Saturday, February 11, 2012
For the last 2 years I have been following the Weight Watchers plan. I began on February 24, 2010. It was a time period I will never ever forget. My daughter was about 7 months old and I was so tired of being depressed and obese. It was so hard for me some days not wanting to even get out of bed. I had been trying to lose weight on my own after having her. I would sporadically work out and try to ear healthy, and I lost about 20ish pounds on my own after having her. But that was all. I still felt awful and it seemed I was not getting under that 250 pound range.
I will never forget, a friend of mine invited me to join her at a meeting. It was like a ray of hope, I had been toying with the idea of Weight Watchers, or Jenny Craig, or even Nutrisystem, but I was unable to work up the courage to go to a meeting on my own. When she invited me I felt a huge sense of relief and a twinge of excitement. I will never forget the day I went, it will stick with me forever. I felt depressed, sad, but a tiny bit of hope that maybe just maybe my life could begin to change.
It was a long journey, one I have chronicled here on the posts in this blog and I am sure everyone knows by now how hard it has been. But one thing that has stuck by me all this time is the plan and the tracking and the success it brings. The one thing that made me stay the course:
Losing the weight allowed me to come off all 7 medications I had to take on a daily basis. It made my RA pain decrease so much that on even my worst days a few Advil work for the pain. And I have found a love for running. That love grew back in September 2010 when I ran my first 5K and felt a new feeling before, a sense of accomplishment and completion.
So much has changed and happened since then, and I am so grateful for all of it. I ran a marathon, I ran an ultra marathon, and now in 2 weeks I will be running another and going out after my BQ at the Hyannis Marathon. I never ever thought that 2 years ago all of this would come to be, but I am so happy it did.
SO when I stepped on that scale on Wednesday and the Weight Watchers receptionist said, Congratulations you have hit lifetime status I was jumping for joy! Finally after fighting for 2 years and over coming several obstacle I would finally be able to say I was at goal weight and a lifetime member. It felt great!
I collected my little golden key of happiness and lifetime card and was grinning from ear to ear.
I feel like I was given a second chance at life that day, I feel so lucky to have found success and a plan that works for me. I love how Weight Watchers offers the lifetime membership because it encourages you to maintain all of the hard work you have put in. Very few programs out there have done that. I am determined now to maintain this healthy weight and keep chasing my running goals and dreams :)
Someday I also hope to become a member of the Weight Watchers team and work to encourage others who felt like I did and help them reach their goals and dreams.