How WW is Helping this New Mom Keep Up with Her Toddler
*People following the WW program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds/week. Jonna lost weight on a prior program and is continuing on PersonalPoints™.
As told to Katerina Gkionis
When I became a mom for the first time in December 2018, I figured the 30 pounds I gained over nine months would just melt off after giving birth.
At first, I lost some weight naturally. But after that, I felt stuck. As a new mom without the time or energy to cook, I’d rely on fast food. When I’d go to the drive-thru for lunch and pick up 12-piece chicken nuggets, waffle fries, and a milkshake, I’d say to myself, “I just had a baby. I’ve earned this!”
My energy levels were low and my diet only made things worse: I’d feel groggy and tired after I ate. At the same time, my body felt really different: Things wiggled and jiggled in places that they didn’t used to. I felt uncomfortable about the way I looked—particularly when I had to wear a more casual outfit to a formal wedding because the dress I’d banked on didn’t fit.
A few days after the wedding, I weighed myself. Inching far too close to my peak pregnancy weight, I realized things were getting out of hand. I knew I needed to do something.
By April of 2019, I’d gone back to work as an executive assistant at a local hospital. One of my company benefits included a corporate discount code to WW, so I decided to take the leap and I joined as a Digital member.
I didn’t have time to get a massage or take a bubble bath, so WW, I resolved, would be my self-care. I knew I could find the time to eat healthier and get more active.
A fresh start
Because I didn’t want to eat boring grilled chicken all the time, I started using Instagram to find recipe ideas, following WW members who were making delicious meals. I found a shrimp fried rice recipe made with cauliflower rice, and even saw a shrimp and pasta dish—a relief since I didn’t want to give up carbs! I loved the camaraderie and accountability of social media so much that I started sharing my own journey from my Instagram handle @naturallyglam.
My husband, who will gladly eat anything I cook as long as it tastes good, was super supportive of my new eating approach. And the same goes for my son, who also took to the ZeroPoint foods I was eating like peas, bananas, mango, and salmon.
What Jonna ate then vs. now
|Breakfast||Hard-boiled eggs and protein shake||Hard-boiled eggs and a light protein shake plus an apple, orange, or grapes|
|Lunch||Fast-food chicken nuggets with waffle fries and a milkshake or frosted lemonade||Salad with romaine lettuce, grilled chicken or shrimp, cucumber, bell pepper, mushrooms, and bean sprouts with red-wine vinaigrette|
|Dinner||Fried chicken and mashed potatoes with a side of coleslaw||Air-fried salmon, sautéed shrimp, or grilled chicken breast with broccoli, corn, green beans, and roasted Brussels sprouts or sautéed kale|
|Snacks||Chips and candy||Pre-portioned bags of chips, a light granola bar, an apple, or an orange|
I quickly learned to stick with ZeroPoint foods like Greek yogurt and eggs for breakfast and lean proteins like grilled chicken or grilled shrimp for lunch when I knew I was going out for dinner so I could enjoy a drink or two without going over my Budget.
Riding the success train
I lost 10 pounds* over the first few months on the program. I had plenty of ZeroPoint foods to choose from, like fruits, lean protein, and veggies plus salmon—my favorite! And I had more than enough PersonalPoints, which I don't mind tracking since it reminds me to make healthier choices and be selective. To date, I'm at a total of 26 pounds* lost!
Eating more wholesome foods and less fast food gives me a little more pep in my step—a good thing now that my son is starting to walk! I even have extra energy to exercise on my own: I bring my little guy to daycare at my gym while I walk on the treadmill or weight train.
If I don’t have time to get out, I’ll squeeze in a 20-minute home workout using my dumbbells or kettlebell. I never regret it!
I’ve always taken care of myself when it comes to my hair, makeup, style, and career, but now it feels like I’m finally hitting the mark with my health and weight. Every week when I track what I eat, and the scale moves in the right direction, I feel more confident. And when the scale doesn’t move? I still feel good about earning PersonalPoints and eating healthier.
It helps that I’m getting so much positive feedback from members on Instagram and Connect—it’s like I’m surrounded by positivity, which definitely affects the way I feel when I look in the mirror.
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