How I was able to lose 205lbs!

Why and How This Time?

I am asked constantly why and how this time I was able to lose all my weight and keep it off. I always thought of this as such a tough question but after reflecting there are some differences from this time from all the other times I tried but failed. The biggest thing I think is I went into this journey knowing that I was taking the first step for a forever change, because of this I pondered starting for probably a year.  I had previously went in to things thinking a “diet” ( I hate that word) “I will just get this done so I can go back to having fun and enjoying life”, “this temporary until I lose my weight”. This time I knew that when I did take the first step it would be a forever lifestyle change. I still don’t know why that day in particular, I think there were many contributing factors.  I didn’t know until the day I joined Weight Watchers that that would be the program I would follow but I am sure glad I made that choice on that day. I am glad I opted for Weight Watchers online as well.  For a couple of reasons; I didn’t think their scale would go high enough if I went to a meeting (how embarrassing would that be) and because I didn’t want the commitment/pressure.  If I was going to do this it was going to be for me, not because people were expecting me at a meeting.

I knew that day that I would have to make myself the priority going forward.  I knew I couldn’t jeopardize my health any longer, this meant a change for my entire family.  When my husband gave me the “hell ya, let’s do it”, that was all I needed to hear.  I knew the kids would adapt to whatever we did but I needed my husband to also make the change.  Thankfully he was ready for us to get healthy too.  He didn’t have much weight to lose but he has managed to lose around 25lbs since I started Weight Watchers.  I wouldn’t have been able to stay on track if I had any temptations around me. I think that is one thing that people need to realize when they are making this change, if they have a family, the family needs to change with you.  I think because my family formed new habits along side of me, this created an environment that allowed me to stay focused and have success.

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Our first family hike in April 2014(missing Taylor) 3 months after starting Weight Watchers

Fitness ended up playing a huge part in this journey for me as well but that didn’t come easily to me.  It took great effort to do a flight of stairs so when my family and I started doing our hikes not only was it painful but it was so exhausting.  As much as I first resented the idea of a hike, it is what started my fitness journey.  I was interested in running after watching my brother have success and get so much out of it and I was drawn to the community but completely sucked at it.  It wasn’t until I did a clinic at Frontrunners on Goldstream that I truly fell in love with running.  My other passion is yoga.  It took me months to muster up the nerve to go to our local studio, Moksha Yoga Westshore, but I haven’t looked back since. It is hard to explain what yoga has done for me both physically and mentally, other than it’s simply amazing!  My advice for fitness to anyone wanting to get healthier is you have to find something you love.  Don’t do something because you know you have too, try new things, find an activity you love and stick to it.  Eventually once you are used to getting a workout in at least once a day, you will likely change your opinion of some of those workouts you didn’t previously enjoy.  You may surprise yourself, I know I did!

My final thought on why I have been successful, is my blog.  I didn’t start blogging until I had lost 90lbs but through social media I already felt like I had spectators cheering for me on every hike.  I know social media has it’s downsides but for me it has been my motivator.  Adding blogging gave me an avenue to be accountable to me and you, I talked/blogged my way through my thoughts and built an even larger community to cheer me on.  I wish I had started it sooner, some of those family hikes had some hilarious stories to go along with them.

What is motivating you to get healthier?

photo cred: http://deannamccollum.com/
November 2015 Photo cred: http://deannamccollum.com/

 

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