Irish mum on her six stone weight loss: 'I just kept visualising myself in those skinny jeans'
Lisa Robinson from Bray
I had always been a couple of stone overweight, and I had tried all sorts of different things to lose it. At one point I went to a clinic and managed to lose three stone, but it all went back on. Then I put on another three stone when I was pregnant, and after my daughter was born I put on even more.
It was Christmas 2012 when my sister Keira said that she was going to Weight Watchers to lose a few pounds, so I decided I would go with her. Something had clicked in me and I really wanted to lose weight once and for all.
Before I joined, I was eating take-away food nearly every night and a lot of junk, like crisps, chocolate and sugary drinks, so I had to change everything. I had been on a lot of fad diets before but the thing that I like best about Weight Watchers is that it's not a diet, it's a healthy eating plan that you can use for the rest of your life.
I switched from eating sugary cereals to porridge, and made sure to eat lots of fruit and vegetables throughout the day. I always loved the occasional latte, so I simply switched from full fat to skimmed milk - little changes like that made all the difference. After I had a couple of stone gone, I joined a gym, and from there I moved on to boot camp. Now I'm doing personal training sessions with Extreme Strength and Fitness in Bray to help me tone up.
Of course there were times when I felt like I was struggling, but my determination and focus kept me going. I just kept visualising myself in those skinny jeans, or in that size 10 dress, and in October 2014, I finally reached my goal weight.
The changes have been amazing. I feel a lot more confident and happier in myself and I'm doing things I never would have done before. When I used to go clothes shopping, I would ask my mother to bring things to the till because I was too embarrassed to have the sales person know what size I took. Now I don't care, I can go into any shop, buy whatever I like and know that it will fit.
My daughter, Sophie, is nearly four now and I find that I've a lot more energy to keep up with her and do things with her. Apart from giving birth to her, I think that Weight Watchers is the best thing that I ever could have done for myself - it's all been so worth it. I feel brilliant!
For breakfast I would have had sugary cereals, two to three slices of toast with butter and jam, or a full Irish breakfast.
I'd usually have had two to three coffees with full fat milk.
Snacks would have been crisps, biscuits, chocolate bars and sweets.
Lunch was usually sandwiches or rolls with crisps.
For dinner I had takeaways two or three times a week, and big portion sizes.
I would have had lots of fizzy drinks and lattes.
Now I have 30g porridge with slimline milk and water or 30g SpecialK with slimline milk. I have an Americano with slimline milk or a glass of orange juice and two glasses of water.
For a snack I have an apple. Then at lunch I have chicken/ ham salad with beetroot and sweetcorn or a slimbo with one slice of ham and one Low Low cheese slice. Or I might have tuna in brine or Philadelphia Light on three Ryvitas. I might snack on a skinny latte and a Weight Watchers caramel crunch bar.
Dinner is Weight Watchers ready-meals or salmon fillet with broccoli and vegetables and two to three baby potatoes. Sometimes it's chicken stir-fry with vegetables and for dessert Muller Light chocolate dessert.
I drink two to three litres of water a day and Diet Coke and I snack on fruit and the odd Curly Wurly.