- Posted May 20, 2014 by
Long Beach, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
Never Give Up!
I needed to lose weight. My “aha moment” was that I knew that I was a ticking time bomb. I was not getting any younger. Well in to my 40’s, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes and who knows what else were sure things for me if I did not take control of my life! So I started Weight Watchers out of necessity and desperation. I was at my heaviest weight ever. 240 lbs. I had never been more miserable. Physically I felt miserable and mentally I felt miserable. I was embarrassed by my appearance and avoided certain social functions because of my weight. I had near zero confidence and was extremely insecure. I have a daughter who at that time was 16 years old. I felt as though I had let her down horribly by letting myself get to this size. I was not leading by example in regards to living a healthy lifestyle. I think the hardest part for me was learning to believe that I could lose weight and be successful and maintain my weight loss. I have been a yo-yo dieter for my entire adult life. I have been on many weight loss programs. I would lose weight on all of them and then fizzle out on my motivation and then just revert back to my old habits and gain everything back again. & usually a bit more! Every time I would venture on to a new plan, I would generally set myself up for disaster by playing mind games with myself. I doubted my abilities 100%. I never knew if I could make it work. I never felt 100% confident that I could stick to the particular plan. I always knew in the back of my mind that I would eventually fail. But for me, this time around, about 30 or so lbs. in, something literally just clicked for me. I started to see things very differently, and was feeling very differently. I realized that what I was feeling was confidence in my abilities and myself. I WAS getting it, and I WAS being successful! My confidence was literally going through the roof and that was an emotion I had not felt for a very long time! For me, once I had that confidence under my belt, the rest became almost easy for me. Not to say I did not have my down-moments, or didn’t have to work hard at weight loss, because I did. But believing in yourself, having confidence in yourself, will lead you to the weight loss success that you are after. I have now come to a place in my life that I know that my inability to keep weight off is a thing of my past!
I began WW in June 2012. On August 4th 2013 I reached my goal weight of 155 lbs. I had lost 85 lbs. Now, it’s May 2014 and I have maintained that 85 lb weight loss for over 9 months now. For me that is HUGE! NEVER have I been able to accomplish this type of maintenance. It’s all thanks to the Weight Watchers program. I am asked quite often what advice I can offer to those trying to lose weight. First of all…don’t wait! There is never a good time or the perfect time to start. The time will pass regardless so why not get going right now? Just jump right in. That’s what I did…I just dove in and swam for my life! Next, I would advise to set small goals. I would literally set 5 lbs. goals. Seems silly to have such small goals, but for me it really helped. Each time I would hit those marks I felt like I was making big strides and it kept me motivated! I also advise to track diligently. With Weight Watchers, tracking your food/points is the key. Track everything. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Tracking gives you the knowledge that you need to conquer the unknowns about food. A big part of the confidence that I now have in myself and knowing that I can keep this weight off comes from tracking diligently. Another big one for me is “Don’t give up….EVER”….if you have a bad meal, bad day, bad week, shake it off and get back on track asap. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Learn from it and move on. You are working on yourself for the long term so don’t let a few “off” moments destroy the progress that you have made! & finally, I have to advise to GO TO WEIGHT WATCHER MEETINGS! This for me was/is huge. Get dialed in with a meeting leader that really “speaks to you”. It was an important piece of the puzzle for me and I was educated, enlightened and empowered by diligently attending meetings! I could likely go on, but those are the big pieces of advice that are close to my heart!
In closing I have to say that WW has changed my life forever. It has changed my WAY of life forever. WW has given me the ability to conquer something that has held me captive for my entire adult life…my weight!! I am finally at a place in my life where I know that my inability to keep weight off is a thing of my past. Instead of hiding in the background, avoiding the camera, and missing certain social activities because I was embarrassed about my weight, I am now not afraid to stand up front, get in the picture, or be the first one at the party! Instead of talking about weight loss in a negative way and sharing with others “what not to do”, I can now (and do) share my journey with others in a positive way and hopefully inspire them to start their own journeys or if they are struggling, to never give up!