"I lost weight for my wedding"
Natasha's weight loss story
Name: Natasha Guarino
Weight loss: 18.4kg
How long it took: 36 weeks
How she did it: Group Coaching in Beaudesert, Qld with Coach Tanya Teese
Then & Now
“ The moment I walked down the aisle and heard the gasps – that was amazing! ”
The moment I walked down the aisle and heard the gasps – that was amazing! Many people hadn’t seen me in the nine months of my weight-loss journey, so the way I looked was quite a surprise and it felt fantastic. I looked straight at Jess at the end of the aisle and his eyes were glistening – I have that picture as the wallpaper on my phone.
On my wedding day I ended up being smaller than the size 12 I set as my goal, so the lacing at the back of the dress had to be pulled as tight as it could go. I couldn’t believe I was actually getting married as a size 10 – I never thought it was possible.
When we got engaged I was a size 16 and nothing looked good on me. I was dressing much older than my age and wearing whatever was big enough for me, not what I liked. I wasn’t happy with the way I looked and I didn’t want to attract any attention. I tried to lose weight by exercising but it obviously wasn’t working. I was complaining to my old school friend, Tanya, that I’d been exercising every day for six weeks and had only lost 400g. She said, ‘Did you know I’m a Weight Watchers Coach?’ and that was it!
As soon as I got home that day I went to the Weight Watchers website and got the biggest shock. I knew I was carrying too much weight but when I calculated my BMI it was in the obese range. I said, ‘I’m not obese!’ and calculated it again. Same result. So I joined on the spot and started going to meetings the next day.
Pretty soon I realised my portion sizes and the love of red wine Jess and I share were my main problems. I had no idea how badly I was eating. So when I started tracking, and stopped drinking wine every night, the exercise I was doing started to have an effect.
Now I wear what I want – and bring on the spandex, I say! My weight loss has opened so many doors for me, and I’m doing so much I never imagined I would, or could. Not only did I take up Zumba, I became an instructor and I’ve been training for a half marathon, too. As my husband says, ‘The girl I asked to marry me said, ‘I don’t run and I don’t wear short skirts.’ And I’m very glad that she now does both!’ – and I am too!
Natasha’s weight loss tips
Listen up brides to be: Give yourself at least 12 months to reach your Goal. Don’t leave it until six months before the wedding because that’s when the stress is at its highest.
Set a goal: Decide what you’ll be happy with on your wedding day. I was really happy to be a size 12, but I ended up being a 10 – that was a bonus!
Believe that it works: Trust that the SmartPoints Plan works and don’t deprive yourself. If there’s something you love, work it into your Plan. If I’d lost after my weekly weigh-in, I’d have a glass of wine.