Gaining Confidence, Reaching Goals

Lindsey after
After
Lindsey before
Before
 I think a lot of my personal success is due to the empowerment I gained through my weight loss. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Lindsey lost weight on a prior Weight Watchers program and on the PointsPlus® program.

After Lindsey got to goal and graduated from college, she moved across the country and landed her dream job.

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Lindsey

In 2010 I went to Wisconsin to visit family and friends for the Fourth of July and ended up binging on food and drink at a party my mom hosted. I saw pictures of myself from the weekend and came home to New York feeling pretty bad about myself. The only reason I could think of for why I ate so much was that the food was good, and to me, that was not a good enough reason.

Changing focus

I saw two people at the party who had lost weight with Weight Watchers so I decided to join Weight Watchers meetings and give the Program a try. Now, for the first time in my life, my focus has been taken off of my weight and placed on my overall health. I want a longer and more enriched life, so I’m living healthier. I frequently eat more than the recommended five servings of fruits and veggies each day, and I usually enjoy going to the gym and being physically active.

Rewarding Success

When I reached my goal weight, I wanted to reward myself with something that would last. My recent move to Chicago cleared out my savings, but I want to eventually get a necklace with several different pendants that represent my Weight Watchers start date, the date I hit my goal weight, the date I hit Lifetime, my total weight loss, and the money I paid in monthly payments to attend meetings. This will continuously remind me of my weight loss and the reasons behind it.

It’s been motivating to see my clothes getting bigger and bigger on me, and to fit into clothes I never thought I’d get in to. I even inspired my boyfriend’s sister and mother, and my own mother, who has already hit her 10 percent goal, to join Weight Watchers. Now it’s great to be around family members who are not only supportive, but have a similar lifestyle.

Staying on track with meetings

I love the way the weekly meetings hold me accountable, and I think they were a major key to my success. The camaraderie and support of my Leader and fellow members is amazing, inspiring and reassuring. Sometimes it’s comforting to know that others can’t always control themselves around Girl Scout cookie season, either.

Breakthrough moments

Before I started following the Program I thought the gym needed to be very close to where I lived or worked, and considered a 15-minute walk there to be a waste of time. Now I consider it a warm-up! Physical fitness is a much larger priority in my life now, and I try to do something active each day. Before starting, I never thought I would be skinny. Right around the time I hit my goal, I believed I could do anything I set my mind to. That was the first time I had that thought in my life.

Gaining confidence to pursue goals

After graduating from NYU, I was living and working in New York City, but I longed to move back to Chicago to be closer to my family. Just a few months ago I rented a 17-foot U-Haul and drove back to Chicago with my mom, making that dream a reality. I landed my dream job and have an incredible new apartment. I think a lot of this success is due to the confidence and empowerment I experienced through my weight loss.

Lindsey’s Tips
  • It’s great to have family members and friends on the Program because you can share recipes and challenges.
  • Weight loss can help lead to feelings of confidence and empowerment.
  • Physical fitness helps keep weight off and is also intrinsically satisfying.

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