Woman's weight loss offers new lease on life

By Gary Brode | gbrode@wcia.com

Published 03/24 2014 01:29PM

Updated 03/24 2014 01:33PM

CHAMPAIGN -- After years of overeating, Champaign Police clerk Teri Weens' weight spiraled out of control. But, it was a rude awakening which turned her life around. In this week's Your Health, WCIA-3's Gary Brode learns her secrets of how she became nearly half the person she used to be.

"It's time to do something about your weight."

It can be hard to look in the mirror and say it's time for a change, but that's exactly what Teri Weens did. It was a trip to Chicago with friends which gave her a wake-up all.

"I couldn't keep up. I was embarrassed and that was the first time I ever felt like my weight was holding me back and I was embarrassed."

That's where her 18 month journey began.

"I started walking and my ankles hurt and my shins hurt and my knees hurt and I'm thinking, 'Oh, this is terrible. So, I kept walking and after four or five days, things didn't hurt quite as bad."

Weens started at 238 pounds. With exercise and Weight Watchers, she says she has a new lease on life.

"I had the habit of eating until I was full, and I mean, full. What I learned with Weight Watchers is, I can be satisfied. I don't have to be full every time I get up."

She keeps her cravings in check by keeping fruits and vegetables at her desk. When she really wants a tasty treat, she has a trick for that too.

"I will go ahead and calculate the points and write in on the package. That way, if I'm reaching for that Little Debby Snack Cake, it makes you think, 'Do I really want this?'"

It's tricks like that which has helped her lose 85 pounds, but she admits she struggles with who she used to be.

"I worry everyday that I'm going to wake up and be a size 22 again."

When she started, Ween's goal was to lose 90 pounds. At this point, it's not if she will, but when.

"I have five more pounds to go to get to my goal weight. I will absolutely get to my goal weight."

Last year, she ran her first 5K at the Illinois Marathon. The next day she walked the 10K. Not bad for a woman who, only months earlier, couldn't run a mile.

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