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Weight Watchers Success Story Photo Shoot July '12

Another pre-lifestyle makeover shot. I was uncomfortable and unhappy in my own skin.



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    Oh! And Rose, Welcome to the Spark. I enjoy it a lot. I first wandered over here in August 2011 when Weight Watchers Points Plus program was leaving me carb-starved. I stick with Points Plus, but I monitor my nutrients with the Spark Tracker. Now I keep my carbs, proteins, and fats, in balance and I feel much better.

    Just a little about me, I am 59 years old and I started my weight loss in April 2008 ... 19 April 2008 at 6:30 AM with a literal kick in the butt. I doubted it would work, but it did and I lost over the next 18 month 90 pounds. I have maintained most of that loss for the past three years. I say most because when I started marathon training, I gained 15 pounds back.

    While I was a lump in my Fat-E-Boy recliner stuffing my face, now I run half marathons regularly ... full marathons bore the crap out of me ... and I have even done a couple of triathlons. Sprints not Ironmans.
    1394 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog about Dr Oz's recent Time magazine article. I suppose I came at it from a slightly different angle than you. I had worked for Weight Watchers for about a year. It was disappointing to me to hear people telling me that they couldn't afford WW, even at $40 a month because on top of that you had the expense of eating healthy. As if eating McDonalds is cheap. The thinking was that fresh veggies and organic grass-fed beef and free range chicken were too expensive. So many people had the idea that there were no nutrients in the "humble brick of spinach" or the can of corn. And face it, frozen spinach is not nearly as appetizing as fresh organic baby spinach. And yet there it is with just as many nutrients.

    What really brought it home was when WW launched a pilot program here in Baltimore to reach out to poor women in the inner city, especially young women of child bearing years to get them to eat healthy and I had the privilege of being a part of that launch. It opened my eyes to realize, here we had people who were literally generations removed from healthy eating and cooking habits. They honestly had no idea what to do with fresh food and believed that eating canned and frozen food was not as good for you as a chicken box from Lexington Market. And way more expensive.

    That was my take away from Dr Oz's article. Yes, the fancy snobby foods are better for you, but the "humble brick" was just as nutritious for you. Organics may remove the hormones and pesticides (I saw a fully developed 10 year old little girl this weekend ... what are we doing to our kids?) but they add nothing nutritionally.
    1394 days ago