It's been a great two years. I started with Weight Watchers January 4, 2007 and thus far have lost 100 lbs. It's been great having all the support Weight Watchers and members give me. My "mantra" has been to take small steps. Weight Watchers starts you out with a 10% goal and I continued to think that way throughout the process. I kept small realistic "mini-goals" in mind. I realized right off that I needed to set clearer limits for myself- chocolate in moderation might be okay for someone else, but not for me. I have a hard time stopping. During the first year and half when I needed a treat I would turn to Weight Watcher desserts, such as their chocolate fudge ice cream bars. I've finally learned that I can eat whatever I want, but I can't eat all that I want. Weight Watchers is going to be a lifetime commitment. It's not easy, but it's worth it. I struggle everyday, but I know there's help out there and that there are other people just like me.
I have lost a total of 260 lbs. At age 38 I was sick of being fat! I have been overweight since I was 2 years old. With blood pressure out of control even with three medications I decided it was time to do it. I had spent my whole life trying to get rid of the weight with little success. It just takes something to finally click in your brain to make it happen. I don't know exactyly what it was that finally clicked. I suspect it was a combination of factors. Even my doctor asked me what my secret is. It's interesting to note that not even doctors know what it takes to finally make it happen. Anyway, I just decided that on January 20 , 2003 I would begin. I chose that day because I determined that all of the junk food in the house would be gone by then! I started with small walks around the bloc (not fun in winter) and gradually increased the distance. With the increase in activity I also started using the slim-fast system. A shake for breakfast, lunch and a sensible dinner. A couple of snacks thrown in during the day, usually fruit, veggies or a small amount of popcorn, pretzels or well, you get the idea. I have never been a BIG eater. You know, the two cheese burger, huge fries kind of guy. I am a grazer. I could eat a little bit all day. A handful of this and that all day long adds up quickly.
I still use the slim-fast system to a lesser extent. Usually a shake in the morning, more out of convenience because I get up at 3:45am and I'm not in the mood for "breakfast". If not a shake it's a half cup of oatmeal with cinnamon and a banana. Lunch is sometimes a small healthy meal or a slim-fast shake or bar depending on my mood or time. Dinner is always sensible. Salad and veggies are the main part of the meal with a small piece of chicken or fish. Red meat no more than once a week. Sometimes rice and steamed veggies or a piece of high fiber bread.
THE MAIN THING IS EXERCISE!!!
I walk a minimum of 6 miles everyday. There have been few exceptions in the routine over the last 5 years. I have discovered that for me, I have to keep moving to make it happen. It's time consuming, boring, not always fun in the heat and cold dodging traffic, dogs and wild hornets. However, for me, it is absolutely essential! The main thing is to figure out what works for you. It's not rocket surgery! We all basically know what to do, it's just doing it that's hard.