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‘I Lost 80 Pounds By Following This Super-Popular Eating Plan’

THE FOOD

I joined Weight Watchers and committed to going to a meeting every Monday night—even if I would just weigh in and go back to work. I chose Weight Watchers because I liked the aspect of the meeting rooms. That made the big difference for me. Even if I had ups and downs, being able to go back into a meeting and immediately feel like I wasn’t alone was what I needed. I used to feel like people weren’t going through the same weight-loss journey as I was. Maybe they were, but I didn’t really see it among my friends. Going to a Weight Watchers meeting and being able to say “I ate an entire box of Cheez-Its last night” and having people understand instead of hearing “Why didn’t you stop?” made me feel normal. I made friends at meetings that I would look forward to seeing week after week.

THE REWARD

I finally feel like I am worthy of the journey to stay healthy. To this day, self-love is one of my biggest hurdles that I face. But the thoughts I have about myself have grown from shame to like to love.

For so long I believed that if I just lost 50 pounds everything would be great. But unfortunately, once you lose the weight, you have to deal with why you’re unhappy. Negative self-talk is a big thing that I struggle with.

In Weight Watchers I learned helpful strategies such as flipping to a positive thought when you have a negative one in your head, or if you think you’re going to weigh in heavier, telling yourself three good things that went right last week. I can’t thank this journey enough for giving me that.

The first few weeks were a wake-up call. I had been way off-base with what a real portion size was. I was eating the recommended amount of daily points in a single meal! Seeing the calorie and nutritional value laid out this way really helped steer me to healthier options like fruits and veggies.

DANI’S NUMBER-ONE TIP

Find your tribe! You do not have to do this journey alone. Use social media, use a support group, find a friend. Whatever you need to do, know there are people in your corner rooting for you to succeed. If you can’t think of someone, reach out to me and I will be your cheerleader!

At my heaviest, between 2004 and 2005, I weighed 235 pounds. I was lazy with my eating. I didn’t care or love myself enough to make a change for a long time. It was so much easier to
THE CHANGE
In fall of 2009, I hit my breaking point. I was tired of being unhappy within my own body. I was tired of sitting on the sidelines of my own life. Whenever I went out, I would take people’s photos in order to avoid being in them. If friends were going to the beach, I’d turn down the invite. I didn’t feel comfortable exploring the city for fear I would be too big to fit certain places. I picked the safe things to do where I could hide in the background or be one of a group. Avoiding photo opps backfired that Halloween. After looking at a picture of myself from a Halloween party, I walked into my first official Weight Watchers meeting on November 2, and never looked back.