Why Weight Watchers is working for me

I have battled with my weight my whole life (those of you who have followed my journey from the start know would know that I lost a whopping 50kgs over a 2yr period, for those of you who are new to my little part of the internet, now you know it too).  I spent the first 24 years of my life as the fat kid, and I don’t know what happened but at 24 after years of hating myself and battling to fit in to society (and clothing) something clicked and I started a diet called Cohen with a friend of mine and the weight fell off. My first month on Cohen I lost 7kgs, it was hectic, it was strict, there was no room for error and I became OBSESSED. I needed to be thinner, I needed to see results, and I got them. I lost 20kgs in 6 months. Now a lot of you are thinking, “Oh my god, what is Cohen and how the heck can I get involved in it?” and my advice to you is this, if you have a HUGE amount of weight to lose (I am talking 50kgs plus) then Cohen is great to get that big amount off quickly and motivate yourself to believe you can do it (because you can… if I can, you freaking can), but it is not something you can sustain for the rest of your life, and that is something I have been battling with since I lost all the weight. Cohen was my safe place, I knew it worked, I knew I could do it, I would lose the weight, do the re-feeding and then fall back into my bad food habits that got me fat in the first place. I genuinely think a lot of people who battle with weight are food addicts (I know I am) but sadly you can’t go into rehab to help you quit food. It’s not a drug, you need it to survive (sadly, unlike a Cocaine habit) you can’t just “go clean”.

I am not going to tell you how I lost the other 30kgs before Cohen because it was unhealthy and I shocked and starved my poor body using any means necessary to drop a kg. I was sick mentally and damaging my body in ways that I will never be able to fix BUT it was positively effecting my body and the results I got were positive (losing weight, everyone telling me how great I looked, how much of an inspiration I was, meanwhile I was crying from hunger pains, obsessing about my size of jeans forming a very unhealthy eating disorder).

The only way I knew how to lose weight was starving myself, or Cohen and I have been repeating this cycle for the last 3 years. Put on a kg, starve myself and lose 3, put on 5kgs do Cohen and lose 7 all the while missing out on actually living and hating myself and being repulsed by my body. My social life died (why would I go out if I couldn’t eat at a restaurant, enjoy a glass of wine or OMG have a Cappuccino). I became desperate again, I wanted to be able to live a little without putting on weight and falling into my own traps, and that is when I considered Weight Watchers. I had done Weight Watchers before (when I was in my early early 20’s and never really stuck it out and it became another one of my failed diets), but this time I knew I had the willpower and I had a friend who had a body to die for, a social life and had lost a significant amount of Weight on Weight Watchers so I thought, “heck let me try it” if it doesn’t work I know Cohen does (see, it is always my fall back plan)

It is the best thing I have ever done. I cannot praise Weight Watchers enough.  I have been on the program for 5 weeks now and am the happiest I have ever been on a diet or eating plan.  In my first 2 weeks I only lost 200g which upset me a lot because I was being so good and tracking all my points, but in the weeks since then I have lost a kg at every weekly weigh in (except for the one I skipped after my weekend at Splashy Fen where I knew I had eaten badly and lived a little too hard).  I am allowed to eat a wide variety of foods, actually I am allowed to eat anything I want I just have to stay within my points limit (which is 23 points a day).

To give you an idea of how great it is and how the points system works  this morning for breakfast I had a piece of Woolies Rye Bread (1.5 points) egg whites (0 points), half an avocado (2 points) and a beacon Easter egg (1 point) which brought my breakfast points count to 4.5 points, of the 23 I am allowed to consume a day. It’s great!  I think we all need to know that to lose weight or keep weight off you need to make some sacrifices but those scarifies should not be every single day of your life. If you want to have a beer, have it (Castle Light 330ml, 1.5points) if you want to go out for Indian Food have that damn Chicken Korma (14 +/- points) but know that if you are going to have Korma for dinner you need to be eating free points food (most vegetables) for breakfast and lunch so that you can indulge in a delicious dinner. It’s allowed me to live, to have a life, to stop avoiding social gatherings, to be able to go out for dinner and have a glass of wine (100ml dry white wine, 1 point) and to FINALLY get some balance in my life and figure out that food is not the enemy if eaten in moderation and if you make smart decisions you can live the life you deserve in the body you dream of.

I want to lose quite a bit of weight still but I want to do it in a healthy way and I want this to be a lifestyle not a quick fix to a long term problem. I still hate my body and have days where I don’t want to leave the house because I think I look awful from the neck down and hide behind my hair (which is the only thing I really like about myself) and I know that I need help with that (which I seeing a psychologist for). Losing weight is only 30% of the problem (well for me at least) but starting this Weight Watchers journey is really helping be see that I can be happy, have a healthy looking body and be able to find some balance at long last.

This isn’t a sponsored post but if you would like to find out more about Weight Watchers, how to get started, the costs involved etc please drop me a mail I am more than willing to help you and when you do start to keep you in check.

I am going to have a Cappuccino (1.5 points) from Seattle now, because what is a life without great coffee and a piece of cake (8 points) every now and then? Heck, it is no life I want to live.

  • Ruby Letters

    April 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

    This post right here….amazing..and brave…and just WOW. Seriously…i have no doubt that being able to put this all out there was hard, but also rewarding.
    I’m going to very cheesy and go as far as to say i am incredibly proud of you….for all of it. And it’s dumb because i’m no one significant…i’m not a parent or a sibling or a significant other or a close friend or a mentor…but you’re human and i’ m human..and damn girl…good freaking job!

    • Justine

      April 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply

      You’re very important and a constant source of encouragement and advice. I dig you 😘😘😘

  • Kate Low

    April 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for being so brave sharing this. I know how much my weight has impacted me physically and mentally. It’s a struggle so many people have. Asking for help and getting help is a strength not a weakness. Well done for getting help.

    • Justine

      April 21, 2017 at 2:51 pm Reply


  • Lauren Bewhay

    April 22, 2017 at 8:21 am Reply

    Wow Jus, what an interesting read, I can relate to it in so many ways. I feel like I am constantly fighting a battle with my weight and same as you, I am reluctant to go out as I can’t drink, eat nice dinners etc… Very difficult. Thanks for sharing your story, nice to know I am not the only one who feels like that!!

    • Justine

      April 23, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply

      If you can, try out Weight Watchers! It really is great to give you balance and be able to have a sneaky wine and a carb every now and then!

  • PuddingFace

    April 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm Reply

    This is awesome! What a lovely read and so informative. I’ve been on weight watchers before and felt like the weight wasn’t moving fast enough😩 I did it and feel off about 5 years ago when my mom died and I haven’t tried it since. I’m currently doing Banting and it seems to be working…for now. You should know how these things go. Congratulations on your journey and taking steps towards a healthier you! All the best😘

  • Candice

    April 24, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

    wow, related so much to this. Even inspired to try write myself… Thanks Justine 🙂 and I’m so glad Weight Watchers is working for you x

    • Justine

      April 24, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply

      It’s so great I cannot say enough nice things!

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