A More Active Mama

 Now I can be more involved in my daughter’s life and that means the world to me. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
After Jennifer gave birth to her daughter, she lost the baby weight quickly on her own. But when medication to treat her post-partum depression made her gain weight, she turned to Weight Watchers meetings to slim back down. Now she has two new jobs: active mommy and Weight Watchers Leader!
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In Jennifer’s words:

A few years ago I was suffering from pregnancy and post-partum anxiety and OCD issues that I kept hidden for three months of my pregnancy and three months after my daughter was born. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. My treatment required me to take medication and one of the side effects was weight gain. The doctor told me outright that I would gain weight. But my mind was so damaged it didn’t matter to me if I gained 3,000 pounds. I needed to be well for my family.

I gained 32 pounds in about a month and a half. It was the fastest weight gain I’ve ever experienced. After my mind got well, I looked down and said now it’s time to work on my physical body. My daughter was learning how to walk and I was exhausted. I thought, “She’s going to start running soon and I’m really not going to be able to keep up with her.” That’s when I decided to join Weight Watchers meetings.

Getting started

Walking into my first meeting I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous and a little paranoid about what people would think of me because I only had 30 pounds to lose. I was a size 12 or 14, which is some people’s goal. I felt like people were going to think, “Why is she here?” But as soon as I got to the reception desk, it felt like this was the right place for me to be. When I saw the number on the scale, I was shocked. But the receptionist said to me, “Don’t worry about it. That’s going to be the last time you ever see that number.” And it was.

Throughout the process I needed meetings to stay on track. The truth is that when I miss meetings I gain weight. There was a direct relationship between me gaining and losing and my meeting attendance. I’m not going to lie, I also liked being celebrated at my meetings! I loved celebrating every 5 pounds. The people in my meeting felt almost like my second family. We’re all there for the same reason and I always left there feeling good. No matter what I saw on the scale, I left feeling like I was on the right path. This was my journey.

Rethinking fast food

Fast food was a problem for me. At the time I had a small child, I needed things done quickly, I had a very busy schedule and fast food was convenient. I hadn’t realized that I was literally eating breakfast, lunch and dinner from a drive-thru. But the flexibility of the Plan still allowed me to indulge every once in a while. Nobody said, “No more fast food,” which was great because I honestly don’t think I would have been able to stick with the Plan if I wasn’t allowed to have it. But I learned that I liked it too much. I also learned that if I ate healthier foods, I didn’t crave fast food as much. Once I started cooking more, I felt better and had so much more energy.

Using ActiveLink

Before I started using my ActiveLink , I really thought I was getting a reasonable amount of activity. That was based on the fact that I was tired at the end of the day. But ActiveLink told me I was actually earning only 0 to 1 activity PointsPlus value per day. I realized I really wasn’t moving much. I spent a lot of time on the couch. I used to be on my daughter’s schedule. We ate and napped and ate and napped. Now my goal is to get 2 activity PointsPlus values per day. Fourteen a week is very useful to me. I need that accountability with activity, just like I do with food. And the ActiveLink really does that for me.

Becoming a Leader

During my meetings, I talk a lot. My Leader knew right away that I might make a good Receptionist or Leader. Every one of them that I knew had touched me in some way and I wanted to pay it forward. The perfect way to do that was becoming a Receptionist and then a Leader. It really is the perfect job. I never thought I’d be working for Weight Watchers, but it touches on everything I’ve ever wanted to do and I love it. I learn something every single week from my members. It’s a really beautiful experience.

No longer using a “crutch”

A lot of moms have to go on mediation after they give birth. I gained weight because of it like a lot of people do. It’s hard to stick to a plan and not use the medication as a crutch. I’m here to say that if you work the Plan, it will work. I’m living proof of that. You can be on medication and lose weight. It does happen.

A better mom

It feels really good that I can now be the mom that I want to be. When I was overweight I was sitting at the playground watching my daughter play. I couldn’t do anything else — I was too tired. Now I’m going down the slide and going on the monkey bars. I can be more involved in her life and that means the world to me.