On 11-11-2010 I hit my goal weight, after 2 years on program (took me about a year & a ½ to lose the weight…I took a little time off in the beginning of 2009). To date, I have lost 101 lbs on the Weight Watchers program.
It doesn’t feel like it’s been a year. It feels like just yesterday my stomach was in knots about going to my meeting in anticipation that tonight could be the night…the night I finally hit goal!! It feels like I just stood on the scale, looked at my leader, saw her smile and fell to my knees sobbing because I knew what I had just accomplished.
But all of that did not happen yesterday, it happened a year ago today.
That’s the truly amazing part. Maintenance is hard work, but it’s not nearly as hard as we think it will be. I believe that there are certain times though where it can be harder than losing weight honestly, but there is a sense of calm when you ARE at your goal weight that makes it less stressful. Maybe because you can say to yourself "I am here now, do I really want to go back?"
OK folks, here comes the cliché tag line….This is lifestyle, not a diet!! That is why I can’t believe it’s been ONE FREAKING YEAR!! It’s been just one year of me living my healthy life day in and day out…not one of year full of “omgImusteatthisIhavetoworkoutIcanthavethatwhathaveIdoneIwanttoeatthisandthatandthatandthis”.
Sure, not every day of the past year has been a breeze and they sure the hell were not filled with all the right choices. Remember, nobody is ever perfect. Life is not perfect, so you can’t expect to be either. You fall, YOU GET BACK UP!!
Now I am extremely proud to say that since hitting my goal weight I have managed to never weigh-in more than 2 lbs over my goal weight!! Actually, the most I’ve ever gone is 1 lb over. I normally chill a little below or right at goal weight. Last night at my meeting I was down .6 which puts me right back at goal and I feel GREAT!!
Actually last night I received my 2nd Lifetime Award Key.
Now, many of you asked me “what the hell is a 2nd Lifetime Award key?!” If you look in the back of your Lifetime Pocket Guidebook you will see all about this. As a Lifetime member of Weight Watchers you are required to weigh in at least once a month. If you do so 10 out of the 12 months in a year, you receive ANOTHER Lifetime key. Now some say “well if it’s required wouldn’t you get it anyways?!” Not necessarily. You’d be amazed how many Lifetime members don’t weigh in some months or sadly, stop going to their meetings. I think these additional keys are a great anchor to show the commitment we have not only to the Weight Watchers program, but to ourselves!! With the new pocket guides, it is a little harder for the leaders and receptionists to track these, but it IS part of the program so don’t be afraid to bring it up at your next meeting. You earned your anchor, go get it!!
Without sounding too vain or conceded, I like to think that I am living proof that it CAN be done!! You CAN lose the weight and you CAN keep it off!! Yes, there will be bumps and there will be halts but in the end it is all worth it!! Anytime I feel like I’ve gotten off track, I think back to where I was 3 years ago….252 lbs, depressed, hating myself, hating everything…I don’t ever want to be there again, and that is why I am able to celebrate my 1 year goal-weight anniversary today!!
Also, I have all of you to thank very, very much. Many of you have been with me since the beginning, a few of you even before then. Your constant support, encouragement and love is what makes this all seem so easy most days. It is what keeps me moving and maintaining.
Never give up on yourself. Never believe that you are not worth it. Never stop fighting for yourself. Believe in your mind. Believe in your body. Believe in your health. Believe in yourself!!
(After photo from weightwatchers.com via my online success story)