I am feeling back to myself finally, it took a few days. Thanks for the get well wishes!
Don't think I forgot to post my weekly weigh ins lately. I could say I was lazy, but I just was embarrased by my progress. At one point I was down 86 lbs (May 2012) and the weight started to slowly creep up. Honestly, I felt like I was a failure. But you know what, I am looking back at what I have done positively. I have been successful in this journey, not a failure. Just committing to the weight loss is a success. I am posting my last few weigh ins below, more to keep me accountable than anything else. Finally I have been down 2 weeks in a row. It's been quite awhile since this happened.
I always thought I would use the word successful once I reach my goal weight. Isn't it funny how you always think about how "successful" you are once you reach that. Don't get me wrong, it will be a big deal for me when I do, but looking back at what I have accomplished on the way is just as much as a success.
For pete's sake, I decided to start this weight loss journey when I was 49 years old. I tried many, many times before that but never managed to continue. I must have just been ready this time to face the challenge. I knew I was starting a new phase of my life, "the change" or menopause. You hear all kinds of stories of not being able to lose weight after this or it being very difficult to lose. Maybe this was the trigger I needed. I also was turning 50 and wanted to be healthier. I began with Weight Watchers (repeat offender) in February 2011 after returning from a trip and seeing pictures of myself. Also my scale showed an all time high of 238 lbs at that time. This really scared me. I weighed more than heavyweight boxers! I lost 5 lbs on my own before I joined Weight Watchers for a starting weight of 233 lbs. I took up running and completed a 5K and 10K run. I drink tons of water. I eat much healthier for the most part. I am always reading labels at the grocery store, and never hesitate to whip out my phone to check the Weight Watchers points plus.
I have only missed less than a handful of WW weigh ins, mostly due to vacations. Even if you know you haven't done well, you must go. Everyone who works at my Weight Watcher's meeting is very supportive. I have always felt better after a bad weigh in with all the encouragement I get at the meetings.
So remember, Keep At It!