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Erin S. – Lost 25 lbs.*and Gained a Whole New Level of Confidence


Elisa - Jenny Craig

*Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week 

 

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“Despite being all about natural remedies, I was not feeling healthy.”

 

My name is Erin and I am a 21-year old college graduate with a music degree in vocal performance.  Yes, I am a millennial, who’s all about hipster fads and natural remedies, but two years ago, I was not feeling so healthy. I had been overweight as far back as I can remember.  Growing up overweight eroded my self-confidence and left me feeling depressed. In high school, I played a lot of tennis with the hopes that the added activity would help me lose weight, but it didn’t.  Looking back, I realize that I was engaging in mindless eating without any portion control.  Before losing weight, I often woke up feeling sad and telling myself, “today I will start losing weight,” but it never seemed to happen.   

 

Not only was my weight affecting my mood and health, but it was also impacting my future career in vocal performance.  I love singing, but If you aren’t comfortable with your image, performing is a nightmare. Confidence is key. The reason I knew I had special talent was by participating in Texas All-State auditions. These auditions are held with the singer behind a screen and the judges on the other side. You are judged solely on your voice. I would win with my voice but was not confident that I could win with my image.  In musicals, I always played the mother, evil stepmother or comedic mayor.  Image says a lot when performing in front of others, and I felt my image told the story of a young woman who was unhealthy, not confident and not a leading lady.

 

I talked with my older sister who is also my best friend. She could tell how miserable I was. She had lost weight on Jenny Craig and recommended that I give the program a try. I trust her more than anyone, so when I told her that I had enough of being overweight and would start on Jenny Craig in January, she said, “Start tomorrow!” – and I did.

 

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“My meals were prepped, the food was delicious…as the weeks went by, the weight came off!”*

 

When I signed up for Jenny Craig Anywhere, I was asked what kind of consultant would work best for me.  I let them know I wanted someone that would hold me accountable to my goals.  Amber was that consultant, and during our weekly consultations over the phone, we would celebrate my wins and talk about the upcoming week and any challenges that I might face.  

 

One week I told her I was going on a date, a first for me since starting college. It was a dinner date and she told me this happy occasion did not have to be a reason to go off my plan.  She suggested that I choose the restaurant and decide beforehand what I was going to eat. The date went well and I learned that I could still stay on track while balancing a social life.  

 

I found school was easier with my consultant Amber at my side.  My meals were prepped, the food was delicious, and people started to notice my weight loss!  The Jenny Craig program provided me with a perfectly balanced meal plan for a healthy lifestyle. The menu taught me when to eat, how much to eat, and how I should feel after a meal, satisfied but not stuffed.  I loved not having to cook a single thing, except for veggies, which I eat a ton of.  As the weeks went by, the weight came off!
 

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“Being on Jenny Craig helped me be the best version of myself.”

 

I lost 25 lbs.* on Jenny Craig while in a new relationship and taking 21 hours of coursework in school.  I gained the confidence I should have always had.  My life was a fresh start after losing weight on Jenny Craig.  I stopped worrying about what others were seeing or thinking, and most importantly, I stopped comparing myself to others.  I left for class every day feeling comfortable in my own skin and this showed in my life.

 

I became more active, more outgoing and a better leader within the music school. I didn’t say “no” to opportunities anymore. I took classes at the college gym without embarrassment, made healthy choices on a menu, and when asked, helped colleagues with advice about losing weight in a healthy way. I would be lying if I said it was easy, but I realize my life would not have turned out the way it did if I had not lost weight and learned new, healthy habits. 

 

I credit Jenny Craig for helping me make my dreams a reality.  Losing weight made me the best version of myself.  One piece of advice I would give to someone wanting to lose weight is to do it for yourself.  Losing weight to impress the cute guy you work with does not work. Believe in yourself and lose weight for you.  

 

I wanted to share my story because I know that there are thousands of girls out there just like me. I want them to know that their life can change. It’s possible to change the way you think about yourself, just by gaining some knowledge on healthy eating. Food is a life source, not an emotional crutch. Thank you, Jenny Craig, for giving me a new start.

 

*Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week

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