Jay Gained Control

When long work hours and twin daughters left Jay with little time for exercise, making small tweaks to his lifestyle changed everything.
Published December 17, 2018

Jay lost 21 lbs*

*At 6 months, participants in a clinical trial of the WW weight-loss program lost an average of 9.7 lbs (5% of body weight). And, people who track their food more often lose more weight. When actual WW members track their food at least two times a week for 6 months they lose on average 16.6 lbs. (7.9% body weight). Jay lost weight on a prior program and is continuing on WeightWatchers.

In Jay’s words:
Ever since I began my career in finance, I was able to expense as much food as I wanted during long office hours, and I totally took advantage — even though my grueling schedule left me little time to work up an appetite at the gym. Then, when my wife got pregnant with our twin daughters and craved milkshakes at midnight or pizza at 3 a.m., I’d indulge with her. It wasn’t until after the girls were born that I realized just how much I’d let myself go.

Changing his habits

Finding control
I felt like I’d lost a lot of the freedom I had before becoming a father — I had even less time to do things for myself, like exercise. Still, I knew there was one thing I could control: what I ate.

Gaming wellness
As soon as I downloaded the WW app, I realized that WW Freestyle is for everyone. I’ve always been a competitive guy and found that using the app gamified my food choices: I’d use it throughout the day to log the foods I ate and check in at night to review how many WeightWatchers I’d eaten. If I went over my daily limit, and tapped into the extras you get each week, then I’d plan to eat a little better the next day. It felt fun.  

How Jay’s success with WW has improved his life

A new way of living
I’ve never looked at WW as a diet. For me, it’s more of a lifestyle choice with a little bit of discipline — it’s eating two pieces of steak instead of three and keeping yourself honest. Now that I’ve lost 22 pounds, I can be a better dad. I feel like I can conquer anything that comes my way mentally or emotionally — like the marathon I’ve always wanted to run. One day, I know I’ll cross that finish line.