Ok, so a couple of weeks ago, my editor at Simplemost.com asked me if I'd be willing to write a post about my weight loss experience, so far. Obviously, I have no issue sharing my thoughts since I post here, on social media, etc. I've been pretty open so far.
But this was something different. It's one thing to share your experiences in your own little corner of the online world. Simplemost has a big, national audience. People on the world wide web (is it even called that anymore?) aren't always the kindest souls.
Still, I don't know about you, but I get tired of reading about the latest/greatest celebrity-endorse diet. There's nothing wrong with them, but many of us just cannot relate to that. I'm not special. I'm just like anyone else out there. I wanted to share what it's like to fight this battle for "just anyone."
If my post helps anyone, it's well worth putting myself out there for comments and criticism. So far, the reaction has been positive. It may not stay that way. Who knows? But, if it can motivate someone to realize they're worth taking the time and effort to treat themselves well, then the haters can hate!
Hope you enjoy the post! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments or on the FB thread!
In the online universe I affectionally call Weight Watchers World, each Tuesday is #TransformationTuesday. What is that? Well, thousands of people post photos of their transformed (or transforming) bodies.
Because everyone loves posting their before and after pictures, right? However, many of us are still WIPs (works in progress). So, I like to call them my Before and During shots.
I only have one before picture, because, well...I couldn't stand being in front of a camera. But, I knew I would want to look back one day to where I was, even if a part of me wants to forget I ever let it get that bad.
Anyway, my #TransformationTuesday pic for today is a little different. Sure, it shows the physical changes from almost 7 months of hard work. But, it also shows a changing view of myself.
This morning, I went into my closet to get something to wear. I immediately grabbed one of my favorite shirts and almost put it on. But, I stopped and looked at it.
A size 5X.
Now, at my heaviest, this shirt was a little big on me. I've spend the better part of the last few years hiding beneath my clothes. But, today, this shirt looked huge, even on the hangar.
A few hangers over was a new shirt my husband gave me for Christmas. I wore it right after he gave it to me, but honestly, I felt uncomfortable in it. It is a 3x and it fit. But, it hugged my body. It was gathered on the side. I don't do form-fitting shirts. My motto has always been "Let It Flow!" (insert Disney music here ;) )
Still, something told me to put on the new shirt.
I discovered my body has a shape beyond round. Wait, what? Yes!
Oh, there's still plenty of excess curves, bumps and rolls there, but now some of them are in the right places!
I didn't hate what I saw.
I haven't done much clothes shopping because 1. We're following a new budget (which I'll save for another post) and 2. I plan to not be in new clothes for long, so I hate the thought of spending $$ on it if I'm not going to wear it for a long time. Yes, I know that's a dumb mentality. But, it's how I feel. I'm working on transforming that thinking.
In the past week, I have had more people than ever comment on how great I'm looking. In fact, it feels a little weird. It's kind of like all these months have gone by and then suddenly BAM! Notice me!
I'm learning to accept the compliments with genuine thanks and use it as an opportunity to talk about what "my secret" is.
But, sometimes the person who does the work is often the last to see the changes.
Today, I realized the smaller shirt reflects the transformation going on inside my mind. Sure, my body has a long way to go to be healthy. But, learning to accept where it's at and not hide it as much is a necessary part of this life change I'm making.
I need to come out of hiding. And, today a smaller shirt helped me finally get that.
Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
Today marks 200 days since I took the plunge and signed up for Weight Watchers for the last time. I've lost count how many times I've done this before. It doesn't matter how many really, because they've all prepared me for this time - and that's what counts.
I stumbled on the fact that today would be my "200 day anniversary" as I was working on the website yesterday. My little progress tracker on the home page lists the days and I saw it was at 199 days.
"Huh," I said out loud, even though no one else was in the room. "No shit?"
No shit. Somehow, I've managed to stay focused and on plan for more than six months now. Not 200 days of Weight Watcher perfection. Nope. But, every day I've tracked at least most of what I ate. I'm drinking more water. I'm more active.
All of these "mores" have brought me to smaller numbers on the scale, on my medical tests. and even clothing sizes.
Those mores have also come in more steps, more trying new things, more laughter, more tears. Just more of life, in general.
God blessed me with these 200 days. I'm grateful that I finally decided to be an active part of my life instead of wishing things would get better.
I did a Facebook Live video this morning talking a little more about my journey. About how time passes no matter what, the small victories that matter and realizing that it's ok when people notice the work you're putting in! Check it out below!
I'm eager to see what the 200 days has in store! That will be Saturday, August 11, 2018. I will be more than a year into the program. Yes, I'm making that commitment here! I don't know where my scale number will be by then — well, except for down. It will be down!!! But, there will be so much more and I know it will be cause to celebrate!!
Whether you're on a weight loss journey or not, I'm sure you've probably heard all about the latest food craze:
Every damn place I look I was seeing it. You can make bagels, cinnamon rolls, muffins, and pizza dough!
Pizza? They got my attention with pizza. Pizza is my weakness. I love it more than anyone should.
So, when I heard that I could make a pizza dough that is not only easy, but actually low in Weight Watchers points, well...I caved to the peer pressure and gave it a try.
After reading the millionth post on Facebook and Instagram about it this morning I decided, "Screw it, I'm going to give it a try for lunch today."
I was skeptical. I mean, I don't bake anything from scratch ever, especially for lunch. But, what the hell. I had the ingredients in my house for more than a week. All you need is freakin' self-rising flour and non fat, plain greek yogurt. THAT'S IT. It sounded too good to be true.
Let me tell you something, it's too good AND it's true!
It's so good, I plan to upsize the recipe to make a full-sized pizza for my family because I'm confident they'll love it.
And the recipe? Super easy! Are you ready?
2-Ingredient Dough Pizza
Serving Size: 1 individual-sized pizza
WW Points: 9 SP for the whole pizza!
I'm not a patient person. I am really trying to be better with this quality, but IT'S SO HARD WAITING FOR THINGS!!! Especially when I work really hard to reach goals!
Today I had to do a "head-ectomy" from my ass because I'm still such a Work In Progress with my patience.
Want to know what I mean? Check out my Friday confessional video below!
I'm Marie. I'm working toward a 200 lb. weight loss goal. I'm doing it with baby steps. Follow my journey here.