Sisterly Support

 Now I know that if I really put my mind to something, I can achieve it. 
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
As a busy college student, Jessica didn’t have the time or the money to eat healthy or learn good habits. Inspired by her sister’s weight loss and preparing to be maid of honor in a wedding, she decided once and for all to lose weight. Now that she’s lost more than 80 pounds*, she’s training for her first marathon!

In Jessica’s words:

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I’ve struggled with my weight throughout my life, but it wasn’t until I went away to college that it really became a problem. The combination of being stressed about school, being away from my family and not having a lot of money to buy healthy foods really sped up my weight gain. I was eating foods that were easily prepared like mac ‘n’ cheese and ramen noodles all the time.

My sister Rebecca had seen success with Weight Watchers, so when another one of my sisters, Kryst, asked me to be her maid of honor, I decided to join and start attending Weight Watchers meetings. At the time I was over 200 pounds and I wanted to look good for the wedding.

Meetings matter

I was really nervous going into my first meeting, but my Leader was so awesome that I was immediately at ease. I actually joined right before the holidays, so I took the extra time to plan out my meals and my splurges. I put my favorite recipes into the Recipe Builder to figure out the PointsPlus value of each serving. I did this for Thanksgiving and Christmas and I actually lost weight!

My sister Rebecca is still on Plan so I text her my progress after every meeting. We share tips, recipes, and, most of all, words of encouragement. Having my sister there to walk me through everything has been so helpful. Just knowing that she’s been there and knows what I’m going through is amazing. She’s a constant source of positivity. If I say, “I just ate 6 cookies,” she’ll say, “Well, you’re not going to do that tomorrow!”

If the dress fits…

When I was first fitted for my maid of honor dress, they ordered me an 18W and when it came in, it was so big on me! I’d lost about 20 pounds by that point. Then for the next fitting they had to take it in another two inches. Then literally a day before the wedding I had it taken in again because I thought it might fall off me. So basically the dress went from a size 18 to probably a 12 or so. I felt so great at the wedding. I was down about 50 pounds at that point, but decided to keep going.

The importance of fitness

Going back to that Christmas, I knew I wanted to enjoy my meal so I made a point to go for a run on Christmas morning. It was 12 degrees outside! I knew I wanted to eat pumpkin pie and not feel guilty about it, so I got my Activity PointsPlus values and it was totally worth it.

When I first joined, I wasn’t very active. I sort of eased myself into going to the gym. I started going two or three times a week, but when I realized I was seeing results even faster, that kept me motivated to keep working out. I really got into a groove. I’d never really run before, but a friend inspired me to give it a try. I just went outside and started running. At first I couldn’t run more than 30 seconds, but after about two months I was able to run a 5K without stopping. Now I love it. I’ve been running ever since and am now training for my first marathon!

Now that I’m at my goal weight, I’m not looking for goals on the scale. I need other goals to keep me in check. So right now, the goal is finishing the marathon—even if I have to walk part of it.

Staying inspired

Now I know that if I really put my mind to something, I can achieve it. It’s just a matter of support from other people. I can’t do it on my own. With the help of my sister Rebecca and my Weight Watchers meetings, I know I can keep going and stay healthy. Now that I know what I’m capable of, I just want to do more.