November 19, 2008…when it all began!

So, I guess it’s been awhile, huh? Wow! I guess I let life get in the way. Or, maybe it’s because I’ve been lazy. Or, maybe it’s because I didn’t feel like I had anything else to say. Or, maybe I did’t think anyone was really interested anymore. Whatever the reason, I decided to come back. At least for now. :-)

Although I really don’t want to make any promises, I am going to try – really, really hard – to post at least once a week. Okay? Sound like a plan? Tell you what, I’ll make you a deal…I’ll post once a week if you, my dear readers, promise to check in on me and read what I write and maybe, just maybe, comment once in awhile. Provide me with some feedback. Is it a deal? Yes? Good.

Then, let’s begin.

November 19, 2008. Four years ago today.

Who knew back then how much my life would change? Who knew that walking through the door of my very first Weight Watchers meeting would make that big of a difference? I mean, really, it was supposed to be “just another diet.” Because, let’s face it, I had tried just about every other diet under the sun, why would this one be any different?

Let’s just say, it was different. WAY different.

For starters, it isn’t a diet. I repeat…IT IS NOT A DIET! It is one hundred percent – 100% – a lifestyle change. And if anybody thinks any differently, they don’t want/need it bad enough. That, my dear friends, is the difference.

A DIET. This is where you just want to lose weight as quickly and as effortlessly as possible. No change, really. No learning. No adapting. Not long term. No work. No effort. No desire. Nothing, really. Just get the weight off…fast and with very little effort. Truly, I don’t think I have met one person who has “dieted” and kept the weight off that they lost. Really. Truly. We’ve all been there. We’ve all done that.

A LIFESTYLE CHANGE. This one, on the other hand, takes work – HARD WORK, determination, desire, dedication, a willingness to change, much effort, support, trust and oh-so-much more. Truly, it is one of the hardest things to do short term, let along long term.

I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am that I decided – FINALLY – to do the lifestyle change and not “just another diet.” It has been one of the most rewarding journeys I have ever taken. Truly. Honestly.

CHANGES over the last four years:

  • No more high blood pressure.
  • No more high blood pressure medication.
  • No more high cholesterol.
  • No more yelling stern talks from my doctor.
  • No more diabetes lingering.
  • No more obesity – yes, I was in the obese category.
  • A healthier body mass index (BMI).
  • Less fat and more muscle.
  • More energy.
  • An expanded, healthier diet – as in the foods I eat on regular basis. (Don’t get me wrong, I still eat my favs – cake, ice cream, cheese, crackers, cookies, chips, etc. Just not on a regular basis.)
  • A more active lifestyle – I am now a runner. (In 2012, my husband and I will have competed in 27 races, ranging from a 1-mile sprint to 5K races, to 10K races, to a 10-mile race, to our first half-marathon!)
  • A new career – I quit my job of 12 years as a newspaper reporter to becoming a leader with Weight Watchers. I now try and do what my leader did for me – give me a life, a much better life.
  • A different and better attitude.
  • More confidence.
  • A better relationship with my husband. (Not that it really could have gotten better as we have a pretty awesome relationship the way it is.)
  • A better outlook on life.
  • An active YMCA membership.

I know I could go on and on with all the changes that have taken place, but I won’t bore you any longer. All I know is that I am glad I walked through that door the very first time and I’m glad I kept walking through it, week after week, year after year. As cliché as it sounds, Weight Watchers truly changed my life. And I know, it’s only going to get better.

 

 

12 thoughts on “November 19, 2008…when it all began!

  1. Hola Celeste and welcome back to bloggerdom!

    Very impressive what you (and Al) have accomplished! And I look forward to your weekly blogging (no pressure there, eh?). The magic day for posting for me is Domingo, Sunday.

    And now…. you’re it!: http://setfreeinmexico.com/

    Say “Hola” to Al for us.

    Cheers!

  2. I was so happy to see “Confessions” cross my blog roll again! Good for you on your long term lifestyle change! You’re an inspiration. I just wish I liked running!

  3. So happy to see you’re back blogging! You are *such* an inspiration! And, you ran 27 races this year?! Wowza! Nice work! You’re exactly right… it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet. So proud of you, friend! :)

  4. Hola Bruce!

    So nice to hear from you. I checked out your blog and you and Mary look great and so happy! I bookmarked your site so I will keep checking back. Take care and say Hi to Mary from us!

  5. Hi Tracy…

    Thanks much for the comment! And you just have to find something you like. Keep trying lots of different things and I bet you’ll find something. Keep on, keeping on!

  6. Awwww, thanks, erin! I just read your blog, too! Awesome new look. I love all the variety you do in your workouts. You, also, are an inspiration!

  7. Bout time girl! LOL, so glad to see your post. Amazing your progress and loving of life! You inspire everyday and are so enjoying being healthy and having fun. You and Al keep it up. So fortunate to call you my friend and love that when I read your posts here on FB, I can get out of the dumps and remember, I can be happy too! It’s up to me!

  8. I just joined WW and have a LOT of weight to lose. I’ve been on the internet reading blogs of people who have been or are currently on WW. Your blog really stood out to me and encouraged me to stick with it and succeed on becoming healthy. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Appreciate your words.