Hayley: I had my cake – and ate it, too!
Weight loss: 4st 4lb
Start weight: 18st 7lb
Current weight: 14st 3lb
Time taken so far: 1 year
All in the family‘I learned to bake from my mum, Val – she made birthday and wedding cakes for friends and neighbours as a sideline, and all my childhood memories are suffused with baking aromas from our kitchen. Now a mum myself, we still bake together, and I especially enjoy making cakes for my six-year-old son, Nathan. Baking is definitely my favourite hobby, but I also inherited a love of sweet foods.’
Moment of clarity ‘Before I joined Weight Watchers, cutting the amount of sugar I ate was always a problem, and lack of willpower often got the better of me. In 2015, I realised that, instead of saving sweet things for treats, I was eating them regularly as a comfort. The result was clear: I was at my heaviest, and I hated it.’
Plan of action ‘A few months later, a colleague told me about Weight Watchers and SmartPoints. The fact it flagged up food with high sugar content was just what I needed. I joined immediately and threw myself into cooking Weight Watchers-friendly recipes for dinner. At my second next meeting, I’d lost 6lb and was soon shedding a steady 2lb per week.’
Baking mad ‘But what to do about my love of baking? I discovered an oatmeal muffin recipe a member had shared on Connect, and it was just 2 SmartPoints. I bought some fancy muffin cases and baked one batch with added blueberries, another with apple, and a third using raw cacao powder. I couldn’t wait to try them out on Mum, and she was impressed! Soon I was hunting for Weight Watchers cake and bun recipes everywhere, including the Sweet cookbook. Healthier baking required a little experimentation, but I loved getting more creative in the kitchen.’
Life is sweet ‘I discovered that, rather than denying myself, I could still enjoy the treats I loved by making little changes to the recipes, like substituting ingredients. And the pounds are still dropping off – I’ve got a bit of a way to go, but I’m on the right path and determined to get there. The beauty of Weight Watchers is that no foods are off limits. So as long as I’m creative, I can have my cake, and eat it, too.’
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