Weight Loss Success Story: Becky Stinemetze

Is anyone out there thinking about going back to Weight Watchers…AGAIN!?!?!?!  I think I have probably joined and re-joined six times in my life.  Well, today’s success story is a Weight Watchers member who lost a bunch of weight, quit going, gained some back and then decided to join again.  Sound familiar?!?  Well, she was successful and I am thrilled that she has decided to share her story with you.  She started at Weight Watchers weighing 180 pounds:

Weight Watcher Success Story Before Losing Weight

Photo taken in 2009-not at her very heaviest.

After losing a total of 45 pounds, she is now a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers:

Weight Watchers Success Story After Losing Weight

Taken December 2013. Goal!

Doesn’t she look amazing?  Here is her story.  I know you will get some inspiration from it!

Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, etc…

My name is Becky and this year I turn 30. Ekk! Honestly, 30 doesn’t really scare me. I feel like I am at a pretty good place in my life. I’m married to the love of my life, David, who would walk to the ends of the Earth and back for me if he had too. (I would do the same!) David and I have two adorable dogs who really are our babies. I have a good career. I am a Marketing Coordinator for a young, but hugely successful healthcare service company. I love to try new things, whether it is traveling to new places, trying exotic foods or exploring the city that I’ve lived in for 10 years. Even though I turn 30 this year, it doesn’t make me sad. As I like to say… it’s better than the alternative.

How long did it take you to get to your ideal weight? Are you there now?
There really isn’t a time in my life (other than now) that I haven’t been big. I was a dancer all through elementary, middle and high school. My instructor always put me at the end of the line of girls because I was the largest and got teased and made fun of in school. My freshman year in college I gained the freshman 15 and then some. All I ate was pizza, sandwiches and the awesome cafeteria food in the dorms. It was all downhill from there. One day about six years ago I realized I needed to do something about it. Some friends of mine joined Weight Watchers, so I decided to as well. It took me about a year to lose 30 pounds, but for one reason or another I never hit my goal weight or became a lifetime member. I was happy so I stopped going. Five years later I had gained back 10 pounds, so I decided to try Weight Watchers yet again.

Weight Watchers Success Story Before Losing Weight

Taken in 2005. Near my heaviest at 180.

 

In October of 2013 I reached my goal weight! A couple of months after that I officially became a Weight Watchers Lifetime member!!

What was your motivation to lose weight?
People ask me this all the time. It was really hard to be motivated at first, but once I started to see some real results I felt super motivated. I loved seeing my pants size go to a single digit. I loved when people commented on how good I looked or ask me what I’ve been doing. I liked shopping for new clothes.

What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
There really wasn’t one moment that sticks out in my memory as to why I wanted to start losing weight. I know I just didn’t feel healthy. Some friends joined Weight Watchers, so I decided I would as well. I credit a lot of my initial success to having that group of friends as a support group.

What kept you on track losing weight?
Tracking and planning are the two most important things I did to lose weight. Every Sunday I made a meal plan and went to the grocery store to buy things for the week. I literally tracked every single thing I put in my mouth. My very first Weight Watchers leader called it, “every BLT… every bite, lick or taste.” One thing that really helped me was pre tracking what I was going to eat. In the morning when I got to work I would track what I was going to eat for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and dessert and didn’t stray from it. It’s hard. No one ever said that it wouldn’t be, but it works! Now that doesn’t mean that I did that every day, but the majority of the time I did. I also attended Weight Watchers meetings. Knowing I had to weigh in every Saturday morning was a BIG motivator.

Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise.
For breakfast I usually eat oatmeal, a fruit smoothie or cereal with almond milk. If I’m in a big hurry I might grab a Fiber One or a Kind bar. I try to pack a morning snack too, which is more often than not a banana.

For lunch it varies. Instead of making a sandwich I will eat lunch meat and a piece of cheese with some fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Or I’ll have a can of light soup or a salad. Salads are fun because you can change up what you put on it and they are really filling.

Eight hours a day at the office is a lot, so I always have a snack or two on hand for the afternoons. They usually consist of an apple and cottage cheese with cinnamon (yummmm), string cheese and grapes or unsweetened applesauce.

For dinner I live and die by the Weight Watchers cookbooks and E-tools recipes. They’re easy to make and already have the points calculated for you.

Exercise has always been a struggle for me. I walked once a week with a friend or did DVD workouts at home. Exercise is especially important during maintenance and as a lifetime member.

What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?
I love the way I feel! I have never, and I’m talking never have weighed what I do now. I have never worn this pant size before and I even weigh less than I did in high school! What? Who me? It feels incredible to buy a size small shirt or the reason I can’t buy a piece of clothing isn’t because it’s too small, it’s because I can’t afford to buy everything that fits!

Weight Watchers Success Story after losing 45 pounds

Summer 2013. This was just a couple months before I made goal at WW.

The hardest part for me right now is really trying to get out of that mentality that I don’t need to lose more and I look great the way I am now. It’s hard to go almost your entire life trying to lose weight to being happy the way you are now. It’s a humongous mental shift that I wasn’t prepared for, but will conquer!

What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?
Plan, track, plan, track and then plan and track some more. Most importantly don’t give up! This is not easy and anyone that claims it is; is delusional. Anyone can do this. Don’t think results are going to happen overnight. There are also many ups and downs. If you gain a pound or two or five back during your weight loss journey, it isn’t the end of the world. The most important thing to do is not give up. Tomorrow is a new day. Make small goals and stick with it. Don’t commit yourself to high lofty goals that are hard to keep. Reward yourself with non-food related rewards. You. Can. Do. This.

How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I LOVE food. I love making food, going out to eat, and drinking good beer and wine. So, is it possible to be a foodie AND live a healthy lifestyle? I think so. Balance is the key. I try to remember the 80/20 rule. During the workweek (80% of the time) I eat a healthy diet and don’t over-indulge. During the weekend (20% of the time) I let loose a little bit and eat food that that I love without counting points or calories. This doesn’t mean I stuff myself silly. I still try to control my portions. Remember, if you eat slower and really enjoy your food, you tend to get full much quicker.

Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to keep you focused.
“Let it be.”

This is one of my favorite mottos of all time and is actually a song lyric. If I wasn’t so deathly afraid of needles I would get it tattooed somewhere.

I also really like the serenity prayer.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”

 

Doesn’t she look incredible?  It is so nice to hear someone who made it with Weight Watchers and is keeping it off!  Want to hear more from Becky?  You can follow here on Facebook or Twitter.

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.