I was overweight my entire life. I remember being in Grade 1 and feeling fat. Looking back, I wasn't actually that big but it shows I had body image issues from a very early age. Since being the big girl was all I knew, I came to terms with it and was generally a fairly happy person. Sure I was on a permanent diet, always watching what I ate (or at least feeling guilty about it), but overall I accepted and loved myself. I was confident in myself and was actually pretty fit - I ran 3 half-marathons before I lost any weight! Here are some pictures of me at my largest (about 215 lbs) in the summer of 2007.
|2007 - enjoying a margarita on the patio|
|I remember feeling pretty in this photo - I liked this shirt!|
|Me with my Mom|
I'm not quite sure what the trigger was that made me decide enough was enough. I had been gaining weight fairly steadily for the past couple years and I think I just discovered one stretch mark too many. I decided to make a serious effort to do what I could to lose weigh. I committed myself to counting calories and was fairly successful! Over the course of several months I lost 30 lbs, which I maintained for almost 3 years.
|Shortly after I had gotten down to 185 lbs by calorie counting on my own|
I was around 180 lbs when I got married in the summer of 2008 to my wonderful husband.
Thank goodness for professional photographers! Even though I was still big on my wedding day I felt fabulous and feel the pictures turned out well.
After getting married my weight fluctuated a little bit up and down. Although I recommitted time and again to counting calories or following the Weight Watchers program on my own (I had the booklets on how to count points from a friend) I couldn't lose any more on my own. I was stuck.
|Me the week before I joined Weight Watchers|
In June, 2010 I saw a flyer in the lunch room at work advertising an At-Work Weight Watchers meeting that was going to start next month and I took it as a personal sign that this was my opportunity. What did I have to lose? I had tried on my own and gotten so far, but couldn't make any more progress.
Weight Watchers was a fantastic program for me. Even though I knew what I should do (eat less, move more), I needed the framework and accountability that WW offered. The program motivated me to consistently make healthy, conscious choices. I tracked my food, weighed in every week, and lost weight at a fairly steady average of 1.5 lbs per week. I learned how to make better choices so I didn't deprive myself (I refuse to be hungry or miss out on the things I really love!).
|My husband and I one month after I started WW. I was down 7 lbs.|
|4 months after starting with WW. Down about 25 lbs|
|After 5 months with WW - down about 30 lbs|
|6 months in - down 35 lbs|
|Woo hoo bikini!|
|Leaving for my trip. At my lowest weight of 145 lbs|
When I returned from my trip (and got back to goal after 1 week of eating off-plan) I maintained my weight and became a lifetime member on March 3, 2011. Here I am with my awesome WW leader Jenn the moment it became official! Overall I lost 70 lbs, 30 lbs on my own and then 40 lbs with the WW program.
|Me and my WW leader the day I became a Lifetime Member (thanks Roz for the great picture!)|
|Us at a wedding Summer, 2011|
|My husband and I the day I defended my PhD (Nov, 2011)|
Weight Loss Summary - Before and after photos:
|Kind of a fun comparison! Summer 2007 (left) and Fall 2011 (right)|
|Same chick, just 70 lbs smaller!|