My Weight Loss Story
I grew up overweight. There is not a time growing up that I can think of when I didn’t consider myself “fat” or “chunky” or “big” or some other similar disparaging term for my weight. I look back at pictures of myself and I was a cute, chubby kid. At some point, however, the chubby isn’t so cute anymore.
I have a few early memories of realizing I was overweight. The first happened when looking at a picture of myself. I played softball growing up (proof you can be active and overweight) and after pictures were taken, my parents ordered the “baseball card” pictures with my “stats” on the back. One of these stats was my weight. I remember that it said I was 75 pounds. I don’t remember how old I was, but I remember realizing that 75 pounds was a lot more than my teammates weighed. Another instance was the first time I remember being made fun of for being overweight. Growing up, I had to ride the bus home every day for over an hour. On one of these long bus rides, a kid turned to me and asked me if I had ever heard of Slim Fast. That is mortifying for a kid. I was only in the 3rd grade.
It didn’t get better as I got older. I just got bigger. I played sports and was active, but I also loved food. My parents and friends never made me feel bad about it, but I was never happy. I tried dieting, all throughout high school, but I never could stick with it for more than a week or two.
I gained even more weight when I went to college. There with a meal plan and tons of fried food available and a convenience store in my dorm, I continued to eat and my activity level dropped considerably. I kept that weight on for a year and a half after I graduated as I adjusted to the demands of a full time job.
Then I realized I was never going to be happy if I continued on the path I was on. I decided I wanted to try Weight Watchers. I mentioned it to my friends at our annual Christmas party and my friend Joel said he would join with me. We went to a meeting that week.
When I joined Weight Watchers, I weighed 293.6 pounds.
I have now been on Weight Watchers for two and a half years. I hit my goal weight on July 7, 2011 with a total of 148 pounds lost. It was a journey full of ups and downs. I am now in the maintenance period. For 6 weeks I will work at maintaining my goal weight. If I can do this, I will become a Lifetime member of Weight Watchers. So many people played an important part of this journey for me. My friends and family were a huge support for me throughout this journey. I couldn’t have done it without them.
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