Here it is! My Weight Watchers weigh-in record from last night… see where it says Total: -100? That means I’ve lost one hundred pounds…
I’ll say it again- 100 lbs! (In case you’re wondering, I don’t always decorate my record, but when I do, it’s because it’s a really special occasion.)
So, how did I do this? Well, there are lots and lots of things that helped me, many specifics of which I’m going to share in my next post, but I just couldn’t wait to share a few of the ones that have been super important.
There are three crucial things that allowed me to achieve what I never could have dreamed possible.
First of all, I’ve had an amazing support system!
My husband has been willing to put up with my cooking “experiments,” some of which were absolutely horrendous, but fortunately, many more were pretty good. Completely re-learning how to cook took some practice! He never complained, and ate whatever I made- what a blessing!
Allie and I have been going to Weight Watchers meetings, shopping, eating, cooking, and losing weight together, from the very first night when we began this journey together. And Ashelyn has been my constant cheerleader, along with my entire extended family- parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, so many of my friends, and my Weight Watchers leaders and fellow members.
Seriously- there is absolutely no way I could have done this, apart from support! It hasn’t been nearly as hard as I thought it’d be, but it wasn’t easy either, so without encouragement, support, patience, and acceptance, it would’ve been almost impossible not to give up. I still have a way to go, but I’m looking forward to reaching my goal.
Secondly, as far as food goes…
I certainly haven’t ever felt horribly deprived! I found things that satisfy the sweet tooth, but aren’t so high in calories. Who would’ve thought you could have truffles and lose so much? (Try the Skinny Cow mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches too- they’re amazing!)
So many really good alternatives- you might ask, “Seriously, salted caramel brownies?” YES! Can I have the whole box? Nope. But I can have a couple with a big glass of ice cold milk- if I’m careful with my points the rest of the day. And I am. Every day- I have something sweet every single day.
I was determined not to settle for anything that I hated eating- “diet” salad dressings were always my pet peeve. Most are honestly just nasty, but I’ve found a few that I truly love, like this one! I’ve found this brand at Wal-Mart and Target super stores.
I still eat most of the things I’ve always loved! Not losing weight was not an option, but neither was giving up all of my favorite things- so I just learned to make them in different ways.
In the case of my deviled eggs, I use a combination of Low Fat and Fat Free mayo- honestly, I can’t tell the difference between these and the ones I’ve made with regular mayo.
I’ve found lots and lots of products that don’t taste like what I’ve encountered in the past, i.e. “diet” foods. The new products I’m finding now may not taste or act exactly like full fat / calorie versions, but they’re really good, and I’ve learned how to use them in ways that mean I honestly don’t miss the full fat products.
Here’s a perfect example:
And, third, there’s exercise…
I’m not going to lie- activity is probably my least favorite part of the program, but having pretty workout clothes helps! Water aerobics, or H2O Fitness class, does make this part more fun than almost any other kind of exercise I’ve tried- you almost can’t hurt yourself while exercising in the pool, and there is absolutely no sweat involved. That’s as good as it gets for this girl!
Well, OK, a nice bike ride with the hubby on a cool summer evening, providing there are no bugs, low humidity, and no rain… that’s been a great way to get some activity in also. A pretty bike never hurts either. Are you noticing a trend? Pretty things to wear and ride help! I don’t think I’m going to get a horse out of this, but can you blame me for trying?
These are just a few of the things I’ve learned over the past 20 months or so. There are so many more I want to share, and I can’t wait to write posts about all of them! I just really want everyone on the journey with me to know that losing and/or maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t have to be boring or miserable- you really can have delicious food, that makes you feel full and satisfied; you just have to learn a new way of going about it. So, if you’re in, come along with me as I continue to learn, and grow, (in knowledge, not size! : ) and love cooking, eating, and losing more weight- I’ll show you how you can do it too!