How long did it take you to lose the weight? I started in 2008, then I got pregnant after losing 44 lbs. It took me a bit, but I got back on track.
Light bulb Moment: December 2012. I had been bouncing up and down 10 lbs for the entire year of 2012. It was mid December and I kept telling myself that I knew how to do the program. I just had to make my mind up and do it.
How did you do it? Everyone says that you have to track. Let me tell you when you really track every bite, lick, and taste it tells. That's how I did it. I tracked EVERYTHING that crossed my lips.
What was the biggest challenge you faced? I have a huge sugar addiction. For six months starting in January 2013, I decided I would not eat any cookies, pies, cakes, nothing dessert related. How did you overcome it? It was very difficult at first. I really had an issue. It was on my mind constantly. How would I ever let it go? It gradually, and I do mean gradually became easier.
What was the single thing that helped you most along the way, especially when things got tough? My mom, who is in current photo. She has been my rock. She is my person that I constantly complain to. She has been there, and she knows how difficult it is to lose weight. My family and my friends, my weight watchers group, and I have a group on Facebook that really helps. We all discuss our problems, issues, and help one another.
How has your life changed since losing the weight? I don't sit down and eat an entire pizza. Pasta is a treat now, instead of once a week meal. I do my best to eat lean proteins and my snacking has vastly improved. I try to get in 6-8 servings vegetables and fruit a day. I try and drink at least 100 oz of water daily. I have been more watchful of my sodium intake. I do try to opt for more low sugar and sugar free desserts, but I do have an occasional high caloric, high sugar dessert now and again. I am a big believer in moderation. I can have something, I need to track it, and I need to keep a watchful eye the next few days and make sure that I don't slip too far off my wagon. Sometimes, a big meal and can cause me to slide into old habits. I have to watch myself.
Exercise routine: I love to walk, and I love long walks. So, before the winter season I was walking anywhere from 5-20 miles a month. I have a 4 year old, it's difficult to work my walking in. So, I do the best I can.
Favorite breakfast: I typically eat an apple, banana, and a cup of coffee (2 tablespoons of creamer and Splenda). Sometimes, I need a little more, so I will fix overnight oats and have a ton of fruit in them. I have found, when I eat carbs for breakfast, I'm hungry all day. So, I try to watch it.
Favorite snack: Honey crisp apples. I love the flavor!! I also love the fiber one brownies, cherry tomatoes, celery with cheese.
Favorite dinner: Currently, I am loving some oven baked chicken topped with corn flakes, bread crumbs, or Ritz (sometimes I live a little and put crushed up flavored chips on them. I usually have a veggie or two. I've been really enjoying roasted cauliflower or faux mashed potatoes made with cauliflower. I really like the individual corn and cauliflower with cheese that I find at my local grocery store.
Advice for someone just starting: When I started out 325 was a very large number. The thought that I would ever see below 200, was a long, long road and there was no light at the end of the tunnel. It blows my mind when I stop and think about how far I've come. I just see it at 2lbs here, 3 lbs. there, and a pound here. So, to wrap your mind around the fact that I've lost 145 lbs. is just mind boggling. I have 5.4 more pounds to lose before I hit goal with weight watchers. If I can do it, I know you can.
Anything else that you would like to share: A weight loss journey is never ending. I know that losing it is one thing, but keeping it off is another story altogether. That is where the journey really starts. This isn't a change in your diet for a few weeks, months, or a year or two, this is a life time diet change. You can enjoy the occasional treat, but you don't get to have them every day. The 80/20 rule is a great rule, but it isn't a daily rule. If you eat 27 points in chocolate cake daily, or eat 27 points of chicken, veggies, and healthier food who do you think will have a better loss? Life is hard and it seems like sometimes you're just adding to your stress by restricting yourself. You're not, you're helping yourself. You are becoming someone's inspiration, someone's home for a brighter future. I had no idea that I could inspire people. I was just getting rid of some fat that I have been carrying for years. How could a 30 year old inspire someone? I was *AMAZED* of the people who come up to me to tell me they are so proud, how they know if I can do it, they can do it. I never thought that my little decision to join weight watchers would help others. I suppose everyone is right, you don't know who is watching you and following your example. My favorite quote for the last few months.."It may take a little time to get where you wanted to be but if you pause and think for a moment, you will notice that you are no longer where you were. Do not stop... Keep going" Rodolfo Costa