Okay, folks...be gentle with me...this is probably the most embarrassing blog post to date...even though I'm incredibly proud of my progress in my weight loss journey. I've had a couple of friends ask me how much I've lost thus far, and how much more I have to go, and how have I changed in the process?
Well, first off, I have lost roughly 80 pounds...I say roughly because I cannot seem to locate my original weigh in record when I started Weight Watchers what seems like forever ago. I'm thinking the number is closer to 90, but I'll say 80 to be on the safe side.
Yes, the progress has been thanks to Weight Watchers. It has worked for me, but only when I allowed it to. I'm starting to fall into a great rhythm with it, though I have not been faithful, and have quit and restart a number of times.
I'll gladly give specific 'numbers' (weight, sizes, etc.), but not until I am at 'goal'. I've lost 80+ pounds and 6 dress sizes in a matter of years, but still have quite a bit to go.
In addition to the food tracking portion of Weight Watchers, I am also going to the gym regularly: weight training, running, and a variety of cardio are my go-to's.
I love seeing my body change...and then I don't...
I know that sounds crazy, but I've struggled with my weight since I was 8 or 9. I've yo-yo'd dieted throughout middle school, and high school, and my entire adult life.
But now, I'm starting to face the psychological aspect of my weight, hand in hand with dealing with anxiety, and how that has affected my life, and my daily choices.
So, while I love seeing the change, and the scale reflecting new numbers, it's hard...and scary. As strange as it sounds, I wonder who I'll be when I'm no longer labeled 'the fat girl.' Even the compliments aren't as easy to take as I anticipated: the heartfelt, well meaning gestures of kindness, people asking me if I've lost weight, and how much, and keep it up. It makes me feel encouraged, and strangely exposed in a way I've never been. But, I'm learning to embrace this journey, and to like my body along the way...flab and all.
Anyway, thanks for the encouragement and support, my friends and readers.
Sometimes you don't realize just how far you've come until you look back and see where you started...