I have enough money left for 3 1/2 more weeks of Jenny Craig, and realistically, I’m not going to be able to lose 17 lbs in that time period. My mom told me that she and my dad can’t help me with any more funds, so when this money is spent, that’s it. Jenny Craig food alone costs $500/month, not counting the produce and dairy supplemental food, so we’re really talking about almost $700/month. I simply cannot afford that much. So I had to think of what comes next.
When I was talking to my mom, I asked her whether I should even buy Jenny Craig during the week of Christmas, since I wasn’t going to have a loss that week. Should I really pay $175 just to maintain my weight or even gain? My mom asked why I couldn’t put the principles and eating plan that I’ve learned through Jenny Craig to use with food from the grocery store. And then it hit me – I can!
The week of Christmas I can make my breakfast cookie or green smoothies, I can have Light Progresso soup and a salad for lunch, and I can have Hungry Girl Crock Pot chili and veggies for dinner. I can keep my meals to 200-250 calories plus veggies. I can eat two snacks of fruit + yogurt/string cheese. And I can have a Fiber One bar or 100-calorie dessert. I can indulge in family meals on the 24th and 25th and workout to mitigate those extra calories.
And as I was telling all of this to my sister, she said, “why can’t you do that starting now? Why can’t you weave in other options with the Jenny Craig food? That way, the Jenny Craig food lasts longer.” She’s absolutely right! This way, I can make the Jenny Craig plan last 7 weeks, which is more than enough time for me to hit my goal weight.
I’m going to have to be very careful about my portions, because overeating has been my main downfall in the past. One of the great things about Jenny Craig for me is that I know that I only have a limited amount of each treat. I don’t eat more than I should, because there isn’t more to eat. With this new idea, the key is going to be keeping the extra food out of reach, in my garage, locked with a key that my sister keeps. That might seem a bit extreme, and I may not even need it, but I’m not taking any chances at this point.
I’m so glad that I entered my daily Jenny Craig plans into MyFitnessPal so that I can go back and see what each day looked like and find the right substitutions. I’ll follow MFP to drop down calories as my weight loss continues.
And of course, I have to make sure to get my workouts and water in.
I can’t explain the relief I feel, because watching my money dwindle down and not knowing what to do to continue the weight loss was incredibly stressful. It made me lay awake at night. This new plan combines the best of Jenny Craig, with a realistic way to make it all the way to my goal.