The “Outside Mom”
Kelly Hamilton, Meetings, 83 lb*
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose up to two pounds per week. Kelly lost weight on a prior Weight Watchers program and SmartPoints®.
“Being at my goal isn’t about that magic number for me anymore. It’s about how I feel when I wake up every morning and go to bed each night.”
In Kelly’s words:
I joined Weight Watchers in January 2015. I had joined at the beginning of the New Year many times before; I’d always lose some weight, but then gain it back. This time around, I was doing well on the Program, but when the Super Bowl aired, a shocking reality hit me: I weighed the same as some of the players! That’s when I knew I had to get serious. I decided to embrace the Program as a lifestyle, not a diet. My goal was to make Weight Watchers a part of who I am as a person, and that has made all the difference!
From the start, I realized that portion control and tracking were key. I noticed that I had always been eating healthy foods, just too much of them! And I hadn’t comprehended that a little snack here or there, or dessert after dinner, really had a significant impact on the amount of my daily food intake. But they made a difference. When I first started using a food scale, I didn’t think I could be satisfied with the serving amounts. To my surprise, I was—and that convinced me that a healthy lifestyle could become second nature to me.
Becoming an “Outside Mom”
My son once told me that I wasn’t an ‘outside mom.’ That made me sad. We live in beautiful Sonoma, California, where the weather is great and there are a lot of regional parks and gorgeous vineyards just walking distance from my house! The beauty of the area helped motivate me to get outside every night after work. I started walking on country paths every day, and slowly I began running. I found it calmed me down and allowed me to get myself settled for the next day, while fitting in exercise at the same time! And even today, I walk the same country path through the vineyards four to six times a week. I never get tired of it. Now, I’m definitely an ‘outside mom.’ My family hikes together. An intense trek is calming. Since I’ve taken up a fit lifestyle, I can pretty much handle any issue because I’m in control.
A New Identity
I used to say, ‘I can’t run.’ Now, running is a part of who I am. I even completed three half marathons! The first one was definitely a big challenge, but I just told myself there was no reason I couldn’t be a runner if I tried hard enough. And pushing through the struggle and seeing improvement taught me a lesson that I believe helped me get to goal: The more I stick to something, the easier it gets. The more determined I was to be a runner, the more it became a part of my identity.
Mixing It Up
Doing the same activity can get boring for me, so I try some new things every few months. Currently, I’m loving yoga! I started doing yoga as a core-strengthening class to help me be a more efficient runner—but I ended up getting much more from it. As I always say, yoga fixes me. I found that a lot of the meditative practices that happen in a yoga class help a lot with stress and the business of life. In that hour-long class, everything else just falls away and I can forget all my worries. In the end, that has helped me stay on course with my weight loss plan—taking care of the hard stuff helps me make better choices every day.