Lost: 3st 10lbs/23.6kg*
“I always had a problem with my weight as a child and then as a teenager. I tried numerous diets over the years to lose the pounds, but anything I lost would go straight back on, plus a little more.
Then in 1997 I joined Weight Watchers, determined that I was finally going to reach my goal. I lost weight at a steady pace and was amazed when nine months later I had achieved what I set out to do; after that I managed to maintain my weight for a number of years.
Then in 2002 I became pregnant with triplets! I lost a lot of the pregnancy weight over the year after I gave birth simply through running around after three little boys. However, once they started eating solids, everything changed. I started picking at their leftovers and the weight began to pile back on again until I was nearly 15 stone; it wasn’t that I was eating so much; it was just that it was all the wrong things.
I went on a meal replacement diet and lost a couple of stone, but I just couldn’t maintain it, so I decided to go back to Weight Watchers because I knew it worked. The programme was different this time, but I got back into it very easily. The key was not to deprive yourself of anything, and it was also about learning, and gaining the knowledge to make healthier choices.
Even though I’m kept busy with the boys, who are 15 now, I still make sure we all get a healthy meal. I used to be a chef so it’s no problem for me to turn out a couple of different dinners! The whole Weight Watchers approach is a way of life for me now so I don’t have to think too much about it.
I like to have porridge or maybe Weetabix in the morning, then maybe soup and a sandwich for lunch, and later chicken with lots of salad or vegetables. I buy the Weight Watchers chocolate bars and have one for a treat every day. I don’t go to the gym, but I’m kept busy around the house and I make sure to get out for a regular walk.
I still go to meetings regularly to keep a check on myself and because I’m a Gold Member and still at goal, I don’t have to pay for the class. It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey, but I’m proud to say that I’m smaller now than I ever was. When I look back to my wedding day, I was in a size 16/18, now I’m a 10/12, and I feel so much better than I ever did in my 20s.
I used to have high cholesterol, but it’s now at a normal level, and I have so much more energy. Best of all I have more confidence now than ever, I can go out in a pair of jeans and know that I look well. Getting to goal is a great feeling, but knowing that 20 years later, I am still there (and Weight Watchers has played a big part in that) is even better.”
Bev’s tips for success
- Don’t skip meals or let yourself go hungry. Make a plan and batch cook, I always know today what I’m eating tomorrow.
- Write everything down; if you eat Smart you can eat all day. Use the programme to your advantage and you will never feel deprived.
- Especially for mammies, it’s important that you take care of yourself too!