I managed to lose weight on my own, getting down to 150 at that time-
But at age 14 and throughout high school, it steadily went up. By the time I was 20, I was almost 200 pounds. (sorry no pics!)
By 21, I had lost 60 pounds and was at my lowest adult weight - 140.
Again, over the years it crept back up and by age 29, I had hit 204.
Once again, I joined Weight Watchers and lost 44 pounds, stopping at 160.
Did I learn my lesson? No.
At age 33, in 2004, I had hit my all time high of 208. (This was a very difficult time in my life)
My point: I've been through this more than once. I've been on and off Weight Watchers since 1989. I've never hit goal. But this time I will. And the difference between all those aborted attempts and this time is simple:
- I finally understand that it really is a lifestyle change.
- I finally understand I do not have to be perfect.
- I finally understand that diet alone is not enough, I need to exercise.
I strongly suggest you spend time asking yourself the same questions. Or even write down how your current situation is helping vs hurting you. It might help you look at yourself more objectively and realize what you need to do. When it comes down to it- what are you scared of? You should write that down too- because it helps you to see it and also, I guarantee that you will eventually come up with solutions to all of those things.
As silly as it sounds, the reasons I put off Weight Watchers were because I didn't know how to handle Sunday Brunch, restaurants/take out and alcohol - but I've managed to fit all those things into plan and I will address that in a future blog.
Beside the fact that I enjoy blogging for my own sake, I hope that through these posts something will "click" for some of you and you'll find the determination you need to get what you want or at least look at things differently.
I want to elaborate on the 3 revelations I mentioned above:Lifestyle Change: That term is used a lot at Weight Watchers. So much so that it may lose its meaning. But it's very important. These changes are very gradual, but to be successful long term, it's crucial to realize that it really IS a lifestyle change- it affects so many aspects of your daily life. It's not scary- it's just different and better than what you're doing now, and it's gradual so the adjustment is relatively easy.
Persistence, not Perfection: I'm a known perfectionist and tend to give up on something when I'm not perfect. Of course this isn't realistic and I finally came to terms with persistence being the key to my weight loss success. I've had weeks without tracking. I've gone over in points on occasion. I have not been perfect. But I did not give up. I put it behind me and move on. I will not give up this time. (I'm going to do another whole blog on this)
Activity & Exercise: I have never been physically fit or active. All previous attempts at Weight Watchers I had lost some weight without exercise. This time, however, I joined my Y simply because I heard that muscle burns fat faster. That's why I started working out. Seriously. My goal was simply to add a little more muscle just so it would help speed up my weight loss. What I had never expected was to enjoy how great the exercise made me feel right after doing it. And as I started seeing physical results, not to mention how it impacted my regular life, I was hooked! I was stronger, faster, and more energetic all the time. Exercise did more for me than I ever imagined! The trick is to start slow and find an activity you like. I can't stress the importance of that. There are so many ways to get fit/burn calories. Find something you enjoy doing so that you continue doing it.