How This Busy Mom Lost 62 Pounds on Weight Watchers (WW)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
My wellness journey began nearly 6 years ago as I was graduating from nursing school. I stepped on the scale the day of graduation and was shocked to see that I was 222 pounds. I knew that I was uncomfortable and had been making poor food choices while in college, but was not at all expecting to see that number on that scale. Within the week, I signed up for WW and never looked back. At the time, I signed up for a few reasons to lose weight, to feel better and look better, and finally, to practice what I preach as a nurse. What I didn’t realize back then, is that I would gain SO much more with WW & these motivations were just the beginning of a much bigger journey.
Though I had been a member for years, I’m not sure that I became truly focused on my wellness until I had my daughter in May of 2019. As a new mom, you suddenly realize that you didn’t have a clue what a normal day would look like & every plan you had made for those first few months is suddenly out the window. I personally was in full-blown survival mode.
I struggled with some postpartum anxiety and depression those first few months and struggled to receive any type of help despite trying. It was then that I decided even though my life was now dedicated to caring for my daughter around the clock, I was ALSO a priority and my wellbeing mattered too. I rejoined WW at 5 weeks postpartum and really threw myself into the process. Once I began to gain some momentum, I began feeling better about myself, and some of the anxiety I was feeling subsided. I finally felt like I could breathe & was feeling more myself than I had in a long time.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
A few months after having my daughter, I found that getting out for walks with her and our dog to be super helpful to my journey. Not only was it great to get outside but it was a really therapeutic activity for all of us. I often found myself putting my headphones in, listening to a podcast or my favorite playlist, and getting lost in the activity. Suddenly my 1-2 mile walks had progressed to 4-5 miles, 3-4 days a week which helped catapult my journey tremendously.
Late last year my husband and I decided to buy a treadmill and never looked back! I slowly began following iFit workouts on our treadmill and began running several miles at a time for the first time in my life. I was so motivated to be able to look back at all the progress I had made over the last few months (& years!) and it had me looking forward to working out-something I hadn’t experienced yet in life.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
As a new mom, it’s no secret that you’re very short on time to do other things. Initially, meals had to be very quick & easy for me. In those early days, my meals typically looked like this-
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Breakfast: egg sandwich and/or instant oatmeal with fruit, Lunch: Turkey or chicken salad wrap with some pretzels or veggie sticks on the side, Dinners would vary week to week but meals with very little prep were SO helpful (crockpot, sheet pan, etc). By modifying the level of prep to fit my new lifestyle, I found that I was still able to fuel my body with nutritious foods while meeting my goals and not adding more stress or work to my life.
These days, I still try to shoot for quick, easy, and nutritious meals. My daughter will be 2 in May and is now eating all the things- giving me a perfect opportunity to introduce her to a wide variety of foods at an early age. I typically try to make meals that are a little more “family-friendly” now-ex. Tacos with 96/4 lean ground beef & taco shells for my daughter & husband, low carb tortillas for me, or Pork tenderloin with roasted potatoes and broccoli.
By being able to all sit down together and eat the same thing, I feel as though I am setting a good example of healthy habits for my daughter. With that being said, it doesn’t always work out and we always have Mac and cheese hanging in the pantry BUT we sure try!
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
We all have our off days or weeks. That’s completely normal. When I am having those moments, I try to think back to “my why”-my desire to be a healthier mom for my family, to continue to feel confident and proud of my hard work, to model healthy habits for my children, etc. By centering myself in this way, I find that it may be a little easier to make those healthier choices. In these moments, I also try to remind myself that consistency is what has gotten me this far!
When I am having a tough week, I also try to reflect a little bit-Am I making meals that I am excited about? Do I have a busy week coming up that I really need to focus on meal prepping for? Is my pantry stocked with healthy snack options I’ll turn to before dinner? When I’m able to pinpoint exactly where I can improve, I’m good to go!
When did you start to notice progress?
For the most part, losing weight after having my daughter was fairly gradual. With the consistent hard work I had been putting in, each week seemed to be a loss for the most part. It wasn’t until I went back to work 5 months after having my daughter that I think the results of my hard work really hit me.
Thanks to the fast pace of this new mom life I was living, I failed to realize that I managed to hit my pre-pregnancy weight right around the time I returned to work! When people began noticing my hard work, I was able to open up and share my journey, as well as tips and tricks for success with others which was really motivating!
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
Through the WW app, I was able to keep track of my journey very closely. I tracked all my meals and snacks within the app which allowed me to go back and revisit what worked (or didn’t) for me at the end of the week when I weighed in. The app was also helpful by assigning each food a point value, allowing me to see how nutrient-dense it is and how it would fit into my day. Through my many years on WW, my diet has consisted mainly of lean proteins, a whole bunch of fruits and veggies, healthy fats, and whole grains.
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Getting a workout in first thing in the morning sets me up for success the rest of the day! By knocking out the thing on my to-do list that I’m most likely to put off, the rest of the day is a piece of cake!
As a mom, this also allows me some time to pour into myself first thing before caring for my family the rest of the day.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
First off, think about the foods you love to eat. Now find a way to still work those foods into your new lifestyle! I could never commit to a plan long-term that wouldn’t allow me to have tacos or a burger night once a week! I am still able to easily enjoy my favorite foods by modifying my proteins or toppings.
Also-open up to others and let them know about the changes you’re trying to make. Not only is this great because it provides some accountability but when I did this myself, I found my friends and family trying to take my new lifestyle into account when making plans or meals.
Suddenly my mom knew all the 0 point proteins and had them in the fridge when I came home for dinner! By letting others in on what you’re trying to achieve, they better know how to support you in your journey. Plus you never know who you are going to inspire while you’re at it!
Where can we find more about you?
You can find me on Instagram @KBtracksnsnacks!
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