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How Weight Watchers Saved my Life

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NAME : Lauren
BEFORE WEIGHT : 264
AFTER WEIGHT : 155
POUNDS LOST : 109

WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?

I’ve battled my weight my entire life, starting back when I was a teenager. When I hit college the weight slowly came on month after month with all the junk food, late nights, inactivity and more junk food. Several years and 2 kids later I found myself at 264 pounds.

HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I stayed away from any event where I thought there would be pictures taken. I was so ashamed of my weight and myself I didn’t want anyone to document how big I was. I hated all pictures of myself, but didn’t think I could ever lose weight because of the high amount I would have to lose.

WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
Being winded after coming up the stairs with my kids was a big realization moment for me. Other parents at my kids school whispering and judging. I never wanted to be a source of teasing my kids would have to endure. Having been the “overweight” one when I was in school, I remember how brutal kids can be.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I joined Weight Watchers 3 years ago and slowly started “relearning” how to eat. I documented everything I put into my mouth and tracked points for all of it. I learned through trial and error that I couldn’t sneak food anymore, because it AFFECTED the scale (duh). But for the first time, I was weighing regularly.

HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I didn’t really see changes for several months into my weight loss journey. My weight loss has been slow and steady and there were weeks that I failed, gained weight but I always came back around and got back on the wagon.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I hated exercising when I was 100lbs heavier. I’m so lucky that I never developed any significant health risks from being morbidly obese for so long and I don’t plan on ever abusing my body like that again.

DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I “gave up” multiple times throughout the last 3 years. When you have a bad week or bad month it’s much easier to give up then it is to keep going. But after my temper tantrum I always came back around and started tracking again. Because I knew my only battle was with the scale and I was the only one fighting to win.

DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Yes! My journey took me 3 years to lose the weight and there were any weeks or even months that my weight loss stalled or the scale didn’t reflect what I felt I deserved. But at the end of the day, it’s MY life and only me who is going to take care of this body. So I had to keep going and not give up.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
About 3 years total, 60 of those pounds lost this year.

DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
New clothes are ALWAYS the best NSV’S!

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
When I was bigger I was for sure an Emotional eater and boredom eater. I ate ALL junk food, fast food, multiple servings at a time and dessert every day.

HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I used to hate working out and never ever got any exercise. It was to hard and I didn’t have any motivation because I had Soooo much to lose. About halfway through my weight loss journey I introduced running to my body. Mostly because my weight loss through just diet had kind of stalled. I started with Couch to 5k and slowly started running farther and farther.
Now I try to hit between 5k-10k steps per day. This past summer I RAN several 5ks in my town and I genuinely enjoy the high running gives me.

MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS

  1. Water! Always drink your water! I drink 75-100oz per day and I notice when I don’t get it in.
  2. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! This has been one of my mantras through this journey. I bring ALL of my snacks to work so I don’t need to buy food out of any vending machine or drive thru. I avoid “potlucks” and work parties where I know there will be trigger foods. People give me a hard time, but hey, I lost over 100 lbs. I didn’t do it for anyone but me.
  3. Be honest with yourself. If you fall off the wagon, get back on the following day. Don’t punish yourself for a week because you messed up for a day.

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 | How Weight Watchers Saved my Life

9 Comments

  1. Stefanie Kay

    January 14, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Amazing congrats!!!!

  2. Karen Enslin Dukerich

    January 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    You look fantastic!

  3. Theresa Padovano

    January 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm

  4. Theresa Padovano

    January 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Congratulations

  5. Jessi Ramirez

    January 13, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Mandi Bailey

  6. Joseph Gillen

    January 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm

  7. Yvette Dubuc

    January 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Wow wonderful job.

  8. Jeanne Belisle

    January 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    wo wow wow bravo iii wisshhh super

  9. Wanda Fennell

    January 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    It’s a new year and a new you ! Keep on keeping on !

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