Today, I’d like to introduce Voice of Reason (ALB Edition). She writes occasionally over here, but not often. She’s one of my “in real life friends” who I met when I was planning trips to Israel. Things you should know about her: She’s the mom of one of my little buddies – Little One; I’m pretty sure she’s actually a saint in disguise; I call her my Voice of Reason because she’s one of the people in my life I can really ask to help me look at things in a practical way and will tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear; I will forever be grateful and treasure her friendship, support and love; and she is one of my chosen family members.
Please welcome and encourage her as she bravely shares her journey with WW.
I’ve never been athletic. Due to medical issues, I was kept way from sports in school. So, I delved heavily into the music department. I was pretty active though… played outside, swimming, etc for fun. I wasn’t so lucky when I entered college. Between poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise, I started adding on the pounds. I know that this is not a unique story. This happens to plenty of people.
Needless to say, I have been struggling with my weight due to my lack of exercise and poor eating habits over the years since college. A few years ago, I realized that I needed help and joined up with Weight Watchers. I am definitely a pro-WW person. The first time that I joined, I lost 86 pounds. I wasn’t quite at my goal but was very, very close. I ended up leaving the program for I became pregnant with my first child.
That child, my daughter, is now 4 years old. As of this past January, I have joined back up with Weight Watchers for I’ve noticed that I was continuing to moving in the wrong direction… all that hard work was disappearing. I wasn’t going to let that happen.
So now, I’m back “on the wagon” (for the lack of a better description). I am happy to hear that BakingSuit has also joined. It’s always easier to reach a goal when you have someone who you can commiserate and join forces with. I know that BakingSuit has decided to post her information online via her blog to help her keep on the “path”. To help show my support, I volunteered to post my personal standings here and will continue to do so as long as she would like me to.
In January, I weighed at 196.0 on my first official weigh-in at a Weight Watchers meeting. I did not take measure of my arms, waist, or thighs. I think that is just a bit too much to have in mind. It would make the losing weight a little more overwhelming for me. Kudos to BakingSuit for that! I did reach my 10% goal (my first weight loss goal) but then promptly lost my footing. So, after this minor set back, I buckled down and started following the basics again. As of my latest meeting, I weighed in at 176.4… Total loss of 19.6 pounds. I am back to my initial 10% goal. Phew!
Next goal? I do have an overall weight goal in my mind. That’s still a bit away. So, I am breaking it down to smaller easier steps (besides, get more personal rewards that way! Who doesn’t like rewards?!). I am going to work on losing another 10% (17 pounds).
I wish BakingSuit and all the others who are trying to lose weight all the best. It is a difficult journey … after all, it is so much easier to eat a scrumptious cupcake then it is to lose the calories it contains. I hope that BakingSuit’s postings as well as my own helps you in some manner even if it is just to let you know… you are not alone.
Voice of Reason (ALB Edition)
She’s incredibly brave for sharing her personal journey and so very much appreciated.
If you’d like to share your personal journey with weight loss, please let me know. The more the merrier! None of us are in this alone.