Hello, my name is Wendy and here is my story....
After 5 years and 3 months I've finally reached GOAL!
May 22, 2011: Lifetime!!
-302 lbs. all done with Weight Watcher's and Zumba!! The purse I'm holding is my present to myself for reaching goal, a Kristin Spectator hobo in ivory, by Coach.
Komo News & News Tribune article and stories:
Updated article in the TNT: http://tinyurl.com/TNT-article-Dec-30-2011
My People Magazine 2012 "Half-Their-Weight" Issue
What an amazing experience! I'm so privilaged and humbled they asked me to be in this issue!
I'll post pictures of my Today Show appearance soon. I'll be on the show Friday, January 6th, 2012
NY Live Interview:
The Today Show interview with Kathie Lee and Hoda:
To see more videos of my "Goal" Weight Watcher's meeting, Side-by-side of me at 38 & 16:
head to the video page! I weigh approximately the same in both pictures!!
My name is Wendy and I'm 38 years. old. I'm a kindergarten teacher in WA and I've been losing weight with Weight Watchers since that fateful day, Jan. 9, 2006. The day I started living my life!
Belive it or not, I was not a heavy child. In fact, I was tall for my age and was called "string bean" by some boys in my class. My weight fluctuated as my growth spurts came, but I was a pretty normal kid. When I stopped growing and was in high school, that's when I started putting on the extra pounds. The heaviest I got in high school is about 160 lbs. (A weight I'd LOVE to weigh now!) But as a teenager, it felt terrible. I think the only reason I wasn't heavier was because I was a softball player and played 3 seasons out of the year. My mother was also very weight conscious, and did cook healthy meals as well as kept junk food to a minimum. But hey, once a teenager can drive, all bets are off on the health food! No, it was college that did me in.
I went away to college and that's where I started really packing on the pounds and developing really bad eating habits. My friends were all really thin and eating pizza, popcorn, chips and salsa, coke, beer, etc didn't seem to have the same effect on them as it did on me! But I was loving the fact that I had no mother around to tell me to stop eating that way. I also loved the dining hall. Oh my, the dining hall! Endless supplies of my favorites; cereal, bagels with cream cheese, biscuits and gravy, pizza, desserts, and ice cream cones you can take with you. Oh yes, I loved the dining hall and I don't think I missed too many meals in that dining hall. While other girls packed on the Freshman 15, Wendy packed on the Freshman 25...and then the Sophomore 25... and the Junior 25.... and the Senior 25! By my graduation day I had gained well over 100 lbs. in my 4 years. I left college with a degree in education and severe weight problem.
After college I moved in with a good friend of mine. She was also a teacher. It was living with her that really put a magnifying glass to how horrible my eating had become. She was thin and beautiful. The kind of girl that turns heads when you're walking in the mall with her. She would go to the gym and workout several days a week while I, on the other hand had developed this terrible habit of hitting the drive throughs. I no longer had my dining hall so now I turned to McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell, you know them... They were quick, easy, tasty (or so I thought) and when living on a budget, I really believed it was cheeper! My girth grew some more in the 3 years we lived together. By the time I moved to WA (1998) I was about 330 lbs.
In 1998 I moved to WA. I joined Weight Watcher's with my sister-in-law and things worked well in the beginning. We both were really successful. I lost 50 lbs. and she lost about 40. But I still didn't have it in my head that this needed to be FOREVER. I felt sorry for myself that poor Wendy had to write down what she eats. Poor Wendy has to pay attention to portion size. Basically, when I got that 50 lb. star I thought I knew it all and quit going. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what happened next. I gained the weight back, plus more, and more, and yes, even some more!
So cut to 2006, after many years of gaining weight and other half-hearted attempts at losing weight, I re-joined WW. I had looked into gastric bypass surgery but it was too scary and deep (way down deep) I knew I could lose the weight naturally. I literally had a serious talk with myself and admitted that if I didn't make some serious changes, I wouldn't have a job in 5 years, probably wouldn't have a house, and would eventually die. I also admitted to myself how much my weight was hurting my family. They worried about me constantly and I didn't want to acknowledge that for a long time. So on Jan. 9, 2006 I was given another chance. I weighed in at 449.6. It was humiliating but I vowed I would never weigh that again and that I would never quit... and I haven't. I've lost 302 lbs. I've become a Zumba instructor. I am more active and happy than I have since I was a teenager. I've been given the gift of life again and I'm NOT letting it go this time!!!!