Jenny Craig versus Weight Watchers: You want to lose weight, but with dozens of diets out there, how can you tell which will work best for you? While some of this comes down to trial
But, unfortunately, this won’t happen overnight. Good things like changing your life forever TAKE TIME. So you have to stay patient, stay positive… dedicated and persistent…
Once we DO start seeing results, though, it gets easier and easier to make healthy choices in our daily life.
Stay committed. YOU WILL GET THERE.
Here are three tips to help you build your weight loss motivation momentum while on your health journey to a happier, healthier life:
1.) Practice Mindful Eating and Enjoy your Food
Luckily, on the Jenny Craig (it costs a lot!) program – I get to enjoy some really tasty foods. Mindful eating is the practice of slowing down and truly taking the time to enjoy what you are consuming and nourishing your body with. One thing I’ve always struggled with is eating too fast and gobbling my food down without even really tasting it. It takes TIME for your brain to register that you are full… so SLOW down, what is the rush?
*Related: Mindful Eating: 5 Steps to Get Started – Huffpost.com
2.) Take Sweaty Selfies After Your Workouts! (#SweatieSelfie)
If you’re like me, you feel your best and most empowered after a great workout session. Whether it’s kicking butt in the gym while on a cardio machine, weight lifting, running, spinning, doing a group class, or working out at home… there’s something about SWEAT that is just so encouraging!
It’s physical PROOF. How does that one quote go? “Sweat is fat crying” – YES!
Need motivation? Check out the #sweatyselfie hashtag on Instagram and twitter!
3 Tips for Weight Loss & Workout Motivation
“I wear all black when I work out because it’s a funeral for my fat” – YES! LOVE IT!
3 Tips for Weight Loss & Workout Motivation
Literally, by keeping record of your sweat sessions and documenting your journey with these photos, you’ll be able to see your hard work pay off… I think there’s nothing more awesome than documenting your weight loss journey – especially, all of the hard work you are putting in to bettering yourself!
I saw your recent commercial for Jenny Craig where you ask Jenny if you can “come back home” to her program and exclaim that you’re not “Circus Fat,” you “just” want to lose 20 lbs.
In a recent interview, you try to back peddle from the heat you’ve taken for your comment and stated, “That’s how I see me…I grew up [in Kansas] in a generation of not overweight people. … I grew up in an era where my dad took me to the Kansas State Fair or the circus — they had actual fat ladies in the circus.”
Kirstie, there are so many worse things to be than “circus fat.” For example, being a woman with a huge platform and financial means to make the world a better place and instead of using it to do so, using it to validate a culture that privileges thin over health and thin-beauty over…well, everything. That is much worse than simply being a person with a body larger than you’re comfortable with.
Kirstie, if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, you’re either insane or you’ve convinced yourself that YOU were the problem and the diet wasn’t. I want to assure you that the diet is the problem and remind you that there has yet to exist a reputable study to prove that diets work long-term to maintain significant weight-loss.
To the contrary, most dieters regain more weight than they lost. Given these odds, you have the choice to either accept the body you have now and focus your energy and resources on making peace with your body and then moving on to accomplish worthwhile goals while being a positive example to the young women and men who look up to you; or, you can resign to spending the rest of your life, and your time, resources and platform, on a diet plan that requires that people suffocate their biological survival mechanisms (hunger cues & satiation cues) in exchange for pre-calculated meals so that one is forever reliant on a frozen meal, rather than his or her own body, to dictate how/when/how much to eat—and do so knowing that by condoning dieting and body dissatisfaction, this is the example you are setting for others.
Kirstie—our culture’s fixation with thinness and, conversely, our demonization of fatness, is the REAL problem. There is no wrong way to have a body. I repeat—your body, just as it is right now, is FINE. My friend has a wonderful exercise where she lists all of the amazing things her body does for her—blinking, heart beating, blood pumping, etc.—to put into perspective what a treasure it is to be EMBODIED. I encourage you to do the same thing. We were not all meant to be the same size (just as we were all not meant to be the same height and color) and none of us should live in a world where it’s acceptable (even popular) to body-shame one another.
*Related: Fed Up Movie Review
You are allowed to do whatever you want with your body—that is feminism 101. You are allowed to diet until the svelte Jenny Craig cows come home. You are allowed to hate your body and to continue to toil like Sisyphus with the boulder of weight-loss dreams. But remember that the body is political. Remember that as a public persona, you have young, impressionable minds taking in your every move and your every word.
And, I’ll tell you from experience—wanting to just lose XX lbs is a dangerous game to play. I played it, became bulimic and was willing to die to be thin. I’ve won the game now, but it wasn’t by losing weight—it was by forfeiting the game. And I’ll tell you one thing—I would much rather be “circus fat” than be a clown for the $66B weight-loss industry.
If you would like two suggestions on how you can use your platform and means to promote body positivity, there are two documentary campaigns seeking backing right now that do such a thing and, unfortunately, neither is near reaching their goal. I wonder why…why isn’t it as sexy and popular to promote self-love and body diversity as it is to jump on the dieting bandwagon?
Article by Missy W.