With Weight Watchers And The Nike Running App, I Finally Broke Out Of My Weight-Loss Rut – Women’s Health


Posted: October 28, 2020 at 3:53 pm

My name is Stephanie Niknam (@wwchefsteph), and I am 24. Im from Hudson Valley, New York, and I am a teacher. To hit reset after grad school, I joined Weight Watchers (now WW) and got hooked on running with the Nike Run Club app, and I've lost 89 pounds.

I used to feel out of control with my eating. I would think I was doing all of the right things with my diet, but I wasnt seeing long-term results. I kept gaining and losing the same five pounds over and over.

I got caught up in following short-term, quick-fix diets for years. But eventually I finally felt ready to make a concrete change once I finished grad school in May 2019. I felt like I was beginning a new chapter of my life and wanted to make it a healthy one. I decided to start WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) in May 2019.

The points system and the WW app are what convinced me to join, since calorie counting always seemed so overwhelming to me. When people ask me what kind of diet WW is, I tell them it is how you choose to experience it. The program is extremely adaptable and individualized to fit your lifestyle and eating habits. As long as you honestly track your food and stay in your healthy eating points zone, you will be successful.

I love the barcode feature in the WW app that allows you to scan anything with a barcode, and it will tell you the points value. The restaurant feature also gives points values for a lot of major chain restaurants, which is so helpful. Even when I go to a local restaurant, I just choose to track my meal as a similar one from a chain. I love the ease and adaptability of WW. It just fits my lifestyle every day. Its the reason why I have been able to follow the program successfully for over a year now.

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I was doing great! By June 2019 I was already down about 15 to 20 pounds. But the funny thing is that working out in that way wasnt sustainable for me long term. I couldnt keep up with the constant exercising in my daily lifestyle without feeling starving after, and going overboard on food as a result.

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Around July 2019, I took a pause from all major exercise and just walked every once in a while. I narrowed my focus on my diet. And I continued to lose weight! It wasnt until July 2020, when I was down 70 pounds, that I decided to focus on exercise again. I finally felt in control of my eating enough to not pig out immediately after a workout.

I started running with the Nike Run Club app with *no* running experience. Seriously none. I struggled. But the guided audio coaching helped me a ton, and now I can run without stopping for four-mile trail runs. I definitely recommend the app.

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These three changes made the biggest difference in my weight loss results.

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Ive learned that my self-worth comes from withinnot from the scale. I frequently remind myself to not be so tough on myself. Again, losing weight does not increase your value as a person.

My entire habits have changed from over a year ago. But that doesnt happen over night. Changes are gradual, and consistency is what will help sustain those healthy habits. Taking the time to invest in my health and myself is what has increased my confidence. I never expected to lose such a high amount of weight. As cheesy as it sounds, it has taught me that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.

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