Friday, September 7, 2012

How I Stay Motivated on Weight Watchers

I often receive questions from fellow bloggers, family, and friends about how I stay motivated to continue with Weight Watchers. It gets so hard at times but I wanted to share some of the reasons why I am still motivated to participate in the Weight Watchers program after losing 26 pounds.

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. 
I felt bad about myself. I was not obese by any means but my clothes did not fit well and because I am so short, I carry most of my weight in my gut.

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
I remain motivated because I do this for me. D asked me after I lost 20 pounds if we could stop paying the monthly Weight Watchers fee. I told him to get used to the fee and to consider it as a utility. I am committed to Weight Watchers and plan to use it indefinitely. After I get to my goal weight, I want to maintain it. I do not trust myself enough to get to my goal weight and then quit Weight Watchers cold turkey. I want to learn to maintain my goal weight and remain being healthy and happy. At some point I may trust that I can do it on my own but honestly where I am at right now, I am terrified to gain the weight back.

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
Accomplishment-May 2012
W is for...-January 14, 2012
It's True..-January 2, 2012

14 thoughts:

Lauren Bird said...

You are such an inspiration lady! Congrats to you. You have always looked beautiful but now I bet you feel beautiful : )

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks so much!! :)

Tabetha Garman said...

Congratulations! You look wonderful & more importantly, it sounds like you are feeling wonderful!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thank you!

Watkins35 said...

Honey yay for you, that's fantastic, you look fabulous (though you always have) & more importantly you feel good about yourself. xox

BlogLoveTherapy said...

Congrats! This is wonderful. You look amazing. I agree, support is key.
Very inspiration post.

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Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me a note! I really appreciate all the blog luv support I get also:)
gina

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Yes!I feel really good about myself which is most important! :) I wasn't crazy overweight before, but man do I feel better now that I am healthier!

Lauren Gibson said...

You are my motivation too! You are a great support when I am feeling down as well! You look amazing, as you always have. :)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks Lauren! So do you!! I really appreciate you guys at work. Don't know how I would do it without the help from everyone in their own way...

Kary said...

You rock Gina! You are amazing and so inspiring!! You deserve to be a FitFluential Ambassador! Keep up the wonderful work that you've don, you have come far and will continue to do more :)
xoxo

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Thanks so much! I needed this boost of kind words today:)

[Ashleigh] said...

You are doing so great! I also started WW in January and I stopped going to meetings in August, after finally making it to my 10%. I have a lot more to lose and I actually miss it now! It's hard to stay motivated with my husband who likes to eat anything and everything! I like the idea of considering it a utility...we could fit it into our budget better. You totally have inspired me to get back on track!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

This is great to hear! I never went to meetings and I did it all online. The online version is also cheaper so that might be something to look in to! Keep me posted. I would love to hear about your progress;)
gina

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