Kylei Cucinella, Meetings, Lost 72 lb*
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose up to two pounds per week.
“I’m so excited to share my story! I want everyone to feel the way I feel right now. I want to inspire others.”
In Kylei’s words:
It’s been a rough 10 years. Hurricane Katrina, two moves, a job loss, my mom being diagnosed with lung cancer, my niece developing a life-threatening liver condition. For two years, I spent my days in the car going to work and then driving to the hospital, eating fast food for every meal. I was trying to keep my family intact while everything seemed to be falling apart. Eating healthy meals was the last thing on my mind.
Focusing on me
When my mom and my niece showed signs of improvement, I started looking at myself. When you watch family members suffer from health conditions, you start to see what you can do to try and avoid disease to the best of your ability. Vanity was on the mind, too: When I caught a glimpse of photos from the holidays, I searched for the first Weight Watchers meeting I could find after the New Year and I joined.
I looked at what I usually ate on a regular day and tracked it. The grand total: 118 points! In my mind, I said, “Kylei, what are you doing to yourself?” From then, I decided that I need to track my meals from the day before. Every night, I track everything that I’m going to eat the next day, and I stick to it. It’s become a structured routine that works for me. I eat more now than I did before.
I learned that I needed to be consistent with my food. I started to eat at the same time every day. It felt like I was training a baby, but that allowed me to recognize my hunger signals. Now I know when I’m hungry and when I’m not. I’ve also learned that I can’t keep too many leftovers around the house. I cook for now—I know that if I have extra food in the pot, I’ll end up eating it all. We cook only what we’re going to eat that night, and we keep fruit and vegetables in the house for snacks.
When my husband and I met at age 15, we were in good shape—I was a cheerleader and he was a football player. Along the way, with all of life’s stresses, we put on weight. But now, we’re back! My husband and I eat the same meals—and he enjoys them. We go to the gym together six times a week, and we bring our kids, too. They go on the treadmill and we do weights. I’m fitter than I was a month ago, and the month before that, and our family bond is stronger than ever.