‘Using WW And Walking For Weight Loss 5 Days a Week, I Lost 123 Pounds In 18 Months’

My name is Sim Godoy (@sim_on_ww), and I am 28 years old. I live in Clovis, California, and I am an accounting clerk in property management.

Even as a child, I always felt like a larger-bodied girl and was the heaviest in my friend group. I never understood why I didn’t look like everyone else. Over the years, I tried several different programs. My mom even got me a personal trainer at one point. I went to gyms and tried shakes, frozen meals, the keto diet, and Jenny Craig—but no program I tried was sustainable.

My weight was also impacting my health. I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can cause weight gain and irregular periods. I knew I wanted to start a family someday, and my weight would make having a normal monthly cycle very difficult. At 26, I hit my heaviest weight of 285 pounds.

The turning point that started my weight-loss journey was at my cousin’s wedding in 2018.

All I could remember is feeling so uncomfortable in my skin and feeling so out of place. I was embarrassed to be in family pictures. On top of that, I was always out of breath. I had a hard time getting in and out of my car. Life was stressful, and I had a long list of excuses for why it was the way it was.

So, in March 2018, I decided I needed a major change in my life.


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I chose WW (formerly Weight Watchers) to make that journey possible.

Shortly after my cousin’s wedding, I was at work one day in the break room, talking to a coworker. She told me about WW and how it had helped her with her weight. She had a friend referral code for a free first month, so I decided to give it a shot. When I first started, I didn’t believe it would work, but I was willing to give it a try.


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Spoiler: It really worked for me because WW is really not a diet, but a lifestyle. You can eat everything; the program teaches you about portions and how to balance your foods and choose healthier options. I honestly don’t feel deprived of anything because if I’m craving a specific food, I can have it.

I have also found easy ways to lighten up some of my most favorite foods. It’s helped me re-learn a healthy relationship with food. I feel I eat more of a variety of foods now, and I am definitely more open to trying new foods and getting creative with meals.


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Here’s what I eat in a day.

  • Breakfast: Coffee, banana, and sometimes I make overnight oats or have a Smart Baking Company muffin or a Fiber One brownie.
  • Lunch: I’ll have leftovers or a frozen Healthy Choice meal or Panera Bread Spicy Thai salad.
  • Snacks: Fruit like a plum or an orange, Alani Nu Bars or Built Bar protein bars, Baked Hot Cheetos, or Peatos.
  • Dinner: Chalupa tacos.
  • Dessert: Yasso Ice Cream Bars, and I have been obsessed with nut butters lately!


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I didn’t start exercising until six months into my journey, when I hit my first plateau.

I was stuck at the same weight for a few weeks, so I started going on walks during my lunch break at work a few times a week. This slowly increased to 30 minute brisk walks, five days a week.

I made it a goal to walk fast enough that my Apple Watch would track it as 30 minutes of exercise. I’ve learned that if I walk an 18-minute mile or faster, it’s tracked as exercise on it. Now I have grown into 30 to 45 minutes of walking five days a week for at least two miles.

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


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I have lost 123 pounds in 18 months.

The best advice I can give someone starting out on a weight-loss journey is to not focus on the scale. That thing will mess with your head and send you down a spiral. You have to stop and celebrate the little things in life.

I used to worry so much about what to eat and how to act at family events. Now I just take purse snacks, try to have a meal prior, and just take it one step at a time. I still enjoy all my favorite foods on a regular basis (I have pizza once a week!). WW is not a diet, but a lifestyle. I truly feel like a whole new person.


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