"It’s great how you can use rollovers for the weekend or a special event. "
Start weight: 10st 12lb | Weight loss: 1st 8.5lb
Current weight: 9st 3.5lb
Height: 5' | Age: 37
WW Coach: Pam Hutchinson
Walking past a McDonald’s with my seven-year-old twin boys Jack and Alfie, you won’t hear them asking for a Big Mac. Ever since I started cooking WW recipes for the whole family, they tell me they prefer my meals to any fast food, which is the biggest compliment a mum could ask for.
I’ve always been someone who has to watch their weight, but it was after having my sons in July 2010 that I really struggled. I’d put on over 3st and was determined to lose it myself, but without the structure of a weekly meeting to spur me on, I failed every time. I could eat healthily in the day but evenings were my downfall. As soon as the boys were in bed and I had a moment’s peace and quiet, I’d pick at crisps and biscuits. I got bigger and more breathless with every pound that crept on and it began to affect my confidence. I stopped wearing clothes that showed off my figure and started covering up in baggy tops.
It was after a holiday to Norfolk in 2014 that I decided to take action. My husband, Chris, showed me a picture he’d taken of me holding up one of the boys and I was shocked. I barely recognised myself and thought, ‘This has to stop.’ I wasn’t happy with how I looked, but I also wanted to be a healthy role model for my sons. I joined WW when we returned.
I’d started an Instagram account (lou_wwgoldmember) the January before I joined WW, but once I started the plan, I posted pictures of my meals and included the SmartPoints® values so people could follow my journey. I’d post my weekly weigh-in results and was completely honest about whether I was struggling or not. People seemed to engage with that, and I now have over 40,000 followers, which is incredible. They tell me they love my recipes too. I make a lot of fakeaways – something like chicken tikka masala and brown rice with mint dip is always delicious.
I'm impressed at the number of foods on the ZeroPoint™ foods list. Last week, I was going out to Nando’s for a meal so I ate ZeroPoint foods all day and had plenty of SmartPoints left to eat in the evening.
My favourite things about WW:
1 I’ve noticed since being on WW that not only am I losing weight, but my skin is better and I feel great.
2 I love the flexibility of being able to eat ZeroPoint foods during the day if I want to have a bigger meal in the evening.
3 It’s great how you can rollover SmartPoints for the weekend or a special event.
I’d be lost without the WW app! I mainly use it for tracking my meals and using the barcode scanner in the supermarket. I love the blue dot challenge to stay on track.
*Louise joined WW in April 2014.