Kellie Discovered A New Passion

Healthy changes didn’t just make Kellie feel better—it expanded her world.
Published December 17, 2018

Kellie 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). Kellie lost weight on a prior program and is continuing on WeightWatchers.

In Kellie’s words:
When I went in for my yearly physical in 2013, my doctor told me that my blood pressure was so high that I was considered pre-hypertensive. That’s the last step before you have to go on medication. I have a family history of hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. I didn’t want my daughter to be afraid of losing me. I wanted to be around for her high school graduation and so many more moments in her life. That’s what pushed me to join WW and stick with the program.

A journey to wellness

Breaking unhealthy traditions
My daughter is my why. I want to change our family history of poor health not just for me, but for her, too. So from the beginning, I’ve made sure to show her this through my actions. For example, every week, we plan our meals and go shopping on Sunday. One of the tricks I taught her is to shop around the perimeter of the market because that's where the fresh produce is located. I always tell her to try to eat foods that are closest to nature.

Changing her body image
When I started the journey years ago, my goal was to fit into a size 2. But as I got older, I noticed how important it was to be healthy, and my outlook changed. I’ve been able to avoid medication and I’ve been able to teach my daughter an important lesson about body image: You don’t have to worry about being overweight or underweight. Just focus on being healthy and having a balanced life.

How Kellie’s success with WW has improved her life

Embracing new things
Now that I’m in my mid-30s, I feel healthier and younger than I felt in my 20s. I’m confident enough to take risks. I’m participating in activities that I never thought my body could do — like running 5Ks and half-marathons. Recently, I started taking hot Pilates classes in a room that’s between 95 and 110 degrees. It’s so challenging, but I love doing it. Bonus: I’ve created new relationships through these classes!

Focusing on the positive
I have a whole different perspective on life now. Before I joined WW, I was in a very introverted, very dark space. Now that I’ve been on the program for a few years, I see all kinds of situations in a different light. Instead of looking for the negative in everything — that’s human nature sometimes! — I try to find the positive. I’ve learned that there’s always a bright side to everything.