"I’m a confident businesswoman, mum and wife."
Isabelle's weight loss story
Name: Isabelle Exton
Weight loss: 16.6kg
How long it took: 19 weeks
How she did it: Group Coaching with Janis Trigg in Mornington, Vic.
Then & Now
"I’m wearing things that I’d never dreamed of before."
I was constantly comparing myself to others
From the age of 16 I felt like my life was out of control and I was never happy with my body. It was around that time that I started my hairdressing apprenticeship; I was working with a lot of other women and I was constantly comparing myself to others.
I put on 20kg during pregnancy
At the age of 20, I fell pregnant with my son Xavier, who’s now four years old. My pregnancy wasn’t easy – I put on around 20kg – but I didn’t let it worry me. I thought that after my son was born I’d finally become fit and healthy so I could be a good role model. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The birth was quite traumatic; I had a fourth-degree tear and Xavier stopped breathing for a second at birth. I never thought that I could be depressed with a new baby – I brushed all the signs under the rug. My husband Aaron and my family tried to tell me, but I just got defensive. I wanted to be a supermum and thought I could do it all.
"I knew I needed to make a change so I asked my mum for help. She’s a WW Lifetime member and she swears by WW."
My doctor diagnosed me with depression
Late last year I was unhappy and unhealthy, but I had no idea where to start. When I was tired, stressed or anxious I’d turn to food for comfort. Eventually I saw my doctor and was prescribed antidepressants. I didn’t feel like they helped me and they also made me gain a lot of weight, fast. I was the biggest I’d ever been – 91.3kg. I knew I needed to make a change so I asked my mum for help. She’s a WW Lifetime member and she swears by it.
My mum was a WW Lifetime Member
As Weight Watchers was something Mum did, I initially thought that WW was only for older people, plus I was scared to admit that I needed to lose weight, let alone stand on the scales in front of other people. I met my Coach, Janis, and she guided me throughout the whole journey. There have been some tears and plenty of cheers along the way and my mum has been a huge support – we go to meetings together.
"My Coach guided me throughout the whole journey. There have been some tears and plenty of cheers along the way."
Seeing results kept me motivated
I’m always on the go – as well as being a mum, I have a social life plus Mum and I own a hairdressing business, which keeps me very busy. Sometimes it’s hard to find balance; I don’t sit down a lot. My son has always been my number one priority, but being healthy is also right up there and once I started to see results, staying motivated was easy. I also have a lot of support from my mum and sister-in-law, who help look after Xavier.
I do a one big healthy grocery shop
At the beginning of the week, I do a big grocery shop so there’s always healthy food in the fridge ready to cook. I track throughout the week but allow myself to have Saturday nights off. It’s the one night of the week where I’ll eat anything I feel like for dinner and have some chocolate, too.
I've caught the running bug
I’m proud to call myself a runner. My dad’s a marathon runner and has always encouraged me to try it. I’ll never tell anyone that running is easy – it’s not. But, boy, is it worth it! I started walking for one minute, then running for one minute and slowly built up my fitness levels. I now have the ‘running bug’ I’ve heard people talk about and I run three nights a week.
"The WW app is the best tool. I use it every day to find new recipes. The barcode scanner is really underrated – it takes the guesswork out of making choices."
I love the WW app
The WW app is the best tool. I use it every day to find new recipes; Aaron is supportive and loves WW meals. The barcode scanner is really underrated – it takes the guesswork out of making choices. Sometimes I walk through the supermarket and scan the things I used to eat to remind myself not to fall back into old habits! Some of my friends still have the same perception of WW as I first did, but once I show them the app they’re so impressed at what it can do.
I've learnt about good nutrition
I’ve always heard people say you should cut out gluten or stop eating bread. I eat bread every single day; I love it and I’ve still lost a lot of weight – it’s all about education and portion size. It’s crazy how much I’ve learnt about nutrition.
I put on 20kg during pregnancy
Now I’ve lost 16kg, I feel like a new person – I’m happy, confident and have so much more energy. I’m wearing things that I’d never dreamed of before. I’m a confident businesswoman, a mum and a wife and I’m also fit and healthy.