Oamaru Weight Watchers coach Katrina McLennan knows just how difficult it can be to lose weight and keep it off, and she has been rewarded at a national level.
Mrs McLennan recently won two awards – one for her own weight loss and another for helping people in the Waitaki district lose weight – at a Weight Watchers seminar in Auckland
Her “Live Bigger” award, one of only two presented in New Zealand, was for returning to her goal weight in the last year.
It was an award she also won in 2015. Despite creeping back over her goal weight of about 69kg, she managed to lose 4kg-5kg to get back on track.
Overall, Mrs McLennan has dropped about 45kg during her time with Weight Watchers – slimming down from 115.3kg to about 69kg – and has kept the weight off for seven years.
She also received one of 12 Diamond Coach awards for her work locally.
“This is really about what passion you have and the values you have for Weight Watchers,” she said.
“It means the members are achieving, they’re losing the weight, they’re getting to their goals and keeping the weight off, so that’s a big, big honour to get that.
“I have really high energy and passion for the job. I’ve been a coach for probably six years now and I never worked towards it, so to be honoured and have my work recognised is really important to me.”
The local arm of Weight Watchers has welcomed 25 new members over the past two months, which Mrs McLennan said showed people were keen to better themselves.
“At the moment, we’ve got about 45 people that are coming to meetings every week, which is huge. There are lots who are paying but not coming to meetings and we want them coming back.”
The Oamaru club also recently won the Weight Watchers “Battle of the State” award, which Mrs McLennan said was for having the “best stats” in the South Island for three straight months in terms of member weight loss.