“In Her/His Words” is a series on Beth’s Journey for people who want to share their weight loss story. There are so many different ways to reach success and all of us can use a little inspiration from time to time. Check out the past In Her/His Words Posts:
If you’re interested in sharing your story, please email me at bethsjourneyblog at gmail dot com to get the conversation going!
I’ve always been thin-average size, never skinny, never overweight. When I had my son in 2005, I weighed the most I’d ever weighed in my life–186 pounds. I gained 65+ pounds during my pregnancy, apparently I thought the weight would just melt off after my son was born. It didn’t melt off, didn’t even come close to melting off, and over the next several years, my weight kept creeping up. I’d go through spurts of “starting a diet” only to give up two days in and eat everything I’d restricted myself from “ever eating again.” It was a vicious cycle that lasted until I decided to join Weight Watchers with my mom at the end of 2011.
When I first started the program I ate a lot of Smart Ones (the WW frozen dinners), Fiber One brownies, string cheese, and baked popped chips. All of those things have the points values listed right on the box so it was easy to calculate the points and write them down in my tracker. I also ate a lot of salads–McDonald’s and Chick fil A both have a really yummy southwest salad that I ate all the time. Fruit is considered “free” on WW so I ate lots of apples, blueberries, and watermelon. I didn’t exercise at all, I just tracked what I ate and wrote EVERYTHING down in my WW journal.
It was like night and day when it came to what I ate before starting WW. I used to get fast food ALL the time. I always “biggie sized” my meals and I ate french fries almost every single day. I was tired all the time because of the crap I was putting into my body. After my first 3 months on WW, I felt so much better and had lost 33 pounds!
I kept with it and by July 4th, I hit 50 lbs lost. That was such a proud moment when I stepped onto the scale at WW and saw a number staring back at me that I hadn’t seen in SO long! I couldn’t believe that I’d lost 50 lbs in just 6 months…it seemed like such an impossible thing to do when I walked into WW just 6 months before.
My whole attitude on life changed after losing 50 lbs. I’m so confident now and I find myself doing things I never would’ve done 50 lbs ago. I’m a better wife, mom, and employee. I have lots of energy, I’ve started working out, and I love being active. I lay out my workout clothes every night so that I have no excuses when it comes to whether or not I’m going to workout.
If I can’t make it to the gym I don’t let that stop me from working out. There are TONS and tons of great workouts all over the internet. I loved this dorm room workout, it was a lot harder than it seems!
The most important thing to remember is that relying on exercise to give you the body you want isn’t going to work. Yes, it’s important and it’s good for your heart but you’re going to drop the pounds when you change your diet. I cook healthy for myself and my family by either lightening up recipes I already make or finding recipes with WW points values already calculated. There are some of my favorites from my blog.
Healthy Turkey Chili
Turkey, Cream Cheese, and Sausage Stuffed Shells
Remember to set realistic goals–everyday is not going to be an ideal day to workout and eat “perfectly.” There are many, many days where I eat everything in sight and feel like a bottomless pit. Just start with your next meal and make it a good one. Losing weight is not about getting to the finish line. You have to change your entire lifestyle and turn a not so good one into a healthy one. It’s about finding your best self and enjoying the journey!
Thanks Beth for letting my share my weight loss story with your readers!