny Craig center for dinner and some tips on how to get through the up coming holiday. There was only a small group of us, but when we walked in they asked for our permission to share our stories and we consented. I have been very vocal about my journey and if I can inspire even one person, I will be happy. Since winning my membership with Jenny I have not eaten anything off of plan, I have not allowed myself the limited extras and I am just following my plan. When I accepted my prize I committed to the program. I am not saying that I am better than anyone, or that everyone needs to do as I am doing. Everyone's journey is going to be different.

 

When my consultant was speaking about me, it made me feel so good that my story was being used to encourage on this journey. Since I started the program on June 26th I have lost 72 pounds by following the program (as of 11/10/17). All of my life I have been overweight and have never had the strength to fight the impulse, food was my best friend. Hearing Janey tell my story made me so proud of myself. I am proud of the work and commitment that I see in myself. Also, it doesn't stop there, I want to encourage and motivate others that are like me, show them that they can do this and they are worth it.

 

My goal is to make the half of me edition of People magazine by losing 148 pounds. I want to share my story, let others know that being almost 300lbs. does not mean that you cannot lose the weight. I want people to hear my story and know that Jenny Craig works and is not only for celebrities. #journeytohalfofme

 

If you are reading this and you have been struggling, message me. This site is a great place for motivation an encouragement, and I am here to do what I can. We can do this!

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Tricia_Marie

The Difference in a Year

On the left is a picture of my husband and I from one year ago at our first Bronco game together. The picture on the right is from this passed Sunday. Combined we have lost 115 pounds.

 

I just had to share.

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Tricia_Marie

Getting Sick

Since starting the program in June, this is the first time that I have gotten sick. I currently have an obnoxious head cold that is killing my motivation. Up until the the 23rd of October I was going to the gym every day. Then the 23rd came and I could not find the energy to go. This head cold wiped me out for the entire week.

 

I am not writing this for sympathy, but I am writing this because I was frustrated with myself for letting a head cold keep me from the gym. I was amazed and thrilled with that frustration. Never in my life have I felt frustration or anger at myself due to being lazy. I have always enjoyed and even preferred sitting around the house all weekend doing absolutely nothing. Now, I want more, and that shows me that Jenny is going to work for me. The changes that I have made are making a difference both physically and emotionally and I could not be happier.

 

So, while my sickness kept me away from the gym and my activity was less than I would have liked, I was still able to lose 1.2 pounds. The best part of my cold is that the realization that the changes that I am making are working. I hate getting sick, but I realize that I have to take the time to relax and take care of myself rather than going to the gym or worrying about my weight loss.

 

When you get sick, what happens? My husband bought me several medicines to help me through my sickness, but I refused to take them due to the calories. Since when does medicine have calories?

 

 

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Incredibly happy!

Today I was able to weigh in with my family. My husband and I are on the program, while I am cooking for my son. Our son is too young to be on Jenny, but my Jenny center wanted to make him feel involved so they are weighing him.

 

So, today was the first time in a while that we have been able to weigh in together since my husband has been working out of town. And the results were:

Me: 214 lbs. for a 4.4 pound loss this week. Total loss of 64.4 pounds

Nicholas: 218.6 pounds for a 7 pound loss this week. Total loss of 46 pounds.

Aaron: 117 lbs. for a 10 pound loss since we started on the program.

 

Both Nicholas and Aaron are at their halfway point and got their halfway pictures taken. I am so unbelievably happy for them! You see, Aaron's loss shows me that I am going to be able to cook healthy meals once I have met my goal. I have 10 pounds to lose until I am at my halfway point and I am so ready for it.

 

This journey has not been easy, but I have put everything that I have into it. When I would normally eat, I go to the gym or get on here. I have been following my 1200 calorie plan without eating any of the extras. I do take full advantage of the free vegetables. I have been extremely obese my entire life and I believe that getting this membership was a sign and I cannot let it go to waste. I want my consultant to know that this was not a wasted gift.

 

Everyone's journey is different and it is not my intention to make anyone feel bad about their own journey. In fact, it is the opposite; I hope that my story helps others like me throughout their journey. Since I started this journey, I have found that I enjoy the satisfaction that comes with encouraging and motivating others.

 

#journeytohalfofme

 

Tricia_Marie

Almost to my halfway point

Today marks 103 days since I began my Jenny journey and I have lost 56.6 pounds (as of Friday) Two weeks ago my measurements were taken for a total loss of 30.6 inches. I am just so happy with the results that I am seeing. I have 17.8 pounds to lose until I am at my halfway point and I am so excited to see my pictures on the wall at my Jenny Center.

 

On Friday I had to have a fasting lab done to check my thyroid and other levels and my doctor informed me that my TSH levels were normal and that my cholesterol levels had also come down in to the normal range. That was so exciting for me, knowing that my hard work is paying off is extremely satisfying.

 

So many people are noticing my weight loss and I have found that I enjoy sharing my story. I want others to know that they can be successful too. At work, I speed walk around the factory every two hours. When I first started this, the employees would point and laugh. Now, I have a growing group of women that get up and walk too. It brings a smile to my face. Also, after seeing the results that I have been having, both my mother and sister in law have joined Jenny and have started their own journey. Knowing that I helped them and motivated them to make lifestyle changes makes me feel good about myself.

 

Right now, I am on planned menus at 1200 calories a day. While the cost of Jenny can be up there, I look at it as an investment into myself. The strict planned menus are giving me the guidance that I need while also allowing me to better understand portions. While I am on Jenny my 10 year old son is not, but Jenny is teaching me how to cook for him in order for him to become healthier. I love this site because it allows me to share my journey while meeting others that are going through the same things. I use my Facebook page to share information about my weight loss in what I call #journeytohalfofme.  https://www.facebook.com/THensley81

 

I am so grateful to Janey @ my Jenny center here in Grand Junction, Colorado for giving me the prize of an annual membership because I honestly feel as though it is going to be what saves my life! I refuse to let a bad day or a bad mood be an excuse!

 

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Milestones hit!

Today marks 3 months with Jenny and I have enjoyed every step of the way! While several areas of my life are in shambles and there is more stress and drama that I need, I can say that I am happier since I won my membership with Jenny.

Today was my weigh in and I lost a total of 3.8 bringing my total loss since June 26th to 50.2 pounds! :D

Also, my ring size went from a 10 to a 7.5! :D

 

I know that I am doing all of the work, but there is a  person that entered my life and showed me that I could do this, that believed in me and that listened when I needed someone to talk to: My consultant Elizabeth. Thank you! I will continue on and I will be successful! By June of 2018 I will be half of me and I am so incredibly thankful for all that you have done for me!

 

Life is an incredibly bumpy journey just as this journey is. If it were sunshine and rainbows all of the time everyone would be thin and happy all of the time. It is how you handle those hard times that will help you. Just take a deep breath, learn from your mistakes and move on. Remember that this group is full of men and women on the same journey that you are on.

 

I started this journey at 278 pounds. My goal is to weigh 130 which will mean me losing 148 pounds (Half of Me)! I have given myself the goal of making it into People magazine. Once my goal is met, my reward will be to get  what I like to call the 'Biggest Loser Makeover' from head to toe.

 

*update*

Today is December 18th, 2017 almost 3 months has passed since the above bog was submitted. I currently weigh 192.8 (85.6 pounds lost) and there have been many physical and emotional changes that have taken place in such a short time.

*My ring size could be a 7, I have not had it checked I simply move them from finger to finger at this point.

* My pant size is now a 12. I noticed that my 16's were getting to be baggy and I had a couple of pairs of size 14's that fit nicely but when I sucked it up and bought a couple more pairs they were too big.

* Emotionally, I am so incredibly happy. This journey has brought us closer as a family and I am thankful for the opportunities to come.

 

While the physical changes are the most apparent to others, to me the emotional ones are the best. This journey has shown me that I am worth it, that I deserve to be healthy, and that I am strong. I started this journey with the intention of being loyal to the plan and it has saved my life. I am happy, I look forward to going to the gym 5 times a week. I also like to tell my story to encourage others. My ultimate goal is to be selected for the Half of Me edition of People Magazine. This opportunity, will allow me to get my story out and encourage others like me. Let them know that they are worth it, that they matter, and that they can do this.

 

#journeytohalfofme

 

 

Tricia_Marie

Week 12

Things that have changed from 278.4 to 232:

  • a size 20 pants to a 16.
  • a size 10.5 ring to a 9 (smaller now, need to be resized.)
  • an 8.5 wide shoe to just an 8.5
  • My denture no longer fits without adhesive. (Weird I know)
  • My glasses need to be adjusted (not a huge difference, but still)

 

Currently I am sitting at 232 pounds. I have lost 46.4 pounds since starting on June 26th, 2017 and I have 102 more pounds to lose. These past couple of weeks have been chalk full of stress and drama and honestly, I think that my Jenny plan and goals are a large reason for me not losing my mind. I have always been a stress eater and difficult times scare me. I am a wife and mother of two, I work a full time job as a shift supervisor and I am attending college online to obtain my bachelor's in HR Management. I realize with how hectic my life is, that there is always going to be a good amount of stress and that it is going to be important for me to learn how to handle it correctly.

 

We all have those days that we feel like it is not worth it, that we are never going to meet our goals, but I refuse to believe it! I quit smoking on Christmas Eve of 2016 and I have not looked back. I will not let myself use the excuse of stress as a reason to stuff my face. I realize that it sounds easier said than done, and others may struggle more, but I am not passing judgement; I only want to help. Having a good support system is great, but you also have to believe in yourself. Ultimately you are responsible for your actions. I have found a huge amount of support from this group. If at anytime you are struggling, and feel like giving up, or you just need to vent: reach out I am here and willing to listen whenever. No judgement.

 

 

 

 

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My First 10 Weeks

My Jenny Journey started while I was graduation dress shopping with my daughter in May of 2017 at Dress Barn. While we were waiting for our daughter to try on a half dozen dresses I noticed one of those enter and win things and decided, "Why not?" I had just signed up for a chance to win a Jenny Craig membership. We bought our daughter's dress and left the store without another thought. Two months later, I received a voicemail stating that I had won. When I called back, I found out that I had won a free 3 month membership with $100 in food. I was super excited. When I went in for my consultation, I found out that the winner of the main prize of a one year membership, did not claim it and that they wanted to give it to me. I was super excited, I cried and gratefully accepted. Growing up, I have always been overweight, food was my outlet, food did not judge me, call me names, and hurt me. Food comforted me when I was sad, or angry. In many ways food has always been my best friend.

 

On December 24th, 2016 at 9:30 pm I decided that I was going to quit smoking because I wanted to be a happier, healthier me. Now, winning this membership at Jenny I felt like I was given an opportunity to further take back my life. You see, I had given up smoking, but my unhealthy eating was going to kill me. They even went a step further and offered my husband the three month membership that I had won so that we could start this journey together.

My starting weight was: 278.4 pounds

The goal that I have given myself is: 130 pounds

That will require me to lose: 148 pounds. (Over half of me!)

I weigh in for my 10th week tomorrow but as of last Thursday I was sitting at: 243 pounds which equals a 35.4 pound loss. And as of 8/24/2017 I have been smoke free for 8 months!

 

My main goal is to lose half of me and to be selected to be a part of the People Magazine 'Half of Me' edition. I want to reach my goal weight and give myself a head to toe makeover.

 

I understand that to many my goals might seem far fetched, and unrealistic, but to me it is the opposite. I am taking back my life and I will meet my goals. My intention for this blog is not to rub in my goals or my successes, I want to share my experience, to motivate others. I am happy and excited everyday at the thought of the different possibilities that now seem available to me when they were not before. It is okay to set high goals and push yourself, it is also okay if you fall a little short. The point is that you are trying and that you are believing in yourself. Each individual journey is going to be different, but I believe that if we are supporting each other and lifting each other up, we are going to see more and more success stories.

 

As my 10th week closes out, I want you to know that I wholeheartedly believe that Jenny Craig and my consultant have saved my life and I cannot wait to show them (and myself) that it will not be taken for granted.

 

~Life is a beautiful thing, and I will no longer be wasting it~