Written by Catherine D., Member
My name is Catherine. I am 27 years old, and I have been obese almost my entire life. By the time I was 26, my weight really started to affect my health. I was on medication to regulate my elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. I woke up every day with pain in my feet and knees, and every day activities would tire me out. I had started to order my pants online because I could not find my size in any store.
“I woke up every day with pain in my feet and knees.”
On January 5, 2017, my mother texted me and asked if I would like to join Weight Watchers with her. I questioned whether I could stick to the program, or if the damage I had done to my body over the years would be too difficult to overcome. I knew I wanted to change though, so I put those doubts out of my head and joined anyway.
At my first weigh in, I was 365 pounds. I was shocked and overwhelmed at the amount of weight I needed to lose, but surprisingly, I felt motivated to make a change. I promised myself on the drive home that I was going to do this even when I did not feel like doing it.
My first week on the program I lost 7.4 pounds. I felt a bit of hope about my weight for the first time in a long time. The transition between eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, to weighing and measuring and tracking every item was a learning process for sure; but with each good decision I made, I felt like the next one became easier. I started to incorporate more activity in my day. I started with just walking on my break at work and slowly added to that.
“I love to take my favorite foods and make them plan friendly.”
Each week my worry that I would fail got a little easier to handle. A few months in, I thought to myself, “Hey, I’m actually doing this!” And then one day I realized this was not a chore I had to get through; this was something I was enjoying. I realized taking care of myself is a privilege and a type of self-respect and love. I fell in love with cooking. I love to take my favorite foods and make them plan friendly.
Weight Watchers has become invaluable to me. I have learned so much about myself and my relationship with food. I learned I could enjoy food without guilt, and exercise can be fun. The biggest thing I have learned is that I am in control.
“I am down 168.2 pounds.”
Now, a year and half later, I am down 168.2 pounds. I am no longer on any medication. I do not have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and I am no longer pre-diabetic. I am under 200 pounds now for the first time since I was 14 years old. I feel like a whole new person most of the time. I did not realize how sick I felt until I did not feel that way anymore. I am 36 pounds from my goal, and I am so excited to get there.
I am so thankful for Weight Watchers being the tool to help me take control of my life. I hope if anyone reading this is struggling that they will realize it is never too late to take care of yourself.
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