Judith's weight loss story
Name: Judith Disc
Weight loss: 20.2kg
How long it took: 12 months
How she did it: Group Coaching in Melville, WA, with Coach Susan Hill
Then & Now
"I used to cut the tags off my size 18 clothes because I was embarrassed, but now I happily hang my size 12s inside out."
My weight was always up and down like a roller-coaster. Yet it was after a back injury 20 years ago that the scales really went up. I couldn’t exercise anymore and I just kept on eating. I started wearing size 18 clothes, which destroyed my self-esteem. My marriage became rocky and once the kids left home I decided I couldn’t stay unhappy, so in 2007 I left my husband of 36 years.
"People would say, “You don’t eat much”, but they didn’t see me at home alone – I was a closet eater. If there was anything savoury in the house I’d eat it."
Without a family to run around after, I busied myself with work and socialising. People would say, “You don’t eat much”, but they didn’t see me at home alone – I was a closet eater. If there was anything savoury in the house I’d eat it.
Four years after leaving my marriage, I met Doug online. After chatting on the phone we realised we had so much in common – we’d both emigrated from the UK to Australia in 1965, we’d both come out of long-term marriages and we both wanted to travel the world. When we agreed to meet in person, I discovered he had a great sense of humour and an incredible vitality – he was very fit and walked for more than an hour each day. After almost four decades of marriage, I never thought I’d marry again but that changed as soon as I met Doug. We tied the knot in 2013!
High blood pressure conerns
I lost weight for our wedding but regained it after we were married. This was also when my doctor became concerned about my blood pressure. I hated that I couldn’t run around the park with my grandsons or fit on the swings or slides with them, and when I saw a photograph of myself at Christmas in 2014, I couldn’t believe how big I was.
"I hated that I couldn’t run around the park with my grandsons or fit on the swings or slides with them."
Reaching Lifetime Member
I’d done WW before and I knew the Program worked, but each time I reached Goal I stopped paying attention and gradually put the weight back on. This time my own goal was to become a Lifetime Member so I could keep up with my grandkids and walk around all the countries Doug and I planned to visit. Plus, we had just moved to a new area too, so it was an opportunity for a fresh start and to meet new people.
I knew that because I was older it might be harder to lose weight than it was before, but I was committed and I had a supportive environment at home. I’ve also met the most fabulous people through WW – we’ve become really close friends because we know what each other has been through.
An active lifestyle
These days I go with Doug on his daily morning walks, which sets me up for a healthy day. Even if I feel a bit down, when we pass people who say, “Good morning” it puts me in a good mood.
Nowadays I make sure I always have protein-rich snacks on hand, such as hard-boiled eggs, to fill me up and stop me making unhealthy choices. I drink two litres of water each day and have cut back on sweet stuff. Now when I feel like something sweet, I have a couple of frozen dates – they’re really satisfying and taste just like toffee.
Traveling the world
I was only 5kg from Goal when we travelled to the UK to celebrate 50 years since Doug and I came (separately) to Australia. I stuck to the Program, walked every day and maintained my weight for the holiday. I think it helped that I took a tight pair of jeans and made myself wear them every few days! I also kept a piece of string in my purse that measured my waistline so I could quickly check I hadn’t gained any of the 22cm I’d lost.
"I kept a piece of string in my purse that measured my waistline so I could quickly check I hadn’t gained any of the 22cm I’d lost."
Doug and I have booked a cruise for May and when we came out of the travel agent recently, he noticed a boutique nearby. He suggested we go in and have a look and when I found some nice clothes, he encouraged me to buy them to replace all the outfits that don’t fit me anymore – it was wonderful!
From size 18 to 12
I used to cut the tags off my size 18 clothes because I was embarrassed, but now I happily hang my size 12s inside out. I look younger and I feel more attractive – I’ve lost more than just weight, I’ve lost years!
Become a change agent
Whatever changes you want to make, Judith is proof that it’s never too late to start your dream life.
1. Make the call
When you wake up in the morning, you can choose to be happy or sad. If you choose to be happy you have to make it happen.
2. Back yourself
I’d rather be on my own than in an unhappy relationship. Doug is a lovely bonus.
3. Make mistakes
I don’t beat myself up if I go backwards on the Program, which happens sometimes. I just start again the next day.
4. Look for silver linings
I wouldn’t be who I am now if I hadn’t gone through the trials and tribulations that I have. It’s made me a stronger, more loving person.
5. Be grateful
I pinch myself thinking how lucky I am to have Doug. I have a wonderful husband and family, the opportunity to travel and a new wardrobe of clothes. What more could a girl want?