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15 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Jenny Craig

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1/16/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  1,877 views

There are some things that are synonymous with weight loss—those terms, emotions and activities that on their own conjure up the image of someone taking control of their health and achieving the incredible. Since 1983, Jenny Craig has been one of those terms. Started in Melbourne, Australia, Jenny Craig has helped millions reach their goal weight and come to understand health and wellness in a more positive, sustainable light.

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Spark Spotlight: Crystal (SHESHNA)

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1/15/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  12 comments   :  689 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.

This Week's Spotlight: Crystal (SHESHNA)
Age: 34
Location: Niceville, Florida
Occupation: Full-time mom and student

Crystal's Small Success of the Week

What’s your overall goal?

To not be stuck only reading numbers on a scale. Feeling good and making progress counts for everything.

How has SparkPeople helped you?

Spark has helped me by showing me that there are so many other people out there going through the same struggles. None of us are alone in our journey.

What's your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge has been juggling being a mom and a full-time student while trying to stay active along with eating healthy. Meal prep is an essential part of my journey, hence using SparkPeople for meal tracking.

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople?

Everyone starts somewhere, so don't get discouraged by others' success. You are worth it. Knowing what you're eating will change how you look and feel; SparkPeople's food tracking can be a valuable asset to long-term success. Tracking progress with measurements and photos will provide a motivating visual.

Want to be the next small success we spotlight? Share your successes on the goal feed or in the comments below, and you might be the next person we contact!

How Matthew Is Beating Depression With Healthy Living & Weight Loss

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1/12/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  19 comments   :  3,259 views

Two years ago, at just 25 years old, Matthew (NEOMATTLAC) weighed more than 320 pounds and had been battling depression for years. He'd been using food as an emotional crutch, often binge-eating to mask his feelings. Determined to repair his physical and mental wellness, Matthew embarked on a journey toward health, fitness and freedom. Today, with the help of SparkPeople and his other support systems, 27-year-old Matthew is 80 pounds lighter in weight, and immeasurably lighter in his outlook on life.

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What Our Members Are Saying About SparkPeople Premium

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1/11/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  20 comments   :  1,504 views

It’s been a little over a year since we launched SparkPeople Premium, the optional paid upgrade that provides enhanced tools and support to help you knock out your goals. Beyond the obvious benefit of making your screen an ad-free zone, Premium gives you access to advanced reporting, weekly emails from coaches, daily motivational videos and more.

We think Premium is worth every penny, but don’t just take our word for it. Read on to discover what real members are saying about the upgrade.

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5 Ways Meal Prepping Can Help You Lose Weight

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1/11/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  13,379 views

We've all heard the line about "failing to plan is planning to fail," and when it comes to healthy eating for weight loss and maintenance, it couldn't be more accurate. You can exercise all day long, but if you're not eating the right foods (or if you're eating too much of the wrong ones), all the hard work in the world won't be reflected on or off the scale. And poor dietary choices are almost always a direct result of not having a plan. 

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9 Resolutions That Make You Happier, Not Skinnier

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1/9/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  50 comments   :  4,427 views

The ball has dropped, the confetti has been swept up and the proverbial slate has been wiped clean—leaving most of us to start off 2018 with a few extra calories in the bank (thanks, eggnog and fruitcake) and a renewed determination to stay the course toward a healthy, happy spring.
Love them or hate them, resolutions go hand-in-hand with the new year. Nearly half of all Americans make them, and in a Nielsen survey, 32 percent of people listed shedding pounds as their top goal. It's great to strive for a healthy weight—but who says your resolutions always have to involve the scale? In addition to variations of the same old pledges to burn more calories than you consume, consider choosing some goals that focus on happiness instead.

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