I Came Back to Jenny Craig and Here's What Happened - Meet Stephanie H.!By Elisa - Jenny Craig
If you’ve been a Jenny Craig member before, you already know about the great tasting food, the unparalleled support, and how the program helps you work towards the results you want — but if you are considering joining again, you may be wondering, what’s new? Explore a day in the life of a returning Jenny Craig member and read her inspiring story as she describes her experience coming back to the program. In her own words, she’ll share her new favorite foods, activities and creative tips that helped her reach her weight loss goals and stay on track!
Meet Stephanie, a single mom of two boys and small business owner. As a busy working mom, Stephanie first joined Jenny Craig in 2010. After reaching her goals, she continued following her newfound healthy habits. But after the birth of her second son, Stephanie found it difficult to lose the baby weight. In 2018, she rejoined the program and lost 17 lbs.!†
†Weight lost on Classic program. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Stephanie received promotional consideration. Weight loss current as of November 2018.
Stephanie now maintains her weight by enjoying Jenny Craig foods and exercising regularly. Through her weight loss journey, she’s learned to make self-care a priority, finds creative ways to stay active, and sticks to healthy food choices. Below, she shares her journey:
A little background: when did you first join Jenny Craig and why did you return?
I first joined Jenny Craig nine years ago. I was still carrying some baby weight — at the time, my youngest was three years old. At the beginning of my journey, I had zero energy and was frustrated that I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes. Jenny Craig was the perfect solution because it was simple to follow and fit into my packed schedule.
I came back to Jenny Craig because it works so well for me as a busy working mom! It just fits into my life. There’s no planning, extensive shopping or food prep; the food tastes great, and I don’t feel hungry after my meals! Plus, the personal consultants are extremely supportive and encouraging. Sometimes that quick call or text during the week makes all the difference.
The hardest part about returning to the program was taking the first step and walking through the door. Once I did, I was so happy to be back on track! The Jenny Craig team was committed to helping me reach my health goals.
6:00 - 8:30 a.m. Time to start the day! But first, coffee …
Like so many moms, my day is jam-packed with everything from packing lunches and chauffeuring kids to processing payroll and conducting business meetings — I try to juggle it all!
I start the morning with a cup of coffee and get breakfast ready for my teenage son and 12-year-old. Once they’re off to school, it’s time to savor a second cup of coffee and my breakfast. I love the Jenny Craig Cheddar Cheese Omelet.
Pro Tip: If I’m rushing to the office or an early morning meeting, I might grab a yogurt for breakfast and take Jenny Craig’s Cinnamon Coffee Cake or a Cranberry Almond Barscotti for my mid-morning snack. This way I have something healthy on hand and can pass up the pastry offerings in the break room.
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunchtime + sneaking in some activity
Depending on my schedule, I prefer to have lunch at home. I am a pescatarian, so I choose fish as my protein over other meats. At first, I was worried about having enough choices on Jenny Craig’s menu. But when I took a closer look, there was a decent selection to choose from. I love the Fish & Chips and Three Cheese Macaroni with Broccoli & Carrots!
I always pair my lunch with water — I’ve noticed that staying hydrated helps me feel healthy and supports my weight loss efforts. Unfortunately, I’m not the best at monitoring my H2O intake. What works best for me is to fill up a large water bottle and sip it continuously throughout the day.
When I do work in the office, I love using my standing desk. It’s actually a tall table located in a common workspace, so it tends to be where we all congregate and hold meetings. If I’m working from home, I sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair to help my posture and core strength. Both are great ways to sneak in some activity into my busy day!
Pro Tip: Snacking on cucumber slices is one of my best Jenny Craig “hacks.” I usually eat one a day! I slice it up and sprinkle it with seasoned vinegar and pepper. It’s delicious and fills me up before the kids get home from school.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. After work, it’s time to work out.
When you’re a busy mom, you have to get creative with your workouts — which means I typically exercise in the living room. The dog planks with me while one of my sons grabs a snack and the other does his homework.
Confession: I have never been athletic and, truthfully, have never enjoyed working out. It wasn’t until I sustained a shoulder injury in my 40’s that I realized I needed to make a change. I found a personal trainer and started to enjoy our short sessions together. Now, I usually work out four times a week for about an hour — I’m probably in the best shape of my life!
Pro Tip: When I first started working out, I was using water bottles as weights or no weights at all. Some days, I just walk or add in a little jogging. Every little bit counts!
Remember to always consult your doctor or health care professional before starting an exercise program.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinnertime.
I make dinner for the family and we generally sit down together to eat. I try to coordinate what I am feeding my kids with what I’m eating. For instance, if it’s pizza night, then I make a Jenny Craig Margherita Pizza. I also make vegetable sides that we can all eat.
Pro Tip: One of my favorite sides is roasted vegetables. I spray them with a little cooking spray and add spices — they complement any meal!
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. A relaxing after-dinner walk.
Right now, it’s football season, so I take my younger son to practice. While he’s practicing, I walk. There’s a track that goes around the practice field, so it’s perfect for a little extra exercise!
8:30 p.m. A healthy dessert and bedtime.
After practice, it’s time to wind down. I take a hot shower and then read or sometimes watch TV.
Pro Tip: Frozen grapes are my not-so-guilty pleasure at night. I save my fruit serving to enjoy as my evening snack.
If this journey has taught me anything, it’s that I need to take care of myself. I need to somehow be on the priority list. I’m a mom and a business owner, so there is no way to stop the “circus” that is my schedule. Now, I make it a point to take care of the ringmaster!
Feeling inspired by Stephanie’s story? Book your free appointment with a Jenny Craig consultant to start your own weight loss journey today! You can do the program on your time, by going into a Jenny Craig center and having your weekly consultations in-person or by having the food delivered straight to your door with Jenny Craig Anywhere and having your weekly consultations over the phone or video chat.
Edited by Elisa - Jenny Craig