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jenny craig and jazzercise: week 3

Inspiring sign at Jazzercise

Words of wisdom at Jazzercise in Carmel Valley.

I lost eight ounces this week.

Woo hoo!

It definitely wasn’t a “woo hoo” when I first got on the scale but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was actually something to celebrate.

This was a hard week and, without Jenny Craig and Jazzercise, the numbers would definitely have been going up, not down.

It was a hard week not because I was having trouble following the program but because:

* I got my period. Yes, I am 54 years old, but that’s a post for another time.

* My son came home for the holiday weekend, and we always eat at Chipotle together. Always.

* One of my son’s favorite restaurants in San Diego is Del Mar Rendezvous, where I always order the Walnut Shrimp. Always.

* Michael and I went out to dinner with friends at Davanti, where we always indulge in the focaccia stuffed with cheese and topped with honey. Always.

* We celebrated Rosh Hashanah at our friends’ house, and always mark the holiday with thick challah bread and lots of desserts for a sweet new year. Always.

A week like this always results in a couple of extra pounds. Always.

Until now.

A Jenny Craig meal

Jenny Craig beef and cheese slider with a side of cheese curls. Yum!

Because I knew these events were coming, I was able to counteract their negative effects by sticking to my Jenny Craig meals the rest of the time, drinking extra water and getting up early to go to the 8:15 Jazzercise classes over the weekend in addition to my regular weekday classes. I have never been inspired to get up early to exercise before. Never.

All in all, it was a great week, and I was able to enjoy a full plate — literally.

It made me realize that even an itsy bitsy loss is always a win. Always.

*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. Note: Clients following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.


  1. Sounds like some of those “always”s need to change! I “always” drank a Dr. Pepper while watching TV on Monday nights – I now ride my bike instead. I “always” sat on my ass after the kids got home from school – we now walk together. Changing our “always”s is a great way to change our bodies! I have faith that you can do it!

  2. Congratulations on your progress – keep up the good work! I admire your dedication!

  3. Sliders and mac n cheese?? I’m in! Looks yummy!

  4. Oh wow that looks lovely – I was on Jenny Craig till they stopped it over here but we didn’t get anything like that! Congratulations on your dedication 🙂 x

  5. great job! The food looks yummy! Keep up the good work!

  6. So glad you lost the 8 ounces with a schedule like that. You did good.

  7. Good for you! That is progress!

  8. A fun week with addition of a positive in the weight loss department, good job!

  9. Congrats on your loss! I think the changing of the Always’ is even a bigger accomplishment tho! Celebrate your ability to change and adapt!

  10. Whoo-hoo! Always!

  11. A definite win! Great job!

  12. Barbara Cargill says:

    I’m wicked proud of you Lois!! Nothing like jazzercise to make your body feel fantastic and keep you in shape, in such an easy way! yee hahhh!!!

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      Thank you for introducing me to Jazzercise!! When I come to Boston, we will have to go to a class together! xo

  13. It’s always nice to change things… and we have the ability to do so. You’re right, a little loss is better than nothing. Wish you much more success on your weight loss journey.

  14. I’d be thrilled with 8oz. if I was moving in a positive direction. I’m down 1.3 pounds over the past couple of weeks and keep trying!

  15. Wow – way to go girl! Looks like some yummy food right there and Jazzercise is lots of fun too!

  16. I think we all have those weeks and it is good that Jenny & Jazzercise was able to help you through it all!

  17. WOW a week like that would definitely gain me a nice 5lbs, so you lost 8 ounces…that is awesome!! Way to go!! Congrats to you! Keep it up.

  18. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    So proud of you!!! You are an inspiration. Keep up the great work.

  19. Congrats on your progress! That food looks yummy!

  20. Way to go on making progress! I’m also trying to successfully lose weight and have a healthy lifestyle.

  21. Congrats on the weight loss. I love that image you have at the top. I have a tendency to be very hard on myself because of my weight.

  22. Thank you for this post! It’s encouraging to see you celebrate this milestone. Every ounce counts! Thanks for the inspiration to keep going, ounce by ounce.

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