Success Stories

Kelly's healthy path

This US Navy veteran’s transition to civilian life wasn’t all smooth sailing, but her new healthy lifestyle helped her hit the ground running.

Kelly, Digital + Studio, Lost 15 lb*

*People following the WW program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds/week. Kelly, WW Ambassador, lost weight on a prior program and  is continuing on WW FreestyleTM. Watch the steps Kelly took to transition from living on sea to living on land in the video below.

In Kelly’s words:
When I first joined the US Navy in 2011, I was very fit and active. My main deployment was for eight months. I was surrounded by people 24/7, and, since I’m a social person, I enjoyed that. When I came back to shore, I developed a lot of anxiety about being alone, and that’s when I started eating for comfort.

Living a new lifestyle

Making a transition
Four years later, after I was honorably discharged, I knew my life was changing and that my habits had to change, too. I was tired all the time, I felt sluggish, and I realized that I felt this way because of the amount I was eating. I joined WW (for the fourth time!). I wanted to feel good again, and I believed WW could help me get there.

Stop trying, start living
My first week back on the program, I realized I had to change the quantity of food I was consuming. I love chips, I love sweets, and I knew I could still have them — I just had to track my intake. At first it was hard to account for every bite. My Wellness Coach noticed that I was struggling, so she pulled me aside for a quick chat. She told me I had to quit “trying” and start “living” the program. At that moment, the idea that WW is a healthy lifestyle clicked for me.

Fitting in my favorites
Eating out was also a cause for concern. San Diego is known for its delicious Mexican food; Ian, my fiancé, and I love to go to one particular restaurant in historic Old Town for authentic grub. I didn’t want to cut it out of my life, so I figured out a plan: I save up my SmartPoints for chips with my salsa. Then I measure out the amount of rice I can eat with my chicken. I fit it all into my day!

An active couple
My fiancé, Ian, and I love to be outdoors, which is easy to do in San Diego. Ian used to hike the area trails on his own, but as I lost weight and got more active, I started joining him. When I learned about the hike up Cowles Mountain, the highest peak in San Diego, we decided to give it a try. As we were going up, I stopped and said, “Ian, let’s do the other half another day,” but he kept encouraging me. When we got to the top, we took in a breathtaking San Diego sunset. It’s so rewarding to push your body in a way you’ve never done before.

How Kelly’s success with WW has improved her life

Goal getter
I’ve learned that consistency is key to my success. I like to set goals for myself. I had always wanted to be a runner, so at the end of 2015, I set a goal to do one 5K for every month in 2016. In January, I walked the 5K; in February, I walked and ran a bit, and so on. In December 2016, I ran the race from start to finish! I want to motivate others to believe that they can reach their goals, too: I set up a 5K group with the members in my Workshop, and we complete one each month. I’m hoping the others who participate can feel the same amount of pride that I had for myself when I completed my races last year.

Success at sea
I now work as a civilian employee for the Navy, so I still travel on a ship for days or weeks at a time throughout the year. When I’m onboard, I try to stick to lean meat and vegetables for lunch and dinner, I plan to have dessert every other day, and I keep healthy snacks on hand to eat between meals. Since I don’t have access to my mobile app at sea, I bring my paper tracker to write down all my meals. I like to jot notes to myself to help me stick to my plan. My most recent one reads: “Don’t stop until you’re proud.”

Seeing clearly
As I lost weight and became more active, the fog in my life lifted: I became happier, my house got cleaner, I got more organized, and I gained an excitement for trying new things. I now wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction. I know I can continue on this healthy path for life.