Debbie: Weight Watchers has been a part of my life for so long
WW Flex® makes you think differently about food
Start weight: 12st 5lb | Weight loss: 1st 8lb*
Current weight: 10st 11lb
Height: 5' 4" | Age: 49
Coach: Own meeting
Weight Watchers has been a part of my life for so long that I can hardly remember a time before it. As both a member and a Diamond Coach, I’m so privileged to be able to say I help people change their lives for the better every week. I get such a buzz out of it and I was thrilled when I was asked to be one of the first to try out the new WW Flex® programme. Some people are scared of change but I positively embrace it.
My weight problems started when I moved into my own home at the age of 25 and started cooking for myself. At the time, I was a young nurse, working shifts on the neo-natal unit and I’d grab whatever I could to keep me going. Parents of children on the ward would bring us chocolates and I’d shove a handful in the pockets of my scrubs and dip into them whenever I had the chance. As a young, singleton, I was also socialising a lot and the weight was creeping on steadily. I joined Weight Watchers for the first time around 1997 and got to goal very quickly.
But in the same year, I went to work in Dubai and met my husband Mick. It meant more eating out and drinking I forgot everything I’d learned at Weight Watchers and the pounds piled on again. We married in 1998 and had our son Michael in 2000 and our second son Joe in 2002. I put on weight with each pregnancy, always returning to Weight Watchers to lose it. But after having Joe, I knew this time it had to be different. I didn’t want to be the frumpy mum at the school gates with no energy to run around after her boys. Something clicked. I’ve not looked back since.
It was not long after reaching goal in 2003 that my Coach approached me and said that I had the right kind of qualities to become a Coach myself. I was feeling stressed and unhappy in my job as a nurse and thought I’d find out more about it. Within six weeks I was running my own classes. You don’t have to be at goal to be a leader, but for me, it keeps me focused. I have to be able to stand up in front of members and be proof that the plan really works.
I’ve always loved the plan because it fits so well into my lifestyle. My husband is retired and does most of the cooking. He loves the Weight Watchers recipes and often, I’ll text him before I leave work to say: ‘I’ve got X points left for dinner’ and when I arrive, there will be something delicious in the oven waiting for me.
I absolutely love change so when I was asked to try out WW Flex, I jumped at the chance. Change makes you really go back to basics and look at the plan in a different light. I’ve been taking more note of my portion sizes since I started and Mick has been getting creative in the kitchen with new recipes.
The plan makes you think differently about food. The other day I had chicken skewers with salad and corn on the cob. Previously, that would have been too many SmartPoints for me for a main meal but it not this time. And on Monday I had salmon with new potatoes, green veg and hollandaise sauce which came to very few SmartPoints – it felt like a real treat because salmon used to take up a good chunk of SmartPoints out of my daily allowance.
I’m going to be sticking to the WW Flex programme from now on because I’m enjoying it. It’s not only the fact that the weight is coming off but I’m feeling healthier, not as bloated and sluggish as I’d been before. I’ve got more energy. I’m training for a 10k run because I’m going to be 50 soon and so I feel I need to set a goal and have something to aim for.
My members were a little bit wary when I announced WW Flex to the class – although I got applause when I told them that peas and sweetcorn were now zero Points foods! But I’d say to everyone to give it a chance because it really works.