How I Lost Over 40 Pounds in 1 Year With WW (Interview)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
My name is Alicia and I just turned 40. I am married to an amazing man and he is super supportive during my journey.
Ever since I was a child I struggled with my weight. I was bullied a lot all through school and as a teenager, I tried many diets. I usually gave up after a week or two.
Seven years ago my mother passed away at 58 with complications due to heart disease and diabetes. I am on blood pressure pills as well as medication for type 2 diabetes and I ended up gaining even more weight and reached my highest weight in December of 2019.
I was so uncomfortable in my body and I hated the way I felt and looked. Something just clicked and I decided to join WW on January 1, 2020. I needed to do this for myself and my health.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
To be honest working out hasn’t been a huge part of my journey until recently. Now I work out for at least 30 minutes a day.
Currently, I am loving the Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone app. They have lots of different videos that range from low to high impact. They are really great for anyone no matter what your fitness level is and I also enjoy putting on my music and just dancing around my house. You do not need expensive equipment or apps. You just need to move your body. That’s what matters.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I have been on WW and I absolutely love it. It’s super easy to use and it lets you be in control of what you’re eating just all in moderation. WW is based on a certain amount of points you get each day based on your height, weight, age, etc. You get matched with a color that works for you and some 0 point foods. Then you go about your day tracking your meals and snacks based on a point system.
A huge thing is to make sure that you are eating foods you love. If not, you will feel deprived and that could lead to binge eating. The key is to watch your portions and weigh your foods. Sometimes it’s the little things that add up at the end of the day. There are no bad foods. This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
I have slipped up so many times, but what matters is what you do after the slip-up. Life happens and you need to realize that you aren’t always going to be perfect. This is hard and I’m sure it always will be.
There is a saying I heard at a WW meeting. Just keep swimming. No matter how hard it gets or what life throws at you, if you just keep going, then you will get there.
When did you start to notice progress?
I started noticing that I had more energy at work and my scrubs were not as tight. I have a very physical job and I noticed I could hear myself heavy breathing sometimes, which was embarrassing and gradually I noticed I wasn’t hearing it anymore. Things I struggled with before didn’t bother me as much even small things just like bending over to pick something up.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I used the WW app I downloaded onto my phone as well as my Fitbit. The WW app allows you to scan food at the grocery store, so I took it with me everywhere. It was great to help you find the point values of the product before you bought it. Then you could see which product/brand had the fewest points. It even lets you search restaurants so that you can still enjoy going out with friends/family.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
I found that having point friendly snacks on hand really helped me with cravings. So many people are about quick and easy and that’s why so many people turn to fast food etc. so if you have fresh fruit, cut veggies, and pre-portioned snacks around the house it’s a lot easier to reach for that then something else.
Thinking of this weightloss journey as something you have to do forever can be scary and overwhelming. Just focus on that one meal.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
I highly recommend looking up new healthy recipes. They keep things fun and you won’t get bored of the same meal over and over again. Eating healthy is so much more than chicken and salad.
For fitness definitely check out syattfitness.com. He always keeps it real and has amazing tips and advice.
All of these people can be found on Instagram as well under the same names.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
There is no time like the present. Just take it one day at a time.
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Do not try to do everything all at once. Make small changes and they will all add up. If you start out drinking all the water, eating all perfect meals, and exercising every day. You will get burnt out.
This isn’t a race and we are all on our own journey. All bodies are different so don’t compare your weight loss to someone else’s. Instead, look at each person for inspiration and ask them for tips and tricks they might have.
Never let a bad meal or bad day turn into a bad week. Allow yourself that meal and move on. We are all in this together. I’m still a work in progress and I can’t wait to see the final results.
Where can we find more about you?
Connect WW app @aliciaswwjourney39
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