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Rashid H., A Busy Working Father, Lost 30 lbs.* On Jenny Craig — Here’s How He Maintains His Healthy Lifestyle

By Stephanie E - 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. Rashid lost 30 pounds on Rapid Results in 19 weeks. Rashid 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.

 

Meet Rashid H., a 2018 Success Story Contest winner who lost 30 lbs.* with Jenny Craig! After gaining weight, Rashid was ready to get back on track. As a busy working father and husband, Rashid wanted to make major changes to be healthy and active. By sticking to the program, Rashid was able to lose the weight and commit himself to a healthier lifestyle, all while spending quality time with his 9-year-old son.
 

5:00 - 5:30 a.m. Yawn … Waking up early to start the day!

The alarm on my phone shakes me out of my deep sleep and signals my 30-minute countdown until I get out of bed. Before I know it, it’s time to get up and start my day. I find a quiet part of the house and begin my morning routine of reading, meditation and prayer. Today is a good day: My son is still sleeping, and I’m able to take care of myself before I attend to him.

 

I’m a father, a husband and someone who feels like there are more things to be accomplished than there are hours in the day. I didn’t like my body, I was larger than I had ever been in my life and I was always tired. Looking back at that time in my life, I was probably a little depressed. At the time, I was 49 years old and helping to raise a 9-year-old boy (who is every bit of what you would expect from a 9-year-old!). 

 

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I felt like I was failing him as a father. I wanted to do better, I needed to do better. I lost 30 lbs.* with Jenny Craig by making my health and weight loss a priority. As a result, I’m able to fit more things into my day. I feel better about my health and who I am.

6:30 - 7:00 a.m. – Waking up my son and making our breakfast. 

For breakfast, now that I’m on Jenny Craig’s Maintenance Program, I have a Jenny Craig-friendly coffee with a protein boost and a little bit of healthy fat. 

 

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Pro Tip: My consultant has been amazing at helping me follow the program as I bring back some of my favorite foods. (Thank you, Bonita!)

 

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Time to work out. 

I am not the biggest fan of exercise. 😩 It was great being able to lose weight without exercise, but now that my body is changing, I’m willing to put in a little more work to improve my health and my body. Finding the motivation to work out is tough, but I like to set fitness goals and work toward them. After 15 minutes of interval running, it’s time to shower and get ready for work.

 

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Pro Tip: I do a combination of strength training and cardio. I found an app that will help me reach 100 push-ups. I can’t wait until I can add 100 push-ups three times each week to my exercise plan! 

8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Dropping my son off at school before I leave for work. 

This is the most important part of my day. The 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted time I spend with my son on the way to his school are so special to me. My job and other commitments keep me away from home for most of the day, so it’s important for me to use this time to make sure he knows he matters and I love him.

9:00 a.m. Ready to work.

I walk through the doors where I work as a financial analyst with a smile on my face — I’m ready to take on the world. Once I check in, I go straight to the cafeteria and grab my fruit and a 64 oz. water to enjoy with my Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Bar

 

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Pro Tip: Parking two blocks from my building helps to get in more steps each day.

11:00 a.m. Time for lunch. 

I’m so happy there are no meetings at lunch! If I do have a meeting around lunchtime, I’m ready: I’ll open up my drawer and pull out one of my Chicken Cranberry Salad Kits. I absolutely love this meal — it doesn’t need to be refrigerated or microwaved, and the box fits in my pocket if I need to take it on the go. 

 

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2:00 p.m. Snack time! 

I had a few meetings and helped out some coworkers, and now my stomach needs some attention. I grab a bag of Cheese Curls and pair it with a tea from the cafeteria. I realized during my weight loss journey that work is where I struggle most with food choices. The Jenny Craig meals and snacks help me stay on track. 

 

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Pro Tip: I stock up on about two weeks’ worth of Jenny Craig snacks and lunches. I keep them at work so I can always make good choices at the one place I used to make poor ones. 

4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Staying satisfied at after-work meetings.

I have a meeting after work, but I’m not worried about getting too hungry — I eat during the first 12 hours of the day and let my body rest for the next 12 hours. I’m committed to the 12 hours of rejuvenation that help make Rapid Results successful. If I eat dinner now, I have time for an evening snack before I take a break from eating for the night. I keep a few meals in the community refrigerator at work and heat up a plate of Butternut Squash Ravioli. Yummy!

8:00 p.m. Home sweet home!

I spend some quality time with the family, decompress from the day, and plan to do some reading and meditation before turning in for sleep. Wait … do I need to do laundry?

10:00 p.m. Time for bed.

I’ve finished meditating, the laundry is in the dryer, and we’ll start all over again in the morning. 

 

Goodnight!

 

Rashid’s determination to lose weight and dedication to the program helped fuel his success. Ready to lose weight and support your health? Get started with Jenny Craig today.

 

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*Typical weight loss on the Rapid Results program is 11.6 pounds in the first four weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. Rashid lost 30 pounds on Rapid Results in 19 weeks. Rashid received promotional consideration.


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