A Mindset for Success

 Quitting is not an option! 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
As Nancy approached the age her father was when he died, she decided she needed to get healthy for the sake of her kids. She re-joined Weight Watchers meetings and is now a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Lifetime member and an all-around happier person.

In Nancy's words:

I joined Weight Watchers as I was approaching 44 — the same age my father was when he died. He had a massive heart attack on an airplane while sitting on the runway. My dad was overweight and had horrible eating habits; he just didn’t take care of himself. I realized I didn’t want to end up like that. I wanted to be around for my kids, to watch them grow up, be a healthy mother and be a good example for them. So I decided to re-join Weight Watchers meetings for what seemed like the millionth time.

I’d followed the plan in the past, so I knew it worked. But this time was different, I had the right mindset. I wanted to reach my goal before my 45th birthday. I even had a red “goal weight” dress that I wanted to wear on that day.

Meetings matter
My leader Lauren has been so amazing. She’s truly made going to meetings a must. It’s my therapy and my happy place. The other women and I call ourselves the “Weight Watchers Divas.” We email each other, trade recipes and support each other in everything we do! I believe everyone needs support to achieve their goals.

When I re-joined I made a commitment not to miss a meeting or a weigh-in, knowing it would be harder to come back once I did. I’m proud to say, no matter what the scale says, I haven’t missed a meeting in five years. I’ll even find a meeting location if I’m on vacation. Quitting is not an option!

Learning to love the “Killer”
After I joined Weight Watchers, I finally started taking fitness seriously. My husband bought me an elliptical machine that I named “Killer.” Almost every day I go downstairs and ride Killer. I started out doing about 15 minutes and now I’m up to 70! I’m still not in love with that machine, but I keep going. It’s all about persistence.

Getting fit
I’m always trying new classes at the gym like kickboxing and Zumba®, and I’ve also become a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I always thought that the day I got my black belt I would instantly become more confident. That wasn’t the case. I learned that real confidence comes from taking care of yourself, being active, having a positive attitude and surrounding yourself with positive people. I have that confidence now. At the gym, I used to be the person hiding in the back of the class. Now I’m right up in front!

On top of that, I also do races with my daughter. We keep in other on track when it comes to fitness. I encourage her and she encourages me. Working out and training together has definitely made us closer.

An unexpected challenge
I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, which affects my metabolism. I will have to take medication for it for the rest of my life. It originally brought my weight loss to a standstill. But that challenge just made me want to be even healthier. At first it was frustrating, but I had to accept that this is the new norm for me. I have to work harder to achieve my goals, and I’m OK with that.

Help from eTools
I love eTools. Tracking my food makes me accountable and I love tracking my Activity PointsPlus values. I always try to challenge myself to see how many I can get in any given week. I also use the site to find recipes like tofu and vegetable stir fry and Community Recipes like pumpkin mousse. The online Community is also great for cheering on other people. On the message boards I get to see other members’ successes. As part of the Weight Watchers family, I feel happy for everyone else along the way.

A new outlook
Before I lost weight, my favorite things to shop for were shoes and fun nail polish colors — because you can wear those at any size. But now that I’m this size it’s so much fun to find outfits that go with my big collection of shoes. I feel young again.

The best part
I finally feel in control. I’m powerful and I’m in charge of my destiny. Food no longer controls me and I know that I’m living the best possible life that I can. The most amazing feeling? The outfit I wore on my 45th birthday. I wanted to be the hot mama in the red dress — and I was!