How I Lost 77 Pounds In 10 Months On MyWW Purple Plan
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I ate my way through a divorce in my early 30’s then met my current partner. I really let those happy pounds pack on then. Then I was six months out from my 40th birthday and larger than I’d ever been. I weighed more than I had on the days I delivered any of my babies! I was just … done. Done, done, done. I set a goal to lose 40 pounds before my 40th birthday and to eventually lose 75 and get back down to a healthy BMI.
My motivation was, simply put, ME! And, to be more specific, my age. Turning 40 was a big deal and I wanted to be as healthy as possible for the milestone. I often say that I was “selfish” on this journey but I honestly believe you can’t actually be selfish when it comes to your health. Everything I did to make myself feel better and lose weight also meant I was modeling a healthy lifestyle for my kids, they were getting a mom who will hopefully be around longer, etc. So while my health was my main motivation, my family was a sort of side motivation, if you will.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
I’ve always enjoyed walking and, in the beginning, that’s all I did. Every day I would try to beat my steps from the previous day. Competing with myself actually really inspired me. I always wanted to go harder and do better!
In January of 2020, I started the Walk at Home program and fell in love with it. In the beginning, I would do 15-20 minutes a day. These days I do a minimum of 30 minutes (but strive for 45-60) six days a week.
I wish I could say I do more strength training, but right now it’s just not in my wheelhouse. I really enjoy cardio workouts and I do use small (3-5 lb) hand weights during those.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I lost weight using the MyWW Purple Plan and have continued on the maintenance plan. I initially chose WW because I had lost weight after two pregnancies following their program. When I saw the new MyWW program, I knew the purple plan was for me. It lists potatoes as a zero-point food and, well, this girl has yet to meet a potato she hasn’t liked! I also really like that the plan encourages more whole foods — I eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I think I could exist off zucchini alone!
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I generally start my day with some sort of egg dish. I love an omelet with cheese and jalapeños then topped with salsa. Lunch is a lot of wraps or sandwiches (I like to call myself the sandwich queen!) When it comes to dinner, I’m typically cooking for my family — which includes some picky eaters. I really just try to make our favorites but lighten them up. We also grill a lot and I search websites such as Skinnytaste or Skinnyish Dish for things I know my family will enjoy.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
I began trying to lose weight right during the holidays. And I LOVE holidays and holiday food. I was motivated, though, by early losses and wanted to keep the train going. When it came to the holidays, I wrote out a plan (for example — on Thanksgiving, I planned to stick to turkey breast rather than dark meat, only eat the favorites I REALLY wanted, and try to satisfy my craving with just a couple of bites, etc.) I also kept in mind that it was just that one year. I told myself by the following year, I would be at my goal weight so I could indulge but then have the mindset to bounce right back to being on track.
My biggest motivation, though, was just in seeing results. Once that scale starts going down, you want it to keep going down!
When did you start to notice progress?
Just before Christmas, about six weeks into my journey, I pulled a pair of jeans straight out of the dryer and put them on. And they fit! That was the first big, “Woah, my body really is changing!” beyond what the scale said.
Other people didn’t start noticing (or, at least saying anything) until I was 40+ pounds down. I still remember the first person — he was an acquaintance, not someone who knew I was actively trying to lose. I almost hugged him when he mentioned he could tell I lost weight!
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I tracked — and continue to track — everything in the WW app. I occasionally will also track on MyFitnessPal just to make sure calories are in check.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Writing down my goals was huge for me. In the beginning, I would write down weekly and monthly goals as well as how I was going to reward myself for reaching them and little bits of personal inspiration. I still write down monthly goals. I love having this notebook to look back on and see my progress recorded.
I’m also a big, big fan of meal planning and pre-tracking meals as much as possible. My family doesn’t always stick to the meal plan I make but we try! It saves money at the grocery store and calories from just running through a drive-thru because you can’t think of what you want for dinner. Pre-tracking, particularly for dinner, means I know how many points/ calories I have for the rest of the day to make the best choices possible for other meals.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
I really enjoy the Walk at Home program and following them on Instagram! Also, I’ve found the entire WW community on IG to be extremely helpful, inspirational, and motivational.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Just … start! Really. Just get out there and do it. Start small and build up. You really will come to love the way a good workout makes you feel. Can’t beat those endorphins!
Where can we find more about you?
I’m @brunchwithbrandi on Instagram.
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