“I remember I always used to roll my eyes when people would say, ‘it’s not about the number on the scales, it’s about how you feel’, but now I know that they’re completely right. I’ve met so many inspirational people in the workshop, and I’ve learned from them that there is no need to feel deprived. It is about finding a balance; it doesn’t have to be ‘all or nothing’. Realising that I can have everything in moderation is what made it all click for me.”
My energy levels have soared. I’m on the go from 6am, I have a busy job, four kids and I attend college two nights a week; I never thought I’d be able to get through all of that without sugar. These days I feel so much happier in myself and my general sense of well-being has improved. I’m two sizes smaller in suits and I can wear slim fit shirts. It’s great being able to just run up the stairs in work without needing to sit down afterwards, and when I come home each evening, I still have the energy to play with the kids.
When I look back now, I realise I had a very unhealthy relationship with food. I spend a lot of time in the car, so I’d often stop at the M1 Services and stock up on rubbish. I drank around ten cans of Coke a day and my desk drawer was always full of chocolate. Dinner was often a take-away. My eating habits were not only unhealthy, they also made me feel bad in myself.
I was enthusiastic about losing weight, but so not so keen about the thought of the WW workshop; it was attending with my wife, Sinéad, that gave me the encouragement I needed. When I got there and learned about SmartPoints®, it was a revelation. I stuck to my allowance rigidly and lost weight quite quickly. I’ve learned that I was often eating more out of habit than hunger, and there have been many times since when I’ve had to remind myself of that as I find myself driving into M1 Services for a snack!
I’m so lucky that I have the support of Sinéad; she does up all the menu plans and makes the meals, and I couldn’t be happier that she’s reached her Goal Weight. At the weekend, we try to get out for a walk together, and I always feel great after I’ve done some exercise.
The workshops have been unbelievable; the people there are genuinely interested in how you’re getting on, and it’s hard to put into words how great our Wellness Coach, Allison, is. After a bad week, you might feel reluctant to go to the workshop, but that’s the time when you need it most. Going there each week gives us a focus and has become a part of our routine. It’s such a welcoming place with a great sense of community.
Alan’s wellness tips:-
- Search ww.ie and find a wellness workshop that suits you and stick with it, you might think that you can do it on your own, but the support you find there will make all the difference.
- Stick it out and be honest with yourself; don’t let a bad day turn into a bad week and so on.