Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Weight Watchers, Gym Help Dieter Exceed 40-Pound Goal

“Jane Doyle, 40, of Dublin, Ohio, says she gained a lot of weight in her 30s because she ate ‘whatever wasn't nailed down’ during two pregnancies and afterward. Her bad eating habits continued when her daughters were babies. ‘Everybody would go to bed, and I would stay up and eat alone so I wouldn't be judged. I'd eat dried roasted peanuts and drink a few beers. Then I'd eat chips, cheese and Doritos.’ Then in January 2008 at 223 pounds, she resolved to lose 40 before she hit 40. Doyle looked for an inexpensive way to accomplish her goal and decided to join Weight Watchers online for $16.95 month and get a gym membership for $49.95 a month. She wound up losing a lot more than that: She now weighs 161 pounds. She committed herself to following Weight Watchers and going to the gym five or six times a week. At first, she did the elliptical machine and treadmill. ’I was the big girl at the back who wore baggy clothes. I didn't want to talk to anybody or be seen.’ After a few months, she started going to group fitness classes — aerobics, Pilates, yoga and weight training. ‘Those classes are what did it for me. I wouldn't be in this story if I hadn't started going to the classes.’ Exercise and eating right go hand in hand, she says. ‘If I work out six, seven or eight hours a week — why would I put junk food in my body? Since I've stopped eating so much fast food, I don't crave it like I used to.’ Doyle says her weight loss has trickled into every aspect of her life. ‘I think my relationship with my husband is better; I'm better with the kids; I'm better with other people.’”


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