Success Stories

Michele: Connect is my go-to support network

Bride-to-be Michele started gaining weight at university, but knew she needed to make a change when her health began to suffer. Now she’s bought the dress of her dreams and is using Connect to help her stay motivated
Published 24 October, 2017
"I love Connect. When I started on WW, I was stuck for ideas for sweet fixes, so I posted a question and was inundated with recipes."

Start weight: 14st 10lb | Weight loss: 3st 5lb*
Current weight: 11st 5lb | Goal weight: 10st 6lb
Height: 5' 3" |  Age: 27
Studio: Raunds, Wellingborough 
WW Coach: Karen Hull  

Most brides would be devastated that the beautiful dress they’d planned to wear on their wedding day is the wrong size – but not me. Although my fiancé, Mathew, and I have yet to set a date for our wedding, I bought my dress 10 months ago because I fell in love with it when I saw it online. It’s a size 12, which is too big for me now, and I’m thrilled that I’ll have to get it taken in. 

It was a routine trip to my GP in February 2016 that spurred me into action. My blood pressure was borderline high. My mother’s family has a history of deep vein thrombosis and heart attacks, so I knew this was my wake-up call. I joined WW later that month.

I’m about a stone off my goal weight now and had been plateauing, so was really eager to try WW Freestyle™.  Before,  I was finding that in the evenings I'd still be hungry and would reach for snacks that were high in SmartPoints. But with WW Freestyle, if I feel a bit peckish, I have some fruit and 0% fat yogurt and I don’t even have to track it. I’ve got a terrible sweet tooth and often need a sugar hit, so I whip up a banana pancake with yogurt and berries and it satisfies me without sending me off track.

How I make the most of ZeroPoint™ foods: I eat chicken a lot now, even when I need a snack. I’ll cook some chicken with a bit of seasoning or spice and keep it in the fridge for when I’m peckish. It fills me up and I find I don’t need too much.

Why I love the WW app: I absolutely love the barcode scanner. Sometimes I’m surprised in a good way – I recently found Nutella B-Ready bars are only 5 SmartPoints when I’d guessed they were 9 SmartPoints.

I stay motivated with Connect: When I started on WW, I was stuck for ideas for sweet fixes, so I posted a question in Connect and was inundated with recipes.

*Michele joined WW in February 2016.