Earlier this year, my family and I took a two-week vacation. That is one of the perks of being a homeschooling family, you can travel when you want. We visited 9 states and 3 foreign countries. I felt like pooh stinky while I was on that vacation. I had a blast but felt yucky, tired, self-conscious and generally bad. I had gotten to an all time, not pregnant, high in my weight and it was really affecting me.
When we got home, I decided I needed to do something about it. I had tried several times to lose weight since I had my daughter and really didn’t have any lasting success. I began to eat healthier and in a couple of weeks was down about 3 pounds. Then I started chatting with my sister. She was doing Weight Watchers. I had browsed the site and thought about doing it again. I had minimal success with the plan before and thought maybe it would work. So I joined. As I write to you today, I am down over 20 pounds and half way to my goal weight.
So was Weight Watchers the key to my success? Absolutely NOT!!! It was just a tool in my arsenal on this journey to wellness. I believe losing weight is as much mental as it is physical. So here are a few tips that have worked for me.
Get sick and tired of feeling sick and tired – You have to want this. You have to be willing to give up stuff. You have to be in it for the long haul. You have to want to be the best version of yourself.
Find a partner – I truly couldn’t have done this without my sister. When we first started we checked on each other daily. We check in about once a week now. We share recipes, food finds, victories and discouragement. For me, it has been really important to stay with the plan because it doesn’t just affect me, it affects her too.
A plan that works – Weight Watchers has worked for me and I would advocate giving it a try. However, there are a lot of different plans out there that are just as good. Find something that works and give it your all.
Set small goals – I have set 5 pound goals because looking at the whole picture was too overwhelming for me. Think about how much you want to lose and break that into attainable goals. By doing it this way, you can experience victory a couple of times a month rather than waiting until you reach your goal, which may be a year away.
This life is the only life we have. It is our responsibility to take care of the body God has given us. In the coming days and weeks, I will be sharing a few products that I have found to be particularly healthy and good on my journey. For now you can check out some of my favorite finds on my health and wellness page. Let me know in the comments if you are on a wellness journey! I would love to hear your story.
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