"My teen years of illness and obesity are behind me"
Megan's weight loss story
Name: Megan Graham
Weight loss: 19.1kg
How long it took: 9 months
How she did it: Group Coaching at Winston Hills, NSW with Coach Mary Borg.
Then & Now
“When I was 16 I had a benign tumour and I found it really tough because I wasn’t able to exercise. As a result of the illness I had other health problems, too, including chronic fatigue.”
My life before
When I was 16 I had an ovarian teratoma – a benign tumour. I was sick for about 18 months and I found it really tough. I wasn’t able to exercise, which was hard because I always played sport as a kid. As a result of the illness I had other health problems, too, including chronic fatigue. I had no energy.
When I was 20 we went on a family holiday to Norfolk Island and it wasn’t until I saw the photos that I realised how big I was. I was definitely in denial. After that I started to eat healthily and exercise again. I lost weight, but then I lost motivation and the weight crept back on. I realised I needed something that was going to keep me on track and accountable, and that’s where Weight Watchers came in.
During the journey
The support from my Weight Watchers Group Coaching kept me so motivated. I wouldn’t have been as motivated if I just did the Program online. I needed to go every week – the weigh-ins were weekly goals in addition to my end Goal. The best thing about the Program is that you can still enjoy the things you love – and for me that’s dessert! The Weight Watchers chocolate puddings were really good because I never felt I was missing out.
The last few kilos were the hardest to lose, but I was also the most motivated at that time because my Goal weight was so close. I reminded myself that it was OK to have a bad day, but tracking was key. I was honest with myself and kept remembering what I’d learnt along the way about making better food choices and exercising.
After reaching goal
Now I’m at Goal, I’m not self-conscious anymore. I go out with friends and don’t feel like I’m the biggest in the group, and I do things with them that I wouldn’t do before, like go to the beach and wear a bikini.
Another big thing for me is exercise – it’s not a chore anymore. I go to the gym five times a week and I’m doing things I used to do as a kid, too, like water skiing. Plus, I’m a primary school teacher, so I can keep up with my six year olds – they have lots of energy!
My biggest fan and motivator was my sister, Emily. I wanted to keep going for her. Even if I had a bad week or stayed the same weight, she’d say, “It’s not about what’s on the scales – you’re so much healthier.” She always kept my mind on the bigger picture.
On Megan's menu
Breakfast: Wholemeal English muffin with 1 tbs jam, 1 piece of fruit and 1 cup black tea
Morning tea: 1 piece of fruit and a Weight Watchers bar
Lunch: Green salad with 100g ham and 30g feta
Afternoon snack: Vegies with 2 tbs tzatziki
Dinner: Poached chicken breast with gravy, steamed broccoli and carrot, 2 small chat potatoes
Dessert: Nestlé Soleil® Chocolate Mousse