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Friday, January 11, 2013

Here's my Weight Watcher success story from my application. It is all true, but leaves out a lot about other positive influences in my life, including SparkPeople:

When I first joined Weight Watcher in 1968, I was 19 years old and had already spent most of my life overweight. Back then in addition to 5 fish and 1 liver meal per week, you had to lose 10 pounds and attend 16 meetings to become a member of Weight Watchers. Well, I went for 14 weeks, lost over 20 pounds, and then left to become a Peace Corps volunteer in applied nutrition in India. Although I didnít become a member then, I did gain confidence in my ability to look like someone who should talk about nutrition. And the thing I liked best about my weight loss was that I no longer felt the need to limit my movement because I was afraid people would see my fat rolls jiggle.

When my daughter approached me at the end of 2008, asking me to go to Weight Watchers with her to help her lose baby weight, I was reluctant. I had made lifetime in the 1970ís, even briefly working for Weight Watchers in the 1980ís. In total I had lost 60 pounds twice and 30 or more pounds eight times. I could lose weight, but I had no confidence in my ability to maintain. In fact at my age Ė late 50ís at that point Ė I doubted I could even lose the weight. My daughter persisted, and promised if I didnít make progress in three months that she would drop the issue. So, I went.

Carol-Lee not only remembered me, she welcomed me with open arms. She even recognized that I had kept off quite a bit of the weight I had lost in her meeting in 1998-1999, when I started at 205 pounds. (My top weight of 212 was several weeks before at the cardiologistís office.) I had gone back to Weight Watchers feeling like a failure, but my former leader made me feel like a success.

On my 12th week I had lost 10% of my starting weight, and in March 2009 I was back within two pounds of my goal weight. On the Momentum program I added 4 maintenance points and continued to lose weight very slowly for more than a year. I read everything I could get on how to maintain, because I knew that was my issue. Carol-Lee got down on her knees at one meeting and asked me to keep coming to meetings and I did. I kept tracking, too. I joined the maintenance message boards at weightwatchers.com. [Incidentally, that is where I heard about SparkPeople.] I earned increased activity points, going from 14 a week to 28 a week. I soon weighed less than I had 30 years before at my marriage, then weighed less than I had in high school, and then Ė beyond my wildest dream Ė I weighed less than I did in junior high school with a BMI of 21.

I soon reduced my goal weight from 155 to 139 and Iíve comfortably maintained below that weight more than three years and counting.

If you see me online, youíll recognize me as Slenderella. Dreams really can come true!!
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AQUAGIRL08 1/13/2013 8:32PM

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PARKERB2 1/13/2013 7:07AM

    Thanks for endorsing WW in addtion to Spark People. As Run for Food says you should share this story on Spark and the two are similiar in ways. Spark is free tho and that is good for those of us on a limited income. I do WW too but it's free as it's a at work program I get to do. You are looking great. Keep up the good work and have a Sparking good day. emoticon

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/12/2013 6:41AM

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NEW-CAZ 1/12/2013 3:05AM

    What a great story and inspiring journey Marsha. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 1/12/2013 12:57AM

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It does look like you do owe Weight Watchers a great deal though as its been a major influence throughout your life! This tells me it was a great weight loss program, but not so much for maintenance. So happy you found Spark people!!!
I think you ought to submit your full story to Spark Peoples success stories -lots of younger people on there but not so many seniors. To do what you did at a retirement age needs to be put out there to inspire others!
Spark On!

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EVWINGS 1/11/2013 10:35PM

    Your story echos around SP!! It is good to know we are not alone. SP is a ife style and most can maintain their weight if the continue with the plan as their new lifestyle. You are a true inspiration of what we all can do.

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PMFISH 1/11/2013 10:13PM

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 1/11/2013 8:36PM

    Such a great story! And to think, it was your daughter who brought you back to WW!!

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JOYINKY 1/11/2013 8:10PM

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RUN4FOOD 1/11/2013 8:04PM

    Thanks for sharing your Weight Watchers story.
Maybe you can summarize your SP story in a similar fashion and share that someday.

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GABY1948 1/11/2013 7:30PM

    That's just a WONDERFUL story! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 1/11/2013 6:54PM

    emoticon you rock!!!

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MSLZZY 1/11/2013 6:51PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/11/2013 5:40PM

    GREAT story, and so wonderful because it's true! To dreams STAYING true, forever, my friend! Spark on! emoticon

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HALFFAST 1/11/2013 4:13PM

    What a wonderful story! Congratulations!!!

You are emoticon !!!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 1/11/2013 3:32PM

    Awesome

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1BEACHWALKER 1/11/2013 3:25PM

    What an inspiring story! When I look over at your background photo of you in a race and you smiling-it warms my heart! Proud of you for keeping at it and achieving your wildest dreams! Gives the rest of us hopes! Especially me, who has been in a year plateau doing the two pound cha-cha!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXTOAD9970 1/11/2013 3:12PM

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing!
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FROSTY99 1/11/2013 3:12PM

    emoticon You truly are a success story and an inspiration to others (ME) that even though I am past 60, there is nothing that says I can't lose this weight (like you I have done it numerous times before) and keep it off.
Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Pat

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MIRAGE727 1/11/2013 3:08PM

    Simply put...
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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2013 3:06PM

    Awesome!!

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