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    This Monday was my daily weigh-in and to my surprise I lost exactly 2.0lbs for the week. That is such a huge loss for me so I was extremely excited. A typical weekly loss for me is between .4-.6 lbs making this week’s loss the same as some entire months for me. Contrast that to some of the people on a Facebook group I also belong to. People routinely will start a post saying, “I stuck to the menu and I exercised and I only lost 2lbs. What did I do wrong?” There have even been people who complain about losing “only” 4 lbs in a week. I don’t know how heavy these people are or how much they are used to losing but I have to think the expectations are in need of some serious adjustments. I also tend to take these comments personally (although they are not about me, so I shouldn’t.). I think, “Oh, so the 2lbs I lost this week is a failure? How dare you?” These people are are considering their week a failure but there is something to think about... failure and disappointment are not the same thing. In my book if you have lost weight, that’s been a successful week. You may have lost .5lbs, or 1lb or 2lbs. Whatever the weight loss, you are now lighter than you were the week before and if you keep repeating weeks like that, you will reach your goal. Heck, some weeks, just not gaining could be considered a success. So what my Facebook friends are actually experiencing is not failure. Instead, it’s disappointment. Disappointment - the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. They’ve had a successful week with their 2-4lb weight loss but they are disappointed because they were expecting more. If this is you, I would suggest that you haven’t failed at all, instead, you just had the wrong expectations. I can just as easily be guilty of this myself but if we could adjust our expectations, we would all be much happier and thus less likely to give up in frustration. Although I love the Jennt Craig program, their marketing sets us up for disappointment by setting our expectations high right from the start. Right on their front page it says "Lose Up to 16 lbs in just 4 weeks" - hey that's 4 pounds a week! I immediately do the math and figure out that with 60lbs to lose, I’ll be at goal in 15 weeks, just short of 4 months. This sort of expectation is guaranteed to disappoint. I’m 18 months in at this point and still working on it. Read past the headlines. "First 4 weeks only" and "Avg. weight loss in study was 11.6lbs for those that completed the program" (that's 2.9 lbs per week.) So chances are, you are NOT going to lose 4lbs a week even in the first 4 weeks. If you are average, you will lose about 3lbs a week. A good number of people will lose less. After that, your weight loss will even slow further. At the bottom of the page, they say "Members following our program, on average lose 1-2 lbs per week." So to more appropriately set your expectations, think maybe 3lbs a week for the first 4 weeks and then 1-2lbs a week for subsequent weeks. But also know your body. I’ve been doing this a while and understand that I’m much slower than that. I averaged 2.15lbs per week in my first 4 weeks and after that averaged about .8lbs per week. (Discounting a 3 month plateau in the middle, which is a story for another day.) Also know that loss over time is an average. You have to look at the big picture. You’re not going to go in there week after week, losing exactly 1.5lbs each week. Some weeks you’ll lose 3, some you’ll lose 1. You’ll go a week without a loss and then suddenly drop 4. Weight loss is not the simple math you might expect. It’s not just calories burned - calories eaten = weight lost. There’s a bit of mysterious sorcery involved there too. Chart your progress and calculate averages over time to get a more long term view of your progress. I was disappointed for quite a few months until I did the math and realized that at .8 lbs per week I was actually very close to the recommended (and expected) rate of 1-2lbs per week. That eased my frustration by quite a lot. Moral of the story: Why be successful and yet disappointed at the same time because you thought you should have been MORE successful? I promise you will be much happier if you can adjust your expectations.
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    The RR is stricter but if you read their fine print, even their test group didn’t lose 4lbs a week. Average weight loss was 2.9lbs a week. So even though it’s a stricter program expecting to lose 4 lbs a week is not realistic based on their own trials.
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    This is a great post. Remember the JC slogan about losing "16 pounds in 4 weeks" is the Rapid Results program which is a lot stricter than their classic program. It is (sometimes) hard reading about others success and/or losses. We tend to compare ourselves to others. It's human nature. I'm certainly guilty. Whether it's in public or even on TV, I'm constantly comparing myself to others wondering why I can't get rid of some of my thigh fat or my butt!! I love to eat, I mean..... I LOVE TO EAT! so it's a real struggle.
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    I figure I could quite possibly be the slowest person to lose weight on Jenny Craig and still be on the program. I first started Jenny Craig in April 2017 with about 60 pounds to lose. I could probably stand to even lose a little more but even at 51 years old, with decades of adult life behind me, I’ve never actually figured out what my ideal weight should be. I picked a goal weight that just tips me into the “normal” range for my height. At 5’8” most BMI calculators say I should weigh between 122-164 pounds so I’m going for 164. Which brings up a point... I’ve always been incredibly irritated by the concept of BMI. “They” (the mysterious people out there who write important things) say that height/weight charts are inadequate and we should use BMI instead. So they come up with a formula that uses height and weight to come up with a number. I’m sorry, but that is the exact same thing as using a height and weight chart! It still completely disregards body composition, meaning muscular people will be judged overweight, while someone with very little muscle could be totally flabby and out of shape but not be considered to be overweight. But I digress. So having arbitrarily come up with a goal, I began my latest journey. I say latest, because probably like most people here, this ain’t my first rodeo. I’m sure my tale is a common one. I started high school back in 1980 weighing 144lbs and thinking I was fat. It didn’t help that I had teeny tiny friends that complained that stores just didn’t sell clothes in sizes smaller than 00. I would compare the tree trunks I had for legs to their little chicken legs and think, “Ug! Fat!” Or I had those friends that were 5’10” and would get their too small jeans wet and lay down on the bed and slither into them. And I remember when 17 Magazine would publish the stats of their models. Hey, she’s 5’11” and weighs 118lbs. Confirmed! I’m fat! I’m 3 inches shorter and 25lbs heavier. Looking back, I was probably perfect. Isn’t it true that we never appreciate what we have until it’s gone? What a waste! The rest is history. Loathing my body and armed with plumeting self esteem, I headed off to college to gain the Freshman 15. Creep, creep, creep. Up the weight went year after year. Graduated, got married, got a job, life revolved around social eating. I hit my peak at 224lbs and that was the last straw. I did not want to turn 30 as a fat woman. I joined Weight Watchers and was completely devoted to that program, I lost 80lbs in one year. I got down to 147lbs. Almost my high school weight. I still thought my thighs were fat though. Looking back now at photos, my face was gaunt and I looked too thin (and my thighs were NOT fat). That weight was impossible to maintain. Creep, creep, creep. Pregnancy and two kids later. Weight watchers again and triathlon training. Lost 20 or so pounds. Creep, creep. Back all the way up to 222.2lbs. Almost to my highest weight. So here I was again. April 2017 and joining Jenny Craig. This time it wasn’t fast. I lost pretty steadily for about 8 months, just slowly. Then slower, then not at all. I spent from March to July of this year losing and gaining the same 2 lbs. I’ve buckled down now and have again started losing steadily for the past 5 weeks but just about a half pound a week. I’m OK with that though. As long as it keeps going down, I’m making progress. 17 months on program and I’ve lost 38lbs. 20lbs to go. At this rate I’ll be at goal next June. I’d actually like to get to goal by the end of this year. We’ll see. I’ve said to some other people recently that you can control how well you stick to the program but you have no control over the results that reflect on the scale. So I’ll have to keep working the program and be content that I will acually get there in the end, even if it takes a while.
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    Support from our Spouses, significant others, friends, relatives etc is so very important!!! My husband is very supportive and it means the world to me. We often split entrees in restaurants as well, especially if they have free appetizers...ie: chips and salsa (I love Mexican food!!) Most restaurant portions are HUGE and plenty for two especially if you get a salad as well. At our favorite Mexican place, we get chicken fajitas for 1 with an extra tortilla and we split it. We each make 2 fajitas and have plenty of food. I don't eat the rice so DH gets that, and I don't use the cheese and very little of the sour cream. Works out perfectly for us ❤️ 25 years!! How AMAZING!! Congratulations! I don't know when this pic was taken but still!! Sounds like you did awesome. Only one problem....NOW I WANT TO GO BACK TO VEGAS!!! HAHA
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    Say this to me now precious one, “I can do this!” I know the fear. I started Jenny Craig 1.5 years ago at the age of 50 and have lost 38lbs so far. I find it very slow going and maybe that’s from doing this later in life with a slow metabolism but regardless, it is working! No matter how slow it goes, just don’t give up. You are worth it! Here’s what I tell myself about the pains of slow weight loss at my age - the longer it takes to lose the weight, I figure my body will maybe be tricked into not thinking it needs to slow my metabolism further to prevent what it thinks is impending starvation. Also that slow loss will maybe allow my skin time to bounce back and not be too saggy, because face it, my skin is not what or used to be! To further inspire you, my mom started JC in October 2016 and weighing 240lbs. She has lost 100lbs and is at goal. She’s is 74 years old.
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    Truth!!! I love your comment and thanks so much for your encouragement. I totally get what you’re trying to say and definitely agree! Yes, I think that was the Venetian. We went for our 25th anniversary in August and we were on our way to the Italian restaurant. I took Jenny food for breakfasts, lunch and snacks. I ate out one meal a day and my hubby was so supportive. He went along with splitting entrees so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat too much. I did some drinking (how could I not?) but finished the 4 day trip and the week only gaining a pound and then lost it the next week - learning to adapt to life!
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    First of all, what a great picture! Is that the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas? You look awesome! I do understand your frustration. I think most of us have been there. Oh and that stupid BMI calculator! OMG! I am so with you on that stupid thing! I HATE THE BMI CALCULATOR!!! I think we should all try to feel good in our own skin. We should try to be as healthy as we can and keep our body moving. Don't get me wrong when I say "as healthy as we can". I'm not saying to eat leaves and twigs! I believe everything in moderation. I could never be a vegan! (not knocking those who are) Isn't it sad that we let society, magazines, movies and friends dictate how we think we should look and feel? I am totally guilty. I, like you, feel like I have "tree trunks" for legs. I remember telling my JCC that I felt like I had the biggest thighs in America. She told me to google that. I was like huh? She said google "biggest thighs in America, I promise you that you will feel differently". Yes, I realize I don't actually have the biggest thighs in America, but that is where I gain my weight. I remember reading something that said, "If you could give someone $1500 and never gain another pound, would you do it?". Where the **** do I send the money? I will triple it! Can someone make this happen, please!!! I have also learned on my journey that just because someone is tiny, does't mean they are happy. We all (unfortunately) have something we can (and do) complain about. Something we aren't happy with. My sister thinks I'm small and calls me a Skinny *****...(kidding of course) but does that make my feelings invalid? Does that mean that what I feel about myself isn't real? NO! I have tried many diets as well (ever heard of HcG??) and jenny was the best for me. It's hard, it takes a lot of work and no it's not fun. I love to eat. I love food. There, I said it. I know this is very jumbled and I apologize. I hope that somewhere in here, you got what I was trying to say. You are important and so is your journey. It is YOUR journey and it will be different from mine or anybody else's. We have to learn to stop comparing ourselves to others. We are different, we look different and talk different. We have different hair color and skin color. We live in different areas, and drive different cars. We are short, tall, big boned, muscular or flabby and we all lose weight differently. But we are all HUMAN and are feelings matter and they are important. ❤️
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