Success Stories

How This WW Member Lost 28 Pounds* At Age 65

It’s never too late to live your best life!
Published November 18, 2019

*People following the WW program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds/week. Ann lost weight on a prior program and is continuing on PersonalPoints™.

As told to Katerina Gkionis

WW and I go way back: After I reached my weight loss goal in the 90s, I began working as an editor for WW magazine and as a part-time WW Coach in Manhattan until 2004 when I retired and moved away from the city.

While I incorporated a few weekly walks into my new routine, I slipped into old habits of eating out without being mindful of what I was consuming. As a result, I began to gain some weight back. While I wasn’t angry at myself, I felt demoralized and resigned to my new figure.

In November 2016, one of my friends told me that she had lost some weight on WW. “Been there, done that,” I thought. “WW isn’t for me anymore.” But later that evening, I started questioning why: Foolishly, I thought my weight didn’t bother me anymore. But on the brink of turning 65 years old, I realized, I’d begun to feel uncomfortable in my own skin.

When I’d get dressed up to go out, I couldn’t fit into my favorite dresses; when I’d take out my road bike, my workout shorts felt tight. And worst of all? When I’d get on the floor to play with my grandkids, I struggled to get up. After all these years, I wondered, shouldn’t I be taking care of—and loving—myself?

Starting anew

A few months before my 65th birthday, I drove to a WW Studio and walked in feeling like a brand new member.

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During my first week back on the program, I browsed through the WW app to get a sense of how my current eating patterns measured up to my PersonalPoints Budget. For years, my husband and I would enjoy a trifecta of protein, veggies, and a starch or two every night. But then I started to think: Do I really need the pasta and the bread? So a few days that first week, we skipped our starches and stuck with seafood like baked flounder or grilled shrimp and vegetables like caramelized broccoli—and we didn’t miss a thing!

What Ann ate then vs. now 

BreakfastSugary cereal with milk or frozen waffles with eggs and baconScrambled egg whites and a banana plus coffee with skim milk
LunchA turkey club or tuna salad sandwich with French friesSalad with a grilled chicken breast or grilled shrimp, fresh green beans, tomatoes, pine nuts, fat-free feta with a low-calorie pita
DinnerBaked pork or chicken legs with pasta, rice, or potatoes, and Italian bread with butterFlounder, shrimp, turkey burgers, or steak with caramelized broccoli, cauliflower, green peas, cabbage, or brussels sprouts; or cauliflower crust pizza with fat-free cheese
SnacksSandwich cookies, pound cake, and ice creamClementines, apples, nuts, WW Sea Salt Hummus Crisps, WW Salted Chickpeas, WW Oat and Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies, or strawberries with fat-free whipped cream

When I returned to my WW Studio the following week, my clothes were already feeling a little looser. At my Wellness Check-in, the scale confirmed that I’d lost a few pounds*.

With my initial success and the support from the members in my Workshop, I was excited to continue. As per the laws of physics, “a body in motion tends to stay in motion”—and I definitely felt the momentum.

At my Workshop that day, I mentioned a snack that I wanted to try. The next week, my WW Coach surprised me with a sample. Her small act of kindness made me feel like I mattered. There was no way I was going to miss my next Workshop!

Tracking what I ate—something I’d always inspired my members to do when I was a WW Coach—became a new non-negotiable for me. I also pre-prepped my meals more often and stopped eating out as much. On the program, I felt a sense of relief, control, and confidence.

Investing in myself

When I joined WW, I bought a spin bike to take virtual classes. Investing in an expensive piece of exercise equipment was out of the ordinary for me. While I might not have splurged on myself a few years ago, I began to see things differently: My wellness has become my priority.

Now, no matter the weather or the season, I can access my spin classes from home. And I still get active outside when I can.

Never too late

While my weight used to hold me back, once I began to lose it, I realized I could kneel on the floor with my grandchildren and take longer bike rides. I could go ice skating and travel. I’ve developed this sense of freedom that I hadn’t felt in a long, long time.

I joined WW to fit into one of my favorite dresses, look in the mirror, and smile at what I saw.  But now, I’ve also become the healthiest I can be.

In addition to losing 28 pounds* and keeping it off for two years, I came out of retirement to lead WW Workshops as a WW Coach once again. As a role model for members of all ages, I can honestly say my age doesn’t hold me back—and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me.

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