Brooke: I lost over 4st and feel mentally stronger than ever

For WW member Brooke, slaying her inner critic was key to becoming her strongest, happiest self
Published 26 March, 2019


Weight loss: 4st 4lb 
Age: 27

A healthy chapter 

When my son Carter was three months old, I decided to join WW to become healthier and fitter. I wanted to be around for him for as long as possible. As a new mum, finding the energy to stay motivated and do something active after a sleepless night wasn’t always easy, but the fact that WW Freestyle™ is so simple to follow really helped.


Falling in love with exercise

I used to think of activity as a chore. But as I started doing more exercise, I began to notice I was becoming fitter and stronger and could achieve more as a result. I found that really rewarding and it inspired me to keep going. I always feel better mentally after I’ve done something active.


Finding inner strength

I love boot camp classes now, but it took me three attempts to actually attend my first class. I’d get changed, hop in the car, then talk myself out of it before I’d even left my driveway. I had zero self-confidence and was nervous about everything. Finally, on my third try, I not only made it to class, but I completed it. It felt incredible.

Even now, there are some days when I have to draw on every ounce of inner strength to turn down the volume of that little voice of self-doubt in my head and remind myself that I can do it. Here’s how I’ve built up my inner strength…


Brooke's tips:


1. Swap criticism for kindness

Be mindful of how you talk to yourself when things don’t work out exactly the way you’d planned. Rather than focusing on the negatives and criticising yourself, look for any positives you can find and treat yourself compassionately.

2. Set realistic goals

Don’t set yourself up for failure – start small and build your way up. When the goals you set are realistic, achieving them is so rewarding and helps build your self-confidence.

3. Give yourself a pep talk

Whenever self-doubt is creeping in, think about how you’d talk to a friend who was feeling the same way. Remind yourself why you’re on this journey, and use that as inspiration to give yourself a motivational pep talk.