Dominique Dickson Lost 35 lbs.* and Feels Like the Best Version of HerselfBy Elisa - Jenny Craig
*Members on our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Weight loss current as of November 2017
“When I pictured myself as a mother, I saw myself chasing my children around the house, playing with them and caring for their every need. If the energetic woman in my daydreams would become my future reality, I knew I needed to make major dietary changes.”
My mother put me in my first beauty pageant at the age of two. As competing became my passion, I found the shows helped me grow and develop as a person. Self- confidence, an affinity for volunteerism, friendships, and character building experiences were some of the many benefits of my passion. There was, however, one challenge that I never overcame, and that was the swimsuit competition. I had a naturally thick build, and an appetite to go with it courtesy of my Italian grandmother’s cooking.
I’d crash diet to prepare for a pageant but never made any long-term changes. As I got older, I stopped participating in strenuous sports to counter my high-calorie intake, and there were fewer pageants to serve as my weight loss motivation, leading me to gain weight. When my boyfriend proposed, I continued my event-based motivation for weight loss. I was excited to plan my wedding and had a definite picture in my mind of how I wanted to look on my special day. I joined Jenny Craig and went to my first consultation holding a magazine photo of a form-fitting wedding gown from my “fairy tale” file.
“I found a program that worked!”
I couldn’t believe how much success I had on the Jenny Craig program. The food was delicious, and I looked forward to my favorites each week. When I look at my wedding album, I feel so proud of the progress I made for that memorable day. I was so grateful I found a program that worked!
After our wonderful wedding, it was on to another milestone: bringing a baby boy into the world. My son was born a year after we’d been married and I weighed the most I had ever been. Instead of recommitting to losing weight, I did the opposite and gained more. I felt uncomfortable in anything but sweatpants and continued to wear maternity clothes. I avoided going out with my friends and eliminated full body social media photos out of my crippling insecurity.
When I pictured myself as a mother, I saw myself chasing my children around the house, playing with them and caring for their every need. If the energetic woman in my daydreams would become my future reality, I knew I needed to make major dietary changes.
For extra motivation, I entered a “Mrs.” Pageant and then I immediately called Jenny Craig – knowing they could help me reach my new goal. My consultant, Dottie, had a positive and honest energy I found refreshing. She was an excellent source of support and inspiration. After our weekly consultations, she would tell me, “I will see less of you next week” which was always motivating to hear.
“I see the evidence of my success in my full-length mirror every day.”
I successfully lost 35 lbs.* preparing for the competition and I feel outstanding! I am proud to say I was named Mrs. Long Island America! My next goal is competing for the title of Mrs. New York. I now purchase clothing styles I had previously trained my eyes to scroll past, and I can’t see a friend or co-worker without hearing them say, “have you lost weight?” I feel lighter in life, have more energy to work out, and I am instinctively making healthier food choices.
The evidence of holding myself accountable for my weight loss and exercise plan is my reflection in my new full-length mirror, and the two-piece swimsuit I wore proudly on my family vacation. Furthermore, having succeeded in this makes me so proud that my children have a healthier mom who feels good about herself, and I want my newfound confidence to rub off on them.
*Members on our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Weight loss current as of November 2017.
Edited by Elisa - Jenny Craig