Vanessa has battled with her weight most of her life, describing herself as an “emotional eater”. Here she tells us how she managed to change her habits and lose 4 stone.
I have battled with my weight since I was a very young child. I used to attend dietitians and was in and out of Temple Street Hospital as a teenager. I’m sure if I was to look at notes now, I would have been in the obese category. I remember making my confirmation, and I was a size 18. And I got bigger again.
It has been a massive journey for me mentally. I’ve had to ask myself why I was eating the way I was. Why was I turning to food. There have been events this year that have shook me and made me stop, assess and address the reasons why I was overeating. Any event in my life, from a child onwards, I would turn to food like a comfort.
I have been 20 years in an out of Weight Watchers, but wouldn’t get near goal, because I never addressed my emotional issues. I needed to wait until I was mentally ready to give it my all.
In 2016, there were two sudden deaths in my family. The underlying issue with both of them was an unhealthy lifestyle. With two young children myself – a son aged 5 and a daughter aged 3, I want to be around as long as I can be. I don’t want to be irresponsible in that way. In January 2017, I re-joined Weight Watchers with my pal and next door neighbour Kellyann I couldn’t have done it without her. We spurred each other on.
Prior to losing the weight, I had been taking anti-inflammatory treatments for my back, a problem that they never associated with my weight, it was only when I went back for my 6 month review that they couldn’t believe the movement. They thought I had a condition which affected the lower part of my spine. Now they have said I don’t have that condition and have more or less signed me off. It was a major non-scales victory.
I reached my personal goal of 4 stone on the 4th October 2017, I have been maintaining this since. Overall, I am ecstatic with my progress, I feel both mentally and physically healthier and happier. I can run around the playground with my kids now. I can run up the hills. That is not something that I realised I wasn’t doing until I started doing it, if that makes sense. Loads of stuff I have done over the last few months, I realised I couldn’t do it before.
I really can’t take the smile off my face!
Vanessa talks Flex
I have been trying the new Flex programme for a few weeks and I find it fantastic for helping me maintain my current weight. I am fuller, satisfied and I am absolutely loving the flexibility of being able to carry forward my Smartpoints for certain things – events at the weekend, takeaways, treats. It has really added to the livability of Weight Watchers. Big thumbs up from me!
*Results can vary from person to person.