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Friday, May 18, 2012

For Mother's Day, my kids and husband got me 5 scratch off lottery tickets and lo and behold, I won $50 on one! Everyone kept asking me what I was going to spend my fortune on...new clothes, a massage, toys, going out to eat, etc... I almost didn't even hesitate when I answered, "Weight Watchers". I had been talking to my husband about the idea of doing WW again for the past week.

I first joined the program online after my first son was born almost 7 years ago. I was very successful with my losing (25lbs) until I found out I was pregnant again a few months later! I started WW back up after my second son was born and was again successful in losing around 25 lbs. After that, life became hectic with 2 little ones in the house, I had lost my job when I was 7 months pregnant (and I was the breadwinner of the family), post partum depression was setting in, bills piling up, everything was going wrong. Fast forward 3 years and I had just had my third (and last!) child and that's when I found SparkPeople. I was a member of the site for a year before I actually started using it. I was very successful in my weight loss, losing a total of 45 lbs. in 2 years taking me to today. The thing is, my losing has stalled out for the past year. I hate to even call it a plateau because its been so long. I've changed my workout routine (from Curves to the Y, adding group classes and more running) and eating better foods. Let's just say I am great at maintaining. I am 15lb away from my goal of 150 lb. Its so close but seems so unobtainable now. This past year of hard work and no results has really stung me. My self esteem and confidence has really taken a hit and finally I've realized, I need more and I need help. Enter Weight Watchers.

I am 5 days into the program and I am feeling good. This time around, I am not nearly as hungry as I was in previous attempts at the program (maybe the new PointsPlus program is better for me). I am eating way more vegetables and fruits (and I've been a vegetarian for over 16 years) and I'm trying more things. I just need to get a hang of planning my meals early so I am not left to try to figure out points and what not in the middle of the day with no good options. The program is forcing me to pack my lunch and not snack on the junk here. I went over my points twice this week but I've banked so many activity points that I am still well within the perimeter of the program to still lose. Counting points and figuring them out is a hassle but so is losing weight. A little inconvenience is worth it if it helps me in the end.

So we'll see how things turn out tomorrow for my weigh-in morning. I sneeked a peek this morning and I was down only about a pound but its something and its going in the right direction. (and I'm just coming off of my TOM). My BFF is getting married in mid-June and I am hoping to be much closer to my goal by then. The newness of the program and that event have me fired up to do it!

Then on a side note, I just want to say how much I love running. I may only jog but I am getting better and better each time. I started 2 years ago in the summer and ran my first 5K that Thanksgiving. I signed up for my next 5K the following September and after that I was hooked on racing running! The past winter's warmer weather and lack of any significant snowfall kept me running throughout the entire season, making me run consistently for a full year. Since my first race, I've only run a total of 5 (its hard to come up with $30-some to just run) but I've set my sights higher. Earlier this month, I ran in the 5K that was part of the Pittsburgh Marathon. I've never been to a marathon expo or anything that huge before. The excitement around the whole event was so contagious that even my couch potato husband with a bad back decided to start running and run his first 5K at the end of Sept.! We also set out sights on running the marathon in 2015. That gives us 3 years to build up to it. I am running my first 10K this September and first of 2 half marathons next year. I am stoked! I've been able to get myself into a running groove, allowing for longer, easier runs. This past Wed. I "easily" ran 5 miles and even though I could feel it in my legs when I stopped, I wanted to keep going. My goal is to try to run 2 shorter runs (less than 3 miles) twice a week, one middle run (5-6 mi) and work up to one long run (see how far I can cover in 2 hours).

For the first time in a while, things are starting to look up!

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  • no profile photo CD10853084
    Sounds like you needed to change things up and get some new motivation. WW might be just the thing for you. Smart move!
    3275 days ago
  • JCWATL
    I always wondered if weight watchers worked for vegetarians. So many frozen meals rely on chicken for everything! Good to know!
    3276 days ago
  • CASEYTALK
    Changing things up after a year of maintenance isn't a bad idea, and it appears it's working for you, so keep it up!

    I bet, though, that even if you didn't lose any weight the last year all that exercise and healthful eating made good changes in your body and that you're feeling better, so don't think it was a wasted year. You're doing so well and giving your kids a great role model.

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    3276 days ago
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