Pictured is Fiona Duggan from Killean, before and after she lost 10 stone with Weightwatchers! Here is her story.
Four years on and who would have guessed I could feel so good? Certaintly not me!!!
I felt so miserable, I was so overweight and had absolutely no confidence. I didn’t want to go anywhere as I felt everyone was staring at me. I hated looking at myself in the mirror.
My sister was getting married in Sept 2008, and I was asked to be bridesmaid, I thought that would be all the incentive to lose the weight I would need, how wrong I was! I tried dieting in the lead up to the wedding, but the weight just would not shift. I would try walking with my husband, but because I was so unfit, my legs and back would ache and I would become out of breath. I would end up crying and want to return home. I went to the doctor thinking maybe there was a medical reason I was so overweight, I had blood tests but they were all clear. However I had certain health issues that were definitely associated with my weight.
I was so unhappy about my weight that I made the heartbreaking decision that I couldn’t be bridesmaid for my sister, I was just too unhappy with myself. The wedding came and I was so upset with myself for letting my sister down.
This was the turning point, I decided enough was enough and I had to do something.
Even though I was very determined, I still felt too overweight to attend a meeting, so I started making some changes myself. Gradually I started to see a difference in myself.
When I had lost some weight, I felt more confident, so I joined my local Weightwatchers meeting. I loved the then Points system, I felt I was able to eat what I want, but in moderation. I loved the control which tracking my food gave me, for once I was in charge. The main thing I learned was that even if I did over-indulge, I could just start again, and that’s what I did.
Over the 4 years, I continued going to class as often as I could, and even if there were times when I couldn’t make it, I continued following the points plan and then the fantastic Propoints plan.
I reached my goal weight in October 2012, and what a feeling that was. I have gone to different Weightwatchers classes over the time it took me to lose weight, including to Deirdre in Newry and Catherine in Forkhill, and they were all brilliant. I always felt that the support I got from other members and the leader, really helped me to succeed. I think my leader Catherine was as happy as I was the night I reached my goal weight!
I now feel absolutely fantastic. I feel fit and well. I love going for walks and am never off the road! I love when people comment and praise me on how well I look.
Joining Weightwatchers and losing weight has totally changed my life. I feel energetic, confident, alive and young!! With my new-found confidence, I am now up for any social occasion. Shopping is now a pleasure, whereas before I lost weight, I would often end up crying when shopping, now I love it!
Weightwatchers has changed my life and the life of my family. I have an 11 year old son, who I now have the energy to play with in the garden or on his bike. We are a healthier, happier family. We eat much healthier, lots of fruit, veg and home-cooked meals, rather than me being too tired and getting takeaway food.
I still love my treats, and look forward to them, and the Weightwatchers Propoints plan allow for these with the weekly allowance.
I also still attend my weekly meeting, which I can do free as a gold member. I love the support and banter at the meeting.
I have now lost just over 10 stone!! 3 stone on my own and then 7 stone with Weightwatchers.It has taken me 4 years to get here, with my own hard work, and the help and support of Weightwatchers. But you know what, the weight has stayed off, and it’s going to stay off!!
Thank you Weightwatchers, you have changed my life. x