"Since losing 50kg I have found myself"

Feeling tired and lethargic in her role as a mum, Anita Jurd decided to do something about it, which meant joining Weight Watchers and losing 49kg.

Anita's weight loss story

Name: Anita Jurd
Weight loss: 49kg 
Was: 117kg
Now: 68kg
Height: 1.78m
Age: 27
How long it took: 1 year
How she did it: Group Coaching with Coaches Alison Redding and Mary Borg.

Then & Now
Anita Jurd

“ The most significant thing that I have achieved whilst losing 50kg, is that I have found myself. I know the person that stares back at me in the mirror and I like her! ”

Success with Weight Watchers

The most significant thing that I have achieved whilst losing 49kg, is that I have found myself. I know the person that stares back at me in the mirror and I like her! 

I love not getting tired on a normal day, like I used to. But nothing will compare to the knowledge that I am a good mother and a good person – a happy person. I worked my butt off mentally and physically to get here, and wish I’d done it sooner because the Program is so easy to live by.

Trigger moment

I wasn't being the mother I wanted. I was always tired and lethargic, struggling to play with my children. Now they try to keep up with me! Losing weight forced me to realise that I wasn't unhappy because I was obese; I was obese because I was unhappy. Carrying the weight was carrying a shield from facing the actual problems that I had in my life. Now, when I wake up every day, I want to get up. I'm living rather than just surviving!

Being a Weight Watchers Lifetime Member, having lost 17kg in 2003, I knew that the Program worked for me, unlike the others I’ve tried since, after my weight started fluctuating again in 2005.

I gained a monstrous 40kg in my first pregnancy and then six months after giving birth to my second son, tipped the scales at 117kg. I had honestly tried to be healthier in my second pregnancy but after his birth I was so busy caring for my family that I didn't make my own health a priority. Each day I knew that I was obese. I felt stressed, lethargic, anxious, unhappy and simply terrible about myself.

My self-esteem and confidence plummeted in all aspects of my life. And to think this was what I’d imagined would be the happiest time of my life! It was anything but. Ultimately, I didn't recognise the person staring back at me in the mirror. I needed to change for good.

Biggest regret

My biggest regret is undoubtedly becoming a professional photo dodger! I truly wish I had more photographs with my beautiful babies and also at my stepsister’s wedding. I was so scared of ‘ruining’ photographs that I didn't want to be in them. I look back now and only see joy and love. I wish I’d realised that my obesity wasn't a hindrance in that sense.

Lifestyle changes

My behaviour towards food and exercise has done a total 180! I was a couch potato that was reluctant to get off the lounge to make dinner. Now I walk with my boys in the double pram on a daily basis and make time for the gym at least two or three times a week. 

Food awareness was most important. I knew I was doing no exercise, but was under the illusion that if I wasn't devouring a block of chocolate a day, I wasn't eating poorly. In truth, the foods I was eating were fine, but my eating habits were poor. I'd eat nothing all day then consume three times my daily SmartPoints® budget in the evening.

Anita Jurd

Affect on others’ lives

I'm so very blessed to have had a fabulous support system of family and friends throughout my weight-loss journey. I became a single parent three months after I started losing weight, and it took all of my willpower to continue. I made this decision after my loving Dad pointed out to me how well I had done in those three months and urged me to continue and reach my goals. I will always be grateful to him for giving me the encouraging words when I needed them most. Oddly, my biggest support was my ex-fiancé. I was scared to invest in myself, that I may fail, and that it would all be a waste of time and money. He pushed me to make myself, and my health, a priority. I realised shortly afterwards that looking after myself was looking after my family too.