Success Stories

Natasha and Robert Daly

Natasha and Robert Daly

From:

Drogedha

Start weight:

Natasha 11st 12lbs, Robert 16st 12lbs

Now:

Natasha 10st 3lbs, Robert 14st

Lost:

Natasha 1st 9lbs, Robert 2st 12lbs

Class:

Barbican Centre, Drogheda

Coach:

Geraldine Flanagan

Natasha says:

“I had been to Weight Watchers before, about 15 years ago, and managed to lose some weight then, but over the years it crept back on. I had started to feel a bit down about my weight, and wasn’t feeling comfortable in my clothes, so I looked online to see where my local class was.

It took me about three weeks to work up the courage to join; taking the first step is the most daunting part. So, without saying anything to anybody, I went along to the class in Drogheda and got started. Of course, my husband, Robbie was wondering where I had got to, so when I told him, we talked about joining up together. Knowing that there wouldn’t be many other men in the class, he wasn’t that keen at first but eventually he decided to give it a try. It’s funny, because he was all nervous to begin with and worried about not understanding the program, I only had to explain it to him once and he was flying.

I find the WW Flex® plan easy to follow, especially as there are 200+ zero SmartPoint® foods including most fruit and vegetables, skinless chicken & turkey breast, all unsmoked seafood, legumes, eggs and more. Black grapes are my saviour, if I fancy a snack at night while I’m watching the TV, I nibble on a bunch of them. Going to the classes with Robbie worked out really well, we take regular walks together and we’re always checking in with each other.

Robert says:

“I never had a problem with my weight, and I was always really active. I ran the Dublin City Marathon in 2012 and 2013, so that was the level of fitness that I had been at. I was in the army working as a mechanic, but I injured my back, so in 2015 I had to leave.

The injury was pretty bad, so overnight I went from running 10k a day, to being stuck on the couch. The problem was that I kept eating the way I had been when I was training and so after a few months I ballooned, which of course made my back injury even worse.

I joined at the end of June 2016 and I decided I was just going to get stuck in. I own a bus company and the first week of the program I was away at a festival driving a brass band around, so I didn’t feel like I was going to do great, but I just stuck to the few healthy tips that my Coach Geraldine, had given me, and when I got back on the scales the following week, I had lost five and a half pounds.

The keys for me were to reduce portion sizes and cut down on my sugar consumption. I used to drink a whole bottle of an energy drink and think that I was great because it wasn’t Coke; little did I know I was practically drinking my entire daily SmartPoints® allowance, so it was a big learning curve for me. I’ve since cut out sugar in my coffee and I haven’t had a full sugar Coke in over a year.

At class one day, one of the other members mentioned how she treated her SmartPoints like they are money. That really clicked for me; suddenly I realised that spending 11 SmartPoints on a Mars Bar was not worth it, so I got pretty stingy about what I used my Points on, but occasionally I’d flash the cash and splurge on a pint or a cheeseburger!

I had been attending physio for my back, and the physiotherapist is also a Pilates instructor, so she suggested I give it a try. At first, I thought, no way – I was already in Weight Watchers, and now I’d have to be surrounded by more women in a Pilates class! I come from an army family, so it was only ever football or GAA where I was from. Still, I decided to give the Pilates a try, and I found it brilliant; I go every week to the class in Balbriggan and between that and losing weight, the changes have been unbelievable. I was literally stuck to the couch before, but now I’m out walking and being active. I’ve come on leaps and bounds with my injury, and I know there is no way I’d be back on my feet if I hadn’t adopted healthier habits and lost weight. Even my orthopaedic surgeon in the Mater told me that surgery could never guarantee results, but what I’ve been doing has been working so to keep at it.

It’s been great for the whole family, we have an eight-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son, and they’ve picked up on all our healthy eating habits and they’ve naturally cut down on sugar. Before, any chocolate that we bought would never last long in our house, but these days it could be sitting there a couple of weeks. My daughter is really clued in about what’s better food choices and eats lots of fruit. A couple of lads that I’ve worked with have seen what I’ve done, and as a result they’ve also started to make changes. As a family we’re a lot more active – we’re outdoors, on the beach, out walking and enjoying life, it’s opened up a whole new world to us.”

 


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