Yesterday, my husband Charles got to goal at Weight Watchers. He lost 73.2 pounds after joining Weight Watchers. Here are before and after pictures:
When we got married Charles was just a little bit over his normal weight range:
After we got married he started eating the kinds of foods I was eating and he quickly lost weight. He says he got down to 182 pounds then (his current goal weight is 182.8 pounds, with a goal weight of 184 pounds):
But, as time went on and we had kids and a busy life, he slowly added pounds. The before picture above was probably close to his high weight, which is probably about 10 pounds higher than he weighed when he joined Weight Watchers. There were a few things that caused him to decide to lose weight. First, he says he wanted to make sure he was around for me and he was concerned that his blood pressure was rising and medication didn’t seem to be controlling it well. At his worst he says his blood pressure was around 190/100. Then, a co-worker had a heart problem at work which shook him up and caused him to think more about health and losing weight.
Over the years, he saw me go back to Weight Watchers from time to time. I noticed that when I was losing weight, we would usually eat healthier and would go out less. As a result, he would lose some weight. And, when I would backslide, he would backslide as well.
Then, in December of 2007, because of the health concerns he had, he decided to join Weight Watchers with me when I returned to it once again. We attended for several months and he lost 24 pounds. But, then for reasons I don’t remember, we quit going. In 2009, he went back. When I quit going to meetings, I usually gain. But, in his case he had maintained a lot of his loss during that period. We went to a few meetings, but quit again due to scheduling problems. Finally, we went back again in August 2010. Again, he had maintained some of his loss but had regained about 10 pounds from his lowest weight.
By this time, he had retired and had time to spend on weight loss efforts. He did great and started losing. He got down to 194 pounds at his lowest. But, around that time, we started looking at houses and then were involved in moving. We quit going to meetings regularly and he regained some weight and got up to 201 pounds. Then we sporadically attended meetings, and by October, 2012 he got down to 188.8 pounds within 5 pounds of his goal weight of 184 pounds. But, then we quit going to Weight Watchers for a few months. When he went back in early 2013, he had gained almost 10 pounds. He bounced around for a few months as we again sporadically went to meetings. Finally, in October 2013, we went back and resolved to attend meetings regularly.
He did well. He improved the overall quality of what he was eating even at times when he was on a plateau. One thing he was really happy about was that as he lost weight his blood pressure dropped dramatically. He went from needing to be on medication to now needing no blood pressure medication. He says that at a doctor’s visit a few days ago week his blood pressure was 110/72. While I know he is glad to weigh less and look better, I think that was probably the best thing for him about losing weight.
By the end of February, he was 4.4 pounds away from his goal. But, then things seemed to stall. Over a 5 week period, he lost 1 pound. During all the time had been on Weight Watchers, he didn’t really track his points on the Weight Watchers site. He did get a Fitbit Flex and so tracked his activity, but he didn’t count calories. He did count Weight Watchers points in his head, but I don’t think he was all that precise about it. I suggested a few times that he might want to start formally tracking, but he wasn’t that interested.
He told me, though, that he really wanted to get to goal by my birthday. So, about three weeks ago, he came and asked me how to go about recording what he ate on My Fitness Pal. I told him and he started carefully tracking everything he ate. Three weigh ins later, he had lost 4.6 pounds and weighed in Friday at 1.2 pounds below his goal! His reaching goal on my birthday was really the best birthday present I could ever get.