Mother, Wife, Teacher, Success Story

Amy after
After
Amy before
Before
 I used to say I didn’t have time to exercise. I probably said that right before lying down for my nap. Now I know I'd been making excuses. If you truly want to change, you will find the time. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
Amy lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program

This busy mom discovered that there is time in the day for the things you want to do if you only make it! Learning how to maximize her time and live a healthy lifestyle has changed not only Amy’s life, but also the lives of her children forever.

I began my weight loss, like so many others, on New Year’s Day. I had long been uncomfortable not only in my clothing, but also in my own skin. I had little energy and less confidence. Naps were a staple in my day, and as I faced the decision either to go up a size in clothing or finally start going down, I made the choice to subscribe to Weight Watchers Online and started following the POINTS® Weight-Loss System.

Getting ready
To be honest, I had been gearing myself up to subscribe to Weight Watchers Online for some time. I was contemplating the change but unwilling to commit. During the food-laden weeks in December I had my final hurrah. I ate with abandon knowing that a huge change was in store. When I was finally ready, I chose Weight Watchers Online because it offered me flexibility, recipes, guidance and inspiration. My impetus for starting was to create and maintain a healthier lifestyle for both me and my family.

Everything that I thought I knew about weight loss was basically wrong. I had a bunch of disconnected ideas and fragmented knowledge that had left me struggling for the past few years. In my first, fledgling weeks on the plan I thought I would lose extra weight if I ate less than my daily allotted POINTS® Target. Not only was I hungry, but success was also hard to find. Out of frustration, I did some research on Weight Watchers Online where I was able to find abundant information about metabolism and caloric intake. There I learned it is important to eat in order to lose weight. Who knew?

Getting help
With some initial success in the weight-loss arena, I decided I needed professional help to learn about exercise. I joined a local sports club and signed up for four sessions with a personal trainer. In those sessions I learned about proper weight training and cardiovascular fitness. Over time, to my surprise and the surprise of others, I’ve become what you might call a fitness junkie. Funny how I used to say I didn’t have time to exercise. I probably said that right before lying down for my nap. Now I know I'd been making excuses. If you truly want to change, you will find the time.

I am proud to be teaching my children about food, nutrition and exercise. This has been a wonderful and informative journey. My children are learning from my examples: We enjoy being active and preparing healthy food together. Hopefully they will never have to deal with the physical or emotional pain that I experienced being overweight and unhealthy.

Amy’s tips
  • You need to eat to lose weight. It may sound counter-intuitive, but when you deny your body nutrition by not eating, your metabolism slows down, making it harder to lose weight
  • Don't set a time frame for your weight loss. It can be a recipe for disaster. If you set a goal date and you are off track on achieving it, you are more likely to give up
  • Lose weight and get healthy for yourself. Trying to lose weight for someone else or for an event means you aren't ready to make a lifestyle change. Weight Watchers isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle. This is one instance in life when it is okay to be completely selfish. Everyone who loves you will reap the benefits of this commitment to your health
  • Be realistic about your goals. Rapid weight loss is not healthy and in most cases, not sustainable
  • Follow the plan. Weight Watchers works if you follow the POINTS Food System

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