Sunday, June 23, 2013
Good Evening! I just joined sparkpeople mostly because my sister said it was a great help for her. I currently participate in Weight Watchers. I have done very well with Weight Watchers too. Since re-joining in January of this year I have lost 20+ lbs. And on my 5'0 frame that's quite a bit of weight. I am now a lifetime member. I always knew I was on the chunky side but I guess I didn't realize how much so until a little over two years ago when I steeped on the scale and cried. I had never been that heavy before. I joined weight watchers then but choose the online method. I lost some weight but not as much as I should have. I didn't know what I was doing and I didn't feel like I had anyone I could talk to. I was a VERY active person. There was no reason to be the weight I was. When I say very active I mean that my typical day was: wake up and take the puppies on a 15 minute walk, ride my bike the 2.5 miles to work where I had NO chair in my classroom, only student chairs. This caused me to stand and walk the full 5 hours I worked. After cleaning my classroom, I guess I should mention that I am a teacher, I would ride my bike back home and take the puppies on another walk. The afternoons varied from working my other job and working out at the local Y. What I failed to realize at the time was that while I was very active I also was starving my self of healthy food causing my body to store the fat. It was a very difficult time for me because most of the people I knew were at a healthy weight or losing weight. It seemed to come off so easily for them and I was stuck. In a year I only lost 10 lbs. During this time my father joined weight watchers and was rocking it out! I was happy for him but it was still another blow to my self esteem. After a year I gave up on WW and decided that at least I lost this 10 lbs. I maintained that lose of 10 lbs or at least so I thought. Then this past December my husband and I were able to go back up to Pittsburgh for Christmas. It was the first time since we moved to Fl five years ago. As we were packing I tried on an outfit I wanted to take; it didn't fit. I tried on another outfit it too didn't fit. I became angry and depressed. Needless to say I went on my trip feeling horrible about myself. While I was in PGH my Dad showed me this new thing that WW has. Its called an "ActiveLink." It tracks all the activity you do in a day and converts it to WW points. I wanted this new "toy"! So, after coming home from our trip my husband joined me on a weight watchers meeting and I signed up... again. This time I chose to do the meetings. It has diff been life changing. I am learning the correct ways to eat and being active. So, my new look on life with WW might have you wondering why I am here. Its simple. My sister is also learning to live a healthier lifestyle and this has been a great support system for her and you can never have too much support! A lot of what I have seen here I also learned about it WW. They are similar because they work and I know that. This is another tool to use to learn and get ideas to keep living fun. Its also a great way to remember that we are not alone in this! We do have the support and encouragement. That is what keeps us going!