Today’s Success Story is another Weight Watchers member who comes from my amazing leader, Jacynta.
Jane is a full time working mother of three girls who never used to put herself first. The stress of her job combined with putting everyone else first, put her at her highest weight ever with a full blown food addiction! Here she is weighing 206 pounds (5’1″ tall).
After joining Weight Watchers and persevering, she now looks amazing and has lost an incredible 82 pounds and doesn’t feel invisible any longer!
Check her out and enjoy her story. I can relate to so many things she has to say!
Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, etc…
I have 3 daughters and have always worked full time. I’ve always put them and their needs first, which meant that I came in last. Up until the last year or so, I had a very stressful job that required long hours, travel and had lots of pressure and deadlines. My way of dealing with all that stress was to comfort myself with food. My husband was always very supportive and stepped up to the plate when I was busy and couldn’t be around, but I always felt guilty if I missed something. Even when I was around, I frequently felt like I had one foot out the door – I felt so much pressure to be constantly checking in with work – emails, voicemails, etc. Again, I comforted myself and dealt with my guilt by eating. I was medicating myself with food. I also became a secret eater. Occasionally I would work from home, and when my daughters were younger, I would often drop them off at school and then head to the grocery store where I would buy ice cream, cookies and doughnuts to binge on all day while no one was at home and no one would ever know. I was slowly killing myself.
I feel like an addict who’s constantly fighting that craving – but the main difference is that if you’re an alcoholic or a drug addict, you can get those things completely out of your life. But you still have to eat, and that is a constant battle.
How long did it take you to get to your ideal weight? Are you there now?
A year and about 9 months – and yes, I’m at goal! I weigh less now than I did when I got married at 22.
What was your motivation to lose weight?
I just felt so bad all the time – no energy, I was starting to have trouble with my joints, as well as a host of other symptoms/issues that are common to obese people, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, pre-diabetic, etc. Plus, a few things that people probably don’t associate with obesity…
About 6 years ago, I was diagnosed with fibroid uterine tumors, and when I researched it online, I read that those are associated with obesity. It was a little heartbreaking to realize that! I ended up having to have surgery because of being overweight.
Let’s not forget about feeling like I looked horrible – I felt like I was invisible. When I went out in public, it seemed that people just wouldn’t look me in the eye.
What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
Buying clothes was a nightmare I can’t even describe. I lived in fashion “no man’s land” where I needed petite plus sizes, which almost nobody makes. What I could find in my size was usually so ugly, it made me feel even more unattractive and depressed.
I was miserable with the way I looked and felt, but I felt trapped. Just getting through my daily life had become so hard. I had been on WW before and lost weight, and I knew the Plan would work if I followed it. Desperate to change my life, I decided to give it one more chance.
I started Weight Watchers in January 2011 – promising myself I was joining for the last time, because this time I would reach Lifetime. At first it was overwhelming to think about how much weight I had to lose, and I knew that it was going to take time. Although it took a while for people around me to notice my weight loss, I felt better right away! Better than I had in a long time. I felt more in control and I knew I was eating healthier food.
What kept you on track losing weight?
I didn’t try to set unrealistic goals for myself or set a time line – I just knew that this was something I was in for the long haul, and that it was going to take as long as it would take.
My leader, Jacynta, is a great motivator.
Going to her meetings is something I look forward to every week – it’s like part comedy show, part firing up, and empathy. The people in my group are great too – everyone is so supportive and they’ve been so wonderful about cheering me on with each and every milestone. Part of my motivation has been to not disappoint them!
Also, my family has been so supportive – each one of them has been a terrific cheerleader for me, and having them tell me how proud they are of me gives me a feeling I can’t describe.
Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise.
I’ve gotten into the habit of bringing both breakfast and lunch with me to work – that really helps, because I’m not tempted to be led astray by the food court or eating out. I also bring plenty of healthy snacks – I don’t let myself get too hungry. I usually bring fruit and cereal or yogurt for breakfast, and a sandwich or cottage cheese for lunch, plus plenty of fruit and veggies to round it out. I always joke that my lunch looks like a lumberjack’s lunch, because it’s so much food, but it’s very Points friendly. I like to work out after work – and try to do a variety of things, between cardio kickboxing and bodyworks classes, as well as some cardio or lifting weights on my own. I’m toying with the idea of trying Zumba, but I’m still a little afraid I’ll look like a fool!
What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?
I’ve always heard people say that once they lost weight that they had so much more energy, and I always thought that was such a crock. But I can honestly say, it’s so true. And it makes sense when you think about it – I’m no longer carrying the equivalent of 16 5-pound bags of flour around with me every single minute of every day. No wonder I feel like doing more!
Also, shopping for clothes is FUN for the first time in my life! I can walk into pretty much any store anywhere and find something to fit me. I had to replace my entire wardrobe, and that experience was so exhilarating. Standing in front of the mirror in the store and realizing, that yes, I was actually a size 6 was a feeling no brownie or cookie ever gave me.
How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I think tracking is key – if you’re not aware of what or how much you’re eating, I think it would be too easy for the weight to creep back on. Staying active is also critical.
What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?
Never, ever give up. However long it takes you to reach your goal is but the blink of an eye in terms of your whole life. Be patient, but be persistent. You’re worth it! Give yourself this gift – and don’t sit on the sidelines of your own life.
Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to keep you focused.
One of my favorites – Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels!
WOW! Such an amazing story. As Jacynta would say, “We are pretty stinkin’ proud of your accomplishment!”
I love your advice to others…NEVER-GIVE-UP! It is a blink of an eye! I for one needed to hear that today!
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story! You have done it and you are continuing to do it EVERY-DAY! Keep up the great work!
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