Brooke loves her newfound energy and confidence
Weight Loss: 21kg
Tell us a bit about you and what life was like before you joined Jenny Craig:
I did not want to be social. I felt uncomfortable. Just getting dressed was a hassle.
I was embarrassed to see my family I had not seen in two years because of the pandemic. I knew I had gained weight, but I didn’t know how much because I wouldn’t get on the scales. But when I was popping out of the top of my jeans, even oversize sweaters were tight, I knew I had to get serious.
My weight held me back in so many ways. My joy was gone, my zest for life, my patience level and my happiness. I wasn’t living the life that I wanted to live.
“I wanted to hide. And that’s not my true self.”
Can you describe your experience on the Jenny Craig program?
After the first week, I had lost over two kilos and the second week I lost another two.
It was very encouraging to continue to lose weight each week. I consistently kept going down and each week I was feeling better, feeling more confident following the program. Excited, believe it or not, to get on the scales which I had been so fearful of.
My coach really encouraged me to keep going. She said, ‘Brooke, it doesn’t mean you’re there forever, it’s just a snapshot of today, but you’re working on changing.’
That was so freeing to me. For some reason, I was putting my self-worth and confidence in a number.
“My coach helped encourage me to get my life back. Stephania helped me feel like this wasn’t forever.
That I was already winning by walking through the front doors and making the change.”
Do you have any favourite items from the Jenny Craig menu?
The food is delicious. It’s magic food.
I used to be very black and white with food. Everything was ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ ‘allowed’ or ‘not.’
Jenny helped me realize there’s no black or white — I can have treats in smart portions and I also eat fruits and vegetables every single day. I have a much healthier, realistic approach.
Now I’m not fearful of food. I fell in love with fruit again, which I had avoided for a year or two. Jenny encouraged me to try different vegetables and bring servings of vegetables into my day.
I feel like I have my own personal nutritionist and chef in my freezer at home.
“I love Jenny Craig. I feel like Jenny healed my relationship with food.
It was the solution and the tool to help me get the life that I wanted to live.”
I love my newfound energy, and my confidence. I want to live life and be social again.
My best advice: Work the plan. You follow it and the weight falls off.