How long did it take to lose the weight? It has taken me around 6 months to lose the weight. I finally took it seriously in April 2014.
Lightbulb moment: I turned 40 in March 2014. I really felt the need to reinvent myself. Being a stay at home mom, it's so easy to let yourself go. I wanted to look and feel good. I got tired of being the girl with the 'pretty face'....
How did you do it? Weight Watchers. I've tried it so many times before! But this time was different. I really liked the WW app, the online tools and most of all this time, I allowed myself to accept the support of my weekly meetings and my Instagram ww friends/community! I really feel like I'm accountable when I'm part of this group of people! Also, what a difference does tracking my food makes! I track the good, the bad and the ugly too! I do a lot of Zumba and also got a fitbit, which keeps me aware of my daily exercise.
Biggest challenge: Weekends! Wine! Dinners! I would have a great week and then would destroy it during the weekend! It got to the point where I felt I wasn't being fair with myself! I decided to allow myself just one day or night a week to be 'bad'. It worked! As I lost the weight I started making smarter choices even on those 'bad days'...
What was the single thing that helped me most? I think tracking my food and 'managing' my points allowance during the day kept me aware of the amount of food I consume, when and why. The convenience of being able to do it from my phone made everything so much easier this time!
How has life changed since losing the weight? I eat when I'm hungry. I eat what I really feel like eating. It became part of my routine. I don't beat myself up if I don't lose on a certain week. I'm just 2 lbs. away from being the same weight the day I got married, 16 yrs. ago! People are starting to notice! I feel happier! I feel like I'm in control!
Exercise routine: Zumba, toning twice a week, treadmill once a week
Favorite breakfast: Coffee, eggs, toast and fruit. It keeps me full until lunch time!
Favorite sweet snack: Lately, I've been on Fiber One bars kick! Especially the lemon and brownie ones! I heat them up in the microwave and top it with a dollop of fat free whip and drizzle it with sugar free chocolate syrup!
Favorite dinner: Chicken, brown rice and veggies! (Very boring, but good!)
Favorite healthy restaurant: I love Jimmy John's Unwiches! Also like Subway and Chipotle!
Advice for someone just starting: Take it one day at a time and listen to your body! We all have bad days, and we all have tomorrows! Don't give up!