Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What I Learned This Week - Weight Watchers Works

As many know, I've been on a weight loss journey since January 2007. By November of that same year I had lost 40 pounds and while I had not met my goal weight became pretty content with where I was.  I was in a healthy weight range for my height {be it way at the top}, I felt awesome, and I finally enjoyed clothes shopping.  It was good!  

Part of me though was disappointed that I didn't meet that magical number.  Now I must say while I did have a goal number, I didn't focus entirely on it, but rather my focus was more on clothing size.  I had a size 6 in my mind and that really was my ultimate goal.  So I decided I would keep going. But, other than a half pound here, nothing here, nothing there, maybe another half pound somewhere, and even a gain every now and then, nothing really changed.  I was maintaining, but never really any closer to my final goal. 

My heart wasn't in it.
My motivation had left.
I was too comfortable.

Flash forward to two weeks ago when I began packing for Florida.  
I had to do it.
I had to dig out my summer clothes; shorts, swim suits, tanks tops and all.   

Before I go further I guess I should let you all in on a little secret.  Since the beginning of the school year I've gained 10 pounds.  Now 10 pounds doesn't necessary sound a lot, but boy does it make a difference in clothes.  Not to mention ever since I turned 30 I've noticed a big shift in the majority of my body parts, and it isn't a shift for the good let me tell you!  So to make this rambling story short, I tried on the clothes and discovered I had exactly 3 pairs of shorts to take on vacation.  Did I tell you that last year I purchased an entire new summer wardrobe?  In size 6's?  

There I was staring at all my cute clothes. 
That fit last summer.  
I could get them on, up, and buttoned, but it wasn't pretty and nobody  wanted to see me wearing them...trust me!
I cried.

But, bringing it back to What I Learned This Week...
Weight Watchers works.

In the past year, I know you have read how I've started back on Weight Watchers again at least three times.  You may even be getting a bit tired of hearing me say it.  Your frustration could perhaps closely mirror my own.  But, trust me when I say that my clothes gave me the wake up call that I desperately needed.  

I went on vacation telling myself that I would NOT come back with the vacation 5lb souvenir I seem to always pick up.  I didn't.  I was up about 1 pound, but that fried clam sandwich and a couple ice cream cones was worth it!  

This past week I counted every.single.point. I planned some, ate salads, had more fruits and veggies, and even went out to eat three times.  I drank my water.  I exercised two days.  I stuck to the plan.

I LOST 2.4 pounds!
Weight Watchers works.

So I'm sticking with it. FOR REAL!
There are 7 weeks until summer vacation.
I'm 10 pounds away from my lowest weight {where I was wearing my size 6} and 18 pounds away from my ultimate number.  

My plan is to lose at least 1.5lb a week which means that my summer clothes will fit again just in time.  Then when I continue on, by the time I return to school I'll be at my goal weight!

Watch me do it!

To read about what everybody else learned this week, don't forget to visit Julie at From Inmates to Playdates!

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