How This Mom Lost 90 Pounds With Weight Watchers (WW)
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I have been doing Weight Watchers now for 2 and a half years! I first started my weight loss journey when I realized it was difficult to live everyday life. I couldn’t play with my kids without getting out of breath, I couldn’t look at myself without feeling so down and depressed. I knew being “skinny” wouldn’t be what would make me happy again, but going on a journey to change my eating habits and daily routines would put me in a mindset to feel better about myself. When I first started weight watchers, it surprised me how many calories and how much fat I was consuming a day, it really opened my eyes to what kind of nutrients I was feeding my body.
The pounds came off so easily at first, simply because I hadn’t been doing anything at all before this point. After a while losing the weight slowed down and I felt a little discouraged, and looked for motivation wherever I could find it. Something I learned along this path was this: motivation is fleeting and inconsistent. There will be many days on your journey that you don’t feel like staying consistent. What pulls you through are your healthy habits. You have to rely on your daily habits of healthy eating and finding a balance to push you through.
I became pregnant during my fitness journey, which was also when quarantine began. Mentally, it was incredibly difficult to continue to keep going when everything was shutting down and all I wanted to do was sleep! In times like these, it’s important to be in tune with your body and listen to what your body needs. I would nap when I needed, I would enjoy yummy treats when I was craving them, and I was still able to be active and continue my healthy habits.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
When I began, working out was difficult for me. I slowly added walking in the neighborhood, or simply taking the stairs any time I could. After I lost 40 pounds, I joined the gym Orange Theory Fitness. It honestly was the best choice I could have made. I work out twice a week for an hour. They provide direct instructions for your workout, consisting of the treadmill (where you can be a power walker or a runner/jogger), rowing machine, and calisthenics. They have power days, strength days, ESP days, and more.
I know joining a gym isn’t for everybody, and not always doable. Any time that I couldn’t be in the gym I would jog in the neighborhood pushing the stroller with my baby and looking up YouTube videos of yoga or strength exercises.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
My diet followed with weight watchers, which comes down to portion control. Something I love about this program is that there are no foods off-limits, no “bad foods,” and you learn to retrain your mind and relationship with food.
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With weight watchers, you are given a daily allowance of points, and every food has a certain number of points. They have Green, Blue, and Purple plans, I followed their Blue Plan. This gives you over 200+ zero-point foods. So all fruit, veggies (except for potatoes and avocados), lean meats like fish, chicken, and turkey are zero points. A day for me has 38 points to use on whatever food I would like. If I want to go to a fast-food restaurant, I can do that. I can decide to use my points on a juicy burger, and then eat a zero-point chicken chili for dinner that day. There are so many options with this program and it reframes your mindset on how to have a balanced life.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
Motivation is fleeting. It’s tough. I don’t know a single person who can genuinely say “I wake up motivated to workout and eat super clean all day!” If they do, I feel like they aren’t truly being honest with themselves. I’ve slipped up more times than I can count, but the main thing to remember is your weight loss isn’t an all-or-nothing thing.
Did you make a mistake? Welcome to being human! Eat the damn donut and move on with your day. Did you binge today? That’s ok, you are a normal human. You are still worthy and you don’t need to earn your food. Tomorrow is a new day, and you can start fresh.
When did you start to notice progress?
I first noticed I was losing weight because of how my clothes were fitting. I had weekly weigh-ins so I could see the number on the scale moving, but when my clothes weren’t as tight, and I didn’t have to unbutton my jeans at the end of the day – that was an awesome feeling.
There were times when the scale wouldn’t budge. Like where I am currently- I have only lost 6 pounds in 4 months. But I took side by side comparison pictures of this time and it’s incredible how different I look. I have to constantly remind myself that the scale isn’t the end all be all for my journey.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
Thankfully weight watchers have everything I need in their app! I track my food, it keeps track of my exercise, it even gives hindered meal ideas and so much more!
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
I found that a walk after dinner curbed my hunger super well!
If you have a craving, have a small portion and move on with your day! Also, make sure you drink a bunch of water. A lot of times I think I’m craving something I realize my body was just needing more water!
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
I felt like it was going to take forever to lose the weight I needed and I kinda felt like “oh well what’s the point?” Understand that this time will pass whether you lose the weight or not. You can either be closer to your goal a year from now, or you can be exactly where you are right now a year from now.
This is not an all-or-nothing process. Mistakes happen, motivation will come and go, and weeks/months will pass by where you’re just not really feeling it. Every morning, hell, even every meal is a chance to make one right choice. Start fresh right now. And drink your water!
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