Meet Katharine Now

By author photo Jenny Craig Team


Centre: Newmarket, NZ
Weight Loss: 17kg
Time: 6 Months

My husband was diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2008. At the time I had a 5 year old and a baby, and I became the family’s full time carer and breadwinner overnight. It was a very traumatic time; I didn’t know if my husband would recover or how we would cope as a family. The years after that were a blur of visits to doctors, specialists and medication changes. My eldest son was diagnosed as ADHD and Aspergers; he was having trouble at school and his behaviour and needs were challenging. Later my second son was also diagnosed ADHD.

For many years it was a very difficult and lonely time. I was back at work fulltime in a demanding job and balancing everyone’s needs. My own health and wellbeing suffered and I was using food as comfort and as a way of changing my emotions. My weight crept up, and I had several attempts at losing the extra kilograms with varying levels of success but I could not sustain it long term.

I knew I had to make some changes for my own health. I had recurring back issues with a bulging disk that was painful and restricted movement at times. I got some professional treatment and started Clinical Pilates to strengthen my core. In the past, I have joined the gym, or embarked on exercise regimes but I never enjoyed it.

I enjoy Clinical Pilates and have taken a more long term and sustained approach this time, starting with just once a week and I make it a priority in my diary.

At 45 I knew I had to get myself under control. I had made significant progress in healing from my disc injury, but I was overweight and in denial (I subconsciously avoided looking in the mirror). A friend had lost her extra weight through Jenny Craig. When I saw her I couldn’t believe how great she looked, but it wasn’t until another friend decided to start Jenny Craig, that I knew it was time. We see each other at Christmas, and I didn’t want to be the fat one!

I was on the program within 24 hours and haven’t looked back.

It seems to defy physics, considering you can eat chocolatey food, sticky date pudding and biscuits. This has made it sustainable for me – yes it’s in moderation (which I needed to reset in myself) but there is no deprivation. I now realise the reason I couldn’t sustain weight loss was because sooner or later I felt deprived. The second thing that has worked for me is the variety of food and not having to think about it

I’ve found it pretty easy overall. This is the longest I have been able to sustain any program, and I feel positive about reaching my goal. I don’t want to be the skinniest version of myself, but I do want to feel well and healthy. I had resigned myself to being overweight.

There is also a difference in my mindset this time, I realise this is for my health, not for my size, or the number on the scale. I’ve had enough of being overweight; this is a lifestyle change for me, but in small sustainable ways. I can’t go back to that. I won’t go back to that.

I feel positive about life, and certainly the best I have felt in years. I didn’t realise how much my confidence had suffered from being overweight, how many events I had avoided, or how it had impacted on my children and my wider family. I naively thought they didn’t notice.

I’ve decided to get a personal stylist to help me buy a new wardrobe when I have finished loosing. This is an opportunity for me to recreate myself for the next phase of my life.

Jenny Craig has been a wise investment in myself.

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