How This Mom Lost 165 Pounds In 4 Years With Weight Watchers
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
Since the age of 10, I’ve been overweight. I was a healthy active kid but started packing on the pounds in my early teens. I was obese through high school and adulthood. I was constantly made fun of and ridiculed for being overweight. Even from loved ones, even though they mean the best.
I am a mom of four beautiful kids, once my twin boys started moving I was at my very heaviest of 293 lbs (on a 5’2 body) and I knew I was in trouble and needed to make a change. I wanted to be the mom who could run and jump and play with her kids. I wanted to be able to go to the beach and not have to hide, to be able to roll down the hill, ride the bikes, play tag. (I am extremely good at hiding and go seek now).
The main reason I decided it was finally my time? I was ready to finally put myself first. I wanted to be sexy, to feel sexy and confident. I knew I had it in me. I just needed to implement it. Make myself a priority. Show me what I truly deserved in life. Now I’m currently sitting at 128lbs happily maintaining feeling as confident and sexy as ever. This journey has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I have a completely new outlook on life. I want to climb all the mountains, ride all the roller coasters, learn to ride a motorcycle. I want to be fast, I want to feel free. I want to do all of the things.
I finally get to be me, no restrictions. Nothing is holding me back anymore.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
I don’t have a specific workout routine. When I started my journey I would do 30 minutes on the bike a day to get my heart pumping. I enjoy going for long walks and hikes.
I say I don’t work out but I’ll be honest, I chase around 4-year-old twin boys every day. That’s a workout.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I have been following the MyWW program (Weight Watchers) for over a year now. I am and always have been on the blue plan. WW is basically science-backed easy calorie counting. Each food is assigned a point value and you have some pant points in a day to utilize. More sugar? Probably more points. But you can eat whatever your heart desires as long as it’s within your points for the day to achieve weight loss. Your daily points are assigned through an assessment based on your age, gender, height, etc.
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WW was my eye-opener. I genuinely believe that WW taught me how people are supposed to eat. When I was calorie counting I was so afraid to eat high-calorie foods even fruits which weren’t sustainable for me whatsoever. WW just makes it so easy for me and I feel absolutely amazing, plus it works.
I eat a ton of “zero point foods” for WW which includes all my fruits, veg, and lean meats. Protein shakes are always a great grab and go option too.
I also eat dessert every day! Which includes a bunch of all-natural peanut butter. I’m pretty sure peanut butter is the glue that holds me together. It’s important to eat what you love. It’s really cool when what you love to eat changes from fast food burgers to food that actually nourishes your body and makes you feel good.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
My personal success kept me motivated, nobody pushed me harder than I did. Nobody was going to do this for me but me. Nobody was going to make my meals or work out for me. I had to do that. I had to be there for me.
Everyone slips up it’s natural. I actually lost 100 lbs at the beginning of my journey and ended up gaining 50 lbs back in no time. That scared me, I didn’t want to lose all that hard work. We all know how hard it is to get that weight off and self-sabotage is a real thing. The important thing is if you can snap yourself out of it. Get back on track. Remember how good it feels to be in control and on your game.
Mindset is everything. You’ve got to want the progress more than any Big Mac or donut. Stress eating, boredom eating, binge eating. There are so many mentally related aspects to weight loss that we need to tackle. There will be weeks you won’t lose anything even though you’ve been on track for weeks. It’s going to be so hard to convince yourself to keep going but try and remember that you’re still nourishing and taking care of yourself.
Celebrate every little thing, it will help so much. Not just the weight loss either. Did you say no to cake? Awesome. Your pants fit better? Great. You can run after your kids without getting winded? So many great health-related things we may not see because of the “all mighty number”. That number doesn’t choose your worth. You do.
When did you start to notice progress?
I think after about 4 weeks I started noticing differences in my body. Probably 8 weeks for others to notice. One of my biggest pieces of advice is to take measurements every month and take ALL the progress pictures from all the angles you can. On weeks you don’t lose go back and look at those before pictures. It’s great motivation.
I think my fire burned so hard for my transformation that I was constantly in awe with my weight loss. I had always been “morbidly obese” that every time I looked in a mirror when I started losing I shocked myself. My weight loss was pretty steady because I kept committed.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I used Fitbit to track my activity and use the WW app for my nutrition (as well as my activity, sleep, water, mindset, meal planning. The WW app really does everything). For my weight, I use the Renpho scale and app (from amazon).
The WW app is honestly amazing, I can basically track everything I need to from what I eat to how I’m feeling that day. I’d be lost without it.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Drink your water, get your sleep, and take some time for yourself. Self-care is so important.
When you’re feeling discouraged, reach out. The weight community on social media is massive. If your struggling message a friend, you can even message me if you need me to pump your tires. You are not alone in this and it is so much easier when you have people pushing you to be your best self.
Where can we find more about you?
You can find me @wicked.wildfire on Instagram!
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