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jenny craig and jazzercise: week 2

Jenny Craig food

My freezer!

I was a little nervous about getting weighed in at Jenny Craig today because my husband and I celebrated our anniversary this past week and, of course, we also had to have a good-bye dinner for our daughter before she left for her senior year of college.

So I got there early in the morning, before eating breakfast or taking even a sip of the Starbucks iced tea I picked up along the way.

Remember I told you the Jenny scale is three pounds higher than my scale at home? Well, my middle-aged brain couldn’t remember how much I weighed on which scale so when I stepped on, I was convinced I had only lost eight ounces.

Poor Penny, who didn’t have last week’s numbers in front of her, was trying to be so supportive as I was kept repeating, “Eight ounces?!”

When we sat down at her computer, I saw her looking back and forth until she finally turned to me, pointed at the numbers and said, “Really?”

“Oh!” I screamed. I had lost eight ounces – and three pounds! (*Legal note: Clients following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.) That put me at a grand total of 6.8 pounds.

We high-fived each other, and then Mary came in with this lovely creation to show me what five pounds of fat looks like.

This is what 5 pounds of fat looks like

Mary and Penny show what 5 pounds of fat looks and feels like.

It was gross, and the idea that I have another five or six of those to lose is sobering.

But I know I’m on the right track. Marne and I had discussed last week how to prepare for my special events, so I knew I was okay indulging in a crunchy roll and some edamame. Twice.

Penny asked me why I thought I had been so successful so far, and I unhesitatingly said, “Because I’m exercising.” She made me repeat that so I would understand how important that was to reaching my goals.

I definitely understand, and am grateful for Jazzercise, which is making it fun and easy for me to actually show up four days a week.

Just look at the joy on my instructor’s face!

Dawn Washington of Jazzercise

Dawn makes us laugh while she’s kicking our butts, which is amazing considering I can barely breathe when I’m trying to follow the steps and routines. She is awesome, and she celebrated her birthday on Monday by handing out random gifts to others. That’s the kind of class this is.

I will give you more details about each program in the next week or two but, meanwhile, just know that if I can do this, anyone can. Seriously. If you have questions that you don’t want to post here, feel free to email me at lois@midlifeattheoasis.com. Oh, and both programs are featuring special deals now so check them out and tell them Lois sent you. Let’s do this together.

*I received a free month on the program in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.


  1. So awesome watching you have fun while getting healthier!! Thank you for taking us along for the ride!!

  2. Excellent Lois. I don’t want to say you must have been eating way too much and certainly exercise makes a big difference. All portion control first and foremost. Most meals I get at restaurants, I take home 2/3 for two more meals. We are served way toooooooooooo much food for each meal in restaurants. You are doing so well. Keep on moderating.

  3. Barbara Cargill says:

    Oh my dear Lois….I’m so darn proud of you! Jenny Craig is a wonderful program and coupled with jazzercise , the best dance/exercise program ever created….you will be amazed how your body will change before your eyes! Isn’t jazzercise the best? You will become a jazzercise junkie like me in no time!

  4. I cannot EVER get that five-pound lump out of my mind now…
    But congrats on being on the right path!

  5. Here’s my deal: G-e-t m-e t-o S-a-n D-i-e-g-o and I can join you! I mean really, Lois, you seem to have the magic wand that makes things happen. Right, Glinda?

    Congratulations on the loss and saying good-bye to those pounds. I am sure it’s not easy at all. And the Jazzercise? You’d have to sweep me off the floor from that class. You go, girl!

    P.S. I remember when Oprah lost so much weight, and she lugged in a huge amount of fat onto the stage. It was disgusting!!!!

  6. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    So proud of you, Lois! That is wonderful. Keep up the great work.

  7. Congratulations! It’s hard work to lose weight and I’ve also found exercise is a key.

    I have to keep motivating myself to get out there and do it even though I’d rather curl up with a good book!

    I would love to do jazzercise but ti’s about 9 or 10 miles away from home so I’m going to a nearby Zumba class tomorrow for the first time.

  8. Mary Logadi says:

    Congratulations Lois! I know how difficult it is to lose weight – I’ve been there – but when you succeed the feeling is great!

  9. This is so great! I am a Jazzercise instructor and absolutely love it! Also, my birthday is coming up and I LOVE the idea of giving out gifts. What sort of gifts did she give out?

    Thanks for your story. You ROCK!

  10. TheJazzerChick says:

    Wow, that fat is nasty! I have a lot of THAT to get rid of! Now, you’re making me want to try Jenny too! I’ll have to research it.

    Awesome blog!!! JazzerChick

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