Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Intro: Susan's Background

Ok, girls! I hope to keep this up-to-date on my weight loss adventure. I'll share recipes, tips, food products I stumble across, and ultimately, hopefully my success stories! I can even invite others of you to author posts with your recipes, stories, etc! Remember, we're all friends here and want to encourage and uplift each other!

This is me almost 1 year ago.
Ok, that's not entirely fair as I did have 2 babies in that enormous belly (35weeks). However, I put on a lot more weight than birthing 2, 6.6 newborns took off. Breastfeeding helped take off a lot, but I stopped that at 7 1/2 months. Those twins literally sucked fat right off, no doubt; unfortunately, more in some spots (BOOBS!) and less in other spots (muffin top) than I desired! So I'm left to do the rest via diet and exercise!

I started Weight Watchers on February. 24, 2011. To date, I've lost 9.4lbs. I'm going to be brutally honest. I'll tell you how much I weighed; I don't care; I'm not embarrassed. I was at 162! According to the chart, for my height of 5'6'', I should be in the range of 125-155. I've always weighed a lot, even more than I look like I do. I was blessed (sarcasm) to be one of those people who builds muscle very easily, ie 'bulks up' like She-rah with a little weight lifting! I also played soccer my whole life through college, so I have a background of lots of running and weight training. My husband is the same which is much more flattering for a male....oh, our poor daughter! Anyhow, I digress.....
My point is, the scale is only a minor measuring device for me. I judge by my clothes and how I feel! However, it is nice to know, I'm 'acceptable' on paper now at 152.6. My original goal was 150, but I think I underestimated myself. I can do better! I'm not sure an exact number, and my instructor, Melissa, said that's ok. I might just have to know when I get there. I agree. When I'm satisfied and feel I'm the best me, I'll try to maintain!

I picked WW cause I saw firsthand how well it worked for my mom growing up. I truly feel it's the best program out there. You eat real food not frozen meals; however, there are SmartOnes for those nights you don't have time to cook. I eat them for breakfast and the wonderful desserts! FYI: If you buy 10 at Kroger right now, you get $5 off, and you can find a $3 off coupon online. So, it's easy to keep up for the rest of your life. It's kinda depressing that I've reached the age where I do have to consciously think about everything I put in my mouth. But, that's life! Also, you don't have to give anything up! In the month of my 9.4 loss, I ate Taco Bell once, Pizza Hut once, and had birthday cake at my MIL's party. I was in no way deprived!
The downside to WW, it's expensive, but money well spent. Joining fee varies. I got a slight discount cause of my health insurance. I paid $33 to join. Then, it's $12 a week at meetings. If you miss a meeting, you still have to pay the $12 for the one you missed at the next one! Holds you accountable. Once you meet your goal and maintain for 6 weeks, you're a lifetime member and it's free as long as you go once a month to weight in and are no more than +2 lbs of your goal weight.

I'm no expert and don't claim to be. I'm seeking ya'lls advise and help just as much as I want to offer mine. So PLEASE comment!

1 comment:

  1. Great job Susan. I joined WW online and although you always have to pay for it, it is so worth it. I get access to recipes 24/7, online support, I-Phone App for my phone to track points, and look up foods and dining out places, and access to the market place to buy books and calulators. I been a member since December and lost to day 20 pounds, only 2 pounds away from my goal according to WW, but personal goal I am 5 pounds away, can't wait to see what you cooking up.