Katie: I’ve found WW Flex® so easy
When I’m feeling positive about life, I feel more positive about my body too.
Start weight: 14st 7lb | Weight loss: 3st 9lb*
Current weight: 10st 12lb | Goal weight: 10st 7lb
Height: 5' 7" | Age: 40
When I decided to improve my lifestyle and join Weight Watchers, I had no idea of the lasting effect it would have on my life. I’d been pretty healthy throughout my teenage years, but then I started working at a hotel and eating whatever meals were laid on. I hardly noticed the weight piling on, and when I became pregnant with Saskia at 24, I was so happy in my baby bubble that I didn’t care what I looked like.
After giving birth, I dabbled with low-carb and meal-replacement diets but I always put the weight back on. Then I had my second daughter, Olivia, and although I was just 25, I felt frumpy and looked middle-aged. I started to avoid going out and was eating more sweet treats.
Then, in 2003, I joined Weight Watchers and lost 2st 7lb in six months. Back in my size 10-12 clothes, I felt like myself again, and decided to do something for me. I trained to be a Coach and even took part in one of the Weight Watchers fitness DVDs! But I’m only human, and when I fell pregnant with my son, Jasper, in 2007, some of the weight piled back on.
Lacking confidence, I started to live in tunics and leggings, and I would hide away at the back of photos. I’d often talk to my members about the effect your mindset can have on your weight loss, and I’d share my own struggles with them as an example. I know they appreciated my honesty and found my stories reassuring.
In 2012, I separated from my first husband and met Martin. It was a very difficult time, but I knew I’d met my soulmate. Just two years later, he proposed! I was thrilled, but I knew that I had to get a grip on my weight. I was a size 16-18 and had 4st to lose, but with my wedding to look forward to, I was motivated. And as a Coach, I knew I’d get all the support I needed at my meetings.
I’ll admit, there were times when I still felt daunted. For example, when I had to list something I liked about myself during a meeting, I struggled. Looking at the blank piece of paper in front of me, I thought: ‘I can’t do that, there’s nothing great about me.’ But I realised that I had to start being kinder to myself. I reminded myself of all my good qualities – such as my positivity.
With my renewed determination, I got to goal just under a year later, and fitted perfectly into my size -10 wedding dress. This time I was happy to be the focus of the photos.
Since then I’ve been maintaining. But my weight does yo-yo by a few pounds here and there, so when I found out about the Weight Watchers Flex programme, I was really excited to try it. I know from experience that the easier the plan is to fit around your life, the more likely you are to succeed – and I’ve found WW Flex so easy.
My experience so far has been really positive. I’m really happy that eggs are now a zero Points food because I’ll often have two of them for breakfast, which keep me full for ages. I love chicken, fish and seafood too – again, all zero SmartPoints now – so this plan suits me perfectly. We eat out a lot at the weekends as a family, tucking into Chinese or Indian dishes or enjoying a pizza and a glass of prosecco, so being able to roll over a few SmartPoints into my weeklies each day is a real bonus.
Being more organised has made a big difference to both my happiness and my weight. As a Coach and a mum I’m pretty busy, but I make sure to find time to meet friends for coffee or read a magazine, as I know it’s important for my wellbeing. When I’m feeling positive about life, I feel more positive about my body too. So far I’ve lost 6.5lbs on WW Flex and still on my journey to goal weight. My skin is clearer, I’m sleeping better and I no longer feel sluggish. I’m confident and happy knowing that I’ll be keeping up my healthy lifestyle for life.