My Weight Loss Journey

My before picture almost 170 pounds

Goal Day! 34 pounds lost!

My Weight Loss Journey

I first joined Weight Watchers in January of 2013. That was at my highest weight ever of 169 pounds and that’s a lot on a 5’3″ frame! I loved Weight Watchers from the beginning. It fit with my lifestyle as I love to cook and I was able to put in my own recipes and determine the points. But life happened, I was almost to goal when I bought out one of my tea wholesalers, opened a new retail shop and commercial kitchen and then the weight started creeping back up.

In 2014 I suffered a stroke as a result of a pilates accident where I tore my vertebral artery. My weight really sprang up after that. My main focus was recovery and being able to run my business again, not controlling my weight. I just ate whatever I wanted, happy to be alive. However, in late December of 2016 again 169 pounds (something about that number), I decided it was time to again focus on my weight. My mom joined me a week later.

Weight Watchers

After photo at 139 pounds-only 4 pounds to go!

Weight Watchers is such a wonderful program. I can’t say enough good things about it! I belong to the online version, it works well for me and thus the reason I returned for a second time. When I first joined, I made it almost to goal but then decided that my weight loss was “good enough.” I really don’t know what I was thinking. Of course if you don’t change your ways or pay attention, you are going to gain it all back. The first time I had the mindset of, ” This is a diet and once you get there, you’re done.” Boy was I wrong. I’m not sure why I thought that or maybe I just became too distracted with my business. The second time around I paid more attention. I read what other lifetime connectors said, “This is a lifestyle for life, track for life.” It made a lot of sense. So now I’m tracking for life!

Goal!

Goal! I made goal on August 2, 2017- I was so happy! My mom made her goal a week later. We were so excited! I could even squeeze into a size 4! What a difference! Size 16 to a size 4! Now I have decided that I want to lose a few more pounds so I set a new goal.  I find I’m better off not setting a “goal date, ” as this puts too much pressure on me. When I get there, I get there. I love this lifestyle. I went to Germany last September (right after I made goal) for a visit. I used to live there, actually was born there and couldn’t wait to go back. I was very nervous about gaining weight since I had finally reached goal. But I did great. I ate all of my favorite foods in smaller portions.  I walked all over Europe and got lots of steps in.  When I came home I was a few pounds over goal, but I got right back on track and took off those pounds immediately. This is my lifestyle.  I’m doing this for life now. 🙂

Looking Back Over My Journey

Before in an extra large coat

After: 35 pounds gone! Small coat!

When I look back on my journey of 7 months I have to say the time really seemed to fly by. Once I got focused in December of 2016, I looked at shorter goals-10 pounds, 15 pounds, 20 etc and not the big picture. I took it one day at a time.  My 34 pounds didn’t come off quickly but little by little. I usually lost 1 pound a week. Sure I had ups and downs. It seemed to take forever to get the first 10 pounds off.  July 2017 was actually my hardest month. I lost and gained the same 5 pounds. Fourth of July, parties, companies, it was hard to stay on track. But it dawned on me in late July, that I’ve got this! I was going to make it, it was just a matter of time. The transformation really occurred that last week of my journey. I relaxed, focused on drinking more than 64 oz of water a day (which is hard but so worth it) and then started focusing on eating healthy points not just points, paying attention to what I put in my mouth. Overnight, I literally dropped 4 pounds and made goal the day after.

I realized it’s not a race, it’s a journey. Sometimes we forget we need the actual journey to make the transformation. It’s not the destination that gets us there but the journey. Relax, enjoy the journey. Everyone of you will get there if you’re patient. It’s all about the journey. I’m onto my next journey!

Starting Weight: 169

First Goal Weight: 135

Current Weight: 130

New Goal weight: 125

How I feel: priceless. 😄

Almost to goal!

Going out is so much more fun when you are at goal and can wear a size 4 dress! And heels! Haven’t worn them in years because they hurt my feet.

Before photo in India