Cathy Chester | An Empowered Spirit

It’s Time To Get Back On Track With Wellness

It’s been quite a year at the Chester House. I’m not going to go into any lengthy, boring details but we’ve weathered quite a few storms since January. Yet through it all I feel grateful that it’s brought my family closer together.


The bad news is it derailed any exercise routine I had and gave me an “excuse” to do some emotional eating. That is not a healthy combination.


This was me before the first time I began Jenny. I still hate scales.

I never step on the scale. Ever. Except under complete duress at the doctor’s office when the nurses force me to step on, kicking and screaming all the way. Then they roll their eyes after hearing (for what is probably the millionth time that day) why a woman hates being weighed.

I don’t bother taking off my shoes, earrings, rings, coat, sweater or socks to squeeze extra ounces off my body. What’s the point?

I can feel I’m gaining weight by the way my clothes fit. If I can’t breathe with my blue jeans on, or the buttons on my preppy buttoned-down blouse doesn’t close properly I know I’m in trouble.

Re-enter Jenny Craig.

When I called my friends at Jenny there were no questions asked. No comments about gaining weight or falling off the wagon. Their focus is on wellness and feeling good about yourself. And I quite agree.


The Jenny Craig consultants are wonderful.

So I’m taking control of my health by jumping back into Jenny Craig. It’s my wellness gift to myself.

Jenny Craig offers nearly 100 premium food choices to help us lose weight, and they’re properly portioned and nutritious by balancing protein, carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats.


They’re also delicious. They really are. When I wasn’t on the plan I craved their triple chocolate cheesecake. They’re amazing!

I love the attention you get at the weekly Jenny one-on-one consultations. All of my questions are answered, and the professional advice I receive from my consultant helps me lose weight by offering tips and tricks to stay on course and also ideas on making time to fit in exercise.

I’m excited to be getting back on track and more than  ready to feel and look better.

Here we go!

DISCLOSUREI was provided a free trial program and discount on the Jenny Craig meals. As always all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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44 thoughts on “It’s Time To Get Back On Track With Wellness

  1. Michelle

    I can relate to stepping off of the routine. I have a routine that worked for summer but now I have to come up with one for the fall and winter and so far it hasn’t happened yet because I’ve been so busy. It’s about discipline for me though. Just have to get back on the horse and push myself.
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      Exactly Michelle about getting back on that horse! I’m not that disciplined in the first place but I want to feel better and have my clothes fit again. That’s my incentive! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Jenny Craig is a great program and I know you will have success with it now just as you did before. Good luck!

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      I’ll let you know, Kathy. Were your ears burning this morning? I was reading someone’s blog (hmm, was it Leanne?) and I said you’re like a prophet with your writing. So with your added support of my efforts I just know I’ll do well!

  3. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    I hate scales, too. I do get on them, though, then beat myself up afterward. I have a very different tack: I take of EVERYTHING and only weigh first thing in the morning, before I’ve eaten a bit or even had a sip of coffee. Then I fiddle with the dial and think it MUST be broken—whether it’s because I think the number is too high or lying because it’s lower than expected.

    I’ve never tried Jenny Craig. I should…! Thank you for sharing. And good luck!!
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      Ha! Nancy my husband is a food addict – healthy food only – but he eats five small meals a day. When we go out he wants to share, too! The difference between us is he is also addicted to exercise, so he’s the SAME size he was when we got married 27 years ago! Glad for him but grrr…. So I know what you mean!

  4. Cheryl Nicholl

    Well, we’ve ALL been there- emotional eating. I can’t wait to hear all about your journey with Jenny Craig. I’ve never tried it but if you say it’s going okay then maybe I will. ps: I think you’re perfect just the way you are. XXOO
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      I think grief can definitely bring on emotional eating and gaining weight certainly follows! But you are so committed to good health that I am sure you will easily lose your weight, Ellen. You look fabulous! But only you know how you feel. Let’s both get to a state of wellness that we’re comfortable with.

  5. Cathy Sikorski

    After seven straight years of not going over my 2 pound limit on Weight Watchers, I had a tough year last year and gained 15 pounds….but I turned the corner and have lost it all and looking to lose a few more with a different plan, The Fast Metabolism Diet. But Jenny Craig has done wonderful things for my family in the past and I am an advocate of keeping healthy whatever it takes and however many times it takes to start anew: Hence my recent article in HuffPo:
    5 Reasons I’ll never stop dieting! You go girl and all the luck in the world to you!
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      I never heard of the Fast Metabolism Diet but if it’s healthy – go for it! So glad you lost 15 pounds when you wanted to. I am in awe of you!

      We can be there for each other as we tackle the weight issue. Really, of course I need to lose but mostly I want to FEEL better. It’s all about wellness, eh?

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They matter a lot to me, Cathy Squared. xo

  6. janet tancredi

    Cathy, first let me congratulate you and your family for weathering any storms you have been through this past year. Just becoming closer as a result is special. Not all families can do that. Just think of how lucky you are! I am not such a quick typist, so rather than taking up the rest of my day and yours of course, I’ll try to not be so wordy. My kids tell me I am. First, you have not fallen off the wagon! We all should allow ourselves to have diversions. It is called, “NORMAL”. Being able to identify with having the same health issue, I don’t make excuses for myself, I try to not be so hard on myself. I usually am my biggest critic! It’s easy to give advice to others. Now just pick yourself up and ( baby steps ) you’ll get yourself back on track. You sound like you are a smart cookie! Just stay healthy!

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