Jill Lost 68 lbs
“ Now I can still eat as much as I want, as long as I’m making the right choices. ”
In December 2007, Jill was overweight. But a New Year’s resolution and a pact with her best friend gave her the jumpstart she needed to shed the pounds.
My sister was getting married in Jamaica in 2008. I knew that involved beaches and bathing suits, so that was my major motivation. My best friend also needed to lose some weight so we did some research into programs we could do together. Being two tech-savvy women, we decided to subscribe to Weight Watchers Online.
Why the web worked
We didn’t want to go to meetings since we’re both busy. The online tools were so convenient because we could track at home, at work, or anywhere.
I also really love the recipes. I’m really into cooking and baking, so finding dishes that were flavourful and healthy is fantastic. I also used the Weight Watchers Community for encouragement. Every step of the way, no matter what you’re going through, someone else has been there. Getting ideas and just reading other people's stories was truly motivating.
I grew up in the Midwest with a family that ate a lot of meat and potatoes — not to mention decadent desserts. I was brought up thinking that food was love. But Weight Watchers taught me how to make smarter decisions about what I’m putting into my body. Now I can still eat as much as I want, as long as I’m making the right choices. I’ll eat a big ol’ pile of carrots instead of a big ol’ pile of French fries.
Another hard part was changing my social life. I started saying no to happy hours and social drinking, which really made a huge difference. You don’t realize how many calories are in alcohol.
A loser's best friend
My two dogs were a big help when it came to my exercise routine. I began walking them farther and more often. I also began working out more often at the gym and incorporating weight machines and lots of sit ups. I also ride my bike a lot.
While I used to treat myself with high-calorie foods, now I find other ways to reward myself. I’ll go to a movie, get a pedicure, go shopping, or even plan a trip. My husband and I love to travel. Thinking about a tropical getaway and getting into a bikini also keeps me on track. When I have to choose between looking hot in a bikini or eating a slice of chocolate cake, I pick the bikini!
Today I can face myself in the mirror — something I used to dread. I wear two-piece swimsuits with pride. I fit into designer denim and can wear high heels without pain.
Sticking with it
Everyone has bad days, but the most important thing to remember is that it’s not a snowball. If you have a bad day, you don’t quit. It doesn’t matter if you stumble a little, you just need to get back on that horse and keep riding it.
Popcorn is a great snack no matter what you’re craving. If you want something sweet, sprinkle some sweetener on it. I also love it with taco seasoning or spray butter or something we have out west — bacon-flavoured salt!
For a quick dessert, take canned pumpkin puree and add sugar, cinnamon and sugar-free maple-flavoured syrup. It’s delicious and quick!
Exercise in the mornings to get it out of the way.
You can’t hide from the plan. If you track everything you eat, you’ll be successful. I always say “Jesus knows what you ate and so does Weight Watchers!”
Check out the international Weight Watchers websites and look at the recipes. It’s so much fun to see what people are eating in different parts of the world.