“Thanks to WW, I no longer have type 2 diabetes”
Belinda’s weight-loss story
After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2017, Belinda was prescribed medication to help manage it and got on with life. But when her weight started to make her feel both unhealthy and unhappy, she knew she wanted to make a change. Then, when the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold, she was inspired to make it happen once and for all – and she chose WW to help her do it.
What was your ‘why’?
“Not long before I joined WW I was in a bad headspace. I was so unhappy and unhealthy. Because of my weight, I couldn’t do anything without being uncomfortable and becoming puffed out and that stopped me from doing so many things. I hated having my photo taken or going out and I had nothing to wear that made me feel nice. My health was getting worse so when COVID hit, I knew I’d be hit hard if I got it. I had high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and was morbidly obese. I knew I had to do something and I had to do it really soon.”
Why did you choose WW to help you lose weight?
“A friend had joined WW digital and she was doing so well, which inspired me to join. Once I was a member, I discovered how easy it is to make the program work for me and whatever life throws at me. The PersonalPoints program is designed just for me – it encourages me to make healthy choices by adding Points when I eat veggies, exercise and hit my water intake, but it’s also really flexible. I can work by Points budget around whatever I want to eat, even when that’s chocolate, hot chips or a takeaway.”
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You were unhappy before you joined WW – how do you feel now?
“I’m so fit now and I don’t mean just my body. It’s my mind as well. If you don’t work on that mental aspect, weight loss is so much harder to achieve. WW has taught me to be kinder to myself. I have also learnt to understand how I react to certain situations, especially really emotional ones. I used to reach for food for comfort when I was sad or angry, or even when I was really happy or excited about something, too. Thanks to the coaching sessions available on the WW app and the advice and information that other members posted on Connect, I learnt to stop, listen to my body and to find out what I’m actually feeling before reaching for anything to eat.”
And how’s your health these days?
“I’m on the smallest dose of both my blood pressure and reflux medications but the biggest thing is that I no longer have type 2 diabetes. It’ll always be on my medical file, but I haven’t taken medication for it since early 2021. Next to the fact that, since joining WW, I’ve never given up, being able to say goodbye to diabetes is the thing I’m most proud of.”
What’s clothes shopping like for you now?
“It’s so good! I still gravitate to the 18+ size section as that’s where I’d been shopping for more than 20 years. It’s such a nice feeling when I realise I don’t fit those clothes anymore and can move onto the size 10-12 clothes instead. That still gives me goosebumps.”