UPPER ONSLOW, NS
When Audrey Adams’s doctor told her she was so heavy she was close to the point of no return, she was both scared and annoyed – but it was just the push she needed.
“I went out that day and joined Weight Watchers,” said the Upper Onslow woman. “Now I’ve lost over 100 pounds and I feel like I woke up. I’ve refocused now on the next 50.”
Adams had turned to food for comfort, and had been overweight for several years, reaching 415 pounds.
“I had no energy at all,” she recalled. “I just got sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I hate to think of anybody feeling the way I was feeling.”
As well as attending Weight Watchers meetings, she started exercising and eating healthier. Between September and December of 2017, she lost 50 pounds. To mark the milestone, she donated a 50-pound bag of potatoes to the Colchester Food Bank.
“I heard they were low on food, so I decided I’d take in 100 pounds of groceries when I lost 100 pounds,” she said. “It’s a way of paying it forward.”
In May, she reached her goal and headed out to buy 100 pounds of food.
“I went to the Superstore and told them what I was doing, asking them to weight it for me, and they donated it,” she said. “They were great, and they want to be involved when I hit 200.”
Other Weight Watcher members brought in food weighing the amount they lost, resulting in a donation of more than 800 pounds of food.
“Having the support of others really helped,” said Adams. “At Weight Watchers, we’re all fighting the same battle.
“I also go to spin classes, Zumba, aquasize, the gym, and walk on the trails. I have so much more energy now. People notice a big difference in me. I feel the weight of the world has lifted.”
Her daughter is taking part in some activities with her, and has also lost weight.
“Losing weight changes your whole way of thinking,” Adams added. “It’s a great change. If I
could bottle the feeling and give it to others I would.”