Sammi's journey to a healthier lifestyle
Name: Sammi Moore
Weight loss: 20.3 kg
Was: 83.3 kg | Now: 63 kg
Height: 1.60 m
How long it took: 9 months
How she did it: Digital + Personal Coaching at Myer Lifestyle Centre, Carindale, Qld, with Wellness Coach Lee Everett
Then & Now
"As I lost weight, my confidence grew and I started putting myself first."
My workplace was toxic
Eating a trolley full of chips and biscuits was a normal thing for me. My place of work was really toxic and I never had time to eat a proper lunch. At the end of the day, I’d try to make myself feel better by sitting on the couch and eating junk food. I’d have a complete binge a few times a week. I was overweight, unhappy and I hated myself and everything around me. I felt like a rotten apple.
My wake-up call
On Boxing Day 2012, someone sent me a picture of me and my dog, Maddi, that had been taken the day before. I couldn’t believe how big I was and how sad I looked. I know it sounds dramatic, but that photo kept me up at night. I said to my partner Mitchell, 28, “This can’t be it – this can’t be all life is about. I don’t want to feel like this anymore.” The very next day I made an appointment to join WW.
I remember the first supermarket shop I did after I signed up. It took more than two hours! I slowly walked up and down all the aisles and calculated and read everything. When I got home I had no idea what to do with all the food I’d bought. I Googled instructions and asked friends how to cook it. The WW Starter Kit that I got when I joined was helpful. It taught me all about portions and how to weigh and measure my food – I’d been eating far too much in the past. I started to make sure I always had lots of vegies or a big side salad to fill me up.
I stopped letting people walk all over me
My life took a turn a couple of weeks after I started WW. I realised I needed to quit my job – I was coming home and crying every night. It was hard being unemployed and changing my lifestyle at the same time but it was worse when some of my friends stopped being there for me. I felt alone. I talked to my Wellness Coach Lee about it and he said it wasn’t unusual, that he’d gone through it too. I’m sorry to say this, but as the ‘fat’ girl, I’d always said yes and let people walk all over me. As I lost weight, my confidence grew and I started putting myself first. I was happier and more focused and I guess the ‘new me’ was hard for some people to deal with.
My dog also lost weight
Even though I had no one to turn to, I had my best friend, Maddi – my dog! She was a bit portly, too, and I started walking her around the neighbourhood once or twice a day. The weight just started coming off both of us. Maddi has been with me through it all – my little support dog! We also got a second dog, Otis, and he has just brightened our world. Mitchell and I take them for long bushwalks every weekend – it’s a great way to get outside and stay fit.
I'm not sad Sammi anymore
Eventually I got a new job as a nanny, which I love. The mother I worked for gave me a reference and I got a second job. Now I work for three families with a total of nine children and they all have a piece of my heart! They watched me lose weight and we talk about the old Sammi and the new Sammi. Or, as one of my kids said to me, “Sad Sammi and happy Sammi” – which broke my heart a little bit, but he was right. I’m not sad Sammi anymore.
"I’ve kept my weight off for more than three years, and I feel like that’s a really good milestone."
Even though I lost a lot of friends, I’ve made some great new ones. One of the girls I used to work with, Sheryl, heard I was losing weight and she reached out and took me to the movies one night. She’s really into fitness and eating healthy foods, so it was great to chat to her about it. Sheryl got me into obstacle challenges and we did the Beach Bash at Coolangatta – it was amazing. I was so proud of myself, and Sheryl was with me through the whole thing, supporting me and helping me to the finish line. Since losing weight, I’ve met so many supportive wonderful people, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Sammi’s tips to stay motivated
Make your ‘before’ photo your screensaver on your phone:
I see it every day as a reminder of the girl that took the steps to give me the life that I have today. I never want to go back to being her.
Make a collage:
I have a happy collage that I see when I enter my front door. It has pictures of all the children I look after, one of Mitchell proposing to me, all my close friends and, of course, my dogs. It reminds me how good life is now and how happy I am.
Carry the weight you’ve lost:
When I had lost 15kg, I filled a backpack with the weight and tried to carry it around. I couldn’t believe how heavy it was! The same is true for 500g or 1kg – remind yourself of what you’ve lost and be proud because every little bit counts.
Even if I only lost a few hundred grams, I would always stay curious and wonder what would happen the next week if I tweaked this or tried that – it kept me interested in my progress.
Confide in a mentor:
Have someone you can talk to (your Wellness Coach or friend) who has been through it before so you can talk to them about how you’re feeling. This was really important when I felt my friends were deserting me.
Your weight can fluctuate from day to day, so I’d measure myself, too, to see how I was progressing. Some days I wouldn’t lose weight, but I’d lose centimetres.