Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Weight Watchers Journey

It was hours after my 37th birthday that I decided something needed to be done. I tried over and over to get into weight loss mode but failed every time. I would eat smaller portions for a week or two then revert back to my over eating ways and give up. I wouldn't see results and I would give up.

I needed help. I knew I could do it on my own but it wasn't working. Enter Weight Watchers.

I saw family members and close friends have success on the program. I watched as they lost weight without giving up eating their favorite yummy foods. I didn't think I needed something like that but I did.

On August 16, I signed up and started tracking my meals in the app. I grocery shopped while scanning nearly everything to see the point value. A lot of my normal snacks and meals stayed on the shelves. I quickly learned that my points were valuable and I had to make a change to my normal eating habits if I wanted to make this work.

It wasn't always easy but seeing consistent results made it worth it. In the first 4 days, I lost 3 pounds. A month into the program, I was down 14 pounds. By Thanksgiving, I weighed 32 pounds less.

On February 4, I hit my goal weight. A 44 pound weight loss in just under 6 months. My personal goal was to hit my goal weight in 6 months. I knew that the longer it took me to get to my goal, the harder it would be so I stuck to my points. I enjoyed splurge days and got back on track. I exercised.

A few keys to my success:

1. Meetings. Weight Watchers weekly meetings. I was nervous attending my first meeting but instantly felt supported and encouraged. In 7 months, I have missed 3 meetings. I attend every Saturday morning at 7: 00 a.m. Yes, SEVEN in the morning. The people in my group are amazing. Full of energy and fun. It is the best group. I've tried a couple other meetings and they don't compare.

2.  Friends and family. Without the support of my friends and family, I would have failed. They made adjustments to meals and supported me when I passed on dessert. It helps that nearly all of my close friends are on WW as well. My MIL and SIL have been working the program for two years, my FIL joined a few months ago and my husband signed up in February. All have had tremendous success. We are a Weight Watchers loving family!

3. Splurge....but not always. I know myself and how my eating patterns go. If I stop tracking one day, that would turn into two days. Three days and then I'm done. So I kept with it. I didn't allow myself to get off track. It takes a lot of mental strength to do that. It is HARD. But my determination was stronger. I wasn't always perfect. It is impossible and WW isn't about being perfect. It is about trying your best and either seeing the results you want or learning from those slip ups.

On Saturday morning, I'm hoping to earn Lifetime status. That means that I maintained my goal weight (within 2 pounds) for 6 weeks. I'll get a few more daily points (YAY) but I'll need to still stay on track and be mindful about what I am eating. Meeting my goal and earning Lifetime doesn't mean I am done. This is a lifestyle change. A LIFETIME lifestyle change. I do not want to gain the weight back. I've worked too hard.

Left: March 2016
Right: March 2017