#WeightWatchers meeting – A First!

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Today I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting. I was actually pretty nervous to go.

Yesterday, to prepare I bought some new light weight shorts. I came home weighed my clothes to determine what was my lightest option. That probably sounds dumb to some people but when you have weighed in naked and on the same scale for the last 21 months it’s what I do. Going to use a new scale and with clothes on could potentially mess with your mind depending on how big of a difference it makes.

So I slept in today on purpose, which I found very difficult. I am a 5:00am girl but the meeting didn’t start until 9:30am so I wanted to sleep as long as I could to avoid eating my arm out off in starvation. :mrgreen: I found out I can actually show up for 9:00am to weigh in and the meeting starts at 9:30am.

When I showed up this morning I had to do some paperwork and get set up with my booklets, etc. I shared my history and why I was now attending meetings with the leader and assistant while I was doing my registration stuff. They were awesome and very excited to have me. Carole, the leader, asked me if I would share my story.

The meeting started with giving out some charms to some that had hit milestones and a lifetime member star to a member. A discussion came up about the charms, as nice as they are, they apparently can fall apart so they had a giggle about keeping these treasures as keepsakes but not to use them as key chains as they can fall apart. When Carole introduced me and I shared my story, I told them I found their discussion funny because in the online world you only get digital stars and the stars are spread out. For example, I explained I received one for 100lbs and 150lbs but haven’t had another one because I have to hit 200lbs loss before I get another star. At today’s weigh in I was 179.6lbs which means I am only 5lbs away from hitting my goal weight. I have to admit I did get emotional telling my story, not because I am not comfortable telling it, as you all know. But I think I was nervous for the reaction that I knew was coming. They gave me a standing ovation. Carole the leader loaded me up with charms, she only had up to 100lbs weight loss but I didn’t care it was the sentiment that counted to me. I will proudly display my charms to my friends. It was sweet of her and everyone applauded.

Needless to say, my first meeting experience was a great one. I had weighed in at home earlier and our scales are bang on so I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I feel like I have so much to share with these people. They are meeting me for the first time, I am fit and have a fitness plan. I hope they really understand that I wasn’t like that always. Most today at the meeting, at this point in their journey, didn’t have a fitness plan yet. When I said I did they laughed and said of course you do. But it’s so important to always remember that I didn’t always be like this. The fitness part has really only kicked into high gear for the past 12 months of this 21 month journey. They can be like me a year from now, nothing is impossible, in fact, it is highly possible.

I am now 1lbs away from losing 200lbs and 5lbs away from my goal. I am really doing this!

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