“Now my kids struggle to keep up with me.”

Busy mum and business owner Meg lost 16 kg over one year.

Meg's weight loss story

Name: Meg Baxter
Weight loss: 16.1kg
Was: 80 kg
Now: 63.9 kg
Height: 168cm
Age: 37
How long it took: 1 year
How she did it: Group Coaching in Mt Annan, NSW, with Coach Marie Elliott, and Online

Then & Now

Running a home business took its toll

My husband Rob and I run a busy business from home and we have three adorable children, so life can get hectic, but we try to find time in our day to have fun with the kids. After losing 16kg with Weight Watchers, I feel so much lighter, happier and healthier. I’ve got energy to burn. I’ve found myself again, and it’s great.

I was ordered to say off my feet

When I was pregnant with my third child, a scan revealed there were complications and I was ordered to stay in bed. From 22 weeks I had to keep off my feet. I wasn’t allowed to do anything – I could hardly move, let alone exercise. I was like this for five weeks until my beautiful baby daughter Grace was born via emergency caesarean at 27 weeks, weighing only 930g. She spent her first three months in hospital and I spent all that time worrying about her. I was in another world really and just forgot to look after myself.

I looked like I was still six months pregnant

When I finally came home with Grace, I looked like I was still pregnant. It was time to start thinking about myself and my health – I had 15kg to lose. I remember thinking, ‘Grace didn’t even weigh a kilo! How did I put on all this weight?’ I realised spending five weeks on bed rest and three months not caring for myself very well was probably to blame, and I decided to turn it around.

Joining WW was the best thing I've done

I was at home with Grace and my two boys, Bailey and Ethan, were 4 and 3 at the time. I found it really slow going at first and my motivation was up and down. Then I called on the help of my family and they agreed to look after the kids while I went to Group Coaching. At first, I felt selfish for going; I thought that being a mum of three, one of them a new baby, I shouldn’t take time out for myself. But I was so wrong. It turned out to be the best thing I could have done.

I’ve gained so much more energy and confidence

It took me a year to lose 16kg. Before losing weight, I felt uncomfortable in my own skin. These days I feel great and everything I try on fits me. I used to cover my bottom in front of my husband but now I don’t. I’m much more confident. It’s been gradual – but I’ve realised I actually look good!

“Now I ask for help - I used to live on my own overseas and I’m quite independent. With three children and a business, I’ve had to learn to reach out and ask for help if I need it.”

I feel healthier and my attitude is better, too

The changes are much more than what I see on the outside . Everything in life is easier – I guess losing 16kg will do that to you! With three kids, I need as much energy as I can get. I try to go for a walk with them each day. Bailey, now 5, loves running races, and I’m only happy to oblige. Ethan, 4, loves kicking a ball around with me. Both boys are so happy when I play with them and I couldn’t have done that before. 

I don't feel guilty taking me time

I love walking and once the kids are in bed I hop on my treadmill. I’m aiming to do the 7 Bridges Walk in Sydney soon, and plan to complete the 27km within five hours. It’ll be a ‘me day’ and I’ll be doing the walk with my step mum, my aunt and a friend. I’ve gone from feeling guilty for making time for myself, to knowing I’m a better mum once I take time to do the things I enjoy. I always come back refreshed and more energetic for my kids, so everyone wins.

"My boys are so active and when we play ball games it’s quality time as well as incidental exercise. I have so much energy for them now.”

Finding work life balance

These days, we’ve worked out that we both need our own time away from the business and the kids, so here’s how we carve out some personal time during our week – no matter how busy we are:

  • We’ve learnt to ask each other for help, and to call on the support of people around us when we need it. Without the support of our family and friends, we wouldn’t be able to cope. The WW Program has taught me how important it is to make time for myself.
  • Make the most of your time and be flexible with it. Sometimes this means working or exercising at odd hours. I spend 30 minutes, three times a week on the treadmill, but I don’t have set days – I just fit it in where possible, which is usually after breakfast or after the kids are in bed.
  • Book in time out. For me, that includes my weekly Group Coaching sessions, and rollerblading with friends. When ‘me time’ is booked in and it’s much harder to cancel it.