My journey with Jenny Craig began on 12th March this year at a starting weight of 11st 6lbs, today almost 13 weeks on I weight 9st 8lbs and I am maintaining my weight which I’m really pleased about.
When I started out on my eating plan it was recommended that I consume 1500 calories a day through a balanced diet which had been drawn up for me. There were foods that I never thought I would eat in a million years but I made myself one promise at the start of the plan, I would try every food that was on my plan and I surprised myself with how many new foods I actually enjoyed.
There have been times where I have been unable to follow the plan due to evenings out or dinner with friends but my Consultant Alex has been on hand to help me make the right decisions. As time has gone on, I have become more aware of the food that I am eating, the portion sizes and the variety that I need and so my confidence has grown to be able to make the right food choices myself.
As I have now reached my target weight I am on a new eating plan to help me to maintain my weight and ease me back to planning my own meals. My calorie intake has been increased to 1700 calories per day which has been calculated specifically for me so that I don’t put on weight but I don’t continue to lose weight either. Alex and I had a conversation about how many days I wanted to continue doing Jenny Craig per week and I decided to do every other day for the first week, followed by two days on my own and one day Jenny Craig the next week until I am back to no Jenny Craig at all. We talked about the variety of food groups which I need to eat to maintain a healthy weight and planned a couple of days to get me started.
This is what my first day on my own looked like:
I need to eat 7 servings of starches, 5 servings of fruit/vegetables, 6 servings of protein, 3 servings of milk/dairy and 3 servings of fat.
Breakfast: 2/3 cup Muesli with milk followed by a piece of fruit (2 starches, 1 milk and 1 fruit)
Morning Snack: Low fat yoghurt, 10 small nuts (1 milk and 1 fat)
Lunch: 1 cup Cous Cous with 2oz of Salmon and Salad (2 starches, 3 protein and 2 vegetables)
Afternoon Snack: 1 packet of crisps such as Quavers or Skips (1 starch)
Dinner: Chilli Con Carne with 2 cups kidney beans, 2oz Beef, tomato, 4tbsp sour cream and side salad (2 starches, 3 proteins, 2 vegetables and 2 fats)
I never thought I would follow a diet or eating plan of any sort but I’m so pleased that I have had this opportunity, I’m looking at food from a different perspective, I love my new figure and I am feeling really confident about my future – now let’s see if I can stick to this weight!! Stay tuned to see how I do . . . .