Starting Weight: 318.2 lbs.
Weight Last Week: 270.2 lbs.
Current Weight: 267.0 lbs.
Weekly Change: –3.2 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 51.2 lbs.
I DID IT!
It’s official, friends — I have lost over 50 lbs. now, and I have also officially kissed the 270s goodbye
f o r e v e r.
It feels like I’ve been waiting such a long time for this moment, but, in reality, the last couple of weeks have been the only ones thus far that have been slow going.
I have done incredibly well for myself in a fairly short timeframe.
Today was my week 25 weigh-in, and there are 52 weeks in a year. That means that (by the skin of my teeth!) I managed to lose just over 50 lbs. in less than 6 months. I am so ecstatic and so proud of myself that I just want to shout it from the rooftops!
My favorite part of today was getting a round of hugs from my leader, Stephanie, and from other Weight Watchers staff members (I’m talking about you, Sade!) and from my fellow members, too.
Support from anyone and everyone is such a wonderful thing to have during this very difficult journey, but there’s something special about the Weight Watchers community. There’s something special about being in a room full of people — staff members and paying customers alike — whom have all been in your shoes and seen success on program.
Knowing that all of these people support me and were genuinely happy to see my success was, by far, the best part of my day.
After my leader, Stephanie, announced what I’d accomplished and gave me my 50 lb. weight charm, she asked me a question. She said, “What would you say is different?” And my answer was: “My whole life is different.“
When I go out to eat at a restaurant now, I either pick something off of their healthy options list on the menu, or, if I make a choice that’s maybe not the healthiest, I simply eat half and then take the rest home in a doggy bag.
If I go out to have a drink, I ask for a skinny cocktail or I just have one pint of beer. I don’t order seconds.
If given the choice, I take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Instead of letting my car idle for a few minutes so I can snatch up a “good” parking space, I intentionally park further back in the lot and walk that extra 100 yards or so to get where I’m going.
And the most important change of all — I have hope.
I didn’t realize just how hopeless I’d let myself become prior to joining Weight Watchers. Today at my meeting, though, I admitted something to myself and to my peers that I hadn’t said before… I admitted that in the beginning, I didn’t believe that Weight Watchers was going to work. When Weight Watchers set my first two goals for me — my 5% and 10% targets — I didn’t think they were obtainable. I had yo-yo dieted myself right up to the edge of a cliff, and I didn’t think that turning around was really an option.
But, slowly but surely, I’ve started to believe again — believe in myself, in the process, and in the idea of change.
A healthy weight seems obtainable.
It really, really does.
Then Stephanie asked me what my new goal — weight-wise — was looking like now. I said, “I guess it’s probably hitting that 75 lb. loss, but, more than anything, I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. Losing 75 lbs. is the big, overhead goal, but on a smaller scale, I just want to take it one day at a time. I want to keep being here [at the meetings] and I want to keep learning how to eat better and make this a lifestyle. I want to keep learning how to make the weight stay off — not just come off.”
The whole room clapped and cheered, so I figure that that answer was probably the right one.
I had a feeling that this week was going to be a special one because of a NSV on Wednesday. After talking to Alison and getting some fashion advice (because she always looks her best!), I went over to my closet and started digging. In the very, very back of my closet — long since forgotten and regaled to the “never again” pile — was a dress. A little black dress with a flowing, paisley red skirt, to be specific.
It’s a dress that I remember fondly — one that I spent hours searching for. It’s a dress that I remember the sales lady saying ran a bit small, but, at the time of purchase, the size 18 fit me like a glove and made me feel so pretty.
It was the dress that I wore to one of the only 3 high school events that I ever attended. It was the dress that I wore to the homecoming dance my freshman year — in September of 2007 — when I was just 14-years-old.
And once it was out of my closet and laid on my bed, it stared up at me like a long lost friend. It called out to me.
So after a moment’s hesitation, I slipped it on… and the most incredible thing happened: IT FIT.
The dress slid on with ease, and although this sort of silky material is typically unforgiving, I looked at myself in the mirror and actually laughed because while I didn’t exactly do the dress justice in the way that 14-year-old me did, I was able to look at myself through 22-year-old eyes that have fought hard, and I admitted to myself that I did, indeed, look good. I worked for this, and I looked good. Yes, my arms are saggy and a little worse for the wear, and yes, the halter top isn’t all that flattering on my current shape, but I looked good, nonetheless.
In other exciting news, my BMI is now 40.0 — on the nose. That means that from this point forward, any weight that I lose is going to put me into a brand new category on the BMI scale. Instead of being classified as “morbidly obese,” once my BMI is in the 30.0-39.9 range, I’ll just be regular ‘ole obese!
Yes, I realize that the fact that I’m still obese at all isn’t a good thing, but seeing as I started this process with a BMI of 47.7, I’ll take a number in the 30s any day!
The second leg of the 1,000 Extra Steps Challenge has been OK. So far, there were 3 days in which I didn’t hit my goal of 7K. We’ve been having awful weather here in Colorado (very cold and very snowy), and that combined with my stressful schoolwork load has kept me indoors and kept me from moving as much as I should.
But oh well! Onward and upward. I’m doing the best that I can, and that’s what’s important!
I’ve set a couple of new broad goals for myself, but I haven’t put a timeframe on them, and I’m honestly not all that concerned about it. I’ll get there!
My new goals, though, are to hit a weight of 254.6 lbs., which is my 20% target, and then to hit a weight of 243.2 lbs., which is a total loss of 75 lbs.
So that’s what’s on the table for now, and that’s what I’m working towards, but, again, there’s no specific timeframe here.
I hope you’re all doing well with your extra steps! Tell me how it’s going!
I also wish you each a fabulous week.
Thank you for always supporting me, guys. This 50 lb. loss wouldn’t have felt nearly as good without you all! Seriously!
Eat well. Be well.