Eat to Live, Not Live to Eat

Pete After
Pete Before
 I've changed the way I view any life challenge. Don't just look at the final outcome; focus on the steps in between that are going to bring you there. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
Pete lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program

A stern health warning from his doctor convinced this 53-year-old that it was time to make weight loss a priority. Twenty-three months after joining a Weight Watchers meeting, Pete has dropped half his body-weight.*

As a teenager, I was very physically fit. Even after I graduated from the Culinary Institute in Poughkeepsie, where I was surrounded by food, I was still in shape. As I aged, my metabolism gradually slowed, and I just let myself go. I gained weight and didn't do anything about it.

When I hit 300-plus pounds, I knew my weight was out of control, and I had to make a radical change.

Drastic Measures
I was 51 years old and diabetic; I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My doctor told me I was a walking heart attack. I tried going to the gym to get in shape, but that wasn't helping. I actually started gaining weight instead of losing. When my brother told me that he had lost weight with Weight Watchers, I decided to try it. I signed up for a Weight Watchers meeting.

I had a very inspiring meeting's leader. She taught me that in order to reach your goal you have to be selfish. You have to do the things that are going to help you accomplish it, instead of doing what other people want. I still keep true to that.

For example, holidays are always an obstacle. You're always offered so much food and people want to see you eat, but I learned how to say, "No, thanks." I was typically one of the only people at my meeting that had actually lost weight over the holidays, which was unusual.

In the Kitchen and on the Job
Following the POINTS® Weight-Loss System affected the way I cooked at home. I stopped eating fatty foods and starting taking a closer look at the labels.

At my job as a chef and Director of Food Services at a nursing home, I've changed the way I view the food I prepare for other people.

Small Goals, Big Results
When I first started losing weight with Weight Watchers, I kept telling myself that my goal was to lose 25 pounds. After I reached that goal, I kept pushing myself to go further and further until I lost what I really wanted to: 152 pounds.*

I started walking 15 minutes a day and eventually increased that to 20, then 25. Then I decided to run for one minute out of every five. Slowly, that increased until I was running five minutes out of every five. Now I can run for 30 minutes without stopping.

I've changed the way I view any life challenge. Don't just look at the final outcome; focus on the steps in between that are going to bring you there.

Loving the Benefits
I no longer have to take pills for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.** I'm able to do everything I want to do, and I kinda look good in a bathing suit now!

If you make this commitment, you have to focus. This is your own personal gain. You have to make up your mind that you want this. Once you make that decision, take it week by week. We should be eating to live, and not the other way around.

Pete's Eating Strategies
  • I try to stay away from beef. I stick with turkey, chicken and fish.
  • I'm careful not to slather on the sauces.
  • I eat a lot of greens, and try to do a vegetarian lunch.

**Weight Watchers is not a medical organization and does not diagnose or treat medical conditions. Be sure to get your health care professional's approval of Weight Watchers before making changes to your diet or lifestyle.