Lisa’s New Lease on Life

 The best part of losing weight is knowing that I'm an active part of my daughter's life.  
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
As a 28-year-old with a heart condition, Lisa had accepted that being overweight and going to bi-weekly cardiologist appointments were a way of life. But after the birth of her daughter she decided to attend Weight Watchers meetings. Now she’s less than half her original weight and doctor’s visits are a thing of the past. She’s even become a Weight Watchers Leader!

Lisa lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program and is continuing with PointsPlus.

In Lisa’s words:
When I was 28 I went into congestive heart failure. I was pregnant at the time. It was my first pregnancy and my doctors always made me aware that my weight was a problem, but I was in denial. You would think that at my young age it would upset me to have a cardiologist appointment every other week, but I just accepted this as part of my normal routine. I ended up having my daughter six and a half weeks early by emergency C-section. Luckily, she was OK, but it was an eye-opener.

But it wasn’t until months later when I was at a Gymboree class with my daughter that I really had my “a-ha” moment. At the end of class another mom told me I left the tag on my new pants. But I hadn't bought new pants. I had accidentally put on my husband’s new jeans size 36x30. I got into my car and cried. I was wearing my husband’s jeans. How silly that sounds now.

Getting started…again
That day I knew I wanted to go back to Weight Watchers. I’d been a member in the past, but I didn’t put my whole heart into it. I had always been a yo-yo dieter, but this was the first time I was truly obese: I was 5 feet tall and 257 pounds. At first I was embarrassed to go to a meeting — scared that I’d see someone I knew. I tried to follow the Plan on my own at home, but soon realized I needed much more support, so I started attending meetings. It was the best decision I ever made.

The fitness factor
This time I incorporated activity, whereas before I'd never really thought about food and fitness going hand in hand. This time I thought of it as an entire lifestyle. My fitness started with parking far away from my Weight Watchers meeting and walking there. I knew if I did that I would have to stay for the meeting because I was too winded to make it back to my car right after the weigh-in. I needed that 30 or 45 minutes to catch my breath. Little by little I started walking more. I’d go on a separate walk one day a week. Later on, when I go to goal, I went back to school to become a personal trainer and I’m certified now! I recently ran my first half marathon, which 141 pounds ago I never would have imagined. It’s not even really about crossing the finish line. It’s more about knowing that I’ve fueled by body the right way; now I’m a well-oiled machine.

Seeing results
At times it felt like losing weight was taking forever, but I look back now and realize how quickly those .2 and .6 losses add up. I learned that it’s okay to enjoy the foods I love in moderation and that everyone has good and bad weeks. The hardest thing to change is the self-critic inside of you. Once you start seeing results, it makes it seem like anything is possible.

Becoming a Leader
I almost can’t put into words the excitement I felt when I was asked to become part of the Weight Watchers team. This is the company that literally saved my life, and now I have the opportunity to help others in the same way. I started as a Receptionist and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed watching others see success on and off the scale and change their behaviors little by little. When I had the opportunity to become a Leader I jumped on it. Now I don’t even feel like I have a job; it feels like a second family to me. I look forward to all of my meetings and I always thank my members for donating their valuable time to building a strong foundation for a healthy life.

Lisa’s advice
If you’re ready to begin your weight-loss journey, make sure you’re doing it for you and not to please anyone else. Little changes that you make in your everyday life will become your biggest successes. For someone who has a large amount to lose, I tell them to never look at the final number. Focus on small, attainable goals. That will help you stay inspired and motivated. And don’t just focus on the scale. Look at how your clothes are fitting you and how you feel from day to day. All of those things are important parts of your journey. If you do this, you’ll celebrate success along the way, and not just once when you hit your goal weight.

The best part
Before joining Weight Watchers I was always dieting. I wasn’t living my life. But I have a family and I have a daughter that I didn’t want to watch grow up. I want to be active in her life. The best part about losing the weight is knowing that I'm an active part of my daughter’s life. I’m not sitting there watching on the sidelines.