Before & After
Meet Debbie: Our Inspiration for Lose for Good
Debbie lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program
Eight years ago Washington-based Weight Watchers leader Debbie Hugo asked her members to bring in a pound of food for every pound they lost to benefit a local food bank. She had no idea that her “goofy little idea” would catch the attention of our then-CEO, and later be the inspiration for our Lose for Good® campaign.
An Incredible Journey
At nearly 350 pounds, Denise had high cholesterol and blood pressure — not to mention joint pain and trouble walking. Her daughter had recently become pregnant and the thought of not being able to play with her grandchild was the motivation she needed to start losing weight. Weight Watchers meetings helped her get to goal.
When Maureen and her husband Larry started taking dance lessons, they realized they’d have more fun if they weren’t so out of breath. They joined Weight Watchers meetings to stay on track of their food choices and lose some weight. That was eight years ago. Today they’re still wearing their dancing shoes and are more fit than ever.
Sandra had tried every weight-loss fad she came across. But with little success as the years passed, this working mother of three resigned herself to be forever overweight. Until her employer offered a Weight Watchers At Work meeting. With the constant support of her co-workers, she was able to lose the weight.
Claudia Makes a Difference
Claudia lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program and is continuing with PointsPlus.
Claudia joined Weight Watchers back in 2002. She fell in love with the Plan, got to her goal weight and decided to become a Leader. Soon, the Members in her California town began asking for Spanish-language Weight Watchers meetings. A native of Mexico, she decided to begin leading meetings in Spanish. We originally published Claudia’s success story in 2007. Now, in 2014, she’s still leading three Spanish-language meetings a week, still at her goal weight and continuing to inspire her Hispanic community to get healthy.
Lisa’s New Lease on Life
As a 28-year-old with a heart condition, Lisa had accepted that being overweight and going to bi-weekly cardiologist appointments were a way of life. But after the birth of her daughter she decided to attend Weight Watchers meetings. Now she’s less than half her original weight and doctor’s visits are a thing of the past. She’s even become a Weight Watchers Leader!
Lisa lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program and is continuing with PointsPlus.
As a busy college student, Jessica didn’t have the time or the money to eat healthy or learn good habits. Inspired by her sister’s weight loss and preparing to be maid of honor in a wedding, she decided once and for all to lose weight. Now that she’s lost more than 80 pounds*, she’s training for her first marathon!
A Long and Healthy Journey
Formerly in a toxic relationship, Rebecca used to turn to chocolate for comfort, gaining more than 40 pounds over a few years. Since joining Weight Watchers back in 2004 she’s gained confidence, remarried, learned healthy habits and inspired her family members to lose weight — even over the course of two pregnancies!
Claiming Center Stage
As a young opera singer, Jennifer was constantly overlooked for leading roles because of her size. But after dropping 20 dress sizes with Weight Watchers, she finally got to play her dream part — Carmen!
Running Toward Her Goals
After battling eating disorders and constant negative self-talk, Dani joined Weight Watchers to lose weight and learn to love herself. Now she’s a six-time marathoner, a Weight Watchers Leader and an overall happier person.
Bullied No More
Insecure and unhappy, Lauren had been bullied for her weight her entire life. She’d given up on ever slimming down. When she went to a Weight Watchers meeting to keep a friend company, all that changed. The meetings and the online community helped her lose more than 100 pounds*. Now she has the confidence to try things she never thought possible — like joining a roller derby league!
A Mindset for Success
As Nancy approached the age her father was when he died, she decided she needed to get healthy for the sake of her kids. She re-joined Weight Watchers meetings and is now a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Lifetime member and an all-around happier person.
50 Years of Success Contest Grand Prize Winner: Sharonda
Sharonda was a closet fast-food junkie who had trouble sleeping and suffered from lower back and knee pain. She was coming up on 400 pounds. Then, in 2010, she saw her family’s Christmas photos and got a shocking wake-up call. She used her Christmas money to join Weight Watchers meetings, little knowing it would become the gift that kept on giving! Today she’s a fit, fabulous social butterfly and a grand prize winner of our 50 Years of Success contest.
Moving On, Slimming Down
When Linda tragically lost her twin sister in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, she became depressed and lethargic, putting on more than 30 pounds. She later joined Weight Watchers and learned to eat healthier and lead a more active life.
Fighting for Her Right to be Healthy
Jenny lost weight on a prior Weight Watchers program and on the PointsPlus® program.
Jenny had always been a yo-yo dieter. Though she was thin in high school, in college she gained the freshman 50 instead of the freshman 15. When she got married and started having children, the weight just kept coming. Since she joined Weight Watchers meetings and started following the Plan, she’s made changes to her life and lost the extra weight.
A Power Couple
When newlyweds Rose and Mike joined Weight Watchers meetings, they knew they’d learn healthy habits and maybe drop a few pounds. What Rose never imagined was that she’d lose more than half of her body weight and gain an entirely new outlook on life. Now with a young son in tow, this successful couple is on the move and not looking back.
A More Active Mama
After Jennifer gave birth to her daughter, she lost the baby weight quickly on her own. But when medication to treat her post-partum depression made her gain weight, she turned to Weight Watchers meetings to slim back down. Now she has two new jobs: active mommy and Weight Watchers Leader!
A Resolution She Finally Kept
Dinorah lost weight with a prior Weight Watchers program
After joining Weight Watchers like clockwork every January, Dinorah finally decided to get serious. In 2008 she got on track and lost the weight.
Coming Out of Her Shell
Erica lost weight on a prior Weight Watchers program and is maintaining on the PointsPlus® program.
Erica always looked at losing weight as a short-term process. But when she committed to Weight Watchers meetings, she learned that her journey was a lifelong one. She learned the importance of portion control, started working out more often and made lots of small goals that all added up to a huge loss: 110 pounds!*
Paying it Forward
When Lyndsey realized she couldn’t lose weight on her own, she joined Weight Watchers meetings. Inspired by fellow meeting members and Success Stories on
WeightWatchers.com, now she’s the inspiring one.
Back in the Picture
After years of being overweight, Katie got home from a vacation and noticed that there were hardly any pictures of her. That's when she decided to join Weight Watchers meetings. Now, Katie and the pictures have changed for the better.
A Balanced Life
A winter injury had Kendra rethinking her health. Her doctor, her husband and a Jennifer Hudson commercial all gave this southern girl the motivation to join Weight Watchers meetings.
Part of the Weight Watchers Family
Yolanda was a depressed, emotional eater who suffered chest pains and shortness of breath while walking. Then she and her husband Ken joined Weight Watchers meetings and started following the Plan. Today, the two combined are more than 100 pounds* lighter – and inspiring others to get healthy!
From Fast-Food Runs to Competitive Races
Robin’s daily schedule wasn’t only full — it was overflowing. The mother of five was also a paramedic who worked the graveyard shift, fueled by fast food and adrenaline. The hectic pace started to take its toll on Robin; by her mid-30s she was on high blood pressure and cholesterol medications and smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. Realizing that she wasn’t setting a great example as a medical professional, Robin took her sister-in-law up on an offer to go to Weight Watchers meetings – and she began to transform her life. She lost 70 pounds*, and quit smoking and started running in the process. Today, the paramedic who once could barely walk around the block is now kicking butt in triathlons.
No Looking Back
Becky lost weight on a prior Weight Watchers program and on the PointsPlus® program.
Becky had been a yo-yo dieter since high school. She joined Weight Watchers meetings in 2005 and started following the program. Today she’s more than 60 pounds lighter and a Weight Watchers Leader!
*Results not typical