Special thanks to Jenny Craig for their sponsorship of this post.
I’m well into Week Five on Jenny Craig over here, and it’s going really well. You heard me, it’s going well (even though the title of this post mentions a gain.)
I had a feeling my week four weigh in was going to be less than stellar. I even wrote about it last Monday. I was starting to get nervous about the way things were moving along. I mean, I had already lost -13.1 lbs in three weeks. I knew that this pace couldn’t continue.
Here’s the punchline: I ate 100% on plan. No cheats. No rosé. No nibbles. Just 100% what I was supposed to do. In the end, I recorded a gain of +1.6 lbs on Thursday. I wrote it down, and haven’t really looked back (until now.)
Something happened this week when I gained weight that hasn’t happened before. I didn’t worry about it. I just moved on.
Having lived in this weight loss circuit for a million years (41 to be exact), I usually allow a gain to get me a little frazzled. I usually struggle with the conversation with my consultant. I’ve even fudged the truth and pretended that I hadn’t cheated a time or two. I know, it’s ridiculous, but I’ve done it.
When you are doing everything you should do, there’s a quiet confidence in accepting what’s coming. After weighing myself in on Thursday morning, I went about my business, got dressed for work, and then decided to publish my gain to my community. I didn’t want to make it “a thing” and mostly, I just wanted to move on from it.
Had I cheated, had I eaten a bottle of hot sauce the day before, or something else that was obvious… I would have made excuses, but there was really no need. My message to myself (and y’all) is that I’m moving on and heading into week five with just as much gusto as week four!
My weekly consultations are on Thursdays with Norma. When she and I spoke, we both agreed that we didn’t need to break things down. We didn’t need to talk about what could have been done better. It just wouldn’t be helpful. The answer didn’t lie in water intake or the number of grapes I ate, but in good ol’ human physiology.
I’m so glad to be working with Norma and for her understanding what I need in this process. The one-on-one attention and personalized approach with Jenny Craig is definitely something that makes this program different. Norma knows what’s going on in my life (probably more than she wants to know!), what I like to eat, what challenges I have ahead, and what motivates me. She is certainly 1/3 consultant, 1/3 therapist, 1/3 cheerleader. Thursday, I needed the cheerleader and the consultant from her, and I think we did a pretty great job preparing for the week ahead.
There’s something about owning where you’re at in the process. No excuses. No emotional outbursts. It’s nice to just keep going. It’s dripping in self-love and kindness and it’s just what I needed this week.
There continues to be a sense of peace tied to participating in this program. I truly feel like I’m doing something great for my body. After so many months of struggling, worrying, and wishing, it’s incredible to be doing something that is propelling me in the right direction. Truth: I haven’t been this calm about what’s going on with my body in a long time.
If I’m so okay with this gain, why am I writing about it? Honestly: So I can look back on it next time I have a hiccup. Spoiler Alert: There’s going to be a next time; it’s inevitable. There is a choice in how you handle everything, and I’d like to take this approach next time I have a setback as well.
So, onward to week five! Thanks for being here with me every step (and every bite) along the way.
*Avg. weight loss 1-2 lbs/week for members following the program.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Jenny Craig; however, all of the opinions and comments about the program are exclusively my own and do not necessarily represent that of the brand.