When I was home for Christmas I decided to dig through the masses of old family photos, in search of some of my most flattering and unflattering of times. Note to self: belly-shirts look good on NO one, even those who have just dropped bunches of weight!
For those of you who have read my “About Me” section — new since moving over to my own domain earlier this month — know that I lost weight in high school on Weight Watchers. When I at my lowest weight, I decided to apply to be a Weight Watchers Success Story. Fast forward, I was chosen!
My mother-in-law must have thought something of me nearly 7 years ago to save the print-out ;). And with a little web address action, I come to find out it’s still online! Check it out here!
I later discovered that 117-lbs was not a maintainable weight for my 5’3 stature, so I am comfortably no longer a size 0. To the contrary, I’m looking forward to shedding a few pounds come 2010. Desk work and marriage have caused an unwanted scale climb, but I’m not worried. Just ready to get crack-a-lackin’!
I think I’ve gained (no pun intended!) insight between then and now; not only through weight-loss and weight-gain, but also through being a dietitian. Looking back to my Weight Watchers days, I didn’t eat dinner with my family…I ate turkey dogs and low-calorie bread pumped with preservatives. I racked up my Weekly Points Allowance to completely let loose on the weekends. I avoided social situations so that I did not exceed my Points. I exercised so that I could eat more…lots more. Quite frankly, I was obsessive*.
Today I would shun any diet requiring you to “give up” or omit ANY food from your arsenal, or jeopardizing your family and friends so that you can reach your goals. Weight maintenance will never end, and so losing weight must also be adapted to fit the person and not the other way around.
Lastly, I think it’s important to understand that weight is not an absolute number. Most people do fluctuate weight. Going into 2010, don’t obsess about a number…obsess about YOU!
On a completely unrelated note, we had Christmas with Mark’s family last night and Mark surprised me with a NEW LAPTOP! So much for not exchanging presents after “giving one another” our new treadmill, huh? 😉 Not complaining…
My new prized possession has 4x the memory and 3x the speed of my current Dell. It also has the HD output thing. I’m excited, my ‘puter needs to be put to rest.
*Weight Watchers is an excellent, successful weight-loss program when followed appropriately. These comments are not indicative of the quality or methodology of Weight Watchers.
Question: Do you focus on weight or health? If you think “health”…do you know your cholesterol levels and blood pressure?
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