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Gail
Married
Three boys: ages 10,12 and 16
Age: 42
Height: 5'6
Weight: 145
Liz
Married
One daughter: Age 4
Age: 33
Height: 5'9
Weight: 159
Mary
Married
Two boys: ages 7 and 9 One daughter: 13 years old
Age: 40
Height: 5'2
Weight: 132
Stacey
Married
Two daughters: Ages 9 and 12
Age: 37
Height: 5'4
Weight: 138
Highest Weight:  212 pounds

How long on Weight Watchers
I have been on Weight Watchers now for a little over 5 years. I have been overweight my entire life, but I hit my highest after the birth
of my third child.  It took me a little over 2 years to reach Maintenance.  Initially i  was doing great, then backslid a bit during a stressful
time. I'm an emotional eater, and that is something I battle every day.  

What you love most about Weight Watchers
I love that I can eat anything I want as long as I stay within my Points range.  We travel for lacrosse very often.  I usually try to bring
food with me breakfast and  lunch, but it is nice that the plan allows me to go out to dinner with other families while we're at
tournaments.  I actually have other Moms now on the trips asking me what they should order at restaurants.  

What you hate most about Weight Watchers
I am not sure there is anything I really hate about it.  I guess initially I hated counting Points.  I have counted Points now for so long, it
has just become part of my life.  I guess I dislike the fact that, once you get into Maintenance, it is trickier than you think to stay within
that 2 pound range you're shooting for.  But, again, that has become part of my life and it is no longer a struggle.

How much of a role does exercise play in your Weight Watchers routine?
Honest answer?  Not very much.  I walk my dog up and down the hills in my street.  That's about it.  It is actually more grueling than it
sounds. Really
:).

What is Family Dinner like at your house?
Insane.  Hectic.  With three boys that play sports, you between 4-5 practices and games, there is no time for even a 30 minute dinner.  
During the week, we rely almost exclusively on the 15 Minute Dinners.  The recipes are so easy that my boys are cooking 2-3 nights
out of the week. I love the life skills that is teaching them.  Before Jill launched that program, our food bill was extravagant because we
did so much take-out.  I do feel that it is important to teach the boys as they grow, that even on a busy, hectic night, you can get a
healthy meal on the table (or at least a healthy sandwich in their hands to eat in the car).  

I do love to cook, though when I have the time. It is a true passion. And I do think the Family Dinner is important touchstone for the
week. So we have Sunday dinner unless there is a game.  They boys are allowed to bring their friends, girlfriends, whoever wants to
come.  Our dining room table is usually at max capacity of 10.

Biggest struggle with feeding your family
I think I probably answered this in the question above.  Thank goodness my boys aren't picky.  But I will say that we tend to have
dinners on the higher PointsPlus side.  So I compensate by having breakfasts, lunches and snacks that are very low in Points.  Snacks
for me are usually 0 Points fruits or veggies with a low cal dip.

Anything else you would like to add?
I have been a Personal Consultant now with Shrinking on a Budget for 2 1/2 months.  It is by far my favorite part of the job.  I have truly
become friends with many of my participants.  It makes me very happy to know that I have helped someone, even if in a small way.
Highest Weight: 223

How long on Weight Watchers
I have been on Weight Watchers now (off and on) for 3 years. I follow the PointsPlus plan and new it well enough when they switched
to
SmartPoints that I didn't want to bother with the change. So I no longer attend meetings. Once I started the program, I did stick with
it, so I lost the weight in a little over a year.

What you love most about Weight Watchers
I love that I can eat anything I want.  We get together with friends almost every weekend, so it is nice not to be the friend "dieting".  I
obviously save my Weekly Points for the weekend, but I still have to watch what I eat and make smart choices.  During the week, I try to
stay strictly within my Daily Points, even though I run quite a bit.

What you hate most about Weight Watchers
Counting Points.  Arghhh.  But it gets easier with time.  During the week, I almost exclusively Shrinking on a Budget recipes so I don't
have to count Points during the week most of the time.   But during the weekends, I often have to "guesstimate" Points of something I
am eating.  That is why I run. It gives me a buffer for when I'm off with my "guesstimate"

How much of a role does exercise play in your Weight Watchers routine?
It is critical for me.  I honestly don't think I could do Weight Watchers without it.  As I said above, it gives me a buffer.  I don't use my
Activity Points.  When I was still quite overweight a friend dragged me into doing this Couch to 5K program to train.  I absolutely hated
it at first until i realized i was losing more quickly.  Now I am simply addicted.  I am happy to say I just recently fulfilled my dream of
running the Peachtree Road Race, which is a little over 6 miles.
 

What is Family Dinner like at your house?
Simple.  Basic.  I have the time.  My daughter isn't involved in any super time consuming extracurricular activities yet.  I just
hate.....to.....cook.  Hate it.  My husband LOVES to cook (and does on the weekends), but he works until fairly late each night, so he
usually warms up whatever we had when he comes in.  I love the 15 Minute Meals.  We use those recipes alot.  I use the Freezer to
Slow Cooker recipes even more.  I'll select some of the more basic and easy recipes off the Shrinking On a Budget Meal Plan.   

Giving Jill a plug here.  My daughter is extremely picky.  So the Picky Eater tips Jill provides with each recipe are a lifesaver for two
reasons.  1) It teaches my daughter that she (in her own way) can eat the things Mommy and Daddy eat and 2)I don't have to be a
short order cook.  Did I mention I hate cooking?

Biggest struggle with feeding your family: My Picky Eater.  I've tried advice from every expert out there.  My daughter was actually
one of the test subjects for the Picky Eater chapter in the 15 Minute Meals newsletter.  Our staggered schedule also makes things
tough because during the week I have to make dinners that can be reheated later.  Fish, for instance, always has to be eaten on the
weekends.

Anything else you would like to add?  
I feel installing healthy eating habit is my daughter is so very important.  And I am teaching her the importance of a strong body.
Highest Weight: 166

How long on Weight Watchers:
I have been on Weight Watchers for 2 years. I stuck with PointsPlus when they switched to SmartPoints. I am proud to say that I just
recently hit Maintenance.  So if you choose me, know that I might not have years of experience, but I probably can relate to what you
are going through.  I stayed fairly consistent along the way with some minor backslides.  But I got right back on the horse.

What you love most about Weight Watchers
I love that I really don't feel like I am dieting.  I love that is a lifestyle that I know I can continue forever.

What you hate most about Weight Watchers
Counting Points.  So during the week I don't.  I will be happy to share with anyone interested.  I do what is the Simply Filling program
during the week.  As long as I stay within that list of foods and don't overeat, I stay within my range.  I have 45 additional Points I can
use for when I veer off that food list.  I usually save that for the weekend.

How much of a role does exercise play in your Weight Watchers routine?
I do a Yoga class at my church 4 times a week.  It is relaxing but more of a workout than most people think.

What is Family Dinner like at your house?
Busy.  With three kids heavily involved in gymnastics and basketball, we have something going on at least 4 days during the week.  I
carpool with other Moms so I don't always have to be at practices, but, between the three, I am still usually out of the house myself that
many nights as well.  Practices are until after dinner, so I have time to get quick and easy meals on the table.  I supplement my Simply
Filling menu with other sides for the kids.  The Core food is basic anyway so it is suited well for Picky Eaters (although mine aren't that
picky).

Biggest struggle with feeding your family: Time.  Lack thereof.

Anything else you would like to add?  
If any of you are hesitating to do Weight Watchers because you don't want to count Points, I'm your girl.  I can show you how to do the
Simply Filling program so the only times you have to count Points is when you stray from the food list.
Highest Weight: 164

How long on Weight Watchers
I've been on Weight Watchers Online now for 16 months.  I follow the SmartPoints plan and am currently in Maintenance (reached
that goal in 3/17).  I stopped and started a few times along the way.  

What you love most about Weight Watchers
I love that it is a lifestyle.  It suits my life.   I know this is something i can continue forever.  Love that fruits and veggies are 0 Points!  
And I love that my daughters don't perceive my Weight Watchers lifestyle as a "diet". They see me living a healthy lifestyle. Body
image is so critical for young girls.  I see many of my daughter's friends just completely skipping meals because someone told them
they were overweight.  Sad.

What you hate most about Weight Watchers
Nothing really.  The Points took some getting used to.  But for the most part I stick with the Shrinking On a Budget recipes or Hungry
Girl recipes.  And I have a recipe book (that even includes snacks) with
SmartPoint values written beside each snack or recipe.  That
way I just have to calculate once for my favorite foods
.  

How much of a role does exercise play in your Weight Watchers routine?
I do a Body Pump class at my gym 3 times a week and run 2 miles twice a week.  I wouldn't say I am a fitness buff, but there is nothing
like that high you feel after you finally finish that grueling class or run.  That's not to say you won't hear me cursing
during the class.
Lots of cursing in that class.

What is Family Dinner like at your house?
One of my daughters is a competitive gymnast and the other dances.  So our nights are fairly busy, but there is still time to get a 30
minute dinner on the table most nights.  I will often "prepare" dinner and do everything but cook it earlier in the day when I have more
time.  I help both the girls with their homework and it is important that I can devote the time to them when they get home.  I use alot of
the
Freezer to Slow Cooker recipes as well.  I think I have 8-10 of the freezer meals in my chest freezer as we speak.  Those are
lifesavers.  Like the other girls I tend to stick with the
Shrinking On a Budget recipes just so I don't have to calculate SmartPoints.   
We try to find one weekend night where we can sit down together as a family and have a meal where I don't have to focus on it being
"quick".

Biggest struggle with feeding your family
My husband often gets home from work later than they girls have to be at their activities so we have a staggered schedule. Dinner
needs to be something that I can heat up for him when he gets home.  That can be limiting sometimes.  

Anything else you would like to add?  
I love that I am setting a healthy role model for my daughters by example.  I also love my body now.  I have a curvy, stocky body type
so I will never be "skinny", but I feel strong and well (can I say this here?).... sexy!