143 – Half Size Me: How To Live The Life You Love with Valerie (who’s lost over 130 pounds!)

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In this episode of Half Size Me, Heather talks to Valerie about

  • what you need to know about starting maintenance
  • when she realized she was finally doing things differently and that she’d hit her goal
  • how she’s kept off her weight for 7-and-a-half years and
  • what has become easier and what she still struggles with.

About Valerie (in her own words): 

I was always overweight – as far back as I can remember, I was the chubby kid. The “chubby kid” then turned into a heavy teenager, and then an obese adult. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was also always on a diet.

I tried it all, and failed miserably each time. I was always depriving myself of things – no carbs, fat-free, sugar-free; you name it, I tried it! The problem was that I was going about it all the wrong way. After giving birth to my second daughter, I was at my heaviest weight ever: just over 250 lbs. And I was positively miserable. 

I walked into my first Weight Watchers meeting on March 21, 2005 after my doctor had urged me to try it before I sought a consultation with a gastric bypass surgeon. I remember thinking at that first meeting that it was just going to be like everything else I ever did…I would do well at first, lose about 30 lbs and then fall off the wagon hard, after depriving myself of the foods I loved, and gain it all back and then some.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that WW was exactly what I needed. They not only helped me learn the right way to eat – which includes indulging in the foods that I love, but doing it in a controlled, planned way – but the meetings gave me the support and help that I needed to figure out the emotional part of why I had let myself get that way in the first place.

I became a Lifetime member in April of 2007 and have kept the weight off ever since. I lost just over 130 lbs and now have the life that I always dreamed of, but never thought I deserved. I am a Weight Watchers leader and lead 3 meetings per week, where I get to help people feel the way I feel. There is no better or more rewarding job that I can think of having.

So, although I lost a bunch of weight, I gained something far more amazing: a wonderful and happy life full of playing with my kids instead of watching them from the sidelines, a healthy lifestyle that has me (ME!!!) running 5k’s and working out 5 to 6 days a week at the gym, and an incredible job where I get to be a part of helping people transform themselves inside and out.

Resources

FitBit.com

Weight Watchers Active Link

About Half Size Me

The Half Size Me Show is a weekly podcast meant to inspire you and motivate you no matter where you are in your weight loss journey. If you’re just getting started losing weight, or if you’ve started and stopped so many times you’ve lost count, this is the show for you!

Hosted by Heather Robertson, who lost over 170 pounds by learning new eating habits, getting regular exercise, and, most importantly, changing her mindset. She shares her own lessons and struggles as well as how to handle to real challenge of any weight loss journey… weight maintenance.

So, join Heather every week as she shares information, inspiration, and interviews with women who’ve learned weight loss isn’t just about losing pounds, it’s about finding yourself.

Theme music, “Walk Alone” by Jim Armstrong courtesy of MusicAlley.com.

Disclaimer: Heather is not a doctor, nurse, or certified health professional and what works for her or her guests may, or may not, work for you. So, please be sure to talk with your doctor, dietician, or other certified health professional when seeking advice about your own weight loss or weight maintenance plan. All information included in The Half Size Me Podcast and on HalfSizeMe.com is for informational and inspirational purposes only.

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After losing 170 pounds by changing her mindset, developing healthier eating habits, and making exercise part of her lifestyle, Heather decided she wanted to help others who struggled along their weight loss journey. Along with her hubby, Joel, they founded HalfSizeMe.com and the extremely popular Half Size Me Show podcast.