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"I'm living the life I always wanted to lead"

Seeing a photo of herself sparked Jodie to lose weight. With each kilo lost, her depression slipped away.

Jodie's weight loss story

Name: Jodie Woods
Weight loss: 17.5kg
Was: 81.4kg
Now: 63.9kg
Height: 168cm
Age: 37
How long it took: 10 months
How she did it: Group Coaching in NSW with Marie Elliott

Then & Now
Jodie Woods before and now

"The kids love the new me because I’m happier, so they don’t get into as much trouble!"

I struggled with depression and hated going out

Before joining WW I never wanted people to see me. I’d spend my days off in front of the TV, eating and drinking, just trying to feel better. Of course, it only made me feel worse. Like so many other people with depression, I didn’t share my feelings. I know now how much harder this makes things. I feel so lucky to have a loving and understanding family who support me no matter what.

A New Years photo spurred me into action

My journey started at the beginning of 2014. My husband and I were invited out on one of his colleague’s boats for New Year’s Eve. I felt so frumpy; I had nothing to wear. Eventually I found a strapless, knee-length dress and thought I looked quite nice. But when I saw a picture of myself from the night I was horrified. I was so much bigger than I thought and I felt embarrassed for my husband for having to be seen with me. So, that was it – that was the moment I decided to lose weight. I joined WW the next month, in February 2014, without a specific goal in mind. All I wanted was to see a ‘six’ on the scale at the beginning of my weight, instead of an ‘eight’. I achieved that goal in July that year and it inspired me to keep going.

"Now I’m living the kind of life I always wanted to lead, but I couldn’t make it happen – I was too depressed."

Now I run for the ball!

Of course, I used to play with our two kids before I lost the weight, but I was lazy. I’d make them run and get the ball if it went flying, but now we race for it, which is so much fun. In fact, my whole life is more active now. If I need to go to the shops I’m more inclined to walk. The kids say I walk too fast, but I distract them with conversation. My nine-year-old son Austin joins me in our at-home gym and jumps on the cross trainer when I’m on the treadmill. Dylan, 12, plays a lot of sport and is very active at school. At home he has a go at lifting weights. I recently gave him a 30-day arm challenge and he went in each day and gave it a go. Another thing we do is drag the basketball hoop out onto the street and play as a family. Sometimes we play tennis or cricket with the neighbours, too. Now I’m living the kind of life I always wanted to lead, but I couldn’t make it happen – I was too depressed. The kids love the new me because I’m happier, so they don’t get into as much trouble!

Jodie Woods

"If I’m in a bad mood, I just grab my iPod and jump on the treadmill to get my endorphins flowing, and it always makes me feel better."

Exercise helps to pick up my mood 

Having a gym at home means I have no excuses, even if it’s raining. If I’m in a bad mood, I just grab my iPod and jump on the treadmill to get my endorphins flowing, and it always makes me feel better. We have a TV set up in the gym, which keeps me distracted – sometimes I watch weight-loss shows, which are really motivating. Or, I put a movie on and that gets me through two workouts. If I take a week off , I find my depression creeps back, so I try to work out five days a week. Because I’m happier, I think my husband is happier, too. He’s always been a great support no matter how I look. But I feel so much better now and that makes me feel more confident about myself. Plus, I think he likes me better this way – who wouldn’t want a hotter wife that wears nice clothes?!

"Before WW, my ‘me time’ was eating in front of the TV. Now, it’s probably shopping for new clothes. It feels so good, because you know what? I look alright! "

Jodie Woods

Jodie's tracking tips

Keeping track of what you eat is simply about being mindful and accountable for what you put in your mouth. Before joining WW, I used to eat huge portions of the wrong things – and do so without thinking. Now, I plan and track everything. Here are my ive top tips:

1. Track daily without fail. The WW app makes it easy to add things as you move through your day.
2. Plan and track your meals in advance to take the “What shall I eat now?” out of the day.
3. If you want something – have it, just track it. Restrictive diets, shakes, pills… they don’t work.
4. Weigh your food. Guessing means you can go over your SmartPoints® budget.
5. Choose the right foods. Using your SmartPoints on the wrong types of foods will slow your weight loss.