“Paying attention to portions and the nutritional value of foods"
December 2, 2009 was a life-changing day for Lori Burkhart (center). She had been working on losing weight for a couple of months by making changes to her diet, but she struggled with consistency. A friend and co-worker joined Weight Watchers and referred her to the program. She literally said, “We need you! There are not enough people to keep the ‘Weight Watchers at Work’ program here without you.” Since that December day, three success stories have blossomed together. Lori and her friends have lost a combined 150 pounds.
Lori was already walking her dog and exercising more than 150 minutes a week – more like 300 plus minutes. Cooking, healthy food choices and the support of friends have been the keys to her weight loss. “We share recipes, frustrations, ideas and struggles. It is been so important to have the support of friends and family,” Burkhart explained. “I resisted joining a ‘group’ that focused on weight loss, I am a nurse and I ‘know’ what to needs to be done.” Instead, joining Weight Watchers and having the support of friends and family are just what Lori needed to reach her goals. “Don't do it alone! I found a program to be very helpful - the food tracking, the accountability and a set program with guidelines to follow are a great combination.”
Additionally, Lori is making good decisions in the kitchen. She has adopted the lessons from Weight Watchers into her cooking methods and food shopping routine. The meals now feature vegetables and fruit rather than meat as the center of the meal. Lori has found that healthy eating is not more expensive and is enjoying adapting a variety of recipes to use less fats/oils. She is also learning about the nutritional value of foods and how to balance her meals. “I haven’t given up things I like to eat, instead I’ve found alternatives that are lower in fat. Cheese can still be a part of my diet as long as I eat the low-fat version. Paying attention to portions and the nutritional value of foods are small changes that make a big difference.” Lori is an inspiration!
Read more about how Lori's success story continued.