Members

Where are our members now?

WW cover stars over the years share the highlights from their weight-loss journeys and their top tips for maintaining their weight.

Member Kelly Rogerson
WW Cover August 2011

Kelly Rogerson

Kelly lost 56kg with WW.

 

I never could have dreamed of learning to water ski when I weighed 145kg, but WW has allowed me to become more active and try new things. I’m now very involved in life. With WW, there’s no food I can’t have if I’ve decided it’s worth it. Food is still the centre of our family life and how we come together. I love to entertain, and now the food that we have on our table is full of colour. WW has taught me to make positive choices in all aspects of life and enabled me to be a positive role-model for my daughters.

 

Kelly’s top tips:

  • Be kind to yourself and others
  • Be courageous and try new things
  • Keep going; it’s a journey not a destination

 

1. How long have you been maintaining your weight?


I hit my goal weight in 2010, I've been working at it since, it’s been challenging, but I focus on being healthy and putting good food in my body.

 

2. How has your approach to food changed while on the WW program?


I still love food, I love to cook and entertain but now I add lots of colour and ensure there's a salad or steamed vegetables to go with a balanced meal. I minimise fatty or packaged foods and find it easier to put a healthy meal together. I take my lunch to work, which has saved me lots of money but also ensures I can grab a healthy meal.

 

3. What keeps you inspired and motivated to maintain?


My family are my love and my life. Staying healthy and well for my girls, and being active with my husband and the kids, brings me such joy. Before I lost weight I was an observer in life, now I'm amongst it, enjoying every minute. When I got a scary diagnosis recently, I knew I was able to hit it head-on, since I was healthy in my mind and my body.

 

4. What are your top tips for success maintenance?


Be kind to yourself, but most of all, be honest with yourself. If you don't want to feel unhealthy, be accountable and make an active choice to live well. If you go off track, try and limit it and start afresh. Sometimes it can take some time to get back on track, don't give up as nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.

 

5. What's the best thing that WW has taught you?


I focus now on being healthy. It’s less about the number on the scales, and more about my wellbeing. My mind and body need to both feel well to stay active and live a well-rounded life. I love that I can eat anything, it’s just a choice whether it’s worth it or not.

Member Tina Hayes
WW Cover April 2015

Tina Hayes

Tina lost 30kg with WW.

 

As the 2014 Australian Slimmer of the Year and winner of the Healthy Life Awards, I took part in several WW photoshoots. It was so much fun and I felt like a celebrity being pampered and done up. I’d lost close to 30kg, but in doing so I found myself... and I really like me! I’m more confident in who I am and I'm not just existing anymore; my days are full of purpose. I’ve been maintaining a healthy weight for five years now and I feel younger and healthier than ever.

 

Tina’s top tips:

  • Look at the day ahead and track your meals
  • Find an activity you enjoy
  • Make time to take care of yourself


1. How long have you been maintaining your weight?


I’ve been maintaining for 5 years. I’ve fluctuated a little but stayed healthy and fit.

 

2. How has your approach to food changed while on the WW program?


I’m a lot more mindful. I stop and think before I eat now, rather than just eating food because it’s there. I also think about the kinds of food I eat - I try to make sure to eat a variety of different foods each day.

I’ve also let go of a lot of food guilt. I used to binge and then feel terrible after! Now I enjoy treats in moderation.

I know that every day is a new day and every healthier choice I make with my eating adds up!

 

3. What keeps you inspired and motivated to maintain?


How good it feels! I like how much energy I have, how well my clothes fit and how confident I feel in my skin. I also want to be a good example to my 5 kids - I want to show them how to maintain a balanced lifestyle and to learn healthy habits from the start.

 

4. What are your top tips for success maintenance?


First of all, step back from the scales! They are one tool to measure your progress, but they only tell part of the story.

Let yourself learn to eat and live like a happy, healthy person, not like someone who’s losing weight. This one has taken a long time for me! Normal people enjoy nights out without tracking! They relax every now and then, then they get back on track. You don’t need to act like you’re losing weight forever.

Even so, stay mindful! Getting to goal is really only the training ground for the rest of your life. Maintaining is when you get to apply everything you’ve learned. It’s important not to just give up on your healthy habits, just because you’ve reached your goal.

 

5. What's the best thing that WW has taught you?


WW has taught me to value myself again. I know now my wellness is worth investing some time into! My journey was had been much more than weight loss. I have found myself again and learned to take care of every part of me. I am truly happy now.

 

> Read Tina's full story

Member and Coach Leah Niewman

WW Cover September 2015

Leah Niewman

Leah lost 17kg with WW.

 

I was part of the WW makeover special, so I had a hair makeover and was flown to Sydney to have it dyed pink! It was very surreal to see myself on the cover of a magazine, but it certainly gave me a great sense of pride and achievement. I’ve been given so many opportunities through WW, which I wouldn’t have dreamed of before. I’ve been involved in photo shoots and TV commercials (filmed in Barcelona) and have met some amazing people—and I’ve had the confidence to do it all.

 

Leah’s top tips:
  • Drink water
  • Find your tribe
  • Track your food

 

1. How long have you been maintaining your weight?


I have been maintaining since March 2015, slightly over 4 years.

 

2. How has your approach to food changed while on the WW program?


I think my approach has changed in a way, where I am enjoying more clean and whole foods, and really eating very little processed foods. I used to reach for muesli bars and sugar filled cereal (though still delicious in my eyes!). I am now opting for more for fruit, vegetables, and eggs.

 

3. What keeps you inspired and motivated to maintain?


My WW Workshop members! Knowing I have to show up and inspire them each week keeps me on my toes. I want them to know how to live the program and lead by example.

I also want to be the best Mum I can be (and be around to annoy them forever!) and I think having my two little ones look up to me, really helps keep me motivated.

 

4. What are your top tips for success maintenance?


Keep attending your WW Workshop! Your monthly weigh in and having the support of other members vital to keeping the weight off.

Also, try to get out of the frame of mind that when you reach your goal, you’re “done”. We are never done, this is why we need to make it a lifestyle change.

 

5. What's the best thing that WW has taught you?


Patience. It’s never as quick as we want, so don’t rush it. Enjoy the journey, because it’s a life-long one!

 

> Read Leah's full story

Member Jade Zuccala

WW cover Janurary 2016

Jade Zuccala

Jade lost 34kg with WW.

 

My WW Coach put my name forward for the magazine, as she knew it was a dream of mine to be featured. I was working at Woolworths (as well as WW) at the time and my team members were so proud of me; they would tell anyone that bought it that I worked there. I even had a customer come through my checkout and ask me to sign it. The best thing about WW for me is that I get to live my best life without feeling like I'm missing out. Nothing is off limits.

 

Jade’s top tips:

  • Make small, consistent changes
  • Never deprive yourself of the foods you love
  • Every meal is an opportunity to make a better choice

 

1. How long have you been maintaining your weight?


It's actually my 5 year goalaversary this year!

 

2. How has your approach to food changed while on the WW program?


I no longer look at food as 'good' or 'bad'. Food is a choice. Some days pizza or burgers are absolutely worth it by balancing your SmartPoints Budget or using some Weeklies for it. But I no longer have that ‘all-or-nothing’ mindset with food. I own my choice and move on with my next meal.

 

3. What keeps you inspired and motivated to maintain?


There are two reasons for me. Firstly, it’s how I feel within myself through what I've achieved, and the energy and confidence I have now, over how I used to feel (e.g. tired, sluggish and unhappy). Secondly, it’s the WW community! From the friends that I've made through WW, to the members I get to see every week in my own WW Workshop. Trying new activities and foods keeps it fresh for me.

 

4. What are your top tips for success maintenance?


Keep tracking! I just find this keeps me accountable and honest. Also, keeping a journal helps – if you are having a tough day you are able to look back and see if a pattern is emerging, and then work on strategies to change it. Shift your mindset from weight loss to maintenance. Understanding that my weight would fluctuate and not be going down took time to adjust to, but knowing it was a process really helped.

 

5. What's the best thing that WW has taught you?


That I am absolutely worth every single effort I put in to better myself and live my best life possible. I am able to live my life knowing that no food is off limits to me and my goals, and that's an incredible feeling!

 

> Read Jade's full story

Member Anna Van Dyken

WW cover March 2017

Anna Van Dyken

Anna lost 70kg with WW.

 

Members on Connect know me as the author of Feed Me Healthy. When I first joined WW, I cooked meals from cookbooks, but then I started creating my own recipes and posting them on social media. Fast-forward six years and I now have 89,000 followers, including 24,000 on Connect, plus my own website. Sharing the recipes I used to reach my goal weight is my way of giving back to the community that supported me along the way. What I like most about WW is that it’s liveable; no foods are classified as good or bad. I’m in my third year of maintenance, so I’m living proof that the program works.

 

Anna’s top tips:

  • Make the journey work for you
  • Eat a well-balanced variety of foods
  • Spend time just for you

 

1. How long have you been maintaining your weight?


I’ve been at goal weight for 2.5 years.

 

2. How has your approach to food changed while on the WW program?


My approach to food is completely different to what it used to be. I still enjoy everything, but in moderation. There are no good or bad foods – just balance. I actually enjoy filling my body with mostly wholefoods, but still enjoy treats occasionally. Portion control was my problem when it came to food, so I’m more mindful of that, and I don’t need a lot to satisfy me like I used to.

 

3. What keeps you inspired and motivated to maintain?


My habits have changed, as has my mindset, so I think that’s what keeps me on the maintenance path. I still track everything to keep my portions in check, I still like to eat a variety of dishes to keep me inspired. I like the way I feel, I like how strong I’ve become in mindset and I like shopping for smaller size clothes.

 

4. What are your top tips for success maintenance?


I don’t take any day for granted. Being at goal doesn’t mean everything stops. Life beyond goal still means working at maintaining a healthy attitude and lifestyle. Tracking has become a good habit, keeping it real and not being complacent. Going to monthly WW Workshops, still learning from Coaches about new topics with more education always keeps it fresh. Being around like-minded people, and still getting support helps me maintain a strong mindset and keeping my WHY close to my heart. I also drink plenty of water, I still get in activity each day and I also get enough sleep. Again, I created a healthy lifestyle through consistency.

 

5. What's the best thing that WW has taught you?


WW has taught me many things, primarily that you really can live a healthy lifestyle with consistency and patience. WW gave me the tools to teach me how to enjoy a balanced life around activity and food, and not miss out on it. The best thing I’ve learned is how to have control over my choices.

 

> Read Anna's full story

Member Sarah Van Dyke

WW cover August 2017

Sarah Van Dyke

Sarah lost 15kg with WW.

 

I never thought that writing a few WW-friendly recipes would lead me to have a huge social media following plus my recipes published in WW cookbooks, magazines and on the app. If these recipes can help one person to eat well and stay on track, then I’m so happy. I’m more confident now and know that I am setting a great example for my daughter. I know that this is something I can do for life and feel great.

 

Sarah’s top tips:

  • Learn to love yourself
  • If exercise feels like a chore, change it up
  • Don't give up any foods that you can’t give up forever

 

> Read Sarah's full story

Member Brooke Roberts
WW cover July 2018

Brooke RobertsBrooke lost 27kg with WW.

 

Appearing on the cover of WW was such a surreal experience. I remember receiving the call inviting me to take part in a photoshoot and I didn't think it was real. When I first saw the magazine, I screamed and cried: I was so proud of myself and so grateful for the experience. In the past when I had attempted to lose weight, I had always eliminated certain foods, which ultimately never worked long-term. WW has taught me that you can enjoy everything in moderation and it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet.

 

Brooke’s top tips:

  • Love and appreciate your body
  • Find an activity you enjoy
  • Never eliminate foods you love

 

> Read Brooke's full story

Member and Coach Michelle Goff
WW Cover May 2019

Michelle GoffMichelle lost 18kg with WW.

 

The issue I was in centred on Mother's Day, so I attended the shoot with my Mum and two handsome sons. It was a very special moment to share not only as a mother but as a daughter as well. WW has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. I am more active, make healthier choices and am more confident than ever. It has led me to a new career, as I became a WW Coach a little over two years ago. It has also made me into the best version of me I can be.

 

Michelle’s top tips:

  • Persistence will get you there, consistency will keep you there
  • Surround yourself with people that share your wellness goals
  • Keep your journey fun—it will keep you motivated

 

1. How long have you been maintaining your weight?


I have been maintaining my weight since I reached goal in 2017 and I have lost a few more kilos since then.

 

2. How has your approach to food changed while on the WW program?


I find fun in trying new foods. My method of cooking has morphed into a much healthier way and I’m not scared to try new or unique foods.

 

3. What keeps you inspired and motivated to maintain?


Being a WW Coach certainly helps. The members I am privileged to coach are very inspiring and keep me excited about my own wellness journey.

 

4. What are your top tips for success maintenance?


Nothing is off limits... allow yourself to live your life with no restrictions on food. It means you never feel deprived or that your weight management is a hard task. Also, keep your “why” relevant. To keep the weight off, you need to stay in touch with WHY it’s important to you.

 

5. What's the best thing that WW has taught you?


WW has taught me that there’s no better feeling than working on yourself. I’m continually striving to better myself and to be the best version of me I can be. 

 

> Read Michelle's full story