It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that I knew things needed to change. It's more like the culmination of several little factors that cropped up around the holidays... For starters, the results of my postpartum check-up last November were not good. My cholesterol was high (remember?), and my BP (which tends to run a little higher during pregnancy) was still borderline. Oh yeah, and I weighed 203 pounds. I could read the BMI chart above the scale at the doctor's office. 5'6"/203 lbs = obese.
Probably the biggest thing, though--the thing that truly got me scared--was when a family member was diagnosed with diabetes. Boom. Right there--I officially had a diabetic on both sides of my family. Plus my high cholesterol, plus borderline-high blood pressure... I'm not an idiot. I know what this all means. I turn 28 this summer, and the metabolic grace period of young-adulthood has officially come to an end.
On Sunday, January 20, 2013, I joined Weight Watchers Online. The evening before signing up, I donned my tightest workout clothes, went downstairs and had my husband take the following photos.
I'm not trying to be aloof and artistic by not smiling. At this particular moment, I literally couldn't have smiled if you'd paid me. See those red cheeks? That's how hard I was trying not to cry in front of my kids.
Every single day since January 19, I have followed the Weight Watchers PointsPlus system. I don't cheat, I don't take days off. I don't do anything except follow the program. And I have never, ever experienced such tremendous results in my entire life.
Here's how my body has changed over the last four months...
So crazy to compare where I started (January 19) vs. where I am four months later (May 20)...
I'm not done. Even though I'm officially down 39 pounds as of this morning, I'm nowhere near done. My goal is still 27 pounds away. One-thirty-seven, that's my goal. Wedding day weight. Sophomore year weight. Except this time, I'm earning it. No cheating and using pills; those days are done. Weight Watchers--your mom's diet program that's been around for 50 years--that's my whole big mysterious plan :) 'Cept it's an online app now, which is awesome for people like me who don't like the whole meetings thing. It's helped me lose nearly 40 pounds in just a little over four months, and I trust it will help me get to goal.
I feel like this would maybe be a good time to have a good Q&A session, yes? Here's what let's do. I'd like to take a couple days to give y'all time to submit your questions. Feel free to leave a comment on the blog or, if you wish to remain anonymous, shoot me a Facebook message and I promise not to use your name. Ask me anything, I'm an open book.