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.
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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.
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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.
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