It was exactly one year ago that my weight loss journey began…again. I had just celebrated my 50th birthday. My family had come to visit me and we had an amazing time floating on the lake, laughing, playing games, and eating yummy food. I love a good photo opportunity so we decided to take some fun pictures to celebrate my special day. When I look back on those pictures, I can’t believe that is me. I had gained the Covid-19 (and had sheltered in place hair) but I didn’t realize how big I was. I felt discouraged with my weight and knew I needed to do something about it.
The thought of starting a diet felt overwhelming. I had tried Keto and was just miserable. My husband had convinced me to go back to Weight Watchers as it was healthier for me and I had success in the past. I wish I could say that I was excited to start this new journey but honestly it made me feel sad. I was sad that I was so heavy, I was sad I couldn’t eat cake every day, and I was sad that I was going to have to work hard to accomplish my goals.
It didn’t take long for me to get into the swing of things again. WW has such great tools to help you and I was able to get into a routine that didn’t feel so overwhelming. I eventually started losing weight and that is always a motivation to keep going.
This past year has taught me so many things. I learned about the importance of eating healthy foods and how nutrition is key in having a healthy body. I navigated through vacations, weddings, and holidays learning to focus on family, fun, and memories instead of food. I learned that exercise can be fun if you find something you enjoy doing. I learned how much our brain plays into our success. We believe what we think and renewing your mind is so important. I learned that just when you think you have it all figured out, something will happen and your emotions may convince you that no matter what you have learned chocolate will cure your feelings. I learned that just because you may make bad choices for a day it does not mean you have to continue down that bad path. Getting right back on track is truly what you need to feel better. I learned how important it is to work on the health of your body, mind, and soul and how they all work together to make you function at your best. I learned that I was capable of so much, like going to school and becoming a Health Coach. I learned that I enjoyed writing and sharing what I have overcome with others. And I learned that it is possible to reach your goals and achieve your dreams.
Wow, it truly was an amazing year! Not only did I lose 60lbs but I truly changed my focus from dieting to living a healthier life. When I look back to where I started and how I felt, I feel like a completely different person. Instead of feeling sad and overwhelmed, I am excited about my life.
My biggest challenge will be this coming year. I know I can lose weight because I have done it many times. The one thing I have never accomplished is maintaining my weight. To be honest, I am a bit scared. It’s easy to do something you know you have done before but taking on something new seems overwhelming. I have identified why I have failed in the past and have come up with a plan to break that cycle going forward. I’m thankful for all I have learned and will continue to use all of the tools I have. I know this next year will bring its challenges but I also know I am better prepared to take it on.
I’m so thankful that I have this platform to share my journey. Thank you to everyone who has been following my story and who have been so supportive of me. I’m thankful I get to share a piece of my life with you and I hope that it will be used to encourage and inspire others to reach their goals too!