Monday, February 10, 2014

I'm a Grown Ass Woman Who Loves Stickers

So, hi... it's been a while.  I'm gonna be honest with you; I didn't start the weight loss journey right away.  In fact, I gained a few pounds in between the last time I wrote and when I actually actively started trying to lose weight.  But that's okay.  It's okay because now I'm doing it, and it's better late than not at all.

I used to be a pack a day smoker.  I smoked all of the time: I smoked when I was socializing, I smoked when I was bored, I smoked when I was walking, I even took a smoke break when I was halfway done eating a meal.  I was a hardcore smoker, and I hated smoking.  I can't even tell you how many times I tried quitting.  There were times that I'd actually quit smoking for months, but the temptation to have just one cigarette was too much and I'd start all over again.  There were other times when I'd cut down to just a few a day, but I couldn't quite push myself to give them up completely.  For years, the cigarette was my best frenemy.  Then one day I decided call in some back-up and I bought the patch.  The patch gave me that extra push I needed.  I quit smoking, and I reached ten years of being a non-smoker this past October.  Giving up smoking was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but with a little help I was able to do it and not look back.  For this reason, I know that I can and will succeed at my weight loss.

Like quitting smoking, I've tried for so long to try to lose weight by myself.  My attitude was, "It's my weight, it's my problem."  But the fact is that there are so many people out there who are supportive, whether they are going through the same thing, have gone through it, or have never experienced it but support your efforts to change for the better. 

My in-laws have been on Weight Watchers for just over a year and they have lost 50 and 80 pounds so far.  Kinda awesome (and by "kinda" I mean "a lot").  So in December I asked my husband if he would join Weight Watchers with me.  On top of the support of the weekly meetings, we would support each other by doing this thing together.  Without hesitation he said yes. 

Adam and I each signed up for the Monthly Pass, which allows us to go to the meetings and use the online tools.  We go to the Thursday night weigh-in and meeting, the same as Adam's parents.  On the first Thursday of the month I have board meetings at the co-op where I live, so we go get weighed and come home before the meeting, and then go to the Saturday morning WW meeting that week instead. 

I think when it comes to anything, people have to find what works for them.  I know, it's cliche, but it's also true.  Not everything works for everyone, but something works for each person.  I love Weight Watchers because of the support and encouragement.  It's exactly what I need to keep on going.  Our first meeting was on January 23, so we are on our third week now.  The first week I lost 2 lbs, the second week I lost 2.8 lbs for a total of 4.8 lbs so far.  Only 0.2 lb to go to get my first 5 sticker! 

Yes, my 36-year-old grown-ass self just told you that I'm looking forward to getting a sticker.  At the meetings we get stickers to encourage us and give us little pats on the back for sharing our successes with the group.  And sometimes our leader just gives us a sticker when she feels we deserve them.  We are a room full of grown-ass people who love our stickers.  I got myself a little notebook that I can keep all of my stickers in, as well as write down what I got them for.  We don't love only the stickers in the meetings.  We also love the keychains and charms.  And the people and encouragement. 

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