GretchCannon: My Mother the Hero


My Mother the Hero

Long overdue - I wanted to share with everyone my Mom’s success with Jenny Craig! I posted a comment on a blog I follow here, and wanted to post it in my own blog too. 

My mom, Debbie (pictured on the left in her workout duds) - has lost 55 lbs in 8 months on the Jenny Craig program! She is such an inspiration to me, and I am just oh so proud of her. 

Like me, she battles hypothyroidism, among lots of other fun ailments that get in the away of meeting her goals. She saw a photo of herself one day that she wasn’t happy with and she decided she was going to change her life for the better. She signed up at a local franchise, and started using their food and snack system, and she just started walking! 

She wears a pedometer every day, all day long. I have even gotten her to track her steps – write them down. She walked 200+ miles in March. She started out not being able to walk around the block without her knees hurting her, her asthma bothering her, and being out of breath. Now, she walks pretty much every day – with or without my Dad (mostly alone!), and walks anywhere from 3-6 miles at a time! We even walked a half marathon a year ago. She can out walk me any day! She checks in weekly at the franchise, where they weigh her and she buys a lot of the food she likes.

When she joined, they had an incentive that you would get half of your sign up fee back if you kept your weight off for 1 year. Well – she did it! She finally got her money, and she is not going to sign up again after the 2 years is over this month. I think its $400 for 2 years just to get weighed and go in and buy your food. I know she can do it! I am going to send this blog comment to you mom, and MOM- I want you to know that I know you can do it! She knows how to portion her food, snack smartly, and order out now. 

In the past, I have run a half marathon, done 2 figure competitions, and I swear to you – this lady has more will power and consistent determination than I do. She can say NO to the chips and salsa when they are calling our names! I tell her about a snack I tried, and she immediately wants to know how many calories it has in it! :) She has maintained her goal weight for 16 months now, which I think is incredible!!! Its so hard once you get to a goal weight to think that you can binge and celebrate – then you end up where you started, and sometimes worse off. She has not wavered!!!

Anyways, my mom is 59, 60 this summer. She is the fittest lady I know and the happiest too. She is my hero and my best friend! This program saved her life, filled her with energy and made her so much younger! I love spending time with my happy healthy mom, and I am just so so proud of her (if you couldn’t tell yet). She even wears out her walking shoes now – all the time! How cool is that? 

November 2007 -
December 2011 - 

                Before -

            Afters !! -

Mom, I am proud of you - keep up your hard work!! I love you! 

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