My name is Nicola, and I’m 31 years old. I started my Weight Watchers journey on April 1st, 2017.
Before I started, I had tried other diets just like everyone else. I started to try and lose weight by myself before joining, and had lost 2lbs in two weeks. I was so discouraged, I didn’t know what I was doing, didn’t know how to eat properly, and just all around needed help.
My mom had been a lifetime member for over a year, and after talking to her for about a week I decided to give it a try. My first meeting I was mortified; I was the highest weight I have probably ever been at 235.2lbs. I was so disappointed in myself, and knew that I needed to do something about it. I have other medical conditions that I don’t have control of, but I have control about what I eat, and I needed to take control.
When they asked me what my why was, it probably took me a good week to figure it out. I pondered it over and over, why do I really want to do this. Like everyone, I just didn’t feel happy about myself and hoped that losing the weight would change that. That was my first why, to feel happy again.
My second why was for my daughter, I didn’t want to think that it was “normal” to eat how I was, and wanted to set a good example for her. Showing her that if you work hard towards something, you can accomplish your goals. Along the way, she started picking up healthy eating habits and wanted to eat the same things I was.
By sticking to the plan, every week I would lose weight. Sometimes it was minimal, sometimes I would lose 3lbs. I didn’t care what the scale said, as long as the number didn’t go up I was happy. I was able to make it all the way to maintenance without having a gain.
I have loved everything about Weight Watchers, it has given me the freedom that I have been looking for, and I have found my smile again. Before Weight Watchers, I would eat “healthy” which really only entailed eating my veggies every day. I never realized how much food that I was putting on my plate. Now I weigh and measure almost everything that I eat, making sure that it is all tracked, even the slip ups that may have happened along the way.
My husband and I still go out on our dates, and I have my splurges, but it is nothing like it was before. Instead of eating multiple pieces of pizza, now I only have one with a salad to go with it. I quit drinking soda completely, I don’t like diet soda so that wasn’t an option. It was all or nothing, I have also quit drinking coffee. My husband would always say what I was drinking wasn’t really coffee, as it was full of creamer, or one of the specialty drinks you would get at Starbucks which I quickly learned would wipe out a whole days’ worth of points and some weeklies just off of one drink.
I love being in the outdoors, I would struggle before my weight loss because I would get out of breath, my joints would hurt and all around feel horrible. I would sit around feeling sorry for myself, which would then lead to binge eating something until I felt ill.
Going to my weigh ins on a Saturday morning have become something I look forward too. Not only to see how I have done during the week, but also to see the people that are in my group. I have made countless friendships, and love that we are always there to support one another.
At first it was a daunting experience knowing that I had to lose 80lbs in order to hit my goal. So I decided to split up the goals. My first goal was to be in “onederland’, that amazing number for anyone to see when they are over 200lbs. My second goal was to be the same weight that my driver’s license says, my third goal was to fit into a formal dress.
My husband’s son got married in December, and I was determined to fit into that bad boy. Finally, to hit goal….to see a magical number that I haven’t seen since I was in High School. I managed to accomplish all of this in what seemed to be a very short amount of time, but I did it. I committed to myself, and accomplished my goal and have lost 85lbs. I know without the support of my family, friends and the leaders at our meetings, I wouldn’t have been able to do this by myself.
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