Losing with a Hectic Schedule

Heather after
Heather before
 Weight Watchers has truly become more than just a diet change. It’s become my way of life. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
Heather lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program

As a 29-year-old mother of two, Heather was the heaviest she’d ever been. During college she’d packed on 30 pounds and then continued to add 20 to 30 pounds each year after graduation. After the birth of her second child, the scale read 227 pounds. She worked as a nurse on the night shift and blamed her hectic schedule for her progressive weight gain, never really owning that it wasn’t her schedule that was the culprit.

My ah-ha moment
Every woman feels huge during pregnancy, but I really was. It was at a routine OBGYN appointment that I had the moment that changed my life. It was normal at each visit to stop by the scale on the way back to the examination room. The nurse would then check my blood pressure and heart rate before the doctor came in.

One day the nurse stopped by the desk to pick up the extra large blood pressure cuff. Being a nurse myself, I knew the implication for this action: she thought my arm was too big for the regular cuff. I was completely mortified. I remember feeling so embarrassed and was hoping that no one noticed. It was then I realized that I couldn’t hide my weight any longer. So, I subscribed to Weight Watchers Online and began following the POINTS® Weight Loss System.

Overcoming challenges
Being overweight kept me from participating in activities with my family and friends. I avoided anything that involved wearing a swimsuit and completely dreaded activities like going to amusement parks. I feared that I would be too big for the safety belts. My weight not only caused me emotional anguish, but also physical difficulties. I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs without having shortness of breath. I couldn’t make it through a shift at work without an ankle brace to deal with my ankle pain. I knew my weight was putting me at an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Since losing my weight my ankles no longer bother me. I know that with the help of Weight Watchers I’ve significantly reduced my risk for health problems.

Incorporating exercise
I also started exercising. When I started I wasn’t doing any type of structured exercise, so I incorporated more activity into my daily life. I’ll take stairs instead of the elevator. I stopped cicling the parking lot to find a close spot. Now I go for walks with my kids and do some cardio and weight training videos at home. When people think about losing weight they think you have to be exercising 5 days a week. I didn’t do that. On the Plan, if I exercise more I can eat more, so that really keeps me motivated.

Today I feel better than I have in years. Weight Watchers has truly become more than just a diet change. It’s become my way of life.

Heather’s Tips
  • Get involved in your cooking. I used to have a fixation on the hand-to-mouth motion of eating. But now I get joy out of preparing my food and making it healthy for my family.
  • I made my homepage on my computer WeightWatchers.com, which helps me stay on track throughout the day.
  • Using the Weight Tracker really helped when I hit plateaus because I could go back and see all the progress I’d made.
  • Measure your food before cooking. I used to make so much food that I’d go back for seconds and have leftovers. But if you measure, you won’t be tempted to overeat.