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.
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.
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.
I 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!