Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Before & After

It's so very easy to forget how far you have come....until you see yourself in old pictures. Although I must say it was pretty difficult to find any pictures of me from 2005 since I avoided cameras like the bubonic plague. It seems like every picture I have, I was hiding behind someone or covering myself up with something. Now as soon as I see a camera, I am striking a pose and batting my eyelashes!

This is a picture of me at Christmas in 2005 (that is my chubby little self in the middle)
This was taken at my in-laws house on December 24, 2005. I was wearing about a size 18 at this point. I think that was pretty much my absolute breaking point. That year I got a pair of size 18 pants for Christmas and I remember god....does she really think I am a size 18?????? I was shocked. Then I tried them on....and to my utter HORROR, they fit. That was it, I returned the pants to the store and started planning for Weight Watchers.
This picture was taken of me (on the same couch actually) on December 24, 2006. Exactly one year later with my husband Scott (who also lost about 25 lbs on Weight Watchers). Still holding something in front of me (old habits die hard!!!)
One whole year of desperately trying to stay on track and exercising and one whole year of praying that I would never again see a 1 AND 8 on a pair of pants ever again! I would do it again in a split second.
Just thought I would share these pictures since they give me such motivation. I would recommend that EVERYONE on WW take before and after pics...they are great inspiration!
Other than that, my hubby is working on making me a daily food journal template so I can start journalling on here! I've also got tons of recipes to share.
Bring on the suggestions!

Official First Post!

Well here it official first blog entry.
Here is a little about how I came to find WW and what it has been so far...
I decided to start a blog basically to hold myself accountable on the WW plan. I first started WW on Jan 3/06 with my husband in tow. I was sick of feeling like everyone was staring at me and I was certainly sick of having to squeeze myself into my pants (since I refused to buy a size larger, aka...the right size).
Everything I did was revolved around my weight, my whole mentality revolved around being overweight. I never wanted to go out and do anything with my husband and I especially dreaded summer time since summer meant shorts and tank tops and exposed skin. I was constantly thinking of ways to cover up and hide my weight from everyone. I would wear baggy sweaters, or keep my coat on as much as possible. I was ALWAYs defensive when anyone would even mention the word diet, or health, or exercise. Anyone who has been overweight knows exactly what I am talking about. I don't think I ever realized how bad it was and how aware of my weight I was until I lost some of it. I think that I was trying so hard to hide it from everyone else that I actually ended up fooling myself too.
In January 2006, I decided that enough is enough. If I didn't get into shape now, it was never going to happen and I would live my whole life being overweight and hiding from everyone. It was truly the best decision I have ever made. My life has turned completely around and now I am 58 lbs lighter and on my way to the big 75.
There are SO many online resources that I use daily to help me on my WW journey. Over the past year I have come up with so many great WW tips and tricks that I though it would be great to start a blog and share with others who are on the same weight loss journey (it isn't always an easy fact it is very rarely easy and often very difficult) But it can be done! And WW is truly a great program that can be a great resource along the way.
I haven't really decided what this blog is going to become but I am certainly open for some feedback. I also haven't decided whether or not to post my daily food journal (many WW bloggers do this to keep accountable).

That's it for now!