Since changing my lifestyle, I have also uncovered a huge passion for health and fitness. As such, a very large part of this blog will be dedicated to my healthy lifestyle. Given that, I thought I should set up a page specifically with my story and answers to common questions I get regarding my weight loss. If you ever have any questions about anything regarding health, fitness, my weight loss or anything please feel free to drop me a line! One of my favorite things about this entire process is my ability to inspire others because of my journey! Let’s get EXCITED about being healthy!!
My ‘Before’ Struggles
I have struggled with my weight for many years. When I was a kid and my parents were going through a nasty divorce, I turned to food to make myself feel better. I remember days as a kid coming home from school and just binge snacking from the moment I walked through the door and the entire time I did my homework. I can remember feeling “chubby” as early as the 4th Grade and hating trying on clothes. What a tragic thing to already have self-esteem issues that young. After that, even when I wasn’t really “chubby” I still felt like I was and I had learned to justify it as just being “big-boned.” As years went by, my habits only got worse. Less activity, started skipping breakfast and only had chips, candy and soda for lunch/snack all through High School. After High School I tried different workouts and diets but I never stuck with them and always gained the weight back and then some. I was surrounded by naturally skinny people that ate more or equal to what I ate and I was so frustrated. I didn’t want to accept that I was “big-boned.” I always felt like I was a skinny girl inside a “big-boned” body and yearned to be free because I was proud of the person I was inside but just didn’t like the packaging.
The Defining Moment
In life we encounter those moments that change the entire course of our future. Something happens that fuels us to achieve what we never thought possible. I had a few small defining moments.. things like the moment I had to buy a size 20 pair of pants but if I had to choose THE defining moment, it would be Christmas of 2009. My sister’s boyfriend at the time had received a digital camera as a gift and video-recorded my Dad opening one of his gifts which was a Digital Picture Frame from all of us. He was playing back the video to show me his reaction and as my Dad was watching the changing photos (that we had preloaded) he got to a photo of me from my Junior or Senior year in High School and he said: “Oh this is when she was skinny.” In that moment I felt like all the blood rushed out of my face. I was stunned, not because I didn’t have any idea that my weight had gotten out of control, but because I certainly NEVER felt like the word “skinny” could ever describe me. That day, when I looked at that picture and saw how much thinner I was at a time when I STILL wasn’t thin, I knew I had to make a change. I didn’t set a New Year resolution in 2010 to make a change, because we all know most resolutions don’t make it to pass. But after that moment and then seeing people around me and Jennifer Hudson all have pretty remarkable weight loss success. I was inspired. If they could do it, I could too.
It’s Not A Diet… It’s A Lifestyle
In the middle of April 2010 I made the decision to join Weight Watchers online. Weight Watchers was something I had heard about for years. I remember watching the Rosie O’Donnell show as a teenager and her always talking about it, but she certainly didn’t seem to be having much success with it and she also never made it sound like something she particularly enjoyed. Years later, here I was joining. Jennifer Hudson was just announced as the new spokesperson for Weight Watchers and another acquaintance of mine was also looking noticeably slimmer thanks to Weight Watchers so I decided I would go the same route. I immediately started having success and it didn’t take long for people to start noticing. After one year following Weight Watchers I had lost 54 pounds total. I think the biggest thing I took away from Weight Watchers, other than losing all that weight, was learning the lifestyle. I learned to pay more attention to what I was putting in my body, I learned to choose foods with more fiber and less fat, I learned to cut unnecessary condiments (that I didn’t even LIKE much ANYWAY) and to just pay close attention to portion sizes. I didn’t even have to give up the food I loved, I just ate less of it, planned in advance when I knew I was going to eat out/eat something unhealthy or made up for it with more activity.
Life AFTER Weight Watchers