Weight Watchers 50 Years of Success Contest Grand Prize Winner: Joseph


 Being able to be active will make me a better parent. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
Joseph had recently lost his father and met the woman of his dreams when he decided it was his time to get healthy. Since subscribing to Weight Watchers Online for Men, he’s slimmed down, run his first 5K and welcomed a new addition to his family — a baby boy! Now he’s excited to be a healthy and active role model for his son. His amazing transformation made him the grand prize winner in the Individual Male category in our 50 Years of Success Contest!

You Only Live Once Adventure (YOLO) Prize: Taking an active vacation exploring California’s national parks.

In Joseph’s words
In summer 2009 my father passed away, just a few days after his 60th birthday. He’d been overweight for most of his life. He had type II diabetes and high blood pressure, and had trouble with all of the things that go along with being heavy. As I reflected on his passing, I decided that I didn't want to have the same problems.

Shortly after, I met the woman who would become my wife. We were both overweight, but not long into our relationship she joined Weight Watchers meetings. As we planned our future together, she told me the one thing she wanted most was for both of us to be healthy so that we could have a family. She wanted to make sure that I’d be able to play with our kids and be around for many years to come.

Getting started
As I saw my wife’s success on the Plan, I knew Weight Watchers worked. Because of my busy work schedule, Weight Watchers Online for Men was the obvious choice for me. I could track my PointsPlus® values from my work computer and stay motivated by reading posts on the Message Boards from other guys who were doing Weight Watchers.

Making changes
Before starting Weight Watchers, I didn’t really think much about what I was eating. I’d grab whatever was convenient. Lunch would be a buffalo chicken wrap from a place down the street from my work. The chicken was fried and there was a lot of blue cheese in it. I’d eat that with a bag of chips and not think twice about it. Now I bring a sandwich from home that still tastes great, but because I know exactly what’s in it, I can easily track its PointsPlus® value.

Getting creative in the kitchen
My wife and I love cooking together now! Using recipes from WeightWatchers.com allows us to still eat the foods we love, but in lightened-up ways. One of our favorites is the Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie

Cooking together has definitely brought my wife and me closer together. We both work full time, so there’s not a lot of time to spend together in the evenings. Cooking together extends that time and knowing that we made something healthy and delicious make it that much more special.

Fitting in fitness
Before starting Weight Watchers, my workout regimen was spotty at best. But I started going to the gym at work on my lunch break. At first, I did light workouts, then gradually I started doing a boot camp class once a week and training for my first 5K, which I ran a few months ago. Now I try to work out at least two or three times a week.

I also try to fit in activity between workouts. Sometimes I’ll take walks throughout the day, or even do crunches or squats in my office. My wife and I also love the outdoors so we’ll go for two-hour walks. It’s a great feeling to not be winded and exhausted at the end of it!

Being a healthy dad
My wife and I recently welcomed a baby boy. It’s great to be able to get on the floor and roll around with him and have the energy to keep up with him. It makes me glad to be a good example of health. I looked up to my own father and modeled the way I ate after him. Health-wise, that’s not something I wanted to pass on to my son. I didn’t want him to grow up missing out on some of the things I missed out on because I was overweight. Being able to be active will make me a better parent.

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