I admit it. I fell off the Jenny Craig wagon back in early October. I was doing so good on the program that I made the grave mistake of thinking I could continue losing weight on my own. What was I thinking? Especially with Halloween right around the corner. As Homer is fond of saying, “D’Oh!”
At first I wasn’t doing so bad. I continued to exercise and watched what I ate very carefully. But as time passed, I found myself slipping back into my old self-medicating ways. Watching TV while eating a bag of nicely-burned buttered microwaved popcorn sure did make me feel good. Being able to have ice cream again was heavenly.
But I received a much-needed slap in the face by my friend and co-worker Michelle. She must have observed me snacking a little too much and had the balls to send me an instant message telling me in no uncertain terms that I was sabotaging myself. I immediately felt my cheeks flush red because it felt like I got caught reaching into the cookie jar. But it was what I needed to hear and what I wasn’t allowing myself to act upon. I knew I was out of control. I knew that I made a mistake going off of Jenny Craig and I knew without a doubt what needed to be done.
That very day I called a different Jenny Craig center and set up an appointment to see about rejoining the program. I addressed all the concerns that were driving factors in my decision to go it alone. They were as follows:
- My counselor never had a weight problem and therefore I found it really difficult to relate to her advice.
- I was getting tired of my weekly appointments getting shifted all over the place based on when my counselor was available. What was once a steady appointment of 5:30pm on a Tuesday turned into appointments after 6pm which resulted in me getting home after work around 7pm or later.
- The food is really expensive. A frozen meal may cost over $5 when I could buy a similar Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers meal much less at the grocery store.
- I was getting really annoyed with my counselor always asking me if I needed any bars or salad dressing or snacks when I tried to cut down my Jenny food purchases.
- I have a new counselor who has a weight problem herself. During my first appointment with Jackie, she made me feel instantly better by telling me that I should forget what has happened in the past and focus on TODAY. When we talked about events that I had coming up this week, I told her about a Christmas party that I’m going to and she gave me some helpful tips on how to survive it. Not “Don’t eat a thing”, but rather suggested that I eat my meal before hand and if I find myself wanting to snack choose first any vegetables or fruit that might be offered. But she did also say to me, “It’s OK to have a small snack if you need to, but just have one or two.” She then offered to call me this upcoming Tuesday to check in with me to see how I did at the party.
- I found out that I don’t have to spend a minimum dollar amount on Jenny Craig food to do the program. I always assumed that I had to and it was such a relief to hear otherwise. I could buy a little or as much food as I wanted each week.
- My weekly appointment is every Saturday at 10am with Jackie. It’s late enough in the morning that I get to sleep in and it’s convenient because the center is only ten minutes away from my house.