"I lost 25kgs with Weight Watchers Online"


 Weight Watchers Online appealed to me as a busy mum of two young kids with caring duties for a disabled parent. 
After the birth of her second child and weighing in at 90kg, Brooke joined Weight Watchers Online to lose weight and find more energy to look after her family.

How long it took: 53wks
How she did it: Weight Watchers Online

My wake up call
My wake-up call came after the birth of my second child, when I realised I was 10 kilos off from weighing in at 100 kilos. It was a shock! I’d struggled with my weight since I was a teenager, but, at that moment, I thought, ‘I can’t live like this, I have to do something.’ One of my clients, who had lost quite a lot of weight with Weight Watchers, told me I could follow the program online, which appealed to me as a busy mum of two young kids who also had caring duties for a disabled parent.

“Personal training helped me get in shape”
I owe a lot to my girlfriend, Rachel, who is a personal trainer and helped me out for the year it took me to slim down. She trained me at least five or six days a week and, on our off day, would ring to check I was training that day. She pushed me all the way, encouraged me to get into jogging – even though I swore I’d never be a runner – and also encouraged me to tone up with weights. Nowadays, I’m hooked on exercise! I arrange my work around it, so I always have an hour to duck out and exercise. If I’ve got the kids with me, I’ll put one in a pram, the other on his bike and off we go! It’s just become part of my daily routine.

Thinking small was the big change
One of the biggest changes I’ve made to my diet has been with portion sizes. Even now, I’m still careful not to dish up too much because I’m the type to always clear my plate. I’ve also become much more organised with food planning. I used to get to that point in the day when I’d think about what to make for dinner, realise it was too late to go shopping and just throw some frozen chips in the oven. These days, I plan meals in advance, often using the recipes available on the Weight Watchers website. I’ve changed what I snack on, too, swapping my old biscuits and chips preference for fruit, yoghurt and muesli bars.

Never give up!
Since losing weight, I’ve become more confident and energetic – I feel like I can achieve anything. My advice to others? Believe in yourself and never give up!