Success Stories

Ron’s Healthy Life Experiment Paid Off

After this scientist’s “Eureka!” realization, he discovered a love for running and a zest for life that have helped him stay fit and have fun.
Published December 3, 2015

Ron lost 10 lbs*

*People following the WW program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds/week. Ron lost weight on a prior program and is continuing on PersonalPoints™. Watch Ron’s journey of moving towards a healthy life in the video below.

In Ron’s words:
When I was studying for my PhD in grad school in my 20s, the pizza and beer did not mesh with my figure. When I returned to my home in Atlanta, I tried on an old pair of pants and they were pretty tight. That night, I was watching a weight-loss show on TV, still wearing those pants, and I had my “Come to Jesus” moment: “I shouldn’t have to be dealing with my weight at my age.” So I joined WW.

Ron’s first steps to change

Just give it two weeks
I joined WW Digital because I didn’t think I’d be able to attend WW Workshops regularly. I started a few weeks before Thanksgiving, and I read articles on about staying on plan around the holidays. I also read success stories of men and women who were able to lose weight and keep it off.

Take control of takeout
Instead of ordering out, I started cooking more often. I can’t get enough of Asian cuisine. I used to love breaded, fried takeout like sweet-and-sour chicken; now I make my own healthy stir-fries at home, using significantly less oil. I’ll make chicken or beef with broccoli and lots of veggies, and I started swapping in brown rice for white.

The power of a resolution
In 2004, a friend and I were at a New Year’s Eve party, and everyone was dancing. So we vowed to take salsa classes in the New Year. Fast forward 11 years, and I’m still dancing. But now, I find that I can move more swiftly across the dance floor. Salsa keeps you young, helps you stay fit, and is just so much fun.

How Ron’s success with WW has improved his life

Only settle for the best
Yes, I live in the South, but it’s not like we eat fried chicken and collard greens with pork every day. I’ve become desensitized to those foods since I’ve lived here most of my life. If I’m going for something decadent, I prefer fusion cuisine or dishes like Korean fried chicken or lobster mac ’n’ cheese. My mantra: If you’re going to indulge, have a small amount of the tastiest there is.

Get a running start
When I joined WW, exercise became part of my weekly routine. I’d run 4 to 5 miles each time I worked out. But when a colleague suggested we run a half marathon, I thought, “Oh no, I’ve never wanted to run 13.1 miles,” but I signed up anyway. Soon after that race, a friend who was a part of a running team asked me if I wanted to join his group. I was hesitant at first but I joined anyway. I became faster, shaving off quite a few seconds from my time, and I gained a brand-new group of friends who encourage me to do my best.

Take a chance
I’ve learned that throughout different stages in your life, you have to step outside your comfort zone — that’s the only way you grow. That’s how I got my PhD, how I ran three half marathons — and how I attended a salsa dance congress in Croatia. When you start taking care of yourself, start enjoying outside activities, start realizing that you’re good enough and that you’re perfect the way you are — then you realize that life is pretty awesome.