Friday, January 26, 2007
My highest weight was about 155 pounds in 2003. I had no idea how to diet and exercise. I had never really needed to. Before my daughter, I had weighed 118 without even trying. After having her, I weighed 136 and from that point on, I fluctuated from 125 all the way up to 155. At that point, I knew I needed to take drastic measures. I had tried weight loss pills - with ephedra - and now I have heart problems because of it.
Someone had brought the Weight Watchers at Work program to our office so I joined up. It gave me some really good building blocks. My goal at that time was 10% of my weight, or approximately 15 pounds. By the end of the 12 weeks, I met my goal. I counted my points and exercised almost every night. That was when I fell in love with TaeBo. Shortly thereafter, my now ex-husband left me. I dropped about 7 more pounds a little too quickly from the stress. Things settled down for me and then Jason came into my life. My weight dipped briefly to 130 before I started taking "the pill". When I started the pill, I went up to 134, then my doctor changed me from generic to a brand name and my weight jumped to 146 - which was my starting weight for SparkPeople.
I tried to do WW without the assistance of the program but it wasn't working. I looked at different websites for weight loss and they weren't working. I couldn't figure out why nothing was working and began resorting back to diet pills.
Then I was watching the local news one morning and they mentioned the SparkPeople website so I wrote it down to check it out. Talk about spreading the Spark! Good job Channel 13!
My biggest motivator is the ladies on "Slowly Losing It" and my dear husband. Another huge contributor is logging everything I eat. Everything. Even 1 M&M. And never give up. I stumble but I pick myself up and start again, but Iím able to do that because of the support I have found here!
A "4-in-4 Challenge" (4 pounds in 4 weeks) jump started my weight loss. I picked up in the middle of it and did very well. I think what I was missing the most when I tried to do WW alone was the accountability. I wasn't holding myself accountable and it was too easy to give up. When I found you and learned to hold myself more accountable, it worked.
I tell everyone I know about SP and the great friends I have made on here. I know people get tired of listening to me, but I keep telling them, hoping to get through to one. But they give up as easily as I did before I found you.
You are my friends, my family, my support group. I wouldn't have made it here without you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.