Friday, February 14, 2014

Fitness Fridays | How I Learned Not To Give Up On Myself

About 2.5 years ago I embarked on a weight loss journey unsure of where it would take me or if I would even be sucessful. All I knew for sure was that I wanted a change and was finally ready to do my part to make it happen. My desire to lose weight had been lingering in the back of my mind for most of the time that I was in college, but as an engineering major between long hours of studying and few hours of sleep, managing my eating habits and a regular work out schedule just seemed impossible to me. Besides in the past when I seemingly did everything right I would always lose 7-10 lbs and then plateau. I had even convinced myself that maybe I just wasn't supposed to lose anymore weight, but who was I kidding. Deep down I knew that at on 5'1" weighing 173 lbs was not healthy nor was I was my best physically. Finally after graduating from college and moving to the east coast to start a new job I saw something flash across my TV screen that would change my life forever and jump start a 30 lb weight loss journey that I never thought was possible.
     As I was unpacking I saw one of my favorite actresses and singers Jennifer Hudson singing and rocking a fierce dress showing off her 70 + lb weight loss on my television screen. She looked phenomenal! I would be lying if I said that I didn't just join weight watchers because of Jennifer Hudson. In fact I joined with 0 expectations and 0 faith in the program. I had no idea what a point was or how it would truly impact the way I thought about food and exercise.The first week that I followed the program I truly didn't do anything special except stay within my points. At the end of the first week I stepped on the scale and was blown away when I saw that I'd lost 4 lbs! That gave me the motivation that I needed to start taking my weight loss journey and the program more seriously. Weight watchers helped me to truly understand portion control and how to make better food choices. I now realize that 1/3 cup of rice is more than satisfying with my meal vs the huge blob I used to plop on my plate. Weight watchers taught me to stop believing that if I indulged in a few chicken tenders and french fries that I would just 'work it off' in the gym. Weight watchers also taught me that it's okay to indulge sometimes (yes they have points for your cheat meals too!).


     For those who may not understand how Weight Watchers works, each individual is given an alotted amount of points for each day based on your weight, height, and goal weight. You are also given 49 points plus each week. These points can be used towards a cheat meal or added to each day. Fruits and veggies are 0 points and you can earn extra points for exercise. You could say that Weight watchers is similar to counting calories, except that weight watchers points are based on fat, fiber, carbs, and protein. Overall the program teaches you about portion control and how to make better food choices.
Weight watchers along with the help and motivation of my family and boyfriend truly changed my life by changing my way of thinking. Am I saying that I haven't slipped up? Of course not. I'm currently working on losing the usual holiday weight that I put on from over indulging, but at least I now know what to do to get the consistent results that I need. It took me about 6 months total to lose the 30 lbs, plateaus, bad weeks, frustration, and almost calling it quits included, but boy am I happy that I didn't give up on myself.














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30 comments:

  1. Great job! You look great and so glad you didn't give up. I wish you continued success on your weight loss journey!

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  2. GIRLLLL You betta WERK! What a beautiful transformation. Its so easy to give up when you're not getting results, to say---oh maybe I can't do this and I'm destined to be this way. But when we take ourselves out of the way and stop making excuses, its AMAZING what we can truly accomplish. I'm uber proud of you chica! Keep up the good work!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

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    1. You are so right...sometimes we can definitely get in our own way! Thank you!!!

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  3. Bravo. Wow. Your commitment paid off and I say it again BRAVO!

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  4. That's amazing progress, congrats! There is a difference in your face from the transformation, so much younger.

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    1. Thank you! Yes I look so difference in all of my ID pictures now!

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  5. This is such an inspirational story. I am linking up to this post. Check it out!

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    1. Awww thank you! I will definitely check out your post!

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  6. congrats on ALL of your success!! :)

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  7. WOWWWWWWW! Amazing!!! I also did WW successfully a few years ago but as you know did not stick to the lifestyle change. It's so inspiring that you not only lost the weight but have kept it off! Thanks for linking up and sharing girlie!

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    1. Thank you! The one thing I've learned is that maintaining weight loss is a lifestyle change and even though I fall down sometimes I dust myself off and get back to it!

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  8. Wow girl! You did that!!!!! congratz!

    Abbi of BelowtheWaist

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  9. Congrats. Your story has really inspired me not to give up!

    http://scarletgoal.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad that you found it to be inspiring :)

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  10. Congratulations on all your hard work, very inspiring.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you found it to be inspiring :)

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  11. What a wonderful transformation! Congrats on your progress and thanks for sharing! :)

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  12. Wow, the progress is amazing! well done, you look great!

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  13. Wow, that is a beautiful transformation.

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  14. Wow! that's big transformation and I like the after pic in red. Looks so awesome and hope you maintain that new great figure. Thank you.

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  15. Thank you! I've maintained it for almost 3 years now :)

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  16. You’re such an inspiration! Losing weight is a huge challenge. There’s a lot of hindrances and temptations along the way that may stop you from going on. But you fought all of it and concentrate on your goals. That’s an achievement for you! Thanks to your inspiration Jennifer Hudson, you have joined the program that leads you to a fabulous outcome. I’m sure you have no regrets, because you look outstanding in your pictures.

    Divina @ PersonalTrainerChagrinFalls.com

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    1. Thank you!!! Yes no regrets here just a happier healthier me!

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