How I Lost Over 100 Pounds With Weight Watchers
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
My name is Allison, I’m married with 3 kids and a certified chef. I’ve always loved food, but after having kids I lost my ways on how to properly enjoy food. I was an overwhelmed mom who ate food out of convenience and didn’t think about what I was putting into my body. After our 3rd child, I was admitted to the hospital with postpartum preeclampsia, I had a near-death experience and that was a wake-up call for me.
At my known highest weight of 240 pounds, I needed to make a change. I couldn’t walk up the stairs carrying my kids without being short of breath, I couldn’t chase after them. I didn’t want to be outside in the summer because that meant less clothing and I was extremely uncomfortable and ashamed of how I looked. I decided to join weight watchers and get my life back! I needed to be around for my kids and get healthy.
I took my culinary background and career into high gear. I wanted to be able to enjoy the food I was eating. I didn’t want to get bored and I wanted to be able to love the food I used to eat but turn it into a healthier version. That’s what I did. I started my Instagram page @chefallieskitchen to share my recipes with others. I also started my own food blog chefallieskitchen.com to let people print my recipes out.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
As far as exercise, I didn’t do much. I followed the plan and my daily exercise was the mom of 3 & stay at home mom duties. As a mom of 3 (9 years old, 3-year-old & 2 years old) as well as 3 dogs at the time, I didn’t have much downtime. Walking up and down stairs all day, chasing kids, doing laundry, washing dishes, and constantly doing some sort of chore I managed to get the daily movement in.
I also deal with daily chronic pain so my exercise is limited if I chose to do so. These days I make sure to get on my treadmill for at least 20-30 minutes a day. The daily 20-30 minutes helps clear my mind and gives me some “me” time.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
When I started my nutrition was different from where I am today. In the beginning, I was trying to figure out the program. I wanted to play around with ingredients and recipes. As the journey continued my recipes and nutrition changed for the better.
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I eat a lot of eggs, fruit, veggies and I cannot live without bread or carbohydrates. I love that you don’t need to deprive yourself of the things you love to lose weight. You just need to eat it in moderation and that’s how I was able to lose over 100 pounds.
My favorite meals to make are burgers, tacos, soups, anything made in my instant pot is a lifesaver and something that comes in super handy when a busy mom of 3. I enjoy pizza and being able to throw just about anything on the pizza.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
The way I was able to stay mentally strong was to keep thinking about how I felt when I was 240 pounds. I didn’t want to go back to feeling that way. I definitely had days where I was off track but I didn’t beat myself up. I did it, got over it, and moved on. The next day I got back on track. Knowing that the weight kept coming off and the program was working I was completely happy and didn’t want to look back.
I tell people to not get overwhelmed, get a plan set and a few meals set. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed, I went to the grocery store and overbought food and tools and almost gave up due to being overwhelmed, but I didn’t. I chose some recipes, planned the week and that’s what I keep doing to this day.
When did you start to notice progress?
I started seeing progress in the first week. Lost 2-3 pounds and the next few weeks were the same. One week I lost 5. I was so happy with the results I didn’t want to stop. It kept coming off week after week and eventually a little over one year later I was down 103 pounds! I could not believe it! I was so happy!!
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
The only tracking apps I used was the weight watchers app. It’s super helpful. You can scan foods to where it tells you the number of points it is.
With WW (weight watchers) you are given a certain amount of points daily based on your age, sex, and current weight. Once you start, your points go down when the weight comes off. The lowest amount of points I’m allowed now is 23. I love being able to track my daily meals because it works, keeps me on track, and eventually, you get a rhythm going.
Do you have any fitness “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
A few things I did and still do on my journey is to keep easy quick grabs of snacks handy so I don’t grab something I’ll regret. I always have fresh fruit and veggies. My favorite meal is my after-dinner snack. That consists of nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with sugar-free pudding, my homemade blueberry sauce, a yummy protein bar, and nut butter of my choice. I of course top it with some fat-free whipped cream. I look forward to it every single night! Keeps me full yet tastes so indulgent.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
- Stay motivated. Keep and take old pictures of yourself. You’ll want to see the comparison photos.
- Stay positive. Find a group of friends or people on social media to keep you motivated.
- Don’t give up, you’ll regret it.
Where can we find more about you?
You can find me on Instagram! @chefallieskitchen
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