Thursday, April 10, 2008

5 Months Ago Today...

...I walked into my first WW meeting. To be honest, I didn't know how well this whole weight loss thing would go. After all, I had tried losing weight a couple of times on my own since meeting my now husband and it was a complete flop. I had this "I don't eat that bad" mentality. Heck, I even went to the doctor to have my thyroid checked thinking that surely something was wrong with it and that's why I hadn't been able to lose weight! (It was completely normal, by the way.) That tells you how clueless I was.

After that meeting, I sat down with the leader and she explained the program to me. Then she wanted to know a little about me. I told her I'd gained 70 pounds since April 2003, and 33 of those were just since our wedding in December 2006. I also told her about how painful it was to get out of bed because of my feet (plantar fasciitis) and that I felt like I was 70-years old in the morning. Another reason I told her I was joining was because I was tired of buying new clothes every season because I had outgrown the stuff I had bought the previous year(s). Even my winter coat was too small! That was the final straw....I joined WW a couple of weeks after that depressed me.

Since joining WW, I've lost 43.4 pounds. If you had told me on November 10, 2007, that I would lose this much by today's date, I wouldn't have believed you.

Not to toot my own horn, but (toot-toot!) I'm very proud of myself. It hasn't been easy, but it hasn't really been that hard either. I find that I eat basically the same stuff for my meals at home, but smaller portions. When we go to restaurants, I opt for entrees and sides that aren't fried or battered. I only eat till I'm satisfied....not till I'm stuffed and uncomfortable. I exercise regularly now. By the time I leave work each day, I've gotten in 60 minutes of stairs & walking. We take the dog for a 1.7 mile walk each evening after work which adds another 30 minutes. Once it gets nicer, we're going to increase it to 2 miles or more. I want to start riding my bike (which I've had for 9 months or so and have never ridden). I'm looking forward to going to Chicago next month and not having my feet hurt after a day of walking. I could go on and on, but this post is already pretty long!

So anyway, here's to 5 months! (picture me toasting...!) And here's to more success down the road!


c said...

Congrats! I had to laugh because I got my thyroid tested too. It seemed like everyone was making that out to be the answer to problems with weight loss. I think it gave some us false hope! You've done a terrific job!

Karen said...

Congratulations!! You have earned he right to be toot your horn and be proud of yourself :-)

Incidently, I also was tested for thyroid problems... negative..