Lightbulb Moment: I never had a real lightbulb moment where and when I decided it was time to get serious about losing weight. One day I really looked in the mirror and when I did that, I did not like what I saw. At that point, I didn’t know how I let myself get to be so unhealthy so I decided to make a change.How did you do it? The first thing I did was join Weight Watchers in order to begin to eat healthier. I have been a Weight Watchers member since December 5th, 2012 and I attend weekly meetings in order to weigh in and learn more about nutrition. Through Weight Watchers, I have learned the importance of what you put into your body, portion control, maintaining a daily log which tracks food consumption and exercise, planning ahead, exercise, and making smarter more conscious food decisions. I became a lifetime member at Weight Watchers (which means I hit my goal weight which is within the BMI healthy weight range and maintained that goal weight for 6 weeks) on January 8, 2014. Another important change I made in order to live a healthier life was exercise.
What was the single thing that helped you most along the way, especially when things got tough? My support system was the single thing that helped me the most along the way especially when things got tough. My support system includes my loving family, my wonderful boyfriend, my Weight Watchers leader and the Weight Watchers members I met through my meetings, and other women that I met via social media that are also on a healthy lifestyle journey (especially an amazing group of around 45 women that started a Facebook support group to discuss all things surrounding living a healthy lifestyle and the challenges we face every day).
How has your life changed since losing the weight? My life is completely different now that I have lost weight and committed to a healthy lifestyle. I think the most noticeable change is that I have become a more confident individual and I have realized that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
Exercise routine: I now workout 4-6 times a week. I like to change things up exercise wise so I don’t get bored. My workouts include anything from cardio (elliptical, treadmill, bike, or Stairmaster) and weights (machines and free weights) at the gym, taking Hot Vinyasa Yoga classes at a local yoga studio, participating in cycle classes, running outside, taking long walks outside, and hiking. One thing I found that I truly enjoy is running in races. I have participated in several 5ks and plan on participating in many more races of different lengths.
Favorite breakfast: A sliced banana, ground cinnamon, rolled oats, and skim milk heated up in the microwave for about 2 minutes and topped with chia seeds and blueberries.
Favorite snack: 100 calorie cinnamon roast almonds and fruit
Favorite dinner: I love to cook so it is tough to pick one favorite dinner. I make an effort to try at least one new healthy dinner recipe each week in order to keep things fun and interesting. One of my current favorite dinners is making “skinnier” pizza using whole wheat crust, turkey pepperoni, and lots of veggies.
Advice for someone just starting: It is so important to plan ahead. For example, I typically make weekly meal plans, grocery lists, and workout schedules in order to plan for the week, I always pack my breakfast and lunch every night before I go to bed and pack my gym bag, and if I am going out to dinner, I ensure that I look at an online menu ahead of time (and search for nutritional information) to see what healthy options that have.
Anything else that you would like to share: If you are committed, there is nothing that you cannot achieve!
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