My life has been a long, never-ending diet, wow, how I hate that word. Started off okay but at the age of 11 I got my dreaded TOM and poof with it, a difficulty keeping weight from coming on.
I also love food, always have, always will. I am not a dessert eater, but I have been known not to turn down anything else. My favorite snack food was chips and dip and I would eat it all the time, in secret. Then when I sat down for dinner, I didnt eat much. Friends and family could not understand how I kept gaining when I wasnt eating that much, that is how it appeared to them.
After having 2 children, I decided that I had better do something and I joined WW for the first time in the late 70s, that is when you had so many restrictions that it tended to be impossible to keep to. I did it though, took off 90 pounds and reached my goal and got through maintenance and got my Lifetime. I immediately stopped going to meetings, didnt need them anymore. Wrong!
Slowly some of the weight came back on, figured I could handle it and I got some of it off when I developed a medical problem and gained 40 pounds in one month. So I decided that I was destined to be heavy the rest of my life.
So that is how it was for years and years. Finally in May 2001, after hearing so many commercials about WW and the new Winning Points Program and seeing Rosie talk about it and seeing Fergie looking so well, I got up one Saturday morning and told hubby that I would be back. It shocked him because we had not talked about it at all.
I am lucky that I have an awesome WW leader and I like her really well. She explained the program and I knew that I could do it. I could not believe that I could have anything I wanted, that no food is forbidden as long as you keep within your points range. We are retired and we do still eat out a lot but we have certain restaurants that we go to that I know will be easy to work with the program.
I cannot exercise as much as I would like, I have arthritis in my knees which prevents me from doing walking etc. What I do is water therapy 3 times a week for an hour each session. Between the weight loss so far and the therapy, I am now able to walk a bit without a cane and perhaps someday I will be able to do something like a treadmill, slowly.
I lost quickly at first, 10 pounds the first week, but it slowed down and even though I would get a little frustrated, I know that it will come off. I can live with this the rest of my life, it is not a diet but an eating program. I have made a few changes but most of the time I have what I want.
I no longer eat ground beef, have changed to turkey and veggie burgers. I tend not to eat potatoes too much, opting for steamed veggies instead. My one main change is drinking my water, I never, ever drank much water and it has been so beneficial to me. Not only keeping me hydrated but helping me keep healthy.
I have lost 57.6 pounds and I have 48.2 more to go but what has kept me on track is not thinking about the total I have to lose but to set "mini goals".
5 or 10 pounds increments and getting below that dreaded 200 pound mark! I also know that when I reach goal this time, I will continue to go to meetings at least once a month or more if I feel that I need them.
Finding WW and Losingtogether, thank you Katy and all my friends here, has been the best thing that could have happened to me.
This is my story and I will keep everyone up to date on my progress.