Start weight: 80.6kg
Weight loss: 19kg
I am so blessed to be the mum of a beautiful daughter, the wife of an extremely supportive and loving husband, and the daughter of the most amazing parents. I have a great, rewarding job as a teacher and have the most wonderful friends! But something was missing, and that was my self-care and self-respect. I have spent much of my life focused on the achievements of others, especially those of my husband, daughter and “my kids” (the students in my class) and that needed to expand to start including myself.
This year, I weighed in at 84.3kg. The only time I had ever weighed more than this was when I was 9 months pregnant with my almost 10 pound daughter, nearly 13 years earlier. That number scared me….I knew that I couldn’t continue on my current path. I was unhappy on the inside, I felt uncomfortable and I was embarrassed to have let myself go. I LOVE photos – I drive people crazy taking photos of each and every little event! But at that time in my life, I was refusing to be in photos.
What was your ‘AHA’ moment?
My crunch point came when I was looking to share some photos of our daughter, my husband and myself from the day that our daughter had won a very prestigious Australia Day Award, and I was nowhere to be seen….It was as though I didn’t exist.
The very next day, I bit the bullet and called my local Jenny Craig centre at Hervey Bay. It was one of the hardest calls I’d ever made, but I will be forever grateful to my fabulous Consultant, Barb, for answering my call that day. She instantly made me feel at ease and comfortable with my decision. We made my first appointment for later that week, and the rest is history!
It was one of the hardest calls I’d ever made, but I will be forever grateful to my fabulous Consultant
What was your first visit like?
On my initial visit, I shared so much with Barb (I still tell her everything)! I was putting myself high in my list of priorities. I had a goal weight in mind as I knew where I felt best weight-wise, but I was not going to set a date. This was to be a forever journey for me, and I didn’t want my mind to believe that there was an end date. I weighed in that day at 80.6kg. I set my goal at 60kg, so I knew that I had a long road ahead.
How was the Jenny Craig journey for you?
From the very first day, I was determined to do everything properly. I was going to follow this program perfectly! I bought a microwave for my classroom to eliminate the excuse of “no time” to go to the staff room to heat my meals, I meal planned for my family to match what I would be eating and I committed to sharing my weekly weigh in figures with my best friend. In fact, I told everyone what I was doing – I believed in myself and I made myself the priority that my beautiful family always believed that I was.
The weight started coming off….each and every week that I weighed in, the number on the scales went down. By the time I turned 41 in July of this year, I had lost about 15kg. I was so determined that this time, I was going to be on top of my weight forever. This wasn’t a quick fix, this was forever.
The weight started coming off….each and every week that I weighed in, the number on the scales went down.
How has Jenny Craig changed your life?
In 6 months, I have reclaimed my life. It sounds incredibly corny, but I really do feel like a new woman! I am no longer just existing and celebrating the achievements of my little family, but am now LIVING and celebrating the achievements of all of us! I have lost 18.8kg to date! I am now incredibly close to my goal weight, but to be honest, I still don’t care how long it takes for me to get there. This is my life long journey! I can’t even begin to fully express how much my life has changed (read improved) this year. I have always loved clothes and now I can actually wear anything that I choose! I no longer feel the need to hide from photos or to edit them within an inch of believability – I am keen to be in front of the camera!
I really do feel like a new woman
I would like to think that I have always been a great mum, wife, daughter, friend and teacher, but I KNOW that I am now. I’m happy… It’s that simple! I want/need to share this message with everyone, and I wish everyone who feels uncomfortable with their weight the same opportunity. It has changed my life and I couldn’t be more grateful.start your journey now