Today marks exactly 1 year since the Friday last year that I first set foot into a Weight Watchers meeting. (Actually, it was February 3rd…but it was this same Friday last year).
Today also marks the date that I FINALLY reached my ‘goal weight’ on the program, and I am THRILLED about it!
To be honest, I didn’t even really know what my goal weight was until this past summer. I was just on the program to lose weight in order to feel better and healthier. One day I finally decided to ask, sheepishly, after one of the meetings :
“Everyone keeps discussing their ‘goal weight’- how do I even know what mine is?’
A leader explained to me that it is based on Health Canada guidelines and helped me to figure mine out.
Back in October I was less than 1 pound away from goal… but life brought on some stressful events that I will not get into right now and I wasn’t putting myself first. The impact of that was that sometimes forgot to track my Smartpoints and because I wasn’t prioritizing myself, I wasn’t planning my meals and snacks as well as I had been since February, which resulted in grabbing what was readily available. My weight loss progress slowed down, but I won’t say that it halted. I would go up by a pound or two (or a fraction thereof) then down by a pound or two (or a fraction thereof) , which resulted in a bit of a ‘plateau’. It was nothing to be concerned about – I was sort of ‘stabilizing’ … just not at my ‘goal weight’. I was still getting so many compliments about my appearance, but I just wasn’t making my goal.
It was bothering me to an extent, but I wasn’t obsessing over it because I had other things on my mind. That said, I continued to go to my meetings, save a very few times where I really couldn’t make it, and I was still paying attention to what I was eating, making sure to eat points-friendly foods and tracking at least some of the time, and even when I would not track, I tried to keep track in my mind. ( This by the way is a dangerous road to embark upon and I don’t recommend it- it is extremely easy to become complacent and slip- When I don’t track, I can easily LOSE TRACK.)
For the last two weeks I have been determined to get to goal by my 1-year mark so I made it a point to track daily. The result?
I. MADE. GOAL!!!!!!
They gave me this fun charm for my WW charm ‘ring’ 🙂 I LOVE IT.
The trick now will be to not gain more than 2 lbs above my goal and to not drop 2 lbs below, either. I need to maintain my weight for 6 weeks…and then , if I can do that, I become a LIFETIME MEMBER! I don’t think this part will be easy…so I’m asking you all for your positive vibes!!!
Of course I took a pic to commemorate the occasion;)
I will definitely be blogging more about my journey with WW, but in the meantime if you have questions, I will be happy to answer as best as I can…but in the meantime, I need to get back to work and get ready for this weekend…and figure out how I am going to CELEBRATE!!!!!!
Wishing you all a day when you reach a special goal 🙂
PS- For those of you who want to read more about my journey with Weight Watchers, you can some of my posts by clicking here 🙂
Congrats, Tanya!! You look amazing and, more importantly, you look happy 🙂 Way to go on achieving your goal.
Thanks so much Catherine <3 xo
Amazing Tanya!!! So glad you wrote about it because I’ve been in WW for 6 weeks now and I started losing my drive and determination. I gotta get my act together.
Thanks Rochel! Don’t give up!! It can take time to get going – I also had periods of ‘plateau-ing’ which can be discouraging but I did not give up.Instead I reminded myself that I believe in the program and that wherever I am is better than where I was…and look at that – I reached goal! YOU CAN DO IT!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!! xoxo
Congratulations! Your achievement is a testament both to your determination and to the effectiveness of the WW program.
Thanks so much for your kind words Eric!!!