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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Weight Watchers Success and Props to My Peeps

I've had several people ask me lately how I'm losing weight. There's always someone that when I say WW, they roll their eyes and say, "I've tried that. It didn't work."

I can relate. I did it once before in the late 80's and lost weight pretty fast for several weeks and then lost interest. So what's different this time around?

For one thing, this time I was inspired by reading the blogs of some really cool ladies that lost large amounts of weight with WW -
Gettin' Shrunk, Angie All the Way, and Mousearoo to name a few. They offered me something that I desperately needed - HOPE. I read their stories (all the way back from the beginning) and looked at the pictures, and for the first time I actually could envision myself losing 100 pounds. It never even occurred to me that it was possible before. The most I was even aiming for was maybe 20 or 30 pounds because 100 just seemed like too much to hope for - until I saw the proof right there in front of me. They also made me want to blog. I knew that it would help me to be accountable and stay interested.

From there, I found other blogs. I started commenting, which led to people commenting back in return as well as new people following the comment back to me. I never imagined how much the support of my new blogging friends would come to mean to me. Just knowing that there are people that actually care enough to read what I write and to leave comments motivates me to try my hardest. The encouragement I receive is just invaluable.

From my blogger idols, I learned to set goals - and break them down into smaller, easier to achieve goals. This has helped me tremendously. Trying to lose 100 pounds is HUGE. Trying to lose 10 is something I can look in the eye.

I also learned about all kinds of new and exciting food from reading blogs. Thanks to Angie we're using Almond Breeze in place of the more expensive and (I feel) less healthy cow or soy milk. I learned about barley and quinoa, and the wonders of brown rice.

I learned that the successful WW'ers are pretty faithful with food journaling and keeping up with AP's and Flex. I learned that not eating enough food can really REALLY result in weight gain or plateau. I mean, really, I'd heard that before but I didn't believe it until the people I believed in told me their real, true stories.

I have learned so much from blogs, blogging, and the web in general. If someone were to ask me what the most important weight loss tool in my arsenal is, I'd have to say 'an internet connection'.

So thank you my friends for never failing to teach and inspire me.

Here's a list of some other helpful hints
How to Make Weight Watchers Work for You.


Laura Brandon said...

awesome post, and i know exactly how you feel! if it wasn't for the blogs, i would have probably given up a long time ago and just given myself up to an obese life. don't you wish we could meet our idols in person and just worship at their feet?

Shrunk said...

Are you ever kickin' butt over here! Good for you!!! 100 lbs is totally doable, and YOU ARE DOING IT!

We're all watching your journey and cheering you on, so keep up the good work!

goodbyetoallfat said...

I think the support and feedback we get as bloggers is hugely helpful. I now feel that I am inspired to *keep* on doing good for my readers -- I don't want to let them down.

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Chellie has Issues said...

People say that to me too about Weight Watchers or other things like,yeah but you have to buy their food. Um no you don't. I'm glad blogging has been a source of inspiration. I just started one in hopes to talk with others out there like me. Keep up your hard work!!! You can do it!

Viv said...

Congratulations you are still doing wonderful while gets busy 4 sho!

WEWA is the best ever since no diest lifestyle to take with you as long as you stick to a healthy lifestyle you are golden. Real life real food real activity

Big Girl said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I totally love the blogshere and the people I have "met" through it. It's nice to know you're not in this alone and there's a great network of support out there.

Congrats on all you weightloss, keep up the good work!

JanetM97 said...

You can do it! I love the weight loss blog world, too. (says Janet up after midnight reading blogs when she SHOULD be sleeping) :P

PATRICK said...

Do you believe that JESUS CHRIST, died on a cross for your sins?


Angie All The Way said...

My dear, losing 100 lbs is MORE than doable and YOU are doing it! We all know that it doesn't happen over night, or even a month or a few months. It's the dedication to trying and being consistent that makes it a reality. YOU, my beautiful friend ARE on your way to that acheivement.

You're beautiful and you deserve to acheive such a feat!!!

Angie All The Way said...

Hey lady, where ya been??? I got a challenge with your name written all over it! Come and join! It closes at midnight tonight!

yaya ;p said...

i hope ull succeed!u did great on past few weeks!all the best!