I have to admit, my decision to lose weight was not inspired by health.
Looking at pictures of me and my boyfriend on a summer vacation in New York pushed me to take the plunge. I was very uncomfortable with how large I looked.
So, wanting to look thinner may have started my journey, but enjoying good health has kept me going with this lifestyle change.
My boyfriend and I started to "diet" in August of 2012. The two of us weighed a combined total of 615 pounds; 278 of those pounds belonged to yours truly. We vowed to stay away from fast food, candy and sodas, and we also decided to exercise at least once a week. The "plan" seemed simple enough. But would it work?
Six months went by and my boyfriend had lost 40 pounds, and I had lost 20. Not that it was a race, but if it had been, I'd be the one losing -- the race, not the weight. I was worried that my journey was going to be much harder than I had anticipated.
On March 7, 2013, I realized I needed help, so I joined Weight Watchers. I started at 258 pounds. I now weigh 165 pounds, meaning I've lost 113 pounds altogether. Ninety-three of those came off in less than a year with the support and amazingly smart and easy program that is Weight Watchers.
Nowadays I find myself hiking on giant hills all over the Bay Area and riding my bike on trails that stretch from city to city. I love exercising; the old me had trouble climbing a flight of stairs. I am now healthier and happier than I've ever been. My enthusiasm to lose weight has pleasantly surprised me.
I still have 15 pounds left to lose, and I have to maintain this healthy lifestyle if I want to keep the weight off. But I'm not worried for I have the love and support of an amazing partner and the tools and practices I have learned from Weight Watchers.
Every day I show up for myself. If I can do this, anyone can.
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