Pounds Lost: 50! Yes, fifty, FIFTY, FIFTY!!!
Whew, okay, I’ve got it out of my system now. Oh, by the way, did I mention that I’VE LOST FIFTY POUNDS?!!? Okay, sorry, that was the last time 🙂 see my Weight Watchers 50 lb congratulatory fridge magnet…wooo…
But seriously…even though I’m actually only down 0.8 pounds over last week, somehow it makes a world of difference to be able to say "I’ve lost fifty pounds" instead of the somewhat less inspiring "I’ve lost 49.2 pounds". It’s been a long journey, but now somehow it seems less like a journey with a final destination, than a new road I’m taking. It’s like giving up your gas-guzzling SUV in order to take the bus. (I used to commute by bus and/or train to work after driving for years, so I know whereof I speak) For the first few weeks it’s the hardest thing you can imagine, but then you begin to enjoy the simpler journey for itself. You don’t have to pay attention to the traffic…you can close your eyes and rest, you can read, you can daydream…Well, that’s kind of how I feel about my weight loss journey. For the first few weeks and months, it took every bit of concentration and willpower. Now it just feels natural. It’s not work anymore…it’s enjoyable for its own sake.
And although I’ve always been overweight, I did weigh less than 200lbs both times I got pregnant. And I lost all my "baby weight" after my first was born. And I did manage to start losing weight after my second was born. At right is a pic of me when #2 was about 6 weeks old. And then…horror of horrors…I put on weight. I actually weighed more at #2’s first birthday than I did the day after she was born. And at her 2nd birthday I still hadn’t lost weight. During this time, I lost and re-gained the same 10-15 pounds several times…I worked out at the gym, sometimes up to five times a week, for several months. But I would go home and say, "well, I can eat that…I worked out for 1.5 hours today!".
And then, my life changed. A friend-of-a-friend started losing a lot of weight on Dr. Bernstein’s weight loss program. Then my friend joined up too, and the pounds starting falling off her. Their success inspired me, and I would tell my husband about them, as well. So one Saturday morning in May, we just did it. We joined Weight Watchers and we haven’t looked back since!
It all went so smoothly, it’s hard to believe it! When I go back and read my posts, I’m amazed at how, well…easy it’s been to lose 50 pounds. At left is a picture of me in August, when I’d lost about 35 pounds or so. What an amazing difference, eh? I remember taking that photo and thinking, "Wow, I have ONE chin! And a neck!" And the results have been similar in all areas. My pants have gone from size 18 (pushing 20, really) to size TEN and my bra size has gone from 38F to 34D. Even my shoe size has shrunk, if you can believe it.
And that brings us up to the present. Here’s a very recent picture of me (taken just this minute), and there’s even more of a difference, isn’t there? And just think of what’s yet to come? My husband (who’s lost a whopping, SEVENTY-FIVE pounds himself) and I have decided not to "cheat" the system at Weight Watchers by setting a high goal and continuing to lose weight during the free lifetime member period. After all, we owe much of our success to date to honesty and refusal to make excuses about our eating. We figure it’s best not to mess with success…after all, what’s another 6 or 8 weeks now that we’ve been doing this for 31 weeks? And will continue to do it forever? So, yeah, we’re going to set our Weight Watchers goals where we really want to be, and work hard to get there. Then, during the maintenance period, we can really learn how to maintain our new weight…which is, actually, a kind of intimidating prospect!