Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My WeightWatchers Birthday

Today is my WeightWatchers birthday.  

This day 7 years ago, I awoke with a hangover sent from hell.  My make up also had a hangover and I looked like something out of kiss. 

I sat on my sofa with a mountain of toast and watched tv.  My favorite pass time.  As the day went on, I felt something had to change. 

The clothes that I had worn for New Years had cost me an arm and a leg and I hated wearing them.  I bought them because they were the best of a bad lot, but being a size 26 is very costly, there was nothing cheap about what I was wearing at all. 

I couldn't quite put my finger on why or what it was that I wanted to change but there was something niggling at me.  Then this happened. 

A sun holiday advert, trust me, they will be all over your tv tonight and you will start longing for a sun holiday with the same amount of enthusiasm as you had for that mince pie that was advertised about a week ago. 

I never had one of those holidays whereby I sunbathed with wild abandonment and a care free body image.  

Getting in and out of the pool encouraged the theme tune from mission impossible to play in my head and the fear was that I would be seen by others.  That's because I was ashamed of how I looked so much, that I thought other "normal" people would be repulsed. 

It was while watching this ad that I realized that what I really wanted to change, was to have the opportunity to be carefree about my body but I new that meant that I had to change it. 

Now the thinking about change is very different than the action of change.  It's so much easier to think about something with a biscuit in your hand while sitting on your bum.  I did this form of change for a week until my local class began after the holidays.  

The rest I suppose is history but the hardest step was doing it.  I kind of got on a rollercoaster of bad habits and I didn't know how to get off.  I went to class and by going to the class was my way of shouting "stop, I'm getting off"  and it worked.  Slowly, but it worked. 

Since getting to goal, I decided that on the 1st of January every year I would set myself a challenge for something that I wanted to achieve by the end of the year.  

I felt that If I continued to challenge myself, it would be a reminder that to have anything worth having, I need to work for it. 

Last year I climbed Carrountwohil.  The sense of achievement is instant and I loved that feeling so I am in thinking about what my challenge will be this year. 

Once of my dreams is, I know that I have gotten to goal and I love it, but now I kinda want the body that I have always admired.  I am boxing and I went yesterday and my stomach muscles wanted to cry in pain.  Once to many snowballs really did call shot gun on the tummy fat.  Now I don't know if I will ever get that body, I do have 2 children and I have the classic c section tummy but I just know that boxing for me is the way that I might get there. 

Sometime I wonder where I would be if it weren't for WeightWatchers and I have to be honest, I don't think It would be the happiest of places. 

If your thinking about change and WeightWatchers and like me find it hard to get the action of the thinking going.  Just do it.  Join the class and go. 

This week I was looking at the weight loss in my classes since I started 5 months ago.  Between my 2 classes, my members lost 1304.5 pounds, and that's in 5 months.  It's nearly a ton, and those who have lost it are members who go to class. 

Yes you pay for it, like the way I pay the bus driver to get me from a to b.  The leader will lead you to your destination if you stay on the bus.  Like all bus journeys, you wait for the bus and then you have to get on it to get moving.  There will be stops along the way, but you don't start screaming on the bus that your in a hurry, you sit there and you know where the stops are. 

So get on the WeightWatchers bus.  It will be the ride of your life, if you stay on the bus. 

There is a brand new plan out starting this month and I love it and will be on it strictly from now today.  I will be posting recipes and food finds over the next couple of weeks to help you all do well.  It does exactly what it says on the tin, it's simple and it really will give you the best start to your weight loss journey. 

So go online and find your nearest class at  Let this year be the year that you make your own achievements.  It's a fresh start and anything can happen.

Also if you have any idea of what challenge I should do, please let me know. 


Enjoy the Niptuck way, so you don't have to!


  1. Your before and after pictures are incredible! You are such an inspiration. One of my goals for the year is to run the mini marathon, could be a possibility for your challenge?

    1. Hi Duffy, thank you, I do generally do the mini marathon most years, I'm thinking I might climb Ben Nevis or another mountain? What you think?

  2. Hi Claire, I am moving to Dublin this month and I was wondering what classes you lead?

    1. Hi Aoife, I have classes, Tuesday in goststown, our lady's primary school 6.30 and rathmines, st louis school on Thursday at 6. Starting back on the 7th. Good luck with your move

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