My Weight Loss Story
My healthy tipping point occurred in the fall of 2011l. It was late September and every morning I was spending more and more time in front of the mirror trying to conceal my love handles. My “I’m not getting any bigger than this” jeans were feeling tight.
I worked out regularly and I read a lot of fitness blogs and magazines, but I was so discouraged with how my weight was playing out–it was clear from the message my jeans were sending me that I wasn’t actually implementing the healthy choices I was reading about. My last straw was when some pictures from the time ended up on facebook…I looked at them and realized how far things had gone. I needed to do something.
How did I get there? I had some weight issues in early high school and had managed to maintain a healthy weight through college by eating okay and running. I was so proud of the moment at my wedding dress fitting when they asked me if I wanted to order a smaller size and I proudly replied, “Nope! I’m happy. He’s happy. You can order whatever size I am now.”
After I graduated college and got married, I let things slide. I had moved to Texas where it was always “too hot” to run and the enchiladas and margaritas came in Texas-sized portions! Over the next three years I slowly watched my weight go up. It was easy for me to excuse away 5 or 10 pounds, but as I stared at a 30 pound weight gain, an overweight BMI and day after day of dressing to cover my muffin top—I knew things had to change.
I called my mom (who has struggled with her weight for a long time) and asked her if she wanted to join Weight Watchers and attend their meetings with me. I knew I needed to get my eating on course. I exercised at least three times a week and although I was eating some healthy things, I was using my few good habits to justify a lot of bacon cheeseburgers and chocolate. Weight Watchers has a reasonable plan that emphasizes healthy eating. I also love that there are no “forbidden foods” so you can treat yourself every now and then! I had tried the program online before but gave up after a few months; going to the meetings honestly scared me because it meant that I needed to go, that I wasn’t as healthy as I thought I was, and that I had a real problem with my eating habits.
|Thanksgiving 2011– 6 weeks on plan|
Habit by habit, I began to change. I started measuring portions, drinking more water, eating carrots with my lunch, and exercising more consistently. I kept track of what and how much I ate. And if I wanted to “spend” some of my points budget on cheesecake or Christmas cookies, I did. I learned the truth that being healthy is simple, but not easy. It was not an overnight process and was not without some slip-ups, but I believe each rough week helped me learn that this is a lifestyle not a diet: there is no such thing as cheating—you only cheat yourself.
|March 2012–Just completed my second half marathon!
Losing the whole time!
Over the past 6 months I have lost 21 pounds and am getting closer everyday to my goal weight. More importantly, I have learned that no amount of exercise can undo a bad diet. I have taken a hard look at why I eat certain things: am I seeking stress relief or fun in a helping of French fries? And what can I do to express that feeling in a healthy way? I remind myself that I work out not because I need to “work off” but because I like the way it makes me feel—happy, strong, and confident.
|May 2012– 20 pounds down!|