Once upon a time there was a mother of three who was tired of carrying around her 4th child, “the baby weight.”
I have been wanting to write this blog post for several weeks. It’s hard to write about what you’re doing right in the midst of doing it. I often like to share results and the process after I’m completely done so that I can be sure I actually finish the project. I’ve always been a person who struggles with my weight. Not that I’ve been significantly over weight, but It’s always been something I’ve had to deal with. I remember, I went on my first “diet” in middle school. I was in that awkward stage and I needed to shed some pounds. Obesity runs in my family, skinny doesn’t. I truly believe that if you are happy with the way you look and you are comfortable in your skin, it doesn’t matter what you weigh as long as you’re healthy. Right now I find myself, a mother of 3 kids who has entered into her thirties, struggling to maintain a “happy” weight. It is becoming more and more difficult. I am not content with the extra pounds weighing me down. I know, from experience, that I have more energy and life in me when I am at a “happy” weight. Everyone’s happy weight is different. Mine isn’t yours and your’s isn’t mine. That’s why I’m not going to share my actual weight, that number isn’t important. I’m just going to share my goal for the amount of pounds I’d like to lose.
I’ve been on Weight Watchers off and on for the past 12 years or so. Every time I choose to commit to the program, I am successful at reaching my goal. My goal has changed a few times throughout the years. Let’s face it, I can’t get to my high school weight in my thirties. It just ain’t going to happen.
Now let’s talk about my current journey. I weighed in on May 1oth. I hadn’t been to weight watchers for about 8 months. When I went back on the 10th I weighed almost the exact same as when I stopped 8 months ago. I picked up right where I left off! I had a baby two years ago and when I have a baby….I go all out. With each pregnancy I’ve gained over 50 pounds a pop. And no, it doesn’t all melt away if you breastfeed. I stopped nursing with my littlest at 13 months. At this time (Summer of 2016) I weighed 22 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight of my last baby. And 32 over my pre pregnancy weight of my oldest two. My goal now is to get somewhere in the middle of the two pre-pregnancy weights and maintain it.
So when I weighed in on May 10th, I weighed in with 14 pounds to lose. It may not seem like much but I’ll tell you what…these last pounds are like glue. They are not easy to lose and I am not as self-motivated as I use to be. I need Weight Watchers to help me stay on track. I need the accountability of knowing someone is going to weigh me in. I need to know someone is checking up on me. I need a goal. I need that pressure. I don’t crack under pressure, I thrive.
My next weigh in was on May 17th in which I lost 5.4 lbs. Talk about a good week!!! HELLO!!! I was so happy and motivated to tackle the week ahead of me. I knew I wouldn’t lose 5 pounds in a week again, and probably shouldn’t, but I knew that I could do this. I GOT THIS!!
Fast forward to the next weigh in, May 24th. I lost 1.4. I was thrilled. Since my goal is to lose 14 pounds, losing at the rate of 1 to 1.5 pounds a week is great. Weight Watchers is like riding a bike. It takes about a week to get into the groove, to find the low point foods that fill you up, to get into the swing of things and get focused. The first week, I was starving. I wanted so many things that I had to give up. But the second week was different. My stomach was shrinking and I wasn’t thinking about food nearly as much. I lost 5 pounds the first week and 1.4 the second week. At this point, I have eight more pounds until my goal. I will update you in a couple of days with this past weeks weigh in.
If you struggle with weight loss I suggest Weight Watchers. Whether you have 10 pounds or 100 pounds to lose…it works. If you follow the system, it works. I’m going to blog weekly about my progress. It will help me stay accountable and perhaps maybe it might encourage someone out there to keep going or start their weight loss journey.
I should also say, this is not a sponsored post. Weight Watchers isn’t paying me to say this. I just believe in the program and wanted to share my journey with you.
So is there anyone out there that might want to join me? Anyone want to give WW a try? Or perhaps you want to join me on the journey but you have a different weight loss plan? Do it! Let’s find whatever our individual “happy” weight is together. Let’s meet our goals. I’m doing this not so that I can look good to other people, but rather that I could have more energy and feel more comfortable in my clothes. It’s simple and It’s not as hard as we make it out to be. This doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be easy.
Also, If you have any questions regarding weight loss or Weight Watchers, please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.