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The Moment Rachael S. Decided to Take Back Her Life — and How She Lost 92 lbs.* on Jenny Craig’s Rapid Results Program

By Elisa - Jenny Craig

*Typical weight loss on the Rapid Results program is 11.6 pounds in the first four weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. Rachael lost 92 pounds on Rapid Results in 60 weeks. Rachael received promotional consideration.

 

Ever wonder what it’s like to join Jenny Craig? Explore a day in the life of actual Jenny Craig members and read their inspiring stories as we highlight different journeys throughout the year. In their own words, they’ll share their favorite foods, activities and creative tips that help them develop healthier habits and reach their weight loss goals.

 

A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Rachael S. hadn’t stepped on a scale in six years. Although Rachael grew up playing basketball and led an active lifestyle, sports quickly fell to the wayside once she started working full time. Gradually, over ten years, she continued to gain weight until she reached her heaviest, 281 pounds. After Rachael experienced a humiliating incident while traveling abroad, she decided it was time to change her habits, but she knew that exercise alone wasn’t going to solve her weight problem. She was ready to find a weight loss program that could teach her healthy eating habits and help her feel her best. While searching for the perfect program, Rachael was inspired by other Jenny Craig members’ stories and decided to book an appointment at her local center … and has since lost 92 lbs.!*

 

Check out Rachael’s incredible story, plus some of her best tips to stay active and on track.

6:45 - 7:15 a.m. Waking up to puppy cuddles … and a delicious breakfast.

I hit the snooze button to cuddle with my two dogs just a little bit longer before I get out of bed. Prior to my weight loss journey, I would never imagine getting up so early! I would sleep in as late as I could before getting ready for the day.

 

Now that I’m up, let’s see what’s on the menu for breakfast: Maple French Toast?! Mmm, my favorite! For a little extra sweetness, I’ll add the delicious Breakfast Syrup on top. For a side, I usually have an orange and drink a cup of skim milk.

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I love the food I eat! With the Rapid Results program, I have been able to lose 92 lbs.* (and counting!). I still can’t believe how far I have come in the last 13 months. I’ll forever be a fan of Jenny Craig and I thank them every day for having one of the best weight loss programs out there!

 

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Pro tip: After breakfast, I relax for a little bit, but then I keep moving! I take my dogs on a quick morning walk. My one “diva dog,” Lola, hates exercise – most days, I have to carry her. And if it’s raining, forget about it! This girl isn’t getting her fur wet.

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Sweating it out with a cardio and strength training workout.

After walking the dogs, it’s time for my morning workout. Being active in the morning helps me feel energized for the rest of the day, and by 9 a.m. I already feel so accomplished!

 

First, I do a half hour of cardio. I try to run up to 5 kilometers (3 miles) in a half hour. After my cardio workout, I complete a half hour of weight training. 

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I grew up playing basketball, so I was pretty active. After high school, I started working full-time and stopped playing sports. Over the last ten years I gradually gained 100 lbs. At my heaviest, I was still in denial that I was overweight. I never thought I had a problem. When my clothes didn’t fit anymore, it was because I’d “gotten older,” not because I’d gained weight.

 

I remember my friend encouraging me to be active in February 2018. I hadn’t worked out in ages, but I swallowed my pride and worked out with her. I remember thinking to myself, “I can’t just commit to the physical side of weight loss – I need to control what I am putting in my body.”

 

When I went home, I looked up weight loss programs. How could I lose weight and stick to a plan? That’s how I stumbled upon Jenny Craig. Watching members’ success stories inspired me to pick up the phone and join Jenny Craig, too.

 

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Pro tip: Every time I exercise, I do different things to get the most effective workout. Cardio and strength training are my go-to activities. I now consider myself a “fit person,” a title I wear proudly.

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Off to work!

After my workout, I grab a quick snack to keep my energy levels up at work. My go-to snack is a Caramel Peanut Delight Essential Nutrition Bar with a small kiwi – delicious!

 

At my job, I get to send people on all their dream holidays. I’m a travel agent, so I love to talk about anything travel-related! I love to travel and I’ve been to 25 countries! But traveling when you are overweight can be hard. In 2017, I visited Southeast Asia. I got ready to ride in a dune buggy and went to put the seat belt on, but I couldn’t get it over my body. I asked the workers for help, and they just stood over me and laughed. It was by far one of the most humiliating moments of my life. I have always been so comfortable in my skin and never felt that my weight was something to be judged and feel ashamed of.

 

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Before starting Jenny Craig, I hadn't stepped on a scale for six years. Ignorance is bliss, right? In March 2018, I stepped onto the scale for the first time and my weight stared back at me.

 

281 lbs.

 

I was in complete shock – this couldn’t be right. There was no way I weighed that much. My consultant said, “Don’t worry; you will never see that number again.”

 

She could not have been more right! I’m tearing up even thinking about that, because at that moment, I finally decided to take my life back.

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. What’s for lunch?

I always enjoy the surprise of what I’m going to eat. Today’s meal is the delicious Chicken Ranch Melt. (Are you sure I can eat this, Jenny Craig? It seems too delicious to be on a weight loss menu! 😉)

 

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Pro tip: I love to pair my lunch with a kale mixed salad. For my healthy fat, I like to add a small amount of almonds! My work fridge is stocked with each week’s-worth of Jenny Craig lunches, so I’m always prepared. My coworkers might even be a little jealous: I’ll be enjoying my lunch and they’ll say, “Wow, that smells good!”

2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Finishing up the day and enjoying a favorite snack.

Back at work, a family is planning to visit Mexico! Helping them plan their vacation makes me dream of heading somewhere warm myself. I’m gearing up to go to Jamaica for my 30th birthday and I’m working to reach the 100-lb. weight loss mark by then!

 

For a snack, I love having an unsweetened, fat-free vanilla yogurt paired with a small banana and a small amount of peanut butter. I love that I still get to have peanut butter as a part of my meal plan – it’s my favorite healthy fat!

 

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Pro tip: Jenny gives you a plan, so be sure to stick to it! Before joining Jenny Craig, I tried to lose weight so many times. Each time, I wouldn’t be successful because I would deprive myself of food I enjoyed, then go off-plan and gain the weight back. The number one reason I love Jenny Craig so much is because I don’t even feel like I am on a weight loss program!

6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Enjoying a delicious dinner and dessert.

Dinner time! After a hard day’s work, it’s nice to just relax and enjoy my meal. The delicious Peanut Butter Cookies are my dessert! They’re super tasty and filling, and I just can’t get enough of Jenny Craig’s food. I’m 13 months into the program and I still love every bite!

 

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Pro tip: I love to pair my dinner with broccoli for extra veggies and a tablespoon of hummus for my healthy fat.

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Game on!

Getting back into basketball has been so much fun! Now, I play basketball in a mixed league. I love my teammates and we have the best time together. Tonight, we won our game by two points – it was a nail biter!

 

Since joining Jenny Craig, I have been able to get my life back. I’m back to playing basketball, a sport I hold close to my heart. I am a runner! A year ago, I could only power walk short distances, but now I am running 5K in under 27 minutes! Who am I?! I have also noticed that I sleep so much better. I would get backaches and they would wake me up at night. Now I don’t have any pain anymore!

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8:30 -10:00 p.m. Winding down for bedtime.

Before bed, I put on one of my favorite reality TV shows and cuddle up with my dogs. It has been a very productive and great day. I love my new lifestyle! 😊 Thanks for joining me – goodnight!

 

Has Rachael’s story inspired you to embrace a healthier lifestyle? Book a free appointment with a Jenny Craig consultant to learn more about your options!

 

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Rachael follows the Rapid Results 1500 calorie menu.

 

*Typical weight loss on the Rapid Results program is 11.6 pounds in the first four weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. Rachael lost 92 pounds on Rapid Results in 60 weeks. Rachael received promotional consideration.

 

Edited by Elisa - Jenny Craig


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