Losing weight can be difficult. And if you have any type of physical disability, it can even be more challenging.
Just ask Weight Watchers member Maria Cebreco. Due to Muscular Dystrophy, she has very little mobility, can’t stand up, raise her hands above her head, or drive. But her attitude and her wheelchair enable her to live her life to its fullest. Against many odds, she has earned her MBA and has even started her own business. And she has lost weight on the Weight Watchers program, without a key component—physical activity.
“When my doctor told me I also had diabetes, I became motivated to lose weight,” she says. “I knew I couldn’t control my Muscular Dystrophy, but I COULD control my diabetes. This has been my motivation.”
GETTING CLOSER TO THE GOAL
An important factor driving her success is her weekly meeting. She hasn’t missed a week in over a year. So far, she has lost 43.9 pounds on the program and is well over her halfway point. Her BMI has dropped from a 39 to 32. She is aiming for a 70-pound weight loss and then onto Lifetime membership.
POSITIVE THINKING IS THE KEY
“I never think in terms of ‘I can’t.’ Instead, I know I can. I use my smartphone to calculate PointsPlus® values and track on it, too. The program works well…really well,” she says.
“If you want to lose weight, believe in yourself,” she advises other Weight Watchers members. “Always tell yourself, ‘Yes, I can!’”