When I got pregnant in 2004, I weighed 240lbs and got up to 320lbs when I was carrying my son. I managed to drop 60 lbs after my son was born. I didn’t work on getting healthy until a high blood pressure scare in the hospital in 2006. I lost 50 lbs with LA Weightloss and then Weight Watchers by 2008. I then went on a 4 year eat what ever I want vacation. I was filled with regret to the fact that I allowed myself to gain weight back after losing 50 lbs in 2008.
I convinced myself I was meant to be full figured and I should embrace size 26 and 4x clothes. I had headaches often, high blood pressure, out of breath tying my shoes, and no energy. At Christmas dinner of 2011, I was horrified and embarrass because I wasn’t able to sit at the spot I was assigned due to not enough room between the wall and table. My grandma mentioned we should join Weight Watchers (WW) together. Two days later I joined a local fitness club and by that weekend I joined my friend at her WW meeting.
I feel my Weight Watchers journey has helped my life full circle in areas of health, self-esteem, sleep, family, spirituality, and fitness. I have been going to Weight Watchers meetings since December 31, 2011. I also have been working out at my fitness club since then. I no longer eat every day at a fast food establishments. My son would have a tantrum if we didn’t stop at the fast food place. I use to rationalize going to a fast food establishment with the idea that I am really hungry and need this NOW!
I take pride in making my own foods at home. My son gets excited to find out what we are eating at home. I also make sure we have snacks in the car so the spur of the moment hunger doesn’t over take my thought process to be on plan. I enjoy the variety I can have being on WW Points+ . I don’t feel limited or ashamed to enjoy different flavors or tastes. It really helps to know I can eat a piece of cake but within moderation. I track my foods on my Smart Phone. I feel like it’s a game to accomplish with successfully marking the healthy food guidelines on my phone app. I feel having whole grains, lean meats, fruits, vegetables, healthy oils, and water in my body really helps with my overall energy and success on the plan.
My fitness club has a program called ActivTrax that helps me to establish an on going weight training program for my own goal of weight loss and toning. I weight train 4 days per week, cardio 6 days per week for at least 20 minutes, and abs 6 days per week. I ride my bike with my son and see sights of the area. I also consider myself an opportunist for movement because I will do lunges while waiting in line or sit ups during a commercial break. I started working out right away with my weight loss journey.
I feel I am more toned than I was in highschool when I was size 11/12. I didn’t start seeing muscle definition until I had lost 70 lbs and I had been working out for 6 months. I do have excess skin from when I had my son C-section but from working out that excess skin has slowly gone down. I feel that lose skin is a love reminder because I would never picture my life without my son. I now have lost 100 lbs went from a size 26 to size 12/10. I’m currently training to run in the Chicago Marathon to help raise funds for Bright Pink (Ovarian/Breast Cancer support for young women) please consider sponsoring me at www.stayclassy.org/gwynspiration
These are the things that keep me motivated to continue my journey:
- I put together a vision board on cork board that included sayings from magazines and pictures (now pinterest serves this purpose). I also listed my goals I wanted to accomplish for short and long term goals. Those goals were the following: organize weekly healthy meals, get healthy by losing weight and exercise, fit into pink dress for a wedding, fit on a roller coaster ride by next year (I accomplished this August 2013), get off of high blood pressure meds (accomplished, and become a Weight Watchers Lifetime Member. I continue to make new goals so I stay focused and motivated.
- I read and like the Experience L!fe Magazine because it has healthy ideas for all aspects of life not just weight and working out. I get a lot of inspiration from that magazine. I also read a really good book that I recommend from the CEO of Weight Watchers, David Kirchoff titled The Weight Loss Boss. He talks about his own journey of weight loss and how he has kept it off. I do like how he states that in order to stay at your healthy weight, you have to keep on doing what you did when you lost the weight. He encourages you to find fun recipes, exercises and goals. Having those things in life will keep you wanting to embrace the healthy lifestyle. Slow and steady wins the race. I love myself more than ever and I feel younger. I’m able to keep up with my son and look to the future that it is limitless. Thanks for reading and I hope you have gotten Gwynspiration along the way!
- Having my healthy habits challenges on my blog: Gwynspiration for Weight Loss has kept me accountable and inspired to meet new people.