Jodie: I'm determined to reach goal for my sister's wedding
Weight loss: 6lb*
Start weight: 12st 10lb
Current weight: 12st 4lb
Goal weight: 10st 10lb
Height: 5ft 5in
Time taken so far: 1 year, 4 months
Studio: Previously at St Marks Methodist, but Woodlands Park, Maidenhead
Wellness Coach: Nicki Jeffries
"I'm determined to reach goal for Kelly’s big day and look my best in her wedding photos."
Holiday of a lifetime!
My boyfriend, Mikey, whisked me off on holiday in September 2015, to swim with dolphins off the coast of Mexico. It was such a thrilling experience. But when the organiser handed me a souvenir photo of the day, I was shocked. There I was, in a tight life jacket and t-shirt, with a huge belly on show. I was so disappointed with myself.
My weight had always fluctuated, especially while I was at university, drinking and eating all the wrong things. I’d tried WW in the past and knew it worked, but had stopped going to meetings because I thought I could manage my weight on my own.
Living with diabetes
I’ve had type 1 diabetes since I was six and had become complacent about it, eating a bit of chocolate here and there and injecting myself with more insulin to compensate, which also causes weight gain. I knew it was time to get back on track, not only for my looks, but for my health, too. When my sister Kelly announced she was getting married, I knew it was time to re-join WW.
Mam, (Jayne) had been feeling low about her weight for some time too, so when I suggested we join together, she agreed. It’s been great because we motivate and encourage each other every week.
I can make it to the end of my spinning class!
Simply tweaking my eating habits, such as ordering steak with salad rather than chips on a night out, can make a big difference. I’ve also joined a gym and now love going to classes like body combat or spin. Sometimes it’s hard to order a salad when your boyfriend’s ordering chips, but it’s worth it when you step on the scales to see you’ve lost 2lb that week.
I’m not at goal yet, and there have been ups and downs. I’m an emotional eater and last year, when I spent several days in hospital with my gran before she passed away, I needed comfort, and tried to find it in food. But with WW, I’m learning that even if I have a bad week or a bad fortnight, I can start over again.
WW tools used
- App: ‘I use it all the time, particularly for planning. I can put in the details of my evening meal and know how many SmartPoints I have to spend that day.’
- Connect: ‘I enjoy looking at people’s progress photos.’
- Barcode scanner: ‘This is a lifesaver. Sometimes I’ll be wandering around the supermarket and scan something like a yogurt, which looks healthy, but find out it’s 8 SmartPoints so I’ll put it back!’
- Fitbit: ‘It used to be easier to get 10,000 steps because I walked to work. Now my office has moved, so you can often find me pacing around my house trying to get my step count up!
- Chicken Kiev: ‘This is my go-to recipe whenever I’m pushed for time. It’s so quick and easy!’
- ‘I like to think I’m an experimental eater and will try anything. There’s a huge variety of recipes on the app to choose from.’
- ‘Mikey is often late home from work and in the past, I’d get home and eat lots of snacks before we’d eat a meal together. But now I plan food for my day, which means I’m not starving in the evenings. Or I make sure I eat healthy snacks before he gets home. We plan more meals together and even he is enjoying trying some of the recipes.’
*Jodie has now lost 10.5lb in 56 weeks.