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Not Always Sunshine and Rainbows

Tricia_Marie

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Today is a rough day for me. I have been struggling for the last 4-5 weeks with ringing in my inner ear and it is causing me to be edgy and irritable with the ones that I love. Since starting this journey, I have seen an increase in my overall happiness, but there are times when I am not happy and I am finally understanding that it is okay.

 

I was a part of a Jenny motivational group on Facebook up until three days ago, when I left the group. Someone had posted that they had a large amount of weight to lose and that this was not the first or even second time that they had started Jenny, but the large amount of weight to lose discouraged them because they did not think it was achievable. When I saw that I had to share my story with her. I told her that my goal would require me to lose 148 pounds, and rather than focusing on the end game, I created several smaller goals (with the help of these forums and @missbumble's challenges) and now I am 31.6 pounds away from my goal. Then, someone else posted a response that hit me hard, they said that all of the postings of people losing large amounts of weight can be discouraging to others that are struggling. I replied, that by sharing my story I am aiming to encourage others, and would hate to think that by posting my successes was hurting or hindering anyone on this journey. At that point, I decided to leave the group. It hit me hard to think that by sharing my success and happiness with my results, that I was harming others on this journey. I realized today, that it is okay, there are going to be people that are affected negatively by my story (or other success stories) but then there are going to be people that are happy for me, and that are motivated by my story. It is not all peaches and rainbows all of the time, and that is okay.

 

The point of this post, is that this journey is a hard one, and the success stories often only spot light the happy times, but that is unrealistic. We are all human and we are going to go through rough times, and it is okay. You're not going to be able to please everyone all of the time, and that is okay. Not everyone, is going to like you or your story, but its okay.

Life is hard, this journey is hard and it is okay. While today is a rough day for me, and I am irritable and frustrated, I am human and I know that it is okay.

 

My name is Tricia Hensley. I started with Jenny Craig on June 27th at 278.4 pounds and I am currently sitting at 161.6 having lost 116.8 pounds. I am healthier and happier since starting this journey but I am human, there will be good days and there will be bad days, but it is OK.

 

Life is not always sunshine and rainbows and it is okay.



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@Tricia_Marie this is a very profound post.  I have actually thought about leaving that FB group as well.  I (personally) think whoever said that to you could have sent you a PM instead of posting it publicly.  Did they not realize that by posting what they did, maybe trying to help someone else...that they in turn, hurt you?  You should not feel bad for being proud of yourself and wanting to share your success and your journey with others.  I have seen several postings on there that have done the same.  There is a lot of (how should I put this)....confusion about the program on there.  I remember posting a picture of my breakfast one day and someone posted something like, you must be on a higher calorie level than I am because that is way too much food.  I explained that I was on the 1200 calorie plan and the the posts preceded to get a little weird (IMO)....Please don't misunderstand what I'm trying to say.  There is a learning curve for sure and it is confusing sometimes, I'm just not sure that is the right forum...does that make any sense at all.  I think I'm confusing myself.  haha

TBH, I think when I get done posting this, I'm going to leave that page as well.  It just doesn't sit right with me that they said that to you.  

I hope today is a better day for you. 

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Tricia_Marie

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@Yo_Momz I appreciate your kind words, they did not confuse me at all. :) I understand how someone could be discouraged by my posts, but why knock someone down, when they are trying to encourage others, not my cup of tea. I do not blame that person for stating their opinion (I mean we are all allowed to have one).

 

Since starting this journey, I have fallen in love with the Jenny community, making new friends that I can share my experience with has been one of my favorite things. It saddened me to think that my posts could be hurting someone, when my intentions are to inspire and motivate.

 

I think I will stick to this group, women that encourage and support one another rather than knocking them down. I saw your response to this post this morning, but was unable to respond until now, but thanks to you and your kind words, I did have a good day. So, thank you!

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Hooray for you. I just started and it is a challenge at times. I remind myself this a long term journey. Tomorrow will be a new day to start again. It is definitely a learning curve. LOL. Bumpy road ahead. . . Hold on

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Hope you feel better soon - sorry for the ringing in your ear! It does not seem fair that we should have life issues - when we are tackling this huge endeavor. Shouldn't we be rewarded with sunshine and rainbows? (I think we should!!!!!) But does not always happen. 

 

Once in a while, I worry my posts of success may scare people away.... On the other hand - I want to join a program of success.... so I think on avg posting how well we are doing can only help people. Sometimes I even avoid posting the negative. Strange - right cause I have a ton of negative posts, slips, etc. But really I don't post everything because I don't want to encourage anyone to slip up. 

 

That being said your journey is remarkable - and even if (when)  you go off course.. and come right back we can all learn. SO being a tad nasty today - that is reality... 

 

 

Anyway, let's have a great week - and looking forward to your next blog post. :

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Tricia, that was a beautiful post and very inspiring. You are a stunning example of weight loss success. I'm not sure how anyone could view you as anything less.

Sue....you have always been an inspiration and your enthusiasm has inspired so many!  I know that you shy from any negatives and that is okay too---you need to go with what you are comfortable with. Your posts of success are often tempered with real-life examples of veering off-plan and you are proof that those slips and slides need not doom us to failure and regaining what we have lost.

I am the perennial negative-Nellie on the boards and this is because I am so saddened at what JC has become. Yes, it STILL works because it is a calorie- and portion-controlled program. My issues with it stem from the decline in quality, choice, and value of the foods. And I am very worried that the focus on rigidity and "JC Only" foods until a client meets their goal weight will have clients obsessing and overly dependent on JC foods. This, IMHO, is a horrible development. Kind of a "Stockholm Syndrome," in the diet plan sense. I see a JC future that is full of frightened, packaged-food-dependent people. So sad. It never was like this in the past.

As most of you know I have moved on to another program and I am so very happy with it. Losing slowly, as is my usual routine, but smiling and feeling none of the restrictions that I felt for so long with other programs. This is another thing I cringe at---the horrible restrictions of the JC RR program. Going back to the black-and-white absolute MUSTS of years ago---who does this anymore?? IMHO a HORRIBLE development at JC.

Okay, done. Wishing you all the very best on your journeys, as always. Having finally found something I can truly live with, I wish that all of you can find the same.

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Tricia_Marie

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10 hours ago, missbumble said:

Hope you feel better soon - sorry for the ringing in your ear! It does not seem fair that we should have life issues - when we are tackling this huge endeavor. Shouldn't we be rewarded with sunshine and rainbows? (I think we should!!!!!) But does not always happen. 

 

Once in a while, I worry my posts of success may scare people away.... On the other hand - I want to join a program of success.... so I think on avg posting how well we are doing can only help people. Sometimes I even avoid posting the negative. Strange - right cause I have a ton of negative posts, slips, etc. But really I don't post everything because I don't want to encourage anyone to slip up. 

 

That being said your journey is remarkable - and even if (when)  you go off course.. and come right back we can all learn. SO being a tad nasty today - that is reality... 

 

 

Anyway, let's have a great week - and looking forward to your next blog post. :

I get to meet with the specialist on the 22nd of this month, so for now I just have to cope. I would love to always have sunshine and rainbows, because life just seems easier. As with all things there is going to be good that comes with the bad. While life is not always sunshine and rainbows, for me, this journey has created a crap ton of happiness for my family and I believe that this makes the bad times worth it.

 

We all tend to post the positive over the negative, it is human nature. While on this journey I enjoy posting and blogging about the happy moments because it motivates and encourages me to keep going. I am inspired and motivated by your story as well as other stories of success as well, knowing that this program works, even after you are on your own eases my fears and keeps me going.

 

I don't see it as nastiness, just reality and we all need a healthy dose of it sometimes. :) Yes, let's have a good week!

 

@TerraFirma, I am sorry that Jenny did not work for you. I am still on the planned menus but we have started the maintenance program with my husband. I am making his lunches and learning more of how to cook on my own. I enjoy the meals and know that the structure of them have played a large role in my success, having a plan to follow is much easier for me. I have learned so much since starting this journey, that it is not about what I am eating, it is about creating a healthy relationship with myself and food. Before, I ate as a way to feel good about myself, and now I eat to feed my body and nothing more than that. Food doesn't make me who I am, or determine my happiness/sadness. Food doesn't make situations better or worse. I am glad that you have found a program that is working for you, and glad that you are still here with us, because this is a great place for us all to come together!

 

We are all on the same journey, but at the same time each journey is different. There are some that are going to be inspired and motivated by success stories and there are going to be others that are discouraged. For me that is okay. My intentions with sharing my story is to encourage and motivate, to show others that large losses are possible! To show others that they are worth it.

 

xoxo

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