A Little about me ...
I'm Anne. I'm forty something and I live with my husband and two sons in Wisconsin.
I've been heavy as long as I can remember. I was the chubby kid on the playground, the fat girl in high school and the overweight college student. I can honestly say that my weight didn't interfere with my life much. I was "in" everything I could be -- joined lots of clubs, performed in plays, never was without friends. I wasn't much of a wallflower, that's for sure. I have a pretty decent sense of humor and I'm LOUD. I figure that I've always used my humor and sarcasm so that everyone would think I was funny and no one would notice I was fat.
I noticed, though. In college I starved myself down 60# or so and came home freshman year at Christmas thinner than I'd ever been . Gained back every pound and then some over the next year or so. College went by, I met my wonderful hubby, we married and had our first son. After he was born I was tipping the scales somewhere in the 220s and was miserable. I joined Weight Watchers for the first time -- that was 1986. I lost about 80# or so, though I didn't make it to goal. I was sure I could do it on my own and quit. Guess what ... gained it all back and then some.
Time passed, we moved from Milwaukee to Michigan, had our other son in 1989. In 1990 we moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin and I went back to Weight Watchers. Again, I'd eaten my way back up to the 220s. Again, I lost 80# and quit. WHEN WILL I LEARN??? I was thin, although not at my goal, and loving it!! I managed to maintain for awhile. I'm not exactly sure when, but the weight started coming back. I can't say that I was really paying attention, as if I was I'm sure I wouldn't have let it escalate to the point where I finally went back THIS TIME to Weight Watchers.
Fast forward to May 7, 2005. After countless debates with myself over WHEN I'd finally go back to Weight Watchers (there was no doubt in my mind that I would -- it's the program that has worked for me in the past and that I knew would work for me again!), I joined the Saturday 8:00 AM meeting. Walking in there was in many ways like "going home" -- the place was the same I'd gone during my 1990 membership. The room looked the same, there were even some familiar faces. I filled out the required paperwork and made my way over to the scale. I knew I'd passed up my previous "high" of 220-something but really had avoided the scale in recent months so I was pretty shocked to see 282.6 pop up! I took all of my Week 1 materials and went into the meeting room -- kind of shell-shocked but excited, too, to get back on-track and get started on what I'd resolved would be my FINAL journey down the weight loss trail.
So, that brings us to now. I'm about 6 months into the journey and I've made some progress. There have been some bumps in the road but I'm determined that I will make it to goal this time and will stick with Weight Watchers. I've come to the realization that for me, weekly meetings will be a FOREVER thing. I figure there are worse places to spend an hour every Saturday and I sure need the accountability and support that I get! The leader, Linda, is wonderful and the meeting is full of determined, encouraging people who cheer each other on and are always there with a recipe or a good thought if needed.
I also spend a good amount of time on the Weight Watchers website, particularly on the 100+ Pounds to Lose board. What a great bunch ot people to hang out with!! A more inspiring, encouraging, FUN bunch you will not find anywhere!!
Check out the pics and follow along for the wild ride that's my journey to a healthier Anne!!
Update .... January 2006
Here I am, 8 months into the journey that has taken me (so far) 75# into healthier territory. So, what do I think so far???? I'm lovin' every minute of it!!!
What's so amazing about Weight Watchers is ... get this -- IT WORKS if you follow the plan!! What a concept, huh??? Just think -- all those scientists cooking up all these ideas .. and they actually WORK if you follow them!!!
So, that's been my plan so far -- I've FOLLOWED the plan -- no "free days" (my downfall in previous attempts, me thinks!), journal everything, drink water, blah blah blah.
My whole family has gotten lots healthier too. I'm SO PROUD of all of them -- they've all dropped weight and gotten generally healthier and more conscious of how what we put into our mouths affects how our bodies perform for us every day.
I'm looking forward to the rest of this journey ... everyday has its challenges; make no mistake -- living the Weight Watcher way in a fast food world is not always the easy path to follow ... but it's been a worthwhile path to follow so far and I think it's taking me in the right direction.
Here's to the next 75# (give or take a few!)
One year OP and still going strong!
May, 2006 ......
It's been just over a year on program and I FINALLY hit 100# gone!!! It seems like it took FOREVER to me, but I know that slow and steady wins the race AND that I didn't put all this ON in a short period of time so it's not all coming OFF like that, either.
It's been quite a journey for me... I look in the mirror now and sometimes can't believe I've actually changed this much -- I think back to last year before I went back to WW when I was DREAMING of losing the weight again and how much better I'd feel. Well, here I am -- and I definitely DO feel lots better.
This time I'm going to go the distance ALL THE WAY TO GOAL. I know that I can do it -- what's different this time for me is that I've given up the "black and white" thinking that always plagued me before ... if I don't have a good day now I don't let it ruin my whole week. I don't use it as an excuse to have a "free for all" week. I also know that I'll be visiting my weekly meetings FOREVER. Everytime my leader, Linda, gives me a 5# star or a magnet and asks me to say something I mention that I'm going to be there forever so they'd better get used to me!!
For anyone who is reading this who may be sitting on the fence about joining WW or is struggling ... JUST DO IT!!! You can do this program -- one meal at a time, one day at a time!!! This is a plan you can live with for the rest of your life ... and that's just what I plan to do!!!
Ok, TWO years OP ... am I at goal yet -- NOPE! Am I giving up????? NO WAY!!! I FINALLY got to 125# gone at my last meeting ... I seriously thought I was never going to get here. I have been playing with the last 5# for SIX WHOLE MONTHS. I apparently have a good handle on maintenance! But, I'm ready to move on ... I can honestly say I didn't DO anything to stay STUCK where I was ... any of you WOMEN out there in the perimenopausal "era" (sorry guys ... don't mean to make anyone uncomfortable!) can probably relate. Our bodies just don't do what we want them to do anymore.... Oh well ... I WILL get to goal and I WILL get to Lifetime -- even if it takes me ANOTHER year or more!
I'm still sitting in my same chair in my same Saturday morning meeting with my same WONDERFUL leader, Linda. Meetings are still my "key" to success ... I will be going to a meeting FOREVER.
It's been a great year -- I'm soooooo much healthier than I was even last year at this time. I'm in smaller clothes, I LOVE shopping now! I'm having some body-image issues ... sometimes I'm thinking that the clerk at the check-out is wondering who I'm buying these size 10s for... it's been a long time living in a LARGE body and my head is taking awhile to catch up to my changing size. What helps is taking pictures frequently and actually LOOKING at them -- that may sound weird, I know, but it helps to see the changes and what I look like to everyone else.
I've been in my current job for almost a year now -- none of the people here knew me pre-WW so when they see some of the "old" family pictures in my office they just can't believe it's me. It's a good thing to have those pics around -- reminding me of where I was -- AND reminding me of where I don't ever want to go again! It also gives me a chance to "advertise" for WW ... everyone wants to know how I got from the "old" me to the "new" me -- and I never miss a chance to tell them that WW is the ONLY way to do it!
I'm ready for Year 3 and beyond ...