Rachael feels unstoppable since she joined Jenny Craig

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Centre: Mildura

Weight Loss: 53kg


Tell us a bit about you and what life was like before you joined Jenny Craig:

Before Jenny Craig I had very limited knowledge about how eat across a day. I also had no understanding of portion control. Jenny Craig has given me the skills to build a meal (eg – adding salad and vegetables to my meals). I was incredibly inactive and hadn’t long joined the gym. At the beginning I was attending the gym twice weekly, now I am moving my body every day. I was time poor and couldn’t manage working full-time, exercising, socialising and meal preparation. I was trying to juggle everything and getting nowhere. I’d always wanted to lose weight, however everything I had tried previously had an end date. That’s what I love about Jenny Craig, no end date, just working towards your goals.


Why did you decide to join Jenny Craig?

I was completely helpless. I had been trying to lose weight for my entire adult life. I managed to write a list of 15 attempts of losing weight, trying various things. I didn’t know what to do or where to seek help. I began to realise as I got older that my health had to become a priority as I wasn’t always going to be healthy. My health is my big why. I had begun to have small health niggles and I knew that they would become big problems if I didn’t take control. After getting engaged in September 2019 a switch flicked in me, I wanted to have my choice in wedding dress, not just whatever would fit. I confided in a friend and she recommended that I try Jenny Craig.

That one conversation has completely changed my whole life. I had been going to the gym for 6 months and I hadn’t made any progress. I was finding it impossible to think of and plan healthy meals along with trying to do well in all other aspects of my life. When I looked at the website I was intrigued by the delicious looking meals. 


Can you describe your experience on the Jenny Craig program?

It has been completely life changing. From the beginning I have found both the food and support to be outstanding. The combination of the two has been a formula for my success. My consultant has given me all the knowledge I require and that teamed with delicious meals makes me look forward to each day.

In March this year we had to postpone our wedding due to COVID19, without Jenny Craig I wouldn’t have been able to maintain such a positive outlook. Jenny Craig has given me so many wonderful things to focus on during such a difficult time. I have been able to focus on my success and my weight loss achievements, rather than the things that weren’t going right this year. In the past I would have given up knowing that my wedding wasn’t to be for another year and a half, however the thought never crossed my mind.

I finally found what I had been searching for my entire adult life, the winning combination that would transform my life. I only wish that I had found Jenny Craig sooner. 


Do you have any favourite items from the Jenny Craig menu?

So many. I absolutely love the Chicken Cacciatore, Butterscotch Ice-cream, Chicken Parma, Beef Pie and Chocolate Pudding. The menu is so incredibly diverse. I look forward to every single meal. There was a time that I went through a stage of actually craving the cereals. I had never craved cereal in my life before now. The food definitely contributes to being able to maintain committing to the program. I don’t feel the need to eat other foods and can stay on the program because I absolutely love the variety and taste of the foods. It is also amazing that I never feel hungry. 


Tell us about your Jenny Craig Consultant?

Jo is so incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. She listens genuinely and is able to assist me whenever I have a question. Having Jo on this journey has been such an integral element to my success. She is the missing link in all my other failed attempts and part of the reason in my success. I hadn’t even got to meet her in real life for 9 months, but that didn’t matter, I felt like I really did know her and that she had my back regardless. Knowing that she is going to call me for an update on a Monday keeps me completely accountable.


How do you feel now that you’ve lost the weight?

I feel absolutely unstoppable, there’s no going back. I’ve come way too far now. Through my Instagram account I have been able to inspire others and that is so heart-warming. I want to help others that have been through similar weight struggles as me and I love to show them just how terrific Jenny Craig is. My fitness has improved so much and I have now begun working towards running 5kms (something I never wanted to do before Jenny Craig). I have much more energy and drive to achieve in my day to day life. I find myself jumping out of the morning to get the day started.


Do you have a standout moment on the Jenny Craig program you’d like to share?

I have broken my journey into smaller goals, I began with working towards losing 10kgs, then 20kgs, 30kgs, 40kgs, 50kgs and now I’m working towards 60kgs. Each block of 10kgs has been as momentous as the last, and each time I cannot believe how unreal it is to be where I am. I’m currently still living off the high of reaching 50kgs; a whole adult! It blows my own mind. Something I never dreamed possible. Along the way I have found so many non-scale victories to celebrate too, such as buying from regular shops, my towel wrapping around my body and being Member of the Month at my gym.

There are so many stand out moments, but nothing more incredible than being able to reflect on where I was at the beginning and where I am now.

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