How I Lost 67 Pounds In 9 Months With Weight Watchers (WW)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I have always had an issue with my weight no matter how active I was and I know now it was mainly because of my diet. I played volleyball from 5th grade throughout college and that kept me slightly in shape. After I graduated, my fiance and I bought a house and that’s when it got out of control. He was working 1 ½ hour away and overnight shifts, while I was working a full-time job and trying to start up my own home bakery business (more than full time). We both put on over 50 pounds in the first 3 years living in our new house. We were constantly eating out, drinking way too much alcohol, and not taking any care of ourselves. I was to the point where my mental health was at such a low and I was terrified of developing diabetes or another disease because of my health.
After so many nights of crying to each other about needing to make a change, we decided on April 28, 2020, that we were going to do it this time. I found out that WW had a plan where you just used the app and didn’t have to go in for weigh-ins or meetings. We figured we had no excuse because it was a free trial and we had tried everything else (or so it seemed). We signed up that morning, filled everything out, and began tracking points! We both went into it with positive mindsets and really made an effort to not restrict anything this time! I remember that I made such an effort to talk positively about myself and no longer feel bad about myself for being overweight. Taking the blame off of myself made it possible this as opposed to my other attempts!
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
For the first month, I did not work out once and I lost about 10 pounds. I decided I wanted to start incorporating more physical activity because I started to be more comfortable in my body! I made an impulse decision to buy rollerblades because I loved rollerblading when I was younger and I was trying to find something other than running or biking. This was one of the best decisions I have made on my journey because rollerblading became the best part of my days! My friend and I would go for about 45 minutes to an hour 3-4 times a week around our neighborhood. It was so much fun, didn’t feel like a workout at all, burned tons of calories, and was so beneficial to my mental health.
With the weather getting cold now, I haven’t been able to rollerblade for months. Instead, I have started going to the gym and lifting weights. Weight lifting was always so much fun for me when I played volleyball, and I knew if I could get back into it, I would enjoy it again! I now lift weights 3-4 nights a week for about an hour and it has been so great for me! It feels good to set fitness goals again and start feeling strong in my body!
The most important thing when it comes to incorporating fitness in your weight loss journey is to do something you enjoy! When I would force myself to go run outside, I would dread it the whole day before and then the entire time I did it. Finding a fun activity that burns calories made it so much easier for me to get it done every day!
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I began the WW program and that became how I would track my food. I have tried to track calories many times in the past and always failed. I found with the WW point system, it was so much easier for me to consistently track my food. My diet has stayed pretty similar throughout this journey and consists of a lot of “zero point foods.” On the plan I follow, that means chicken and lean meats, eggs, nonfat greek yogurt, fruits, and veggies! This definitely has kept me fuller longer and helped to adjust my portion sizes.
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WW really opened my eyes to the fact that I was eating 2-3 times the amount of food that I needed at a time. For breakfast, I would usually have a banana and a fiber one soft-baked bar. Then, I would make a protein coffee (quest protein shake, 2 shots espresso, 1 scoop collagen) as well and this would keep me full all morning! My go-to lunch is grilled chicken wraps (I love the Xtreme wellness wraps) with hummus, laughing cow & peppers, with a side of fruit, and some sort of popcorn or chip. I had a lot of fun mixing it up with dinners and found making large meals made us a lot of leftovers and having leftovers has helped a lot when we aren’t feeling like cooking! Some of my go-to dinners have been chili, chicken stir fry, turkey burgers, chickpea pasta, and two-ingredient dough!
The supplements I take are collagen in my coffee, powdered greens in the morning to help with bloating and digestion, and protein after workouts!
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
One of the best things that I did to stay motivated was taking so many progress pictures throughout my journey! There have been many times where I get down because of what the scale says and that is where the progress pictures come in! I compare where I am to where I started and it gets me so motivated and keeps me on track!
I wouldn’t say that I slipped up because I did not restrict anything from myself so if I were to eat a huge unhealthy meal, I would track it as my weekly points and move on without getting down on myself. Of course, there were times I got in my head about this but I was constantly working on my mental state and not being too hard on myself, and that helped so much.
I rewarded myself throughout my journey, not for hitting milestones, but for staying consistent (tracking every day)! After 1 month of tracking every day, I got myself a foot massager I really wanted. After 3 months of tracking every day, I rewarded myself with a tattoo I had wanted! This really motivated me to stay consistent and not focus too much on the results because they ended up coming with the process.
When did you start to notice progress?
Within one week, I already felt so much better. My stomach didn’t hurt all the time, I had more energy and I already felt like I could breathe easier. I would say I did not notice the physical progress on my body until about a month in! It was definitely more gradual and in the beginning, I would even have a hard time seeing progress in my pictures but others could see it.
It was about 2 months in when I really started to notice my stomach getting smaller and saw the progress much more in the pictures.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I used the WW app to track my food as points! With the app, you can scan pretty much anything, the points pop up and I would track my serving. This definitely simplified things for me! When I would track food, I would weigh out the portion size using my kitchen scale. This helped me to really learn proper serving sizes!
Sometimes I would track rollerblading but other than that I don’t usually track workouts!
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
It is so important to season your food well to keep things interesting and avoid burnout of certain foods! Also, taking progress pictures and making sustainable changes to your lifestyle. I actually found success this time versus the past because I wasn’t forcing myself to make unrealistic changes as I had previously!
Also, as I mentioned before, rewarding consistency is HUGE!
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
I found so much motivation and so many ideas from watching Youtube videos. Some of the most motivating channels for me have been Mari Llewellyn, Felicia Keathley, Amanda Lewis, Whitney Simmons, and Cristina Capron!
It has also inspired me to start up my own YouTube channel to share my fitness journey.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
Just do it! The hardest part is truly getting started and finding a way to make these new changes sustainable in your lifestyle. Don’t be hard on yourself, especially when you are trying out new things! This journey is all trial and error and you will see results when you put the work and time in! I never thought I would be able to do this and that is just proof anything is possible!
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