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The one thing that helped Selena lose 30kg

And she says it’s why she’s had such success with WW even though she’s struggled to lose weight in the past.
Published 11 February 2021

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Selena's weight loss journey

Selena was determined to turn her health around after she’d celebrated her 40th birthday and realised she wanted to get healthier. Having tried to do that several times over the years without much success, she was seriously contemplating undergoing weight-loss surgery – and then she found WW. Since losing 30kg over 2 years, she hasn’t looked back.

Selena's 'why'

“When I turned 40 in 2017, I felt old and tired – and was determined to do something about it. I’d had back surgery the year before after living with pain for years, and was experiencing debilitating migraines, too. I knew I had to improve my health so I could avoid future issues and the key was losing some weight to take the pressure off my back.”

Selena before and after

The reason WW works for me

“WW is different from other food plans, because nothing’s off limits. You can eat everything you love and lose weight at the same time. But the reason it works is because it’s about more than just the food. The support you get at WW is incredible and is what’s helped me be successful. The encouragement, understanding and motivation I receive from my WW community is the key ingredient that have made such a big difference, compared to all the other times I’ve tried to lose weight in the past.”

Why I joined WW

“I’d tried a number of diets and none of them worked, so I booked in for weight-loss surgery. But a week out from my operation, I decided I couldn’t go through with it. I joined WW instead and instantly started seeing results. And I’m happy to say that after losing weight I can count on one hand the number of migraines I’ve had.”

The Blue plan suits my lifestyle

“There are three different WW food plans and after taking an assessment you get matched with the one that suits you and your lifestyle best. I’m on the Blue plan. The variety of ZeroPoint™ foods works really well for me with where I’m at with my weight loss, because it provides me with flexibility and ability to build my meals around Zero Points options. I keep an eye on my portion sizes and allows me to still go out and enjoy restaurant meals with my friends. Nothing is off limits, I just work it into my day.”

The WW app is a game-changer

“I love being able to search for recipes that suit the ingredients I have in the fridge or based on how much time I’ve got to make a meal but for me, the best thing about it is that, being an app on your phone, you can take it with you everywhere. My favourite way to use it is to check out my choices when I’m eating out.”

“Cooking has always been one of the ways I relax, and nothing about that had to change since joining WW. I still enjoy finding new recipes and trying them out, and WW has so many delicious ones to choose from. But the thing I get the biggest kick out of is being creative and WW-ifying other recipes, including those favourites I’ve been cooking and enjoying for years. It’s really simple to do, once you know how.”

WW has been life-changing

“I am a lot more active and I choose the active option every time now. Walking as catch ups with friends, gym classes with friends. I just felt when I was larger, I felt like I lived a lot smaller. I didn’t want to speak up in meetings at work, and I didn’t want to go hiking on holidays, I just wanted to sit down. I wasn’t up for trying new things. Since losing 30kg with WW, I feel like I live a bigger life – I eat big portions of food, I do big exercises at the gym and I go on active holidays. I don’t feel like I’m hiding anymore. I’m confident and more accepting of who I am.”