Janie, 55

Lost 12 lb* with Weight Watchers

"I decided that I want to be the active grandma who runs races, climbs mountains, and does whatever she wants to do. I’m the person who’s in control of my image and how I perceive myself."

"At my age, 55, you feel a type of pressure from society. You’re not supposed to be pretty; you’re not supposed to get that job since there are younger people going for it, too; it’s supposed to be that winding down–type phase. I’ve reached that threshold of getting older, and I’ve asked myself, “What kind of older person do you want to be?” and I’ve really had to think about it."

"When I was younger, I was so negative about my body. It was a running joke in my family that I was born premature, and that’s why my mom kept feeding me. I was never overweight growing up, but I had a belly, and I was always self-conscious about my size. My first husband’s comments about my appearance made me feel like I was never pretty enough or skinny enough for him. I was programmed for so long to believe I was inadequate and I didn’t belong. When the WW team asked me to be part of this story, I was extremely hesitant—I almost backed out of the shoot! But I went through with it, and when I was taking off that robe and posing for the camera that day, there was a different feeling inside me."

"I realized that age is just how you feel. I felt special, I felt positive. I took control of my body and I took what it meant to be beautiful into my own hands. At that moment, I decided that I want to be the active grandma who runs races, climbs mountains, and does whatever she wants to do. I’m the person who’s in control of my image and how I perceive myself. It doesn’t matter if somebody else thinks I’m beautiful; I know I’m beautiful. Finally, I feel like I am enough."