Weight Watchers is a weight losing company whose mission to is to guide and inspire healthier choices for people to become the healthiest version of themselves. They have a sense of community and around 1.1 million active members who attend Weight Watchers meetings around the world.
They will give you the support you need when you decide to change your eating habits, and member Ginger Nix knows that well, as she used Weight Watchers as a driving force behind her weight-loss journey. Not only did she manage to lose 55 pounds over a few years, she also has a massive Instagram following that gives her motivation to keep working on herself and her body. Here is her weight-loss story that she shared with POPSUGAR.
“I’ve lost 55 pounds over the course of four years and multiple pregnancies!” She said.
This is how Ginger looked before losing the 55 pounds.
When asked how she succeeded in doing that, she explained: “I did it with the Weight Watchers SmartPoints program and the Weight Watchers Instagram community.”
As for a diet and exercises here is what she said: “At first I solely focused on eating healthy foods and appropriate portions, but the longer I was on the Weight Watchers plan, the more exercise I incorporated. Two years ago I found a local Zumba class that has changed exercise from drudgery to “dance time” and now I’m addicted.”
This is how Ginger looks after losing the 55 pounds.
She also wanted to share with POPSUGAR, the food she eats in a day.
“Breakfast might be something like two pan-fried eggs for two SmartPoints and a piece of low-calorie bread for one point. Midmorning snack could be yogurt for two points topped with some berries for zero points. ”
“Lunch is usually a light snack with some protein; I like wrapping crisp asparagus with a couple of ounces of roast beef lined with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge for four points and then having a side of crudités for zero points with two tablespoons Opa Feta Dill dressing for a point and some crackers for two points”
“And the afternoons I almost always have iced coffee mixed with a Premier Protein Shake for two points and a banana, which is zero points. Dinner is a family affair in my house, so I might make homemade pizzas on Flatout wraps, a casserole from the Daily Dose of Pepper website, or some turkey burgers from Skinnytaste.com. I enjoy being creative in the kitchen, but I seriously wouldn’t have been able to make it very long without utilizing these ladies’ amazing recipes! Dinner is typically 10 to 12 SmartPoints.”
Ginger also admitted that she loves ice cream, especially peanut butter ice cream. Yummy!
“I love ice cream and will often fit some kind of high-protein, low-fat ice cream into my day. My favorite right now is the peanut butter ice cream by Enlightened. It has legit peanut butter ribbons running through it and is only three SmartPoints for half a cup!”
Ginger also added: “I want to be a fit mom. I want to be able to play with my kids at the park, not just watch them from a bench. I want to feel like I belong on my handsome husband’s arm (he’s so handsome!), and I wanted to stop hiding behind the weight. These are just a couple of hundreds of reasons why I’ve been working at this for literally hundreds of days, but these are ones that I come back to most often!”
When asked why she likes Weight Watchers she explained:”What I love about Weight Watchers is that it gives you an action plan, a plan that can be tailored to your life in a community that supports you every step of the way. It’s also educational; I was surprised how uneducated I really was on nutrition.”
And she also have some tips for newbies who are trying out Weight Watchers. – “For anybody just joining, I would tell them to go to meetings if they have one in their area; going to the meetings keeps you accountable and gives you an instant community of people to ask questions of. There will be weeks that are difficult, and that support system of people who understand the struggle and have been there is priceless.”
Ginger is still following the Weight Watchers plan. – “I am still on Weight Watchers and I am still working the plan! I think I will use the nutritional education I’ve gained from being a long-time member indefinitely. You can’t unlearn the learnings SmartPoints provide, and now that I am more knowledgeable, I want to pass along my healthy lifestyle to my kids. I have some more weight to lose to be the fittest version of me and the healthiest mom I can be for my kids and I know with my Weight Watchers community I will get there eventually, even if it is at a turtle’s pace!”
She is a big Disney fan and loves spending her days at Disneyland, however when it comes to food she will recommend you to enjoy your vacation. – “Don’t forget that you’re on vacation! Part of making Weight Watchers a lifestyle and not a diet is knowing that there are going to be times in your life where you aren’t going to track every morsel that you eat — for me this is vacation.”
That being said, Ginger has some tips for you not to unravel all of your progress in just a couple days. She will tell you to walk all the time and not be temped to take the tram. Also, drink only water and share your portions with your partner.
When asked how she used the power of social media on her weight-loss journey, she said:” My Instagram community has been a game changer for me. I post all my food so I’m accountable for my decisions; there’s no secret eating anymore! There also have been times where this struggle just felt too hard and I wanted to quit. But I would never quit on my friends and followers, so without them even knowing it, they’ve kept me on plan through the hardest of days. Hearing about their struggles and how they have fought through them is also so inspiring; it really makes you feel like you’re part of the team and that you’re on the journey together.”