Karen

London, Ontario

“Being on Weight Watchers' Beyond the Scale program is above and beyond! It starts with honouring the authentic me, listening to myself, and finding out what I really want in my life right now and for my future.”

Member Success: Karen

Hi everyone! My name is Karen. A little bit about myself: I’m married with two girls (ages 9 and 5) and a one-year-old husky-mix puppy, so my house is full of energy! I work as an Administrative Assistant at a university that also is full of energy from students on campus.

The reason why I joined Weight Watchers was to improve my health so that I could be fully present for my family, my friends, my work, and my passions. After returning from a trip to Mexico to celebrate my 10th anniversary, I was unhappy with how I looked in my pictures, even though I had a great time. I went to a doctor’s appointment shortly after to find out that I was the heaviest in my life, and so I knew I had to make changes. My doctor encouraged me to go and do an activity that could get my heart pumping at least once a week for heart health, and to keep track of what I was eating.

Coincidentally, a friend invited me to join a Weight Watchers meeting and I knew this was the plan for me. I joined October 2015 and I have lost 46 lbs on the program. I reached my goal in the summer of 2016 and am so happy to call myself a Lifetime Member! I never thought that this step in the right direction would allow me to gain so much balance and presence in my life, and I feel more fit now than I did in my 20s!

Member Success: KarenI love to take pictures of food that I have made while on this program and enjoy cooking during the seasons. I’m an avid believer that food presentation entices us to enjoy healthy foods, so I like to take an extra step to prepare food on a bowl or a plate that I would proudly share on Instagram.  

 

I love to eat a rainbow of food, so here's a simple summery salad that's perfect for 6 #SmartPoints value lunch or dinner:

  • 4 oz grilled shrimp (2SPV)
  • 1/2 cup diced peaches (0SPV)
  • 1/2 medium corn cob (with kernels sliced off) (2SPV)
  • 1 cup of leafy greens (0SPV)
  • 2 tsp olive oil (2SPV)
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar (0SPV)

I also prep my fridge space to hold a "home salad bar" and have different containers of diced vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, eggs, and cheeses so that I can switch up the variety of salads for lunch or add them to a soup base for variety. I keep tetra packs of organic low-sodium chicken broth that provide a base for a soup (0 SPV for a cup) so I can build easy vegetable, meat, or bean soups when our schedule of activities is tight. 

Member Success: Karen

I will forever be grateful to my sister who encouraged me to enter my first 5K run. I had never participated in team sports or anything athletic, so when I started the program, it used to take me 45 minutes to walk one kilometre. But I kept going, extending myself each time by 10 per cent, like walking past last week's end point, or brisk walking. To train for the 5K, I knew that I couldn't just run off the bat. So I downloaded a 5K training app and gave myself five months to develop with the run/walk interval training.

There was a point when I ran for five minutes straight and I almost cried in the gym. I never did that before even when I was a teenager! I started to enjoy how my body felt after running and succeeded to finish my first 5K in less than 40 minutes!

I continue to run three times a week and incorporating light weights in order to build my core strength. My exercise is so important to me that I bring my running shoes when I travel out of town so I don't have an excuse to not exercise. It is truly a habit I don't want to break.

 

Member Success: Karen

My family is my main reason why I continue my healthy habits. I want us to be able to participate in activities together all-year round. For example, instead of watching our girls learn to skate, I signed my husband and I up for skating lessons so we have an outdoor activity to do as a family.

One thing that I longed for, and finally had the opportunity to do, was taking up the cello. It's an instrument that produces a beautiful sound, but requires pure focus on the body, mind, and breath. Just like my other daily habits, I practice playing every day and it has been so joyful to take 20 minutes each day to work on something I never learned as a kid and feel accomplished. I had my first recital with my girls and it is so wonderful to hear music being played in the house.

Member Success: Karen

Being on Weight Watchers' Beyond the Scale program is above and beyond! It starts with honouring the authentic me, listening to myself, and finding out what I really want in my life right now and for my future. It was very emotional at times, especially when I think back to the times when I was afraid to fail so I never started at all.

What's great about reaching my goal is that I take credit for everything that happened in my journey. I take credit when I lost two pounds, but I also take credit when I craved that dark chocolate, tracked it, and moved on.

I felt proud when my older daughter joined her Healthy School Committee and when my younger daughter picked her favourite vegetable because she really wanted to eat it. I love that my husband is my partner in this journey and overcame his own fears by learning to skate with me. I felt astonished when I was awarded Employee of the Quarter for Wellness at my work for the promotion of healthy living.

I really look forward to continuing this active lifestyle and meeting new members on my journey because it's a great group of people, both in meetings and on Connect. I feel so much joy and I'm just getting started!