Two years ago on November 19, I embarked on my healthy living journey. Numerous people thought I was nuts for starting before the holidays, but for me, the timing couldn’t have been better.
If I was going to do it, why did I want to wait until after the holidays? Knowing me, I probably would have packed on a few extra pounds anyway, so I thought, why not get ahead of the game and start losing then instead of gaining the extra pounds and have even more to lose come January 1.
On November 19, 2008 I joined Weight Watchers. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. Honestly, I can say that Weight Watchers changed my life. And I am not just saying that because I am now an employee of the company. I wholeheartedly know and believe in my heart that had I not joined WW, I would not be where I am today. I believe I would be miserable and unhealthy.
So where I am at today? I am at the healthiest place I have probably ever been at in my life (well, okay, except for probably junior high!). I no longer have to take high blood pressure pills, I don’t have high cholesterol anymore and I am no longer a borderline diabetic. All three of these run in my family. But I didn’t want those things. I wanted control and I got it.
I took control. Of my life. Of my health.
Being healthy, to be honest, is something I never really expected to be. Or at least, I didn’t expect I would stay that way. I had tried so many ways to lose AND maintain my weight, but the difference between then and now is that then, I relied on other things – pills, shakes, pre-made food, easy (stupid) diets – to lose and keep my weight off. I never learned or took the time to learn how to eat, as in what and how much.
I know I have talked about this before, but sometimes, it’s just a good idea to bring it up again. People can’t DIET and expect to live a normal life. Does that make sense? People have to be ready and willing to change their LIFESTYLE if they want to lose weight and then maintain their weight goal. People need to be realistic about their weight loss goals. Really realistic. Yes, sometimes, it is great to shoot for the moon, but sometimes, it’s okay to shoot for the next town instead. Little by little, inch by inch, pound by every little stinking pound. As the saying always goes, “Slow and steady wins every time.” And I wholeheartedly believe that.
This Thanksgiving, as I reflect back over the last two years, I am grateful and thankful for who I am and where I am at. I am thankful for the people I have met in the past two years. I am thankful for those who have inspired me and for those who I have inspired. I am thankful for my family – my son and my husband – who have been behind me 110 percent on this journey. And I am thankful for all of you who take the time to read my blog. You all inspire me more than you know.
Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you and may your healthy living journey be filled with fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, lots of activity and so much more! (And of course, a little sweet treat once in awhile…we ALL deserve a little chocolate every now and then!)
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