Janine: I wanted to set a better example for my kids
"It’s not just my size that has changed; it’s my whole life."
Start weight: 25st 7lb | Weight loss: 14st 1lb
Current weight: 11st 12lb
Height: 5' 7" | Age: 31
Studio: Carlton, Nottingham
WW Coach: Penny Pannell
Facing the truth
At 25, I weighed more than 25st and was offered gastric band surgery. I knew it wasn’t the right solution for me – I wanted to change my life for good, without resorting to surgery. I had chronic problems with my knees, which made walking difficult, and I was too exhausted to play with my children. That’s when I decided to join WW. It was the first step on a momentous journey.
Standing outside my first WW Workshop, I struggled to find the courage to go in. But from the moment I stepped inside, everyone made me feel so supported. I learned about portion sizes and healthy snacking, and soon, with my energy levels improving, I went for walks and even started swimming. With the help of my WW Coach, Penny, I learned to renegotiate years of unhealthy habits and learn healthier new ones.
Through it all, Penny was amazing. She always cheered me on and when I got to goal she cried more than I did! Today, it’s not just my size that has changed; it’s my whole life. Now I exercise three times a week, go for long walks with the kids, and I’m also studying community nursing – a lifelong dream of mine that I wouldn’t have had the energy to do before joining WW.