When Flo switched her focus it changed everything
Flo's weight loss journey
Joining WW in 2017 when she needed to lose a bit of weight prior to surgery to replace her right hip, Flo was inspired to stick with it after the event to improve her health and wellbeing. Now, having recently turned 40, she’s confident, has learned the value of prioritising herself and says she’s never felt better.
"I am just a regular mum with two teenage boys. I want to be as fit and healthy as I can be and a great role model for them."
There’s power in accentuating the positive
“Since joining WW my attitude towards food has changed for the better. I no longer see food as a reward for exercising and I always look at and assess the nutritional value of foods now. That concept was very foreign to me before I joined WW. But the most important change I made was that I started to focus on what I ‘could’ eat rather than what I ‘shouldn’t’ eat. It turns out thinking negatively about food is what lead me to eat all the junk food I was trying to avoid, on a daily basis. Turning my relationship with food into a positive one has helped me immensely.”
‘Bad days’ aren’t deal breakers
“There’s always going to be room for improvement when it comes to eating well – and I know now that I’m always going to have my good days and my less-good days. Now, I make the effort to look back on any ‘bad days’ I have to see what triggered it, acknowledge that it happened and then move on – every day is a new day. Circumstances are different day to day so I’ve learned not to be too hard on myself.”
There’s no such thing as a quick fix
“I’ve tried every diet you can imagine. In the past, I was always looking for the quick fix. And I always found that it wasn’t sustainable – every bit of weight I lost, I put straight back on before I could even blink. That’s what prompted me to join WW this time around. I knew it was different.”
Support is the secret
“Trying to lose weight on my own just doesn’t work for me. There’s no support when you’re flying solo – and you need that support around you. Since joining WW I’ve always had it, whether it’s chatting to a Coach online, my weekly workshops or the support from other members on the WW app. It’s the constant contact that’s available that has played a vital part in my success.”
Exercise has become part of my life
“I never want to go back to the sedentary Flo who sat down all day, struggled to walk, had an excuse for everything and wasn’t motivated to move. These days, that feeling – that I don’t want to go back there – is enough motivation for me to get out of bed and do it. Plus I genuinely love being active now. It makes me feel good and clears my head. I can put things into perspective when I’m exercising and my body always thanks me for it.”
My life is so different now
“Before, I was a size 28 and always uncomfortable. I lived in stretch tights or jeans and big long tops to try and cover how big I was. I always had to ask for an extension belt on planes and I’d take up too much space whenever I was sitting down. I had no confidence, low self-esteem and I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. I didn’t care about myself – I was embarrassed to be me. Now I have a spring in my step, I’ve gained confidence and slowly but surely I’ve learned to prioritise myself and take time out by doing something for myself every day. My motto now is keep moving forward and never look back.”