Suzi lost weight on a prior Weight Watchers program and on the PointsPlus® program.
“ This program teaches you that you don’t need to give up the things you love. I like that people consider me a beer connoisseur! ”
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
In 2008, Suzi, a self-proclaimed beer lover, weighed more than 250 pounds and was wearing a size 22. She wasn’t happy with the person she’d become by making constant unhealthy choices. But she started attending Weight Watchers meetings and following the Plan and now she’s on track, at goal and is a Weight Watchers Leader, herself!
I joined Weight Watchers because I felt like I had to make a change. I think my breaking point was actually one day when I was in my car driving through a fast food restaurant. I just remember thinking I wasn’t happy with my weight mentally or physically. I’d tried Weight Watchers once before, so I knew it worked, but as I like to say, that time I took the steps, not the journey. So I really committed to the Plan and the rest is history.
The biggest changes I made were in my physical activity. I became a runner which is something I never thought I’d say in a million years. I ran a half marathon last year and I’m running the full marathon this year. I also began to think more about what I was putting in my body.
Keeping beer in the picture
I like that people consider me a beer connoisseur! One of the great things about this Program is it teaches you that you don’t need to give up the things you love. And I love beer. For me, going home after a long day of work and having a couple beers is relaxing. It’s the equivalent of a bubble bath, you could say! And I’m not afraid or ashamed to admit that I’m a woman who loves beer. But I did switch to some lighter beers. And I track them, just like I track everything else. And of course the running allows me to have a few extra on the weekends.
The meetings are so important to me because of the support and encouragement. Going there every week and just knowing that everyone in that room is behind you 100% is really comforting. To be able to give and get advice on how to stay on Plan is really the best thing ever. Going back every week also make you more accountable. I know that really helped keep me focused.
The right tools
Weight Watchers eTools are just phenomenal. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t sign online to use them. Whether it’s looking up a recipe, or checking the message boards, it was a great resource to use between meetings. Sometimes, when I had a moment when I thought I was going to slip up, I was able to get back on track by going online and finding inspiration from others. Plus, putting everything into the PointsPlus Tracker made it seem official. Typing in a food and pushing that “save” button really helped lock it in when it comes to tracking. I felt more accountable.
The biggest changes
Being nearly 100 pounds lighter has changed my life in so many ways. Obviously, it’s made a huge difference in my physical appearance and the way I carry myself. But I think mentally I feel like a whole new person. I love myself now and I feel like I never loved myself before, and I think that’s what got me to where I was almost 100 pounds ago. My relationships are also better (and my boyfriend was a huge source of support throughout the journey!). I want more from my life now than I did before and I want to keep working and growing as a person.
Becoming a Leader
I decided to become a Weight Watchers leader with the encouragement from my own Leader and my meeting members. For months they told me, “You need to be a leader!” So once I hit goal and lifetime, it was one of the very first things I did. Being able to motivate other people and have them make the same healthy choices for themselves that I made, is the best feeling in the world. I’m so glad that I get the opportunity to encourage people to make a healthier decisions and change their lives for the better.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint
Trying to lose nearly 100 pounds can definitely take time. It’s not something you can or should do overnight, you want the weight to come off the safe and healthy way. And I think for me, what helped (so it didn’t feel like, “oh my god I have 100 pounds to lose!”) was I broke it down into smaller goals. I knew I had a substantial amount of weight to lose, but I broke it down into smaller increments: the 5% then 10%.
Switching to PointsPlus
The PointsPlus transition wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Of course the increase in beer values was a little difficult at first. But I love that fruits and vegetables are all zero PointsPlus values. And the one thing that it really helped me to do was think more about what I’m putting in my body. All of those 100 calorie snack packs, all the breads, I never really looked at that before. I never thought that one calorie was different from another. Now I’m thinking less about, “How many PointsPlus values is this?” and more about the total nutrition for my body. And I think the PointsPlus program really helped me to do that.
The best part
Being 100 pounds lighter has definitely opened up my wardrobe options. It’s funny how when I got into a store now, where I used to see jeans on sale that were a size 4, 6 or 8, I’d say, where’s the 18 or 22? Now I go in and it’s the 16s and the 22s and I can’t find the 6 that I need!
The day I went in and tried on a size medium shirt and it was big, I bawled my eyes out in the dressing room. I just couldn’t believe it. Fitting into a size small shirt is just incredible. That’s where you really see your progress. It’s not always the number on the scale. It’s in how you feel in your clothes. Today I get dressed up more often. I dress up for work and I dress up to go out. I actually care about my appearance now, whereas before, I didn’t really care that much.