Featured Weight Loss Success Story: Shalonda lost 75 pounds with Weight Watchers, ditching red meat and exercising regularly. Find out more about her motivation and the details of her weight loss journey:
“Hello, my name is Shalonda Robinson. I began my weight loss journey January 27, 2013. To date I have lost 75 pounds doing Weight Watchers. I have always had a weight issue since I was a little girl, but I never imagined I would balloon to over 300 lbs (At my heaviest I was 335 lbs.) after I had my daughter 17 years ago! It had gotten to the point where I was scared to go to sleep for fear I have a heart attack in my sleep. I was tired of my knees hurting, my feet swelling, and just generally not feeling good. I’m 42 and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger and it was only going to get worse. I want to be around for a long time, so I decided enough was enough. I still have 96 lbs to go and I’m determined to reach my goal and keep it off.
I decided to join Weight Watchers. Many people think it’s a diet but they truly teach you how to make smart and healthy decisions. I basically eat all day, but instead of snacking on a bag of chips or a candy bar, I opt for a fruit smoothie or raw veggies to satisfy that desire for crunch. I’ve cut out red meat and pork. That wasn’t something taught by Weight Watchers, however. Really, with Weight Watchers you can eat just about anything. It was a personal decision. I drink 80-96 oz of water daily. I’ve increased my fiber and multi grain intake. My exercise of choice is walking. I walk on the treadmill, while it’s been cold, for about 45 min 3-4 times a week, but I prefer walking the trails in the park. That’s just about it. I will admit, I could be further ahead, but when I slip, I don’t beat myself up over. I just dust myself off and start again. This is a battle I will always have, but I never feel defeated because it’s all in my hands.”