One Year In

One Year In

REACH THE TOPOne year ago, I finally decided enough was enough. I finally realized that I wasn’t going to lose the weight just trying to do my own thing, since I had failed on countless occasions trying to do just that.

One year ago today, I signed up for Weight Watchers. I remember downloading the app and checking out all the features during commercials for the Golden Globes. I remember going shopping for all our new healthy foods and getting rid of the unhealthy stuff.

I remember going to Publix before the Golden Globes started and buying a terrible-for-me pint of Ben & Jerry’s and eating the whole thing during the awards show as my Last Hurrah! before starting our new healthy eating lifestyle the next day.

It’s crazy that it’s been a whole year. It’s crazy how much I’ve changed in these 365 days. It’s crazy that one year ago, I would have never anticipated the person I am today. I dreamed and dreamed about losing the weight, and I haven’t lost it super quickly, by any means, but I am so much closer to my goal today than I was just one year ago because I finally took action and did something about it.

One year ago, I had honestly never attempted to run for exercise. I ran when trying to catch up with people on a scavenger hunt my freshman year in college and maybe a few other times for those kinds of reasons, but now I can run. I can run a mile without stopping. I know that’s not much, but for me, it’s huge. I am so proud of myself. I hope to really work on it in 2015 and run a full 5K.

One year ago, I stepped on the scale to get my Starting Weight. I was 212 pounds and, frankly, miserable. I’m 5’4, so I was considered obese on the BMI scale. I hated how I looked in all my clothes and constantly felt like everyone was making fun of how big I was, even though I’m sure no one was doing that. I am an extrovert and I love to socialize and have fun, but I was starting to dread it solely because I had nothing to wear that I felt comfortable in.

Weight Watchers has truly changed my life. I have lost 54 pounds, gotten much more active, and gained so much self-confidence.

It’s not always easy, and sometimes I do eat something I shouldn’t or skip a workout. But I have so many opportunities to get right back on track. I never feel like, if I mess up once, that I should just give up. I just eat a healthier meal next time or get my butt off the couch and work out!

Weight Watchers is truly amazing. People can criticize the fact that I don’t eat clean or whatever all day long, but I will stand by this program forever. I know I wouldn’t have been as successful with something else that restricted what I could eat. I am definitely someone that, once you say I can’t eat something or touch this or that, I am itching to eat or touch it. I call it the Eve Complex. 😉

Getting to have anything I want on Weight Watchers, in moderation, has saved my life. I am about twenty pounds from my goal weight and less than that from being considered Normal on the BMI scale. I can run and I’m active and I usually really enjoy it (especially when it’s over!).

I am so excited to see what 2015 holds for me as I continue my Weight Watchers journey. I am so proud of how far I’ve come, and I can’t wait to see how far I’ll go.

This post has been linked up on A Fresh Start and Jebbica’s World.

21 Responses to One Year In

  1. You are truly a role model. You're so beautiful and I'm so proud. However, that first pic was a lot of fun because I know we were sitting on the other side stuffing our faces with sushi.

    • Thank you so much, Anna! I am definitely so much happier and confident these days. I know life isn't all about how we look on the outside, but it really helps when you're comfortable in the skin you're in. :)

  2. Congratulations!! You look amazing! I'm also on the WW program and like you, it is just something that WORKS for me! I love that I can eat anything and spend my budget anywhere–it just makes sense in my brain! You look awesome and I"m sure you will crush a 5K when you're ready!

    • Exactly! Weight Watchers is so great because you are never completely restricted from anything, which is always my downfall. Thank you so much for your sweet words, and I'm sure Weight Watchers has done amazing things for you, too!! :)

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