Today’s Sunday Success Story is a lady named Libby. She decided to join Weight Watchers when a random stranger approached her at a restaurant and slid her a card saying, “You might want to use this!” It was a trail gym membership.
That encounter was not an accident. She walked into Weight Watchers the following day in March of 2012.
6 months later, in August of 2012, she had lost a whopping 77 pounds, hit her goal weight, and reached lifetime status with Weight Watchers!
Did I mention that was only 6 months later!?!
Now, she is down a total of 87 pounds and she is rocking her size 2 skinny jeans and wearing boots (she dreamed of wearing boots for YEARS!).
So sit back, relax, and read one amazing success story! I know you are going to be inspired by her!
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Libby Dillard. I am a 44 year old stay at home mom. I have been married to my sweet husband Andy, (a Batt. Chief for a local Fire Dep.) for over 23 years. We have 3 kids-Kelsey (22), Joey (21) and Cade (12)…a surprise!
I have enjoyed being a stay at home mom all these years. I have been able to teach, substitute and do volunteer work during this time. Now that Cade is getting older, I am looking forward to working and making some money (race fees are high!)! I would love to work for Weight Watchers.
What was your motivation to lose weight?
My main motivation to lose weight was to live a better life. I knew that I wasn’t living the life that God had planned for me and it was something that I prayed about over and over. I had let myself become so heavy and unhealthy (extreme high blood pressure, edema, and shortness of breath)! I was unhappy with how I felt and looked. I had become an old woman at the age of 44!
What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
At the end of Feb 2012, my husband and I were enjoying a date lunch at a local Japanese Restaurant. We were enjoying each others company..and the food!
An older fit lady approached our table and slid a card across the table to me. She looked at me and said “You might want to use this” It was a trial gym membership. I was crushed! My husband glared at her and told me that she was just nuts, but it hurt so so bad. I wondered “Why me?” I looked aroung at the others diners and I was the heaviest woman in the room! My heart broke with shame at who I had become.
I joined Weight Watchers the next day! When I reached my goal weight, I went back to that same restaurant, not to pig out in celebration but to dare anyone to offer me a gym membership!
What program did you use to lose the weight and would you recommend it to others?
I lost my weight on the Weight Watchers Points Plus Program. I cannot say enough about how much I love this program! I joined WW knowing that I would give it my all. I never missed a meeting or a weigh in (still!) and if WW said to do it, then I did it. If my local Weight Watchers center had a special event, I went to it!
I have learned so much about portion control and making healthy choices for ME and how important it is to move my butt EVERYDAY!
What kept you on track losing weight?
I loved watching the scale go down!! I set mini goals for myself and celebrated every 5lb lost. It was so much easier to focus on losing 5lbs instead of looking at the big picture! I treated myself to clothes, pedicures, running gear and new make-up! When I lost 60lbs my husband bought me a Garmin running watch!
Eating healthy and staying active have become very important to me. I love to look for new meal ideas and new ways to be active. This summer, I rode bicycles, climbed Stone Mountain, went hiking and ran my first half marathon!
Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise
My days are so much different than they used to be! I am an early riser so I am usually up by 5am. I savour my one cup of coffee over bible study and computer time. I also love to do pilates early in the morning.
I eat breakfast with my son, usually an egg (plus an egg white) sandwich or oatmeal and fruit. I try to go for a run after breakfast.
My after-run snack might be greek yogurt and fruit or a protein smoothie with spinach.
I eat lunch around 2 and I might have chicken, egg or tuna salad, a turkey or peanut butter sandwich. I always add in a fruit and vegetables.
I snack on hummus and carrots, fruit, healthy nuts, greek yogurt, and sliced veggies. I am really loving leftover roasted squash this year! I make a great protein smoothie with leftover butternut squash.
My dinner is a family friendly meal that I try to keep healthy. Typical meals include roast chicken and vegetables, healthy nachos, or whole wheat pasta dishes. My favorite dinner is my husbands grilled turkey burgers with a side of baked sweet potato fries! I am careful with my portions, my sodium and try to keep my meals simple and clean.
What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?
The biggest change is that I am no longer ashamed of myself!! I feel pretty bad when I think of all the nights that I lay in bed, hating myself and swearing that tomorrow would be different! I would lose weight!
I don’t care what kind of day I have had eating or exercise wise, I talk nicer to myself! I can always think of one positive thing to be proud of!
What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?
My advice is to stop making excuses (everybody has excuses) and do the work for YOU!
Don’t look at the food that you can’t have or how much weight that you have to lose! Get rid of the “I deserve this brownie” idea and do something positive for yourself EVERYDAY! That is what you deserve!
If I have a day where I over indulge, I get right back on track the very next day!
How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Honestly, gaining my weight back is a huge fear for me! I stay on track by going to Weight Watchers meetings, tracking my food, exercising and watching what I eat everyday, every meal. I know that if I ever go back to my old ways then I will gain the weight back. I have learned that a night out with my daughter when she is home from college is not going to put the weight on over night! We may go out for pizza and a gourmet cupcake, and I can enjoy these guilt free because I know that I don’t eat like that everyday!
Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to stay focused.
My faith is very important to me. My struggle with my weight and then losing it has given me a deeper relationship with God that I would not trade for anything! I came upon this Bible verse when I was nervous about a 25k race. I repeated it over and over during the run!
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
All I can say about Libby is WOW! Libby, you are one amazing lady who has inspired me! If you can lose 87 pounds in six short months, I can certainly conquer these last 30 I am trying to lose!
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story! You are one amazing woman of God who has the rest of your life to live with health!
If you are interested in sharing your weight loss story, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org! I can’t wait to share more stories!