Success Stories

Losing for Her 60th Birthday

“It’s never too late to get started. I feel younger and healthier than at any other time in my life.”

 

Judi Lost 65 lbs

“ It’s never too late to get started. I feel younger and healthier than at any other time in my life. ”

At age 57, and weighing in at more than 187 pounds, Judi felt a thin life had passed her by. But then she joined Weight Watchers meetings and began following the plan. It was the kick start she needed to get to her goal weight.

My mother had just celebrated her 80th birthday. I wasn’t in any of the pictures from the party. I turned to friend and said “I’m so glad I was the photographer.” And that was my a-ha moment. My family was celebrating a milestone and I had taken myself out of the picture literally and figuratively. Before Weight Watchers I didn’t want to go anywhere, I didn’t want to do anything. I wanted to be the person on the outside that I felt like on the inside, but I didn’t know how to get there. Once I had that direction the rest of it was easy.

First steps

I thought losing weight was too big a job and I was too old to start. I thought, “As long as I am happy and healthy…” But who was I kidding? I was embarrassed about my appearance and avoided social situations. I was also taking medications to keep high cholesterol and blood pressure under control.

I started Weight Watchers as a birthday present to myself. I walked into a meeting and my Leader asked, “What do you really, really want? What made you walk in this door? What are you willing to do to get there?” I thought, “I don’t have the faintest idea.” The easy answer is, “I want to lose weight.” And I left that meeting with homework and I thought about it during the week. That’s when I realized I needed a lifestyle change.

The meeting room

At each weekly meeting I learned new tools and strategies to keep me focused on my goal. We do everything else in life with a plan and now Weight Watchers had given me a plan to deal with my weight.

Once my meeting group tried eating “from the rainbow.” So every week we’d pick a different color and try something new in that color. There were fruits and vegetables I’d never tasted before. When I had white I tried jicama, radishes and cauliflower. I just assumed I wasn’t going to like them, but I tried them. And now I have a whole array of foods that I enjoy that keep me on plan. So I don’t feel deprived. Now I have more vegetables on my plate than I’ve ever had before. And I never walk away from a meal hungry.

I also use Weight Watchers eTools regularly and find recipes on the site. And I take a notebook to every meeting and take notes. Every week we get new recipes, strategies and techniques. It’s become my Bible. I take it home and read it and always get new ideas.

Making changes

The first thing I realized was that I’m not on a diet. There are no forbidden foods so I didn’t have to eat myself silly on Sunday because starting Monday I couldn’t have it again. Everything’s allowed if I track it and work it into my week. I learned to change the way I eat in terms of portion size, how fast I ate and how often. And I learned to eat foods that satisfy me and fill me up but work in a weight loss program.

I eat three meals a day and have light snacks and the foods I choose to keep in the house are foods that fill me up. I take smaller bites, I cut my food smaller, I put my fork down between bites so I appreciate what I’m eating. I’ve experimented and I’m trying new foods.

The benefits

Before, I had pains in my feet and knees that impeded my ability to walk comfortably.

Once I had direction, I knew what I would do to get back to enjoying life again.
It’s never too late to get started. I have made my body my job and my number one priority. I now plan my meals and schedule my exercise. I attend meetings every week and I look and feel better. I’ve also eliminated my medications for high cholesterol and blood pressure.

I feel younger and healthier than at any other time in my life. I love to go out. I love to go shopping. I love to see people. I just became a grandmother. I can get on the floor and play and then get up again with no problems. That’s what it’s all about. At my 60th birthday party I was 64 pounds lighter — and I was in every picture! 

Judi’s Tips

Set small goals. You have to think of your journey as a road trip. You don’t just get in the car and start the ignition. You have a plan, a route, things you have in your car with you. If you get a flat tire, you don’t just call it a day. You get it fixed. You also don’t puncture the other three tires. If there’s a detour, you take it and keep going. You have to have a plan. 

Remember plateaus happen to everyone — even when you’ve been “good,” you may not always see results on the scale. When that happened to me I just kept with it and I was rewarded on the scale the following week.

Make yourself your job. Keep workout “appointments” like you would any other meeting.