ALBANY, GA (WALB) – 59% of Georgians are overweight or obese according to the CDC from 2003. Being overweight puts your health at risk and could mean higher medical bills.
We spoke with two women, who lost 165 pounds combined through Weight Watchers. Shelly Lee is a mother of one, who sells insurance, and so far she's lost 65 pounds.
Amanda Butler has three kids, and she's lost 100 pounds. The two weight losing ladies say it took hard work and a lot of commitment.
Carrying extra pounds around causes lots of problems. "My knees would hurt, my back hurt. I have a 3-year-old that I couldn't even sit on the ground to play with," said Shelly Lee.
Weight has been something, she's struggled with her whole life. "My highest weight was 248," said Lee.
It took pictures for the moms to notice how much weight they had gained. "I didn't realize how big I really was, until I saw myself in pictures," said Amanda Butler.
"Until I saw a photograph of myself from behind and was like 'oh my.' I've got to make a change," said Lee.
The change they chose is Weight Watchers. They teach meals should be well balanced and portioned. "You have to have a good balance of dairy, lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. You'll notice a difference if you leave one of those things out," said Lee.
Other people's comments was another reason she wanted to get fit. "You've got such a pretty face, but if you lost weight you would look so much better. Any overweight woman has heard you've got such a pretty face," said Lee.
Through Points Plus and weekly meetings, they learned it's about much more than having just a pretty face. "You do have a lot of support with other members who have the same struggles as you," said Butler.
"We give each other ideas, and I even print off recipes for the whole class," Exercise and eating healthy are key to losing weight and keeping it off.
Both ladies plan to become Life team membership with the program. That will potentially allow them to teach and train others for weight loss success.