I started Weight Watchers in January 2012. I was determined to lose weight and get healthier. I am 5'2 and 3/8ths and on January 1, 2012 I weighed 152 pounds.
|D, Polo, & I in October 2011|
|My little sister Haley and I on January 7, 2012. I weighed 152 lbs.|
Losing weight took time. I am still 6 pounds away from my goal. I have been working at it for a long time and I have taken a week off here and there for vacations. All along I knew that I was going to get back on the wagon and keep plugging away at the weight.
I committed to Weight Watchers because I wanted to change my eating lifestyle. I used to eat anything I wanted. I eat anything I want now but to a limit. And I choose healthier options because I have learned how to eat a well balanced diet. I did not know how to do that before and I ate what was easiest such as take out on the way home from work.
I remain motivated because of how healthy I feel. I eat vegetables and fruit all the time. I still snack on chocolate at work when the candy basket is full and I am lucky that my co-workers help keep me in check. I can't just eat one piece of chocolate. I have to eat 10. My co-workers know to cut me off and they have been an amazing support when I have felt down about where I am at on the journey or if I am struggling. They also cheer me on.
Having a support system is so important. I do not think that I would be as successful with my weight loss journey as I have been if my co-workers did not cheer me on and some of them even do the program with me. (We all do the online program.)
I feel good about myself. I now weigh 126 pounds. It feels really good to put on clothes that used to be tight and now they are loose. It feels amazing to wear clothes that I have not been able to wear since I graduated school. It feels really good to not mind having my photo taken and not worry about how fat my face or cheeks look in photos. It feels good to see family and friends that I have not seen in a long time and hear them say how good I look.
|Me and the other bridesmaids at my cousin's wedding on June 30, 2012|
|D & I at the rehearsal dinner on June 29, 2012|
|Me in early August 2012|
It took some time for my husband to understand that Weight Watchers was now a way of life for me and that it is not going away any time soon. He has complimented me on my successes but he has also made it really tough sometimes when he wants to go out to eat and I have to tell him that we need to eat somewhere else that will fit into my diet. Typically I can find something that fits in my diet but let me give you an example. We used to eat pizza with an abundance of toppings at least once if not twice a week. Now he knows that if we order pizza, I am going to want half of the pizza just cheese with fresh tomatoes or basil; no meat. I also want thin crust if at all possible. He is learning and hopefully he will join me in the program. He complains about his weight and how bad he feels but he won't do anything about it. I can't do it for him; although somehow he thinks I can. That is a story for another day....:)
It is hard to stay on track. I have been working on the last 10 pounds for months! I fluctuate back and forth and I am happy with my current weight so I do not pressure myself to work out every single day or to only eat my allotted 26 points a day. I allow myself to slip and when I beat myself up about it, because trust me I do quite often, I talk to my coworkers and my sister who is also on Weight Watchers and look for help, support, motivation, and encouragement to keep going.
To sum it all up; I stay motivated to continue with Weight Watchers because it is now my way of life. I let myself splurge every now and then, but I remember what I used to feel like and how good I feel now.
To show you that my weight loss journey has not been easy, here are some other posts about my experience and how I go through feelings of vulnerability and insecurity.
On Feeling Fat & Vulnerable-July 2012
W is for...-January 14, 2012
It's True..-January 2, 2012