Weight Watchers Weight Loss Success Story: Linda N.
I'm so excited to be sharing Linda's weight loss story with you today. She is living proof of the power of persistence.
She has so much wisdom to share from her long and winding journey and everything she has learned from her previous mistakes.
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It's actually true! The older you get, the smarter you become. This is my third time losing over a hundred pounds. When I started I sat down and wrote out the things I thought I did wrong the first two times which lead to my gaining it all back, and more.
The first thing on my list was workouts. I hate going to the gym or any other physical activity program. Of course, the first thing I did when I reached goal weight was to stop going.
At Weight Watchers I learned that you can be active by going on dog walks, doing house and yard work, and generally doing a hundred little things in a day that keeps you active.
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So I started parking the furthest from the store, carrying in groceries one bag at a time, organizing every closet in the house, and yard work.
I have a small dog, and I do enjoy going for a half-hour walk with him every day, when he's up to it and when the weather is good.
Every time we go for a walk, I pick up a stone and put it in my walk garden. My walk garden is my pride and joy. It has a few cactus plants, drift wood, etc. as well as all the little stones I've collected this past year.
The second thing I learned from Weight Watchers was not to break bad habits but replace them with good ones.
My worst habit was to change into pajamas or comfy clothes as soon as I got home from work, and eat supper and snacks on the couch in front of the tv every night, until bedtime.
Since tv was associated with food, I started taking piano lessons. Practicing the piano after supper is not associated with food. I'm still sitting, but I'm not eating.
I also cook my own supper, clean dishes, and do one housework activity after supper. Whether it's cleaning a bathroom, doing a load of laundry, or sweeping the garage, it usually takes no more than 10-20 minutes, but I've accomplished something.
I also keep on my street clothes after work. I don't change into my comfy jammies until bedtime.
The tv does not come on until after 9:30pm, and I've brushed my teeth for the night.
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My bedtime snack is a 5 oz glass of wine, which has really helped improve my memory. It also helps relax me, and I get a great night sleep.
Sleep, I've learned at Weight Watchers is very important for weight loss.
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The third thing I did was track and journal my food. I plan ahead, shop for the foods I want to eat, try new recipes, and when I cook supper, I cook it for two, so I only cook every other day.
I learn at meetings about new foods that others have discovered, and I like to try them and add them to my menu.
My job requires me to sit for hours and hours, and I've been doing this for over 30 years, and I get bored.
To cure the boredom, I used to eat bags of cookies, chips, candies, etc. I started off replacing these foods with fresh vegetables. It only took about a month or so, and I stopped eating entirely.
I noticed there were more and more veggies left at the end of the day, so I stopped bringing them. Now I never think about food until it starts to get close to quitting time.
Of course, I'm hungry because it is supper time.
I plan to go to a Weight Watcher meeting and weigh in every week for the rest of my life.
My biggest mistake in the past was to stop going to meetings when I reached my goal weight.
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I made myself this promise on September 21, 2016. Even if the glory of weight loss is gone, I need the support of the group and to be accountable every day.
This is the last 100 pounds I will ever have to lose. This time, I'm wise enough to not repeat the same mistakes.
What Was Your Wake-Up Call Or "A-Ha Moment" That Caused You To Really Commit Yourself To Succeeding?
I wasn't active enough on a regular basis, I would mindlessly eat on the couch in front of the tv - or at work when I was bored, and I stopped going to WW meetings for the support I really needed.
How Have Your Eating Habits Changed Since Beginning Your Journey? What Did You Eat Before And What Are You Eating Now?
I used to eat a lot of junk food, but now I plan my meals ahead of time and cook enough each time so that I only have to cook every other day.
What Is The Difference In Your Fitness Before You Started And Now?
I really look forward to being active now that I can easily incorporate it into everyday living (cooking, cleaning, walking my dog, workin in my garden, etc.).
What Has Been The Biggest Change/Payoff For You So Far?
Realizing that while I did lose the weight on my own, I still need to go to regular weekly WW meetings to keep me accountable.
How Much Weight Have You Lost? How Long Did It Take You To Lose It?
I lost 100 lbs. in 10 months.
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