10 years, 2 months….a lifetime

Hello there.

It’s been a couple weeks since I last checked in. Many reasons but they’re excuses so I won’t bore you with them.

But I wanted to come and share something that happened today.

I finally hit my goal weight.

I actually hit slightly below it and saw a number I’ve never seen before in my adult life. Perhaps not since I was a young teenager.

I wasn’t expecting it when I got on the scale this morning which makes it all the more surprisingly wonderful. And I had this moment of panic….what do I do now?

It’s been a long journey….not just the past 3.5 months to get here, but 10 years and 2 months since I started this weight loss journey. And to be honest, I could go back further if I consider this has been a lifelong struggle. I’ve been trying to lose weight since I was in elementary school. It’s been a lot of fad diets, losing weight, gaining weight, repeat. In 2003 I finally made the decision to join Weight Watchers and it changed my life by teaching me some key things: 1) This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle change and 2) You don’t have to give up all the things you love in order to lose weight, it’s about balancing them out and making smart choices.

I lost a lot of weight in the first 6 months of Weight Watchers, but I never quite reached my goal. Over the 10 years I slowly started adding weight back on. So just before reaching that 10 year mark of starting Weight Watchers, I realized I needed to take back control. I used challenges to lose over 20 lbs and now I’m at my goal.

It is a rewarding feeling…being where I am today. Despite being determined, I honestly wasn’t 100% sure I would make it. And now I’m at a loss….what do I strive for now? I suppose it was bad planning on my part to not think about what happens after you reach your goal. But I’m ready now and I have all sorts of ideas buzzing in my head. I’ll try to keep you posted from time to time, and feel free to bug me if you’ve not heard from me in a while.

Until then, thank you for those who have followed along, who have encouraged me but most of all, believed in me. You share in my success as it really was the village of friends and family that helped keep me going when I needed it the most.

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  1. Congratulations! My advice to you is to keep with Weight Watchers. Ken and I did it together and reached our goal in 2002. I did not continue to go to meetings and consistently put on a # here and there. Now I have this struggle. Although I still have a ways to go, I appreciate doing this with you as I had been at a plateau for about 6 months. Now I’ve actually taken off 7 pounds – no much but better than nothing. When I hit my goal this time I’m not going to stop WW – only stop paying. Good job!

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