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3 Weddings and a…Weight Watchers Class

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 3 Weddings and a...Weight Watchers ClassBrooke Saltzer learned that dieting’s a piece of cake.

 

Name: Brooke Saltzer, 25

Residence:Washington,DC

Height: 5′

Weight: 120

Pounds lost: 64

Moment when I knew I was a success: When my Weight Watchers meeting leader made me the example. When I joined, I was in awe of a 30-pound loss. Now I’m the girl who lost almost 65 pounds. (And that’s without giving up ice cream!)

Until almost 2 years ago, I was the chubby girl with the good personality. I loved people and food. Pizza, pasta, chocolate–you name it, and I ate it (all of it) with pleasure. I wasn’t exactly thrilled at being overweight. There are only so many times a girl can hear “You have such a pretty face.”

But I had tons of girlfriends, and guys still asked me out, so it’s not as if I stayed home on Saturday nights with Ben & Jerry. Monitoring portions and exercising required too much effort. Becoming content with my size seemed simpler.

Back when I was in senior high school, I weighed 164 pounds, and on my 5-foot frame, that was a lot. That February, my parents decided to try the Atkins Diet. With senior prom coming up, I thought, Why not give it a go?

Losing weight as a family made dieting less daunting: Mom cooked; I ate. In 5 months, I lost 26 pounds. But that summer, I stayed on a farm inItalyand the backsliding began. (As if I were going to pass up homemade pasta!)

I came home and started college atGeorgeWashingtonUniversity. Many late-night pizza runs and lots of burgers and fries later, and I’d gained back the 26 pounds plus some. Shortly after I graduated from college in May 2001, I weighed in at 184.

A Picture’s Worth 64 Pounds

My weight didn’t seriously trouble me, though, until about a year and a half later, when I was flipping through pictures of my friend’s Christmas party. When I’d checked myself out in the mirror the night of the party, I thought I looked great in my pink sleeveless top, but the photos proved otherwise. I didn’t look hot; I looked heavy. A quick check of my closet revealed an endless array of not-so-cute black T-shirts. To top it all off, I was asked to be in three weddings all scheduled for the end of 2003.

That was the clincher–I was not going to be the chubby bridesmaid! One of the brides-to-be had recently lost 15 pounds with Weight Watchers, and she said I would enjoy the group. I love a gathering–in second grade my teacher said, “Brooke would do much better if she didn’t socialize so much.” The friendly atmosphere seemed like a perfect fit.

New Year, New Me

With the new year, I mustered the courage to attend my first meeting. It was a wake-up call. The counselors pointed out that I still lived like a college kid–eating ramen noodles, fast food, pizza. I knew these foods weren’t healthy, but after I graduated and started working full-time for a PR agency inWashington,DC, I fell prey to convenience: Starbucks gingerbread latte and pumpkin bread for breakfast and deli sandwiches for lunch, not to mention omnipresent chocolate cake at the office.

As a kid, family dinner was usually chicken fingers and mashed potatoes. Though my mom always tried to get my brother and me to eat salad, we weren’t exactly a nutrition-conscious bunch. We certainly never checked nutrition labels. Weight Watchers’ points-based plan simplified things: I learned that I could trade my latte and pumpkin bread (15 points) for a regular coffee with two pumps of gingerbread-flavored syrup, a cup of fat-free yogurt, 1/2 cup of high-fiber Kashi cereal, and a banana (7 points). My new breakfast is not only lower in points (fat and calories) but also more filling.

Every Tuesday night, I headed downtown to befriend other young professional women seeking to lose weight. At each meeting, we broached a new topic–like how to combat office junk food or how to pick out the low-calorie entrées at restaurants. We’d also e-mail and swap advice: Order your favorite creamy dressing on the side and then dip your fork in it before taking a bite of salad. In those first 5 months, I lost 30 pounds. I did it by writing it down. When I went out, I jotted my meal on a scrap of paper and threw it in my purse. Otherwise, a package of cookies might slip by unnoticed.

Finding a Balance

Five months later, I’d reached my goal weight of 120 pounds, and now that I’m maintaining, I keep track in my head. If I have pizza one night, I’ll balance it with wholesome meals the next day. It’s impossible to avoid all the temptations, so I don’t. When I vacationed inJamaica, I walked the beach and swam to make up for the poolside pina coladas. I’m proud to say that I only gained 2 pounds on the trip–an easy fix once I got back home.

As for the weddings, let’s just say I was not the chubby bridesmaid. By wedding season, I was a size 4. When the seamstress had first measured me, I’d been a 14. Walking down those aisles, I’m sure I turned a few heads. (It’s not like I want to be a bridesmaid forever!) And now, when people tell me I have a pretty face, I believe them.

Source: Prevention

Originally posted 2012-03-27 11:04:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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