I had the immense pleasure of sharing my weight loss journey with a group of individuals at a Weight Watchers One Amazing Day event yesterday. When I was asked to participate I admit I was scared to death and part of me wanted to back out. I’m not the most comfortable with public speaking and being heavier practically my entire life I’ve always slid into the room (as unnoticed as possible), mingled in the back and quickly exited. So the thought of being the center of attention panicked me just a little bit. But the new me stepped into place and said “You’re passionate about this and a lot of people tell you you’re an inspiration to them. Do this. Do it for them. Do it for yourself. YOU deserve this!” So I did it – I signed up and took the 1 o’clock spot.
I know I am not at my goal weight, but I have lost a significant amount of weight over the time I have been a member. I openly participate at my home meeting and am not afraid to share my advice, my thoughts and any tips/tricks that I have found that work for myself. If they work for me, they may very well work for someone else. So my philosophy is why not share?
I joined Weight Watchers in February 2010 because I wanted change and for the first time in my life and most importantly: I wanted it for myself. I’ve always been the heavier kid as early as my days in kindergarten all the way through college. I was unhappy with my size and because I was an emotional eater, I would eat to pacify my feelings about my looks (while I would also eat to pacify any emotion I was feeling – happy, sad, angry, elated) – which only aided in me gaining more and more weight. Family and friends would tell me I should consider losing weight because I had my whole life ahead of me – but I wasn’t in a mind frame where I wanted to take advice from anyone. I was comfortably wearing blinders and those blinders did not allow me to SEE myself. I knew the outside world could see me but if I didn’t see me, they couldn’t – right?
Months later, I had my “ah-ha moment” when I finally saw myself for the size that I had become (in a photograph). I also found myself going shopping to buy clothes in a larger size and thought to myself “This is crazy… what am I doing?” At that point, I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired I had decided that enough was enough – I needed to get healthy for myself and for myself only. I knew Weight Watchers worked, I had joined with a family member when I was about 18 years old and lost a good amount of weight. So, keeping my intended journey to myself (because I didn’t want anyone to tell me to join Weight Watchers because if they told me, I wouldn’t have joined – self sabotage at it’s greatest) I joined Weight Watchers on a Thursday afternoon, on my way home from work, and have never looked back.
To date, I have lost 175 pounds on the program. I’m about 30 pounds away from my goal weight (BMI) and I plan on obtaining that goal weight this year. It’s been a long, amazing and incredibly rewarding three years. Weight Watchers has helped me change my life for the better I’ve embraced this lifestyle change (including my tracking, measuring and weighing) with open arms and have praised the program and how fabulously it works (if you’re willing to work with it). I’m a healthier, happier and utterly positive person today. Such a night and day switch from the person I used to be.
So my advice to anyone who is considering joining or even considering giving up – BELIEVE. Believe in yourself. Believe in the program. It works, but you just have to be willing to do the work and work with it. It’s not something that’s going to eat up all your free time. Once you get the hang of it and figure out the points for your frequently eaten foods, it becomes second nature. And as you see results, you’re going to feel more in-tune and you’re going to want to try a little harder to reach that next goal. My advice to anyone who’s frustrated: BREATHE. You did not put on your weight in a week. Think of how long you’ve been the weight you were/are currently. Realize it takes time – but once you’re on the journey it’s the most fulfilling thing you’ll ever do. My advice to anyone who’s struggling: RE-EVALUATE. Dig into the problem area – what are you struggling with? What are your goals at this current phase of your journey (because they do differ from when you first start). If you’re bored – switch it up! Switch up what you’re eating, add an extra 10 minutes of a different activity and remember continue to keep that positive frame of mind.