Putting your weight into an online BMI (body mass index) calculator and discovering you’re only three pounds shy of being considered “morbidly obese” is not something anyone wants to see. Neither is finding yourself researching stomach stapling. I found myself there at the age of 25.
Like many people, I assumed I could lose weight on my own. I didn’t need or want to pay money for something that I could do. I tried several diets and couldn’t keep the motivation long enough to see real results. I was only in my mid-twenties, but I was depressed and fed up with my obesity.
I signed up for Weight Watcher’s online program on November 27, 2006. That was the single best decision I ever made. It was the day I turned my life around and began to lose weight for good. The weight came off slowly. To be honest, I only lost five pounds my first month. The way I saw it though, it was five pounds I’d never see again.
As the weight slowly came off and my confidence grew, I began to go to the gym. I promised myself I’d go three days a week and that was an attainable number of days. I also made bike rides and long walks part of my regular activity.
I gave up calorie laden drinks for water or an occasional diet soda. I replaced snack foods with fruits and vegetables. I began to cook with minimal oil and learned the art of grilling and steaming. I did rely on frozen “diet” lunches during the work week, but tried to cook as much as possible.
I loved the flexibility of the plan. I could eat what I wanted, in moderation. I could also use my weekly points for nights out or an occasional splurge, without feeling guilty. I got rewarded for exercising. I never had to go hungry or feel like I was missing out on anything.
It took about six months for me to shed 45 pounds. I kept the weight off, even through a pregnancy. After my daughter was born, I restarted the plan to continue losing weight. I am now at a healthy BMI and have managed to keep the weight off. It doesn’t seem like a struggle, because I know what foods are good for me, what isn’t, and how to splurge without falling back into old habits. I am a Weight Watchers success story!