Success Stories

Zanya: Family support helped me lose more than 3st

When Zanya fell in love with a slinky gown for her upcoming birthday party, she knew she needed to get healthy to feel her confident best.
Published 18 September, 2017
"Since I joined WW, my secret weapon is the barcode scanner on the app; it makes life easier every day!"
Weight Watchers member Zanya
Weight Watchers member Zanya
Weight Watchers member Zanya
Weight Watchers member Zanya

Start weight: 15st 7lb | Weight loss:  3st 8lb*
Current weight: 11st 13lb 
Height: 5' 6" | Age:  32
Studio: Riverside Community Centre, Gravesend, Kent
Wellness Coach: Deborah Fielding

The beginning

I first joined WW just before my 30th birthday party so I could fit into the glittery gold dress I’d bought! That was just the beginning; since then, my life has completely transformed. Before, I was an unhappy 15st 7lb and big portions were my downfall – but WW Freestyle™ changed my eating habits, and my family's.

Enjoying food

I’ve made so many new foodie discoveries since I joined. When I’m at home I love making healthier versions of family favourites, such as chicken and chickpea stew or spaghetti Bolognese. My husband Donald and daughter Angelica, four, both love my home-cooked dinners, and I feel really proud that I’m encouraging them to be healthy too. I also love making food for friends. We always enjoy ourselves and no one would guess just how healthy my tasty buffets are!

Happier and healthier

I love cooking salmon, chicken and fish. I’ve also recently discovered asparagus and homemade Scotch eggs with turkey mince. My favourite go-to snack is roasted chickpeas. When it comes to shopping, I like to shop in person, so I can see products for myself. The barcode scanner really makes life easier, especially if I’m buying a new food and I’m not sure how many SmartPoints® it is. I feel happier and healthier than I have in years since losing weight. And the best part? I can still eat delicious food!

My moments…

I’ve got a taste for healthy living now and there’s no turning back! Homemade stews are comforting, easy to make and filling; you should try my chicken and black bean stew! 

When I’m at home, I love making healthier versions of family favourites. I feel really proud that I’m encouraging my husband and daughter to live healthily too. 

There’s nothing better than making food your family and friends will love. It doesn’t get much better than healthy, feel-good food made with love. 

For a quick, easy meal I make couscous with sweetcorn, peas and any other vegetables I’ve got to hand. Paired with chicken drumsticks it’s a great go-to dinner. 

Big portions used to be my downfall, but WW Freestyle has transformed my eating habits by helping me cut down serving sizes. Discovering new foods has really helped too. 

My friends say this is the best I’ve ever looked. I definitely look better in my 30s than I did in my 20s and it’s down to a healthy lifestyle. I’m enjoying having an hourglass shape, with curves in the right places!

*Zanya has been following the programme since April 2015.