When Candace Montgomery had her second child, she gained 70 pounds. After giving birth, most of the weight stayed on.
She tried quick-fix fad diets. They worked – but only temporarily. “I couldn’t sustain it. … I became a huge yo-yo dieter.”
Forty pounds heavier than ever and frustrated that she couldn’t get weight under control, Mrs. Montgomery’s self-esteem plummeted.
About this time, she moved back to Tyler and started running into old friends who were successful in keeping weight off. They turned her on to WeightWatchers.
She began keeping track of her food and exercise and then made lifestyle changes. At last, the pounds came off and stayed off.
And she was having fun. She enjoyed the meetings and the fellowship of those in the group.
“I needed that interaction,” said Mrs. Montgomery. “For me going to the meetings was critical. Going to meetings helped hold me accountable. I needed that.”
She realized that her sense of a proper food portion was way off and that she was actually eating two, or even three, portions as a serving, instead of one.
She and her husband now typically buy a meal in a restaurant and split it or she asks for a to-go box and puts back part of the meal to eat later.
An employee at Tyler Junior College, she takes advantage of its exercise center and tries to take more steps each day – even if it means going out of the way to take a long route – than the day before.
“I just move more.”
Three years ago, Mrs. Montgomery became a group leader for WeightWatchers and started helping others achieve their goals.
She says WeightWatchers is not about doing without. “You don’t go hungry. If you are on the program and are hungry you need to talk to me. I don’t tell people what to eat but I help them find out what is best for them,” she continued.
She is excited about WeightWatchers’ new Points Plus program of calculating points.
The new program was “developed from accurate science looking at the way our bodies process all food groups. The formula itself will help nudge members to making the smartest, healthiest choices,” she said.
“We consider our plan a ‘live-it’ and not a ‘die-it.’”