"I don't hide away from family and friends anymore”
Jacinta's weight loss story
Name: Jacinta Ellwood
Weight loss: 56kg
How long it took: Two years
How she did it: One-on-one Coaching with Mimma Pozzebon in Highpoint, Vic
Then & Now
At my heaviest I wouldn't leave the house
“I was a chubby kid,” says Jacinta Ellwood. “And then, as I got older, I just started gaining more and more weight.” Things became worse when she left school and moved in with her boyfriend and they would order takeaway every night. “At my heaviest, I hid. I wouldn’t leave the house. If I went anywhere I was so conscious of the space I was taking up on the tram. I was ashamed I’d let it get to that point.”
"If I went anywhere I was so conscious of the space I was taking up on the tram. I was ashamed I’d let it get to that point."
I developed a liver infection
At 21, Jacinta developed a liver infection. “It took a month before I was back to normal,” she says. “I as so wiped out; I needed a nap after doing the dishes. It scared me into starting to look after myself. I thought, ‘If I’m like this at 21, the future doesn’t look good.’ I knew I needed to turn my life around.” Jacinta and her boyfriend broke up, she got a new job and then her mother suggested she try Weight Watchers.
I started seeing instant results just by changing my meals
“My mum was doing one-on-one meetings so I went along and had one after her. I was petrified at the first meeting. It all seemed impossible.” But Jacinta says in the beginning, because she was so big she only needed to change a few meals to start seeing results. She started off walking just 10 minutes a day and built up gradually.
She now walks for half an hour to an hour every morning and has been inspired to finish her hairdressing qualifications. “I started when I finished school and decided it wasn’t for me. When I put on so much weight I didn’t think people would hire me. But then, when I lost weight, I decided to give it another go and now I’m loving it.” Working as a hairdresser also means she’s on her feet all day. “I don’t feel drained like I did when I was sitting in an office,” she says.
My Coach gives me the tools I need for the week ahead
“When I tried to lose weight before I would cut everything out and then just binge,” Jacinta says. “Now if I make a mistake, I start again at the next meal. I don’t throw the whole day away.” She says Weight Watchers works for her because of the accountability. “You have to go every week, weigh in and face the Coach. But they’re not mean or judgemental. They give you the tools for the week ahead.”
“It’s still hard sometimes. But when I look at how far I’ve come, it turns things around straight away.”
Jacinta has been struggling in the past six months and still has to lose 15kg to reach her Goal weight of 80kg, but as we all know, the journey is as important – if not more important – than the destination. “It’s still hard sometimes. But when I look at how far I’ve come, it turns things around straight away.” And she knows she’s definitely on the right track now.
Doing Weight Watchers with mum has boosted our relationship
Jacinta says one of the best things about WW is that it’s helped her rebuild her relationship with her mother. “We didn’t get along at all before. I avoided seeing any of my family because I was so embarrassed about my weight. Now, every Saturday, Mum and I have coffee and breakfast after our meetings. And every time I have a bad day I call her and vice versa. It’s really helped bring us closer together.”
She says life is very different to what it was like two years ago. “Everything has turned around. I’m more sociable, I don’t have to hide anymore. I jump out of bed at the start of each day!”