In Her Words: Darlene’s Story

“In Her/His Words” is a series on Beth’s Journey for people who want to share their weight loss story. There are so many different ways to reach success and all of us can use a little inspiration from time to time. Check out the past In Her/His Words Posts:

If you’re interested in sharing your story, please email me at bethsjourneyblog at gmail dot com to get the conversation going!

I’ve struggled with my weight most of my life, but it went out of control after having 2 children. Every time I’d lose a few pounds or more, I’d put it back on and then some. I saw this as going nowhere, and so for many years, I gave up.

The turning point was summer of ’06. I was 44 years old and our family went to Disneyland. On the plane, I asked the attendant for a seat belt extension. Forgetting who asked, she held it up and asked loudly who needed it. I felt like sinking away in humiliation. Southern California was in the gripes of a heat wave, temps were in the high 90’s and more. As a large person, this was torture. There was also the shame of not fitting on some of the rides with my kids and husband. We were in the happiest place on earth but I was miserable. I promised after that vacation I would do something about my weight.

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It took six months for me to keep that promise but on Feb. 24, 2007 I joined Weight Watchers. My doctor had urged me to consider WW over the years. I tried it twice as a young woman. I knew WW would work if I was serious about it. My weight was 313 pounds and I needed to lose over 160 pounds! I never knew anyone personally who had ever lost that much weight or if it was even possible. But with steely determination I was going to defy the odds and make it work, and work I did.

I attended nearly every meeting (I missed only 2). I tracked every morsel I ate, drank plenty of water and started walking. I made sure I stuck to my daily Points target and often used my bonus Points. As I started walking more and incorporating weights and resistance exercise into my routine, I used my Activity Points often. I wasn’t going to let anything derail me, so I did what I needed to make sure I had time for planning, shopping, food prep and exercise.

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At my one year anniversary with WW, I had lost over 100 lbs. By Feb. 21, 2009, I reached my goal weight of 146 lbs. In total, I lost 167 lbs! The day I completed Maintenance was the proudest of my life. I went from a size 28 to a 6. I lost 23 inches off my waist, 24 off my hips and 20 off my bust.

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My challenges along the way were few. I was so focused and determined, not much stood in my way. One challenge I had was doing exercises that would boost metabolism and reshape my body. It took 8 months for me to start a workout routine. I started with the exercises in the WW material. Once I saw the difference, how it pulled in the flab and gave me a sexy body, I was hooked! Another challenge that reared its ugly head was breads and sweets! I learned to limit those in my home and gave away most of the baking I did. Trigger foods that had to be in the house for my family was kept in a cupboard that was off limits to me.

My motivation? Liking what I saw in the mirror, how my body could move, the energy I had, the
increasingly smaller clothes I was fitting into, the pride of my family. The joy I felt every day.

Five keys to my success:

    1. Track EVERYTHING!
    2. Eat the daily PointsPlus Target, always!
    3. Exercise! I didn’t have tummy tucks or lifts; exercise did a damn good job at that
    4. 4. Be POSITIVE! Focus on the CANS not the CAN’TS.
    5. Practice healthy selfishness – setting aside ME time for success.

Whoever you are; you can do it. Pull it out of your inner most self and tell yourself everyday: I
CAN do this! I WILL do this!

Good luck!

Darlene Scott – Lifetime Member, Calgary, Alberta, Canada



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13 Comments on In Her Words: Darlene’s Story

  1. Katie
    February 27, 2013 at 9:24 am (1 year ago)

    Darlene – You look fabulous! Congratulations on your success and happiness!

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  2. Kelly
    February 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm (1 year ago)

    What a wonderful and inspiring story! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Pam
    February 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Congrats on your success Darlene! You should be so proud of yourself – you look great!!

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  4. amanda june
    February 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm (1 year ago)

    It feels so weird to tell a stranger, “I’m proud of you!”…but that’s what I feel like saying to Darlene! I love that despite not knowing ANYONE who had successfully completed the task you were up against, you just went at it full-force and made it happen! Way to go. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Monica
    February 28, 2013 at 3:53 am (1 year ago)

    Your story inspires me to finally reach my goal! You look amazing–way to go!

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  6. Vanessa
    February 28, 2013 at 9:24 am (1 year ago)

    What a wonderful story to share and a great role model for your family. Thank you!

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  7. TP
    February 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm (1 year ago)

    I have 57 more pounds to go. I started at needing to lose 80.
    I appreciate your website so much, it keeps me going when I get discouraged. This woman’s story is SO INSPIRING! Thank you for this.

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  8. robin
    March 1, 2013 at 11:22 am (1 year ago)

    FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Connie
    March 2, 2013 at 9:54 am (1 year ago)

    So inspiring Darlene! I am doing WW on line (and have gone to WW on and off most of my adult life) – it works if you work it, but working has to be top priority! You should be so proud you did it without any special products, pills – just you!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. anne
    March 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow Darlene. That was an awesome transformation. Your determination is truly remarkable, an aspect where I am so lacking. I’ve been fighting off my weight problem for the longest time but it has never been an easy battle. Thankfully a friend recommended a pill called Liproxenol. It somehow helped raise my metabolism, allowing me to burn more calories faster and curb my appetite, so I didn’t gain more weight. Hopefully I’d achieve even half of what you have achieved.

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  11. Kat
    March 4, 2013 at 8:29 am (1 year ago)

    Great inspiring story. I was just reading another blog where the lady also wrote about how she stuck to a plan and wrote everything down so she knew exactly where she was at, and it was working! Just like Darlene.

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  12. Dane
    March 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Very inspiring story, Darlene. What is your plan for maintaining your impressive weight loss? Is that challenge different than the challenge of losing the weight in the first place?

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