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Before, During & After

I was not born a chubby baby.  I was your average, normal sized kid growing up.  I come from a normal sized family.  But starting in high school I started packing on the pounds.  Looking back, it was all from a really crappy diet.  My parents owned a business, and my mom didn’t spend much time cooking.  They went out to eat a lot.  Sometimes I would go with them, but usually I just ate junk food.  I loved really fattening foods – full leaded Coke, chocolate, potato chips, cheese, bacon.

During high school, I thought I was “horribly fat”.  Turns out I wasn’t.  I remember going on a diet when I weighed 116 lbs (at 5’4″).  I’m pretty sure by anyone’s definition, that wasn’t “horribly fat”.  And that started decades of fighting the bulge.  The very first time I joined Weight Watchers was when I was in college back in the 80’s.  I went with three other college friends – none of us stuck with it.  By the time I got married in 1988, I weighed about 160 lbs.  1988

Over the years I consistently gained weight.  I didn’t even try to lose weight.  After the birth of my first child I was 210 lbs.  Pregnancy actually proved to be a good weight loss method for me (though I don’t recommend it).  During my second and third pregnancies, I lost a lot of weight as I spent the last few months sicker than a dog throwing up.  I lost 30 lbs!  But I quickly gained it back, and then some.

In 2009 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  Surgery and chemo proved successful – and I even lost some weight – getting down to about 200 lbs.  But once I was healthy, I put it all back on again.

By spring of 2011, I was 241 lbs and diabetic.

2011

I immediately cut out all the sugar.  Switched to Coke Zero and no more chocolate.  I lost 41 lbs in no time. I was even able to maintain the weight loss for over a year.  But I just couldn’t get below the 200 mark.  Then in early 2013 my dad died.  The weight started creeping back on.  Before I knew it, it was 2014, and my doctor weighed me in at 230 lbs.  My diabetes was out of control – fasting values over 270.  I decided then I needed to do something, and I needed to do it for good.  I started out just trying to cut out the sugar and crap.  And I lost about 10 lbs.  Then in April my sister suggested we all join Weight Watchers.  I wasn’t real enthused, but went along with it.  I went to two meetings with my sisters.  They were at 6:30 on a Monday – very inconvenient.  I leave the house at 6am every day – by the time I get home, I have zero desire to go back out.  It was a real struggle to excited about Weight Watchers.  I looked up a meeting near work – there was on near me, on my lunch hour.  So I changed my meeting – and got excited.  I started really following the program – lost 5%, 10%, 25 lbs and more!  At this point I’ve lost 52 lbs since my highest weight (shown above in the red shirt) and 40 lbs since January – and 31 lbs since joining Weight Watchers.

This picture was taken just last Saturday – and for the first time, I really see a difference.

2014I still have 40-50 lbs left to go.  So I hope to one day get to that “After” picture.  In the meantime, I’m committed to making this work so I can be as healthy as I can be – I want to be able to enjoy my grandkids some day!

 

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