A Long and Healthy Journey

 Weight Watchers created a domino effect of changes that have made my life so much better. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
Formerly in a toxic relationship, Rebecca used to turn to chocolate for comfort, gaining more than 40 pounds over a few years. Since joining Weight Watchers back in 2004 she’s gained confidence, remarried, learned healthy habits and inspired her family members to lose weight — even over the course of two pregnancies!

When I was younger my self-esteem was pretty low. I was a cheerleader, but somehow the confidence just wasn’t there. I gradually gained weight over the course of college and my unhappy marriage that followed. I joined Weight Watchers before our divorce, but really hit my stride after it.

A new beginning

Since then, I’ve married an amazing man who’s so supportive of everything I do. We have two sons ages four and two, and I used Weight Watchers to lose the baby weight both times. It’s so empowering knowing that the Plan is there whenever you need it. And I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the meetings. Every week there’s another tip or tool to help you stay on track.

I love the Weight Watchers recipes. Last Thanksgiving I made the Sauteed String Beans with Almonds. I also made my family’s traditional casserole. It was really eye-opening to see how much more I could eat of the Weight Watchers beans than the traditional casserole for the same PointsPlus value. I’ve also used the Recipe Builder to lighten up some of my other favorite recipes.

Slow and steady

I always tried to take baby steps. When you look at the total number you have to lose, it can be overwhelming. But when you break it up into manageable chunks, that’s so much more doable. I’m a cheerleader at heart, so I always try to look at the positive. If I gain one pound, I’ll say, “at least I didn’t gain two.” It’s all about not having a tiny misstep and turning it into a snowball effect.

Sisterly love

When my younger sister Jessica was trying to lose weight for another one of our sisters’ wedding, she turned to Weight Watchers, since she’d seen my success with the Plan. We live a few hours away from each other so we’re constantly texting each other our weigh-ins, new tips we’ve learned, recipes and just words to keep each other motivated. Having someone with me on this journey has been an amazing experience. We’re always there for each other through moments of joy and especially when we hit a bump in the road.

Since starting the Plan in 2010, Jessica has lost more than 80 pounds*. She’s so amazing. She’d tell you that before losing weight she couldn’t run for more than 30 seconds. This year she’s running a marathon. I’m so proud of her. She says that I inspired her to get started, but really, she keeps me inspired to stay on track.

Fitting in fitness

It was actually my husband that introduced me to my first spin class back in 2007. I immediately loved everything about it. I’m a very competitive person, so I liked being able to push myself harder and harder. At one point I was up to five or six classes a week! Now that I’m a mom, it’s a more difficult to find the time to spin, but I find other ways to be active: I take my sons to the local Y, we take walks to the park and even have family dance parties in our living room. I wish I had more time to spin, but I know I’m getting all of the activity that I can right now. This is just a season in my life and eventually I’ll be able to get back to it.

The new Rebecca

Since getting to my goal weight, I’ve found all of this confidence that I didn’t know I had inside of me. I’ve learned that I’m stronger than I ever thought I was — and I mean both mentally and physically. Joining Weight Watchers is one of the single most important things that I’ve done in my whole life. It created a domino effect of changes that have made my life so much better.

To read more of Rebecca’s story, pick up the September/October issue of Weight Watchers Magazine.