Casey's weight loss story
Name: Casey Davies
Weight loss: 33.4kg
How long it took: 1 year
How she did it: 1 on 1 Coaching at Knox City Myer Lifestyle Centre, Vic, with Coaches Jacqueline Gauci and Carol Fraresso.
Then & Now
“Losing weight really helped my confidence grow. It wasn’t just about my looks; it was about being happy on the inside.”
Not an unusual story
As a kid, I played a lot of sport and I kept pretty fit. It was when I started my first job at 15, working at a bakery, that my weight went up. I just went nuts – I had my own money and I ate whatever I wanted. I formed some really bad habits. I stopped playing basketball and I started gaining weight. By the time I was in year 12, I was 93kg.
I gained weight after pregnancy
When I started university I joined WW for the first time. I got down to 76kg and I kept it off for a few years, but eventually it crept back on. I tried again, but I wasn’t committed and couldn’t make it work. After studying nursing at uni, I worked as an anaesthetic nurse in a hospital. When I was 29 I had my first child, Sage, now 3, and my weight went up to 116kg. Once she was born, I dropped down to 97kg and stopped there. I wasn’t happy with how I looked but I accepted it. Even though I couldn’t shop and I didn’t feel good, I just figured I was a big girl. I knew fitness was important, but I just kept putting it off. I knew one day I’d be fit again, but I never wanted to take the steps to make it happen.
I put on another 20kg
With my second pregnancy I put on 20kg again and went up to 117kg. When Lola, now 1, was born, I only lost 9kg easily. No matter what I did I couldn’t get the rest of the weight off. Breastfeeding is supposed to help you lose weight, but not for me! Still, I knew I wasn’t making good food choices – there was no way I’d let Sage eat half the things I was sneakily eating. I wanted to try WW again because I knew it worked. But with two small children, getting to Group Meetings was hard. I tried WW online, but I needed the face-to-face accountability of meetings. A neighbour told me she was going to 1 on 1 Coaching at our local Lifestyle Centre and it sounded ideal for me. My mum had some weight to lose too, so we joined together.
This time when I started WW I was breastfeeding so I was allocated a lot of SmartPoints. I still lost weight, though, because I was making healthier food choices. Losing weight really helped my confidence grow. It wasn’t just about my looks; it was about being happy on the inside. My new confidence helped me leave an unhappy relationship and I moved in with Mum and Dad. Mum and I share the cooking and we try new WW cookbook recipes, but mostly I keep it pretty simple so I can eat with my girls.
Mum reached her Goal before I did and she looks fantastic (see below). She’s so much more confident, wears beautiful dresses and is so happy now. At first I lost weight really quickly. I lost 2.5kg the first week and more than 1kg a week for ages after that. In what seemed like no time, I was 25kg lighter, but a couple of months ago my weightloss started slowing down. I wasn’t breastfeeding as much anymore so I needed to adjust my SmartPoints.
Together, my mum and I have inspired so many other people to join WW – my two sisters, my brother-in-law – they’re all members now! We use a messaging app with a WW group where we send each other tips and updates, like SmartPoints or good snacks we find. It’s a bit of fun and a great support.
Now Lola is a year old I’m getting some time back for myself. I’ve just started nursing again, one day a week, and I’ve started playing basketball as well. The fitness aspect is great, but the fact I can get out of the house on my own is nice, too!
My top 3 tips
When it comes to WW, every member has their own strategies. Here’s what works for Casey.
1. I’ve learned to love hunger
Before WW I didn't know what hunger felt like – I just kept feeding myself and eating all the time. Now I love that feeling of hunger – it reminds me that I’m still on track.
2. I don’t deprive myself
If I really want a piece of chocolate or something that might not be the healthiest choice, I’ll tell myself I can have a small portion after weigh-in. I know it’s a bit sneaky, but it makes me delay the gratification and gives me some time to make better choices for the rest of the week. That’s the great thing about WW, if you want it you can have it, you just have to track it.
3. I make fitness work for me
With two small children, it’s hard to find time to exercise. I download apps with 30-day fitness challenges so I can do them at home at a time that suits me. I do a few at a time – abs, butt, arms and legs – so it ends up being a 30-minute total body workout.