"Weight Watchers gave me the tools and knowledge to think for myself"
David's weight loss story
Name: David Morris
Weight loss: 31.8kg
How long it took: 26 weeks
How he did it: Group Coaching with Coach Christy Guinea, Aitkenvale, Qld
Before & Now
“ These days I feel great. I’m the healthiest, fittest and most confident I’ve ever been! ”
A lifetime of medications
It took a lifelong prescription for blood pressure medication to prompt David to change his lifestyle. “My doctor explained the only way to change that was to lose weight,” says David. “I’d tried to lose weight many times before, as I always felt people were laughing about me behind my back. But I yo-yoed a lot. Then I saw a friend having success with Weight Watchers and decided to try it,” he says. “Weight Watchers gave me the tools and knowledge to think for myself.”
New eating and exercise habits
Once David started the Program, he overhauled his eating and exercise habits. “When I look back on what I used to eat and how much food I put on my plate, I’m shocked,” says David. “The biggest thing Weight Watchers taught me was that no food is off the table, but it’s just about moderation and exercise.”
10,000 steps a day
“I now walk more than 10,000 steps every day and go to the gym three times a week,” he says. “Doing that before would leave me breathless and exhausted.” As David adjusted his habits and gained more confidence, it was his Coach, Christy, who helped him make the long-lasting changes. “My meetings were so inspirational and I put that down to Christy’s enthusiasm,” says David.
Coach to the rescue
Christy really came to David’s rescue, though, when he reached Goal. “I just kept losing weight, and had to put a few kilos back on to get into my healthy weight range,” says David. “I was scared I wouldn’t be able to stop gaining when I got to the right weight again, but Christy was great. She reassured me and helped me plan meals and adapt my eating to get back to my Goal weight,” he says.
A male perspective…
David thinks he contributed something valuable to the atmosphere at meetings, too: “I think I brought a male perspective to Christy’s meetings,” he says. And Christy agrees: “David’s logical thoughts were great in the meetings,” she says. “He often provided a rational side to discussions, when – without wanting to generalise! – women can sometimes be more emotional.”
And what about David’s health issues? “These days I feel great. I’m the healthiest, fittest and most confident I’ve ever been,” he says. “And the blood pressure tablets – well, I don’t need those anymore!”
David's weight-loss tips
Do your homework:
When your Coach asks you what your plan is for the next week, work it out. It makes a difference to your week and ensures you get the most out of your meeting.
Listen to everyone:
Whether it’s your Coach or your fellow members, listen and take notes – you never know where your next hot tip will come from!
If there’s something troubling you, don’t be afraid to chat to your Coach. Ask for help – that’s what they’re there for. Your Coach won’t think any less of you.