Taking Her Health Seriously

Katherine
After
Katherine
Before
 At the end of the day, take 5 minutes to reflect. The next day, try to do better. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
This accountant decided that diabetes was one family tradition she didn’t want to carry on. With the help of Weight Watchers Meetings, this powerhouse was able to take control of her life and lose over 100 pounds!

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In Katherine’s words:
Weight has always been a problem for me. In my early 20s, I struggled with depression and put on about 100 pounds—and I’d already been overweight. Then, a few years ago, I had back surgery and I gained another 30. In 2013, I saw my doctor and when my blood numbers came back, I was horrified (but I can’t say I was shocked). I was officially diagnosed as prediabetic. I was only in my 30s! I was angry, frustrated, discouraged—just sick over the whole situation. But I’m grateful for those feelings because I also felt determined to make a change.

An uphill battle
My doctor put me on medication. At the time, she mentioned some research hinting that it could aid in weight loss. Well, sometimes you hear what you want to hear, so I took that to mean it was a diet pill and didn’t have to watch what I ate. I packed on another 20 pounds. I couldn’t take it anymore. I finally joined Weight Watchers with a friend. For the first time in my life, my numbers fell. I was exhilarated and there was only one thing to do: keep moving forward.

Trying new things
My friend convinced me to try yoga. I had back surgery a few years ago, and once my doctor cleared me, she encouraged me to take a class. And now I love it! The more weight I lose, the easier the poses become. Yoga for me is helpful in every way: physically, mentally and emotionally. If I’m having a bad day, I'll check to see when the next class is. There’s no better way to de-stress—you use the energy to burn off whatever negative emotions you have, and the meditation gets you in the right frame of mind.

A chef in the making
I broke my takeout habit. I taught myself how to cook through cookbooks, magazines and watching the Food Network. I eat fish at least once a week, I bake diced potatoes when I’m craving fries, and I load up on veggies (I joined a program where I get a weekly box of fresh vegetables from a local farm). But the most important change: transparency. I’d always hide in my room to eat garbage like chips and candy. So I started telling my roommate everything I ate. Everything. If I know I’ll be embarrassed telling him about eating a certain food, I don’t eat it!

Learning to forgive
I’m a lot less hard on myself than I used to be. Every day is a new day, and some days are going to be bad. That’s okay. One of the lessons I’ve learned from my Weight Watchers Meetings is at the end of the day, take 5 minutes to reflect. The next day, try to do better. If you ate a pint of ice cream that day, forgive yourself and move on.

I’m in control
My advice to those starting their journey? Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. Not everything is going to work for you. Just keep plugging at new ideas until you find something that works. My doctor took me off the medication last September. That was one of the best moments of my life. Now I know that true transformation is within our reach. We can change our fate.
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