After a visit to Las Vegas along with her boyfriend, Kevin, and his sister, Lindsey, Megan realized simply how uncomfortable she was in her personal physique. She determined that it was time to make a change in her well being and drop extra pounds collectively along with her boyfriend and good friend — it could be a staff effort!
Megan: Earlier than
Megan along with her boyfriend, Kevin.
The three opted for Weight Watchers and individually have seen a lot private success, however they could not have achieved it with out the power of and assist from their staff effort. Forward you will see Megan’s story detailing her 37-pound weight reduction, examine her healthy-eating suggestions, hear some phrases of knowledge about ordering at eating places (no disgrace!), and get some concepts for a brand new smartwatch health tracker.
POPSUGAR: What made you resolve to begin your weight-loss journey?
Megan Murphy: We [Megan, Kevin, and Lindsey] received again from Vegas and have been reviewing images from our journey, and I used to be disenchanted with what I noticed. That Summer time had been a collection of “fast repair” makes an attempt at dropping some weight earlier than occasions, and Vegas was no completely different. It had reached some extent the place I wasn’t solely upset with the images however I used to be continually uncomfortable with my physique.
PS: What drew you to Weight Watchers? Had you tried different applications earlier than?
MM: What have not I attempted?! I’ve a bachelor’s diploma in dietetics, so I do know the science of a balanced weight-reduction plan and perceive diet and meals chemistry however was by no means fairly capable of make it work for me. I detest counting energy, and as quickly as you inform me I can not have one thing, I need it a lot extra.
I had heard of Weight Watchers 100 instances over and had identified individuals who have been very profitable on this system — and understanding that nothing was off limits with Weight Watchers was a giant deciding issue for me. I additionally beloved that the brand new program had a larger emphasis on train! It actually pushed me to get again within the fitness center.
PS: What’s your favourite solution to work out?
MM: I like to run. I take pleasure in sprinting, distance working, circuit coaching, interval runs, you identify it. I wish to steadiness my week with some intense cardio like working, or sprinting and lifting, or HIIT exercises.
“It is good to produce other folks pushing you to observe via and go to the fitness center. Accountability is vital!”
PS: What’s your weekly train schedule?
MM: It is determined by the day! We [boyfriend Kevin and his sister, Lindsey] all Spin collectively, and it is a good way to spend time with associates. If our schedules enable, we wish to work out collectively; it is good to produce other folks pushing you to observe via and go to the fitness center. Accountability is vital!
PS: How do you retain exercises thrilling?
MM: I like to make use of Pinterest and Instagram to search out new exercise concepts. I like to make use of these exercises for concepts to make my very own; conserving it fascinating makes me wish to do it. I additionally like to strive lessons at new studios. There’s a spot in Louisville we simply found that provides obstacle-course type health; I am so excited to offer it a strive!
PS: What was the primary large distinction, aside from the quantity on the size, that actually made you’re feeling proud and excited?
MM: I used to be most upset concerning the excessive roundness of my face and the fullness of my cheeks. It wasn’t till I misplaced over 25 kilos that I began to note a distinction in my face, however after I did, it was so reinvigorating! Seeing muscle is not so unhealthy, both.
Megan: Earlier than and After
PS: How do you monitor your weight reduction?
MM: I log my weight within the Weight Watchers app and have measurements that I’ve taken over time to match.
“I do not really feel unhealthy customizing my order at eating places anymore. I used to get so embarrassed, but it surely’s my well being and I am not going to be ashamed for sticking to my plan!”
PS: What’s a typical day of meals and snacks?
MM: Breakfast is normally some kind of egg white scramble or oatmeal (I really like oatmeal and all of the completely different combos that may hold it fascinating!). Lunch varies each week however is normally lean protein and veggies. I get snacky within the afternoon and may need a Quest Bar if I am actually hungry or some fruit — normally an apple or berries. Typically cherry tomatoes or snap peas. Dinners are all the time altering. We take turns cooking dinner so the menu is all the time rotating! I really like dessert, so I am going to normally have a protein mug cake, some yogurt, or Halo High for dessert!
PS: Do you rely energy?
MM: Not constantly; I’ve tried to do each rely energy and macros on high of [Weight Watchers] factors, however they are not as efficient for me. I am a quantity eater, so seeing energy in an apple or carbs in snap peas is discouraging to me. I like understanding that these wholesome snack decisions are at zero SmartPoints. I get 30 SmartPoints per day, and I normally eat proper round 30 SmartPoints.
PS: What are the wholesome staples which might be all the time in your fridge?
MM: Nut butter, egg whites, yogurt, prosciutto, rooster sausage, fruit/veggies, RxBars, Halo High, cashew milk, plain oatmeal, Quest protein powder.
Megan: Earlier than and After
PS: How do you strategize for meals out?
MM: Weight Watchers has taught me be smarter about consuming out. I nonetheless eat the issues I need however weigh in the event that they’re value it or not earlier than I get them organized. I additionally do not feel unhealthy customizing my order at eating places anymore. If I need my veggies with no butter or oil, or my cheese and dressing and nuts for my salad all on the facet so I can management how a lot of every I exploit, then I order that approach. I used to get so embarrassed, but it surely’s my well being and I am not going to be ashamed for sticking to my plan!
PS: Do you employ a health tracker?
MM: I’ve a Garmin Forerunner 235, and I LOVE IT! Kevin retains attempting to get me to get an Apple Watch, however I am obsessive about my watch and do not wish to change. I really like the race predictor characteristic; it actually pushes me! And I really like seeing my VO2 enhance as I get fitter!
PS: What has it been like being on this journey with a beloved one?
MM: It has made all of the distinction! At instances it is simple to get jealous whenever you’re on a plateau and it looks like everybody else is making progress, however finally we’re excited for one another’s success! Having individuals who can push you to maintain going or bounce concepts for wholesome meals off of is invaluable. Going right into a tailgate or a celebration and understanding that you simply will not be peer pressured by everybody to eat unhealthy meals and produce other individuals who will follow you is a present!
“Having individuals who can push you to maintain going or bounce concepts for wholesome meals off of is invaluable.”
PS: What position did Weight Watchers play in your journey? Would you suggest it?
MM: I like to recommend Weight Watchers to everybody who will pay attention! Since final August, the group of people that have joined Weight Watchers with Kevin, Lindsey, and I has crept into the kids! I’ve a greater sense of portion management now and really feel extra assured in making meals selections.
Picture Supply: Megan Murphy