Joe – healthier and happier
By Terri Stansell, Leader and Writer
Joe joined Weight Watchers for the fourth time in August 2016. Before joining he found that he had to sit and rest, after a task as simple as tying his shoes. He knew he needed a lifestyle change.
Joe’s workplace offered an At Work meeting during his lunch time. His employer incentivized the employees who joined the At Work Weight Watchers meeting, offering to pay part of the membership fees if the employee attended a certain number of meetings. Having a meeting on his lunch break and not having to leave work to attend the meeting made this a convenient choice for Joe and the employer incentive made it a home run.
Joe found that the At Work meeting provided everything he needed. The meetings gave him accountability, support and information that would help him to make the changes necessary to reach his goals. The At Work meeting provided some additional built-in support too because he worked and attended Weight Watchers with his co-workers. Joe said when he was struggling during the day, it was easy to walk over to another member at his workplace and talk for a few minutes. Also, having the meetings on-site removed the excuses for not attending the meetings.
Though Joe did not find his way to a gym, he did find adding activity was easier. He and his co-workers would pair up and take quick walks during afternoon breaks. Joe was getting his activity in at work, which was a BIG WIN.
Using the convenient digital tools made Weight Watchers an easier fit for Joe. Tracking on the app helped him make better food choices during his lunch hour and the barcode scanner made finding SmartPoints values simple.
Before Weight Watchers, Joe ate out often for lunch and still does. Now he uses eTools, the Weight Watchers tracking app, which helps him make better food choices during his lunch hour.
Here’s some of the non-scale victories Joe has been motivated by:
- Health changes: His blood pressure dropped resulting in Joe’s health professional discontinuing his blood pressure medications and Joe’s cholesterol was normal for the first time EVER!
- At work, Joe finds himself reaching for fruits and vegetables, automatically, when looking for a snack…. instead of the chocolate, cookies, and other sweets.
- Joe is happier! He looks at things differently and feels more positive. And not just more positive toward others, but toward himself, a HUGE change for Joe.
- Joe has always loved ties, but couldn’t wear them for a long time. Now he wears a tie, every day, not because he has to but because he CAN.
Joe reached his goal weight this year having lost 55 lbs. He is excited and motivated to stay at his goal and now weighs what he did when he got out of the Army 23 years ago.
His advice to others— “Don’t expect overnight results. Learn the program and work the program. Make it fit into your life. We sometimes get caught up in the SmartPoints numbers and lose sight of why we are doing this and what we are doing. This is a lifestyle, not a diet.”
Now Joe lives this life to the fullest, celebrating every victory…. scale and non-scale.