Living to Eat! Yes, Yes I know its supposed to be Eating to Live. I grew up in Louisiana with a Mama and a MawMaw who could cook or bake just about anything. They were GOOD Cooks! I grew up eating! So its no wonder I ended up putting on a little bit of weight. Yeah I could have called it all baby weight except I gained weight before I was even pregnant. Then again after each baby was born, and even after they all left the nest, I was still gaining.
A Life of Weight Gain
Total I’ve gained over 80 lbs since my husband and I got married. I sure wasn’t happy with my weight but I was tired of dieting, losing, then regaining even more weight. You name a diet and I can pretty much guarantee you I’ve tried it. I was up to a size 16, going on 18. With all the body positivity going around, I made up my mind that I was happy at the weight I was. That I would never diet again!
A friend called me in January of 2016 and asked me to go to Weight Watchers with her. Nope, Not going to do it, flat out told her No. My friend wanted to get healthy and was determined she would lose the weight. She wanted to become a lifetime member with Weight Watchers. Lifetime member is when you reach your goal weight and maintain it for 6 weeks.
This friend was doing so great with her weight loss journey. Then some unexpected medical issues with family members came up. I hadn’t been seeing her much or spending much time with her and I wanted to support her so I told her I would start going to Weight Watchers with her and attend the meetings. Trust me, I did not have any intention of losing weight. I would be there with my friend and once she reached her goal, I would be done.
Losing the Weight
I started losing weight. And I liked going to the meetings with the other ladies and occasional man. The leader was funny and friendly and so encouraging. I was a terrible member though. I never tracked the food I ate, and that’s a pretty big deal with WW. Their whole system is set up on points and each food has a point value to make it easy for you to know how much you’re eating.
I didn’t get serious until I talked another friend into joining with us. What was I thinking, shit just got real! How was I going to encourage someone when I wasn’t even following the plan? I buckled down and managed to lose over 30 lbs. Then when summer rolled around again I hit the plateau, lose a pound, gain a pound. I went back and forth like that for a good 6 months. Why did I keep going? The people. This group of people all had a common goal, to lose weight. None of us were perfect. We all ate things we shouldn’t eat. But we all had a good time with each other every Thursday and looked forward to seeing each other.
What kept me going was the fact that I thought I was starting to look pretty good in new clothes! Two years to the month I was asked to go to WW, I decided I was tired of messing around with the plateau. I wanted to become a lifetime member, it became a goal. Since then I’ve started tracking my food everyday on the WW app and it’s made a big difference. I don’t lose weight fast like I used to when I was younger but I have consistently lost weight every week since the start of 2018.
Close to my Goal
I’m 10 lbs away from my goal weight (its not the twenty three year old 135 weight) but it is a healthy manageable weight for a woman my height and age. I plan to reach that goal by the end of April which will be my 2 year anniversary with WW. Then the hard part comes, maintaining that loss. Since my weight loss has not been fast and my eating habits have changed so much, I hope that maintaining will be easy.
I do know I would not have gotten to where I am with out the support and accountability of my Thursday meeting friends and leader, so I’ll still be going every Thursday. I’m so much happier now with my weight and shape. I feel good, I know I look good (hubby tells me that anyway!) and I know I am so much healthier. Here’s to becoming a lifetime member and Eating to Live!