I did it!
As I stepped onto the scale tonight at my Weight Watchers center, I have to be honest, my heart was pounding. I knew this was the final week of the year to reach my personal goal of 25 pounds lost by year end. As I stood there, with my fists clenched in anticipation, my Weight Watchers receptionist looked over at me with a big smile and said, "25 Pounds Lost!, Congratulations!", and gave me a big hug. I felt my eyes start to tear up because it was so important to me.
The past 2 weeks were not good at all. I had two consecutive gains in a row. I was feeling angry and confused because I had been doing everything right, or so I thought.
My Weight Watchers coach looked over my food diary last week after my second gain, and we talked about what I was or wasn't doing, that could be effecting the scale.
We both determined that I wasn't drinking enough water and I wasn't getting in enough exercise. Plus, a couple of other personal reasons.
This week, with Christmas here, I was feeling a bit on edge. Christmas had always been one of my biggest cheat days when it came to snacking. This year was different. I made a conscious effort with everything that I ate and kept a log of it all. I was determined to stay within my points goal.
Sure, I had a piece of cake for dessert. However, I did not sit in front of the cookie and candy dishes and pig out, like I would have in the past. Instead, I went to another room where there were no temptations surrounding me, grabbed a nice glass of red wine, and sat and sipped it throughout the night. You know what? I was satisfied. I didn't feel deprived at all. As a matter of fact, I felt full and content.
I definitely see a change in my approach to celebrations and big events. I use to think they were an excuse to be a glutton. Now, I treat them as I would any other meal. I don't let them intimidate me, and I certainly don't let them allow me to lose control.
Looking back on this year, it started out on a very somber note, but ended on a high one.
It is time to start planning new goals and working even harder to reach them. I use to think that losing weight with Hypothyroidism was impossible. Now I know it isn't. I just have to work at it.
This key ring represents the past 16 weeks and all of the hard work I put into reaching my 25 pound weight loss. It will serve as a constant reminder to me of how I can do anything if I set my mind to it. I plan on adding a lot more charms to it too.
My New Year Weight Watchers goal is to take 1 month at a time, join the gym, exercise more, eat even healthier than I am now, and to never lose focus on being good to myself. I am worth it. So are you.
Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
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