We’ve got something a little different today. Peter and I are beginning to experiment with video.
Sometimes it feels easier for me to talk about a topic than to write about it. That was the case a while ago when he suggested I share my Weight Watchers Story with you. Because it’s kinda long, he’s broken it down into 3 separate videos and included transcription for those who prefer reading to watching.
While my story might not be as dramatic as some, I think it’s representative of what a lot of us struggle with as we work to resolve our issues with food and weight. And it helps to illustrate why I’m forever a fan of Weight Watchers.
I hope you find it helpful.
Martha McKinnon’s Weight Watchers Story Part 1 of 3
Martha McKinnon: “Hi, I’m Martha and I have a blog, simple-nourished-living.com, where I share easy, healthy recipes that are all Weight Watchers friendly and have all the nutritional information you need and the PointsPlus values already calculated for you. And the reason I love to do that is because I’m a Weight Watchers Lifetime Member myself.
I first did Weight Watchers, oh gosh, it’s over 20 years ago and I like to say that when it comes to weight loss, when it comes to Weight Watchers, I am a slow learner. But slow and steady sometimes wins the race, as I am living proof of.
Essentially, I’d like to take a few minutes today to share my Weight Watchers story with you because I think it can be helpful just to know that… to learn what people’s true experiences are. Sometimes you see the commercials on TV and they make it all look so easy and effortless and that’s not always the case at all. And my experience goes a little bit like this…
I have struggled with my weight forever, you know some people didn’t have that experience. But I started to gain weight when I was a kid and by the time I was 10 or 11 I was chubby. Well that was the term back in the day, back in the 70s. I was chubby. I was husky. My dad liked to call me his husky little girl. And it’s a term that still kind of upsets me when I think about it this many years later.
So my struggle started pretty young. Being big. Being over-sized. Being super-sized. Not being able to fit into the clothes of the 70s which were hip-huggers and stuff like that.
And I was forced to wear chubby clothes, women’s clothes, polyester, pants with elastic waistband – it was a real fashion statement. My struggles were real and I felt alienated in a lot of ways. And I started to hate myself pretty young.
I went on my first diet at 14. It was a self-imposed diet. I took a summer and essentially lived on fruit and cottage cheese. I had some success and I lost some weight, but it didn’t last. That kind up-and-down yo-yo’ing continued all through high school. All through college. Into my 20s.
You name a diet, I’ve probably tried it. Food is everywhere in our world and I’m a food lover. I was raised in a family that loved food. I was raised by my mom who’s an emotional eater and has her own weight loss struggles. I was just caught in a vicious cycle.
Everyone who’s done Weight Watchers talks about their a-ha moment. And that’s the moment when you first realize that you’re ready to take the step and to sign-up for Weight Watchers.
My a-ha moment came in the early 1990’s. I was living in California with my husband at the time. And I was newly moved there, all my family was back east. I had a job that I really didn’t like. I was living in California where food is awesome and a great escape. And I ate a lot. And I drank a lot. And we went to the wine country a lot. And the weight really started to pack itself on.
I came home for the holidays and got together with a group of friends for New Year’s Eve and caught up with an old friend who I hadn’t seen for years. Peter, my cameraman, is going to find this kind of interesting, because the friend who had that impact on me was Kathy Palmieri.
She had been to Weight Watchers and she lost a bunch of weight. She looked great. We were all together and I asked her oh my gosh, what did you do? She said Weight Watchers. And that was the first time I had heard the term Weight Watchers since my mom. My mom and grandmother did Weight Watchers way back in the early 70s and I remember her experience with Weight Watchers.
But Kathy looked amazing. So, we had a great New Year’s Eve and photos were taken and that’s before digital cameras. So, a couple days later, we get the photos back – I’m still in Connecticut – and the New Year’s photos arrive and I’m like…
A lot of times the a-ha moment comes in a photo and I was just this moon-faced blob, in this big horizontal-striped moomoo and I looked horrendous.
I knew it was bad before that. My clothes were bursting at the seams, but I think I was in denial until that picture hit me square in the face. And I knew that something had to change. I just didn’t want to end up down a path like this.”
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