“My wife and I lost weight together.”
Andrew's weight loss story
Name: Andrew Winfield
Weight loss: 18.8 kg
Was: 94.5 kg
Now: 75.7 kg
Height: 1.73 m
How long it took: 8 months
How he did it: Group Coaching at Sutherland, NSW, with Coach Jenelle Plackett.
Then & Now
“When I ran 10km, I said, ‘This is going to feel good’, and it did!”
For a long time I felt unhappy about my weight
I tried to lose on my own with no success. My wife was struggling, too, and one day a family member asked her what had happened to “that skinny girl I met all those years ago”. He wasn’t trying to be rude, but it hurt and hit home for both of us. My wife decided to join Weight Watchers and I said, “I’ll come too.”
We started with small changes
We cut back on processed food and started eating fresh, whole foods. We also started walking regularly. My wife and I go for a one-hour walk every morning before work, mapping our courses on an iPad. Initially we stuck to flat roads, but we gradually incorporated hills and increased our speed. I liked the fact I could earn FitPoints through exercise, but I soon found that by eating well I actually didn’t need to use them.
We aimed to run 5km
We signed up for Couch to 5k (a program designed to get anyone from the couch to running 5km in 9 weeks). I heard about it at our Weight Watchers meeting. Achieving that goal was a big moment for me. I love running now, and recently ran 10km.
In a few months my wife and I are hoping to complete the ANZAC Day Challenge, a trail walking course that covers 100km in 24 hours. I think you need goals to work towards. Sometimes I don’t feel like exercising, but having my wife encourage me, and vice versa, has been a big part of my weight-loss success. When I ran 10km, I said, “This is going to feel really good”, and it did! The feeling of personal achievement was unreal.
Andrew’s advice to moving more:
Track your activity
I used apps such as MapMyWalk and MapMyRun. Tracking is so important – I’d look at my stats and try to cover more kilometres the following week.
Don’t try to do too much at once, or you may injure yourself. If you’re not used to walking, build up slowly and gradually increase the amount of exercise you do each week.
Make exercise a habit
Exercising once in a blue moon doesn’t count. Making it a regular habit counts. Before long, it becomes as natural as brushing your teeth.
Have a fitness buddy
If my wife or I are going for a walk, we join each other. Having someone to exercise with is important.