Caroline Delamare
Shift worker

"Working shifts didn’t stop me from losing 21kgs"

Caroline was always the 'bigger kid' growing up, but now she's loving life at goal weight and training for a half marathon.

Caroline's weight loss story

Name: Caroline Delamare
Weight loss: 21.2kg
Was: 93.2kg
Now: 72kg
Height: 1.71m
Age: 21
How long it took: 38 weeks
How she did it: Weight Watchers Group Coaching with Helen Boreman, Remuera, Auckland.

Then & Now
Caroline Delamare

“ As a shift worker, I knew losing weight – and keeping it off – was going to take planning. My hours change each week, so I stay organised with healthy snacks and meals. ”

I was ready for a change

I was always the bigger kid, but when I got older, I realised it was time to do something about my weight. I’d gained eight kilos, size-14 shorts were no longer fitting me and my doctor was telling me to lose weight. I was constantly tired and sick, so agreed. Weight Watchers was my first choice because it involved real-life, sustainable eating where I could cook my own food and not cut anything out. Even though my weight gain had taken me by surprise, I was ready to make a change.

I knew losing weight was going to take some planning

As a busy shift worker, I knew losing weight – and keeping it off – was going to take planning. My hours change each week, and I need to stay organised with healthy snacks and meals so I don’t fall back into unhealthy habits. To make sure I had Weight Watchers-friendly meals for work, I’d cook up a batch of vegetarian lasagne or chicken stir-fry on the weekend, then portion control it into containers or snap-lock bags. Once I cooked up vegies and made salad, I was sorted for the week. Having Weet-Bix for breakfast also kept things simple and fuss-free, and I snacked on nuts, yoghurt and fruit. If I felt like a sweet treat, I’d enjoy a fun-sized chocolate bar.

Exercise helped me break through a plateau

Committing to regular exercise was another major change. Before Weight Watchers, I didn’t do anything other than the occasional hit of tennis, so I started with regular walking and Pilates. My fitness slowly improved and I built up to joining a gym, which helped me bust through a weight-loss plateau. Now, in a good week, I exercise three or four times and love doing Pilates, Pump, circuit and spin classes.

Caroline Delamare

It’s worth it!

My fitness has improved so much that I completed a quarter marathon last year, and this October I’m doing a half marathon! These days, I feel so much happier in myself and love how energetic I’ve become. I feel as though I’ve come out of my shell. I know I’ll have to plan each week to stay healthy and focused, but it’s absolutely worth it.