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Kari - Jenny Craig

We can all agree that losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions to make for the New Year! And this is the year you’re ready and committed to making changes every month, not just in January (and we couldn’t be more excited for you!). But after you’ve clinked glasses, cleaned up the gold and silver confetti, it’s time to get down to business. Losing weight is a great start for the New Year, but breaking your resolution down into mini-resolutions will help you meet your year-end goal–to be the best version of you! Here’s how:
Make measurable goals
With pen and dedicated notebook in hand, brainstorm and write down a list of measurable goals that actually aid your weight loss journey. The more specific the goal, the more attainable it is. Here are some healthy ideas to get you started:
●     Commit to taking the stairs wherever possible
●     Sign up for a 5K in your city even just walk
●     Commit to a 30-minute fitness class at least twice a week
●     Rid the pantry of chips, cookies or any unhealthy snacks
●     Commit to a meal plan with Jenny Craig until you hit your weight loss goal
●     Support a healthy metabolism by getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night
●     Ditch the office break room at lunch and go for a 30-minute walk
●     Watch your media content on a stationary bike instead of your couch
●     Trade in your soda for tea, sparking water or water with a slice of cucumber or lemon
If you can put a gold star after accomplishing a goal just as you might have done as a kid, then you’ll know it’s measurable. And using a chart to track each goal with an accompanying gold star sticker pack isn’t such a bad idea!
Take it week-to-week
That long list of goals seems just as overwhelming as the resolution to “lose weight,” doesn’t it? Don’t worry–you don’t have to start doing everything tomorrow. Instead of fretting about changing bad habits to good ones overnight, spread your mini-resolutions throughout the year. For each week, assign a few goals, and by the time the next week rolls around, you’ll be ready to add a new goal, such as trying a new, non-starchy vegetable or testing out a new spice on your meal. Because you took baby steps and reached smaller, specific goals through the year, not only will you have lost weight, but you will look and feel your very best!
Treat yourself
Because your mini-resolutions are measurable, it’s time to treat yourself. With all of those gold stars you’ve collected, set a non-food reward for the end of each month. Get a manicure in March, pick up new warm-weather workout gear in May, and splurge on a new pair of jeans in October, since we know you’ll be needing a smaller size!
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


 
We’re all familiar with stopping to smell the roses, but when was the last time you put it into practice? Mindfulness is the act of slowing down, being attentive and aware to the here and now. Applying the habit of mindfulness when eating is a positive skills that we at Jenny Craig encourage all the time, because it enables you to control cravings, savor your meal and eat the right amount of food. 

We understand that a full schedule can derail healthy eating habits, especially when the norm is to eat quickly and move onto the next thing in your day. However, giving yourself the gift of mindful eating will renew your pleasure in eating and reframe your relationship with food as you learn how to tune into your body’s nutritional needs. 

Mindful eating doesn’ t have to be an all or nothing act. Just making small steps will help encourage positive habits. Here are six tips to help with mindful eating:   

1. Start with a peaceful environment 

 
Eliminating distraction is key to mindful eating. If you are at home, turn off the TV and instead listen to music. If you are at work, leave your desk and find a quieter place to eat. Dine away from your computer to focus on your food. 

2. Take the time to plate your Jenny Craig meal
Thoughtfully arrange it next to a serving of vibrantly colored vegetables and enjoy how appealing it all looks together.

3. Breathe
Close your eyes for a moment and take a deep breath before you take your first bite noticing the aroma of your food.

4. Acknowledge the flavors
Take a bite and chew slowly to savor the flavors and textures.

5. Slow your rate…know your state
Pause in between bites, to check in with your physical hunger cues. Experiment with putting your fork down between bites, or taking a sip of water. This allows you the time to recognize the subtle transition from “ready to eat” to “ate just enough.”

6. Stop when you’re feeling satisfied
When you have reached a satiated point, put your fork down, fold your napkin on your plate -  acknowledging you are nourished and fully satisfied -  and mindfully move on with your day.

Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can not only help you reach your weight loss goals, but also appreciate the little things in life! Go ahead, and slow it down and add some mindfulness into your life. 
 
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Put your best foot forward with an optimistic mindset to help you make this year your best yet!
Leading the new year with a positive and optimistic mindset, will make you more motivated to accomplish your goals! Re-train your brain to make positive choices, workout more, and break bad habits, so you can look and feel your very best. Here are 6 tips to jumpstart your training.
Be mindful
Practice the idea of positive affirmations and think positive. Write and say out loud your goals for a healthier lifestyle. Say when you will go to the gym and what you will (instead of not) eat for lunch. Be positive and look at the bright things in your life. Thinking about the positives instead of the negatives on a daily basis will help make you feel better and happier overall.
Surround yourself
Unhealthy influences can cause you to restart those bad habits. Surround yourself with people who support you and your goals. Your Jenny Craig consultant can also support you on healthier alternatives and meal planning to help you toward a weight loss goal. You can also visit the Community for inspiration and motivation from fellow Jenny Craig members. And instead of following unhealthy restaurants on social media, take time to absorb information about health, fitness and nutrition from a website, or subscribe to a fitness magazine to learn fresh workout tips.
Meditate
Whether it’s first thing in the morning with the sun streaming through your windows or it’s at a yoga class after work, take a few minutes to meditate every single day. Meditation is proven to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and clear your mind and improve your immune system, while connecting and healing your mind and body.
Pick and choose
Happy hour or a jog around the park? You know which one is definitely healthier for you. Retrain your mind to make healthy choices. Instead of eating out with your partner or friend on Friday night, try going ice skating together. It’s okay to suggest to the friend who only wants to eat junk food and watch a movie that you two should grab tea and go for walk. Fill your kitchen with healthier snack alternatives, so when you’re on-the-go, you can make the choice to eat a handful of veggies, rather than hitting the drive-thru.
Make it a game
The key to re-training your mind is to exercise it. We know it seems counterintuitive to sit in front of a computer to play a memory game, but doing just that for only a few minutes a day can actually help you make healthier choices throughout your day. Memory games improve your ability to concentrate and choose the better option, like picking an apple over a bag of potato chips in the afternoon. 
Exercise your willpower
Exercising 30-minutes of day can actually re-train your mind. Researchers now know that the same chemicals that are released when you get moving, like dopamine and serotonin, are directly linked to creating positive thoughts when you exercise. So not only are you building muscle while in a cardio class, but you’re also creating new nerve cells and boosting production of neurons that say working out is fun!
 
 
 
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Committing to getting healthy and losing weight can be no easy task, and we’re glad you’re here to do it with us. Jenny Craig is proven to be an effective weight loss program, and we know our combination of dedicated, personal support and nutritious (and delicious) full meals can help you reach your goal.
 
What you Can Expect 

When you walk into a Jenny Craig center for the first time, you’re walking into a warm, comfortable, judgment-free place. First, your consultant will explain the program and answer all of your questions while getting to know you. Jenny Craig isn’t a one-size-fits-all program, so you’ll work with your consultant to customize a plan for success! Together, you’ll develop a two-sided commitment that keeps you and your consultant accountable to each other. You’ll then complete your profile by recording your height and weight. You and your consultant will review the Jenny Craig menu and discover all the delicious food you get to eat. No foods are off-limits. Your consultant will keep track of your success with weekly support, weigh-ins and teach you how to self-monitor.

Eat your favorite foods

Being serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to give up enjoying the foods you love. 
At Jenny Craig, we’ve always known that the better the food, the more satisfied you’ll feel. That’s why we work with over 40 professional chefs to create a menu that will never leave you feeling like you’re missing out. Our chefs demand quality ingredients and use state of the art cooking techniques to bring you home-style classics you’ll love, as well as exciting dishes from around the world. 

Why it Matters 

As a member of Jenny Craig, you’re gaining access to personal one-on-one support. We’ll help you navigate challenges and celebrate your weight loss wins with your very own dedicated consultant who is devoted to encouraging you every step of the way. Because many of our 2,000+ trained professionals are former members, they understand what you’re going through, be it holiday treat temptations, busy back-to-school schedules, or a temporary weight loss plateau. Together, you’ll discover ways to stay on track and help you reach your health goals.
Plus, we make it convenient to connect. You can visit one of over 500 Jenny Craig centers nationwide, or if you don’t live near a center, you can cozy up on the couch to make a weekly weight loss plan with your personal consultant via phone or video chat.
 
Feel like your best self

Success takes effort, but it’s worth it. You’re worth it. As a member of Jenny Craig, you’ll not just lose weight, but create a healthy relationship with food, build an active lifestyle and create a more balanced, healthy approach to life. The reward is sweet, because you’ll finally feel like your best self. 
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