How I Lost 125 Pounds Using Weight Watchers (Interview)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I have been plus size and overweight most of my adult life. Even in high school, I was larger than all of my friends.
In Dec 2013, I took a picture with my family for Christmas and saw myself and I was so upset. I was extremely overweight, and it was really the first time I “saw” myself in that way. I was almost 300 pounds and couldn’t believe I had gotten there. It was this picture that made me realize I needed to lose weight.
My son was 3, and I knew if I wanted to keep up with him, I needed to change. So in March of 2014, I signed up for WW (Weight Watchers) for the first time.
What did you do for exercise when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
My fitness journey and workout routine is probably the least interesting part of all of this. Honestly, working out has always been the hardest part for me and I don’t overly enjoy it, and because of that, I kept it very simple.
I started using a Fitbit and pushed to get my 10,000 steps in daily and I still do that, but only about 4-5 times a week. I also enjoy riding my bike, when the weather permits. Walking is the most underrated, and simplest workout you can do, and for free. It’s truly been the main thing I have done, besides some strength training here and there.
What did you do for nutrition when you started? Did you change it up throughout your journey?
Throughout my adult life, I’ve tried MANY diets and none of them worked for me quite like WW.
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The first time I signed up was in March 2014, and I realized quickly I could eat all of my favorite foods, and still lose weight. That was important to me. Still enjoying my daily foods, and not feeling deprived, or like I was on a “diet.” They operate through a point system and have basically every food in their app, and 1,000+ restaurants too. I can still enjoy pizza, burgers, and fries, but can balance it with healthy salads, fruits, and veggies. It is an overall well-rounded lifestyle.
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How did you stay mentally strong when it was tough? Did you ever give up? How did you recover?
The journey of weight loss can be hard; mentally, emotionally, and physically. For me, and I think for a lot of people, it takes time. I signed up in 2014, and in 1 year I lost 100lbs and thought “I’m done! I did it” Little did I know, I was wrong, I gained half of my weight back, signed up again in Nov 2017, lost weight again, and thought I was done and gained weight again. It wasn’t until June of 2019, my 3rd time joint WW, that I had a complete change of my mindset.
I finally realized I would never be “done” with this lifestyle. With that, came mental clarity of understanding this wasn’t a race, I had time to figure out a full lifestyle with WW that could last for ME. I made my goal weight (WW weight requirements based on BMI or a physician’s note) for the first time on 2/1/2020, and then “Lifetime” (6 weeks of maintaining my weight) on 3/14/2020, this was my biggest emotional accomplishment. I wanted GOAL and LIFETIME for years and finally did it.
Since March 2020 I have maintained my weight loss and finally feel like I can do this FOREVER; 125 lbs since 2014.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I used my WW app and then my Fitbit app for tracking my steps. Those are the two main tools that I needed for my journey. I still use both of those daily. I know tracking my food daily is the main part of my success.
When did you start to notice progress?
When I lost 100lbs in a year, that of course was my biggest WOW moment. It was my first time seeing a whole different body and a whole new level of confidence. This year I have seen my lowest weight; and again, I felt so proud of myself for what I accomplished.
Do you have any fitness “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Truly no hacks or secrets were more special than just knowing I needed to work the WW program and in return, it would work for me. Tracking my food daily is the #1 tool for me.
What are 3 pieces of tangible advice would you give to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
- This will take time, and that is ok. It takes time to figure out a healthy mentality and to see what works for you!
- Enjoy your holidays and celebrations. One day here and there isn’t going to ruin your progress the other 300+ days in the year.
- Start small. I knew I had 100+ pounds to lose but made small goals. Each week 1-2 pounds of weight loss adds up quickly.
Where can we find more about you?
Instagram! I have been documenting my weight journey since December 2019, with a bunch of “flashback” memories. Also, I post what I eat, the good/bad days, and anything in my weight journey on a daily basis.
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