Being "Realistic" Helped Nicole Slim Down



After
Before
Name Nicole
Age 18
Height 5'1"
Was 174 lbs
Lost   56.4 lbs*
Weight 117.6 lbs
As of 8/31/2003
*Results not typical.

 

Nicole lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program

Setting short-term goals and anticipating her cravings helped Nicole lose the weight she had battled since age two.


My weight issues started early. My mom used to tell me that I was off the standard weight charts by age two. As a pre-teen, I could no longer shop at Old Navy (they only carried up to a size 16 at the time), and in eighth grade I hit 189 pounds.

When my friends began dating, I felt so left out &151 I knew I had to do something about my weight. I joined Weight Watchers and dropped a lot of weight before I decided I could do the rest on my own, but that didn't work. I regained most of the weight and remained heavy and unhappy with my body.

I've known for years that I needed to lose weight, but dieting in your teens is a difficult thing to do. I know I'm capable of a lot &151 I have a solid group of friends and a supportive, loving family, and I get excellent grades &151 but it came down to my self-motivation, and it took a while for me to decide to lose the weight for myself.

During my junior year of high school, I tried Weight Watchers again. This time, I had quick success on the scale,* and the excitement of watching the numbers drop kept me on track. I'm an avid WeightWatchers.com Message Board user, and meeting people 24 hours a day who were struggling just as I was really helped me along my journey &151 we're all in the same boat!

Team Spirit
I also joined the cross-country team at my high school. There were no try-outs for the team, and I knew I needed the exercise. Eventually, I also found a health club within walking distance from my house. Now that I'm in college, I use the recreation center on campus and take cycling classes &151 I also play intercollegiate ice hockey and I've run two half-marathons. Exercise has become a vital part of my day-to-day happiness.

Setting realistic weekly goals for both food and exercise is key. Once I recognized that everyone loses weight in different ways and that I had to find my own path with eating and working out, the positive changes began. My Weight Watchers experience has actually led to a life path: I plan to major in Dietetics and make a career out of helping others maintain healthy lifestyles.

Nicole's tips:

  • Breyers light, 98% fat-free yogurt has a POINTS® value of 2 per cup — yum!

  • My friends and I love to eat out socially — a lot. Still, I've found that if I bring a snack or eat before I join them, I set myself up for success.

  • Exercise must be a part of every lifestyle. No time for it? Make time — it'll enrich your life more than you can imagine.

  • Swap fake, fat-free processed foods for whole grains and organic veggies — they're much more satisfying!

  • My favorite snacks are baby carrots, apples and popcorn.

  • Work toward small successes — don't get bogged down by the big picture.

  • Diet soda is just as satisfying as the full-calorie kind — and it's guilt-free!

Note: Weight Watchers requires written medical permission for children between the ages of 10 and 17 to join Meetings. Contact your Meetings location for further details.


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