Written by Lisa D., Staff
I am Lisa D. from Alabama, and I am a food-aholic! I never struggled with my weight until I got married and had two wonderful children. Through high school, I was a cheerleader and was very active, so I never thought this would be a problem, but I was wrong.
My Weight Watchers “adventure” started May 1, 2010. I was at the point of feeling so tired and unhealthy that I needed something. I was working as a school bus driver and a part time ministry assistant. Just walking up and down the aisle of the bus was extremely hard (yes, my hips touched every seat). The stairs at the church beat me every time I walked up them. I knew I was ready to start feeling better for my future.
“I am a food-aholic!”
Several times I had tried other weight loss programs. They worked until I got to the maintenance part. That is where I struggled due to nobody teaching and guiding me. I decided to give Weight Watchers a try. To begin with, I was struggling with checking the points on EVERY food, but once I saw the benefit of this, it all made sense. Tracking was easy as long as I tracked at every meal or snack. Was it easy every day? No! However, during those times of frustration looking back on my trackers was a great relief. It was then that I could see what worked and what didn’t. Attending meetings was a key factor for me. Learning from the leader and other members was motivating. The week before Thanksgiving of 2010 I met my goal weight.
My mind immediately went to thinking, “I can’t maintain this during Thanksgiving.” There was that old self again! My family spent the week together at a state park near the beach. We rode bikes, walked, ate food, rode bikes, walked, ate food, played games together, walked, rode bikes, ate food…well, you get the picture! The next week when I weighed in, I had lost two pounds. Wow! If only I had added in the activity several months prior to this. The last week of December 2010 is when I became a Lifetime member. That was a great accomplishment, and it felt wonderful!
“I had lost a total of 50 pounds.”
For the next year, I was faithful to follow the maintenance plan and weigh in every month. By March 2011, I had lost a total of 50 pounds. I could see that this lifestyle change was working. Then January of 2012 rolled around. My mind started believing I could keep on going without weighing in every month, but somebody else had different plans for me. I got a call from the Weight Watchers regional manager telling me I had been recommended to be a leader. What? Not me, was what I thought. I talked to her and trained to be a receptionist.
One month later I found myself sitting in leader training. In March of 2012, my sister-in-law and another sweet lady from Chipley, Florida approached me about leading a class there. That is where I grew up, and I knew several people who would be interested. After about four weeks, we had found a place to meet and held our informational meeting. Our first regular weekly meeting was held on April 10, 2012. Through this class, I have learned so much more about Weight Watchers and how it can help so many different people. During the last four years, my family has been through tough times where I know without this class as my accountability I would have put the weight back on. Life happens, but being a leader and Weight Watchers Lifetime member has helped me overcome!
“I have lost and kept off 50 pounds for EIGHT years!”
The new WW Freestyle™ program with more zero-Point food options is absolutely the best I have experienced. I am still maintaining my weight through this lifestyle change. I now feel so much better physically and look forward to being able to play with my grandchild come January! Thanks to Weight Watchers I have lost and kept off 50 pounds for EIGHT years!
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