I smile with pride

Discover how Susan was able to gain her confidence back with the help of WW

Susan Hansell-Davis, 52, Lost 104 lb*

*People following the WW plan can expect to lose up to two pounds per week. Susan lost 104 lb on a prior WWs program and SmartPoints®.

“When I see my wrinkles, I see the good parts— the smiles—and I see the bad parts—a broken heart—and it’s my life.”

Only a few years ago, I was 100 pounds heavier. My weight has always gone to my hips and my butt. When I saw a plastic folding chair, I was afraid to sit in it. I was so self-conscious about how my butt looked in clothes. 

 I was always so anxious and worried about people noticing me until I realized—after losing weight—that they hadn’t noticed me at all. Today, people will help me with my groceries at the store or with my luggage on the airplane. I never noticed that this wasn’t happening before, but it’s amazing what self-confidence can bring you. I give off good energy, and I get it in return. 

 I’m 52 years old, and I have no problem saying it. I’m embracing my age, and where I am in life. I could beat myself up about how I didn’t care for myself the way I should have for years. I could dwell on my regrets, but I choose not to. I have teenage children and sometimes I wish I had showed them earlier on how wonderful it is to feel good about yourself. But, I’m showing them now. 

 When I make good meal choices, my sons notice. When I choose to go out and exercise, they notice. I’m giving them that passion for life, and I can only hope that it sticks. I’m teaching them that it’s important to smile. I think I have a great smile; I do have those little wrinkles next to my eyes and I have those wrinkles near my mouth, but it’s who I am and how I want to present myself to the world. 

 Age brings you a lot of things, but the best is wisdom. You get rid of all the garbage in your life. You no longer let people control how you feel about yourself. You start feeling beautiful.