Today’s success story is Megan. She has lost 43 pounds through the help of the Weight Watchers program and is now so much happier! She enjoys having her picture taken! I know you are going to love her story! Enjoy!
Tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, etc…
I am 29 years old. I live in Northern Michigan with my boyfriend and German Shepherd. I had been thin my whole life, but when I started a household of my own I didn’t know how to cook so I went crazy with fast food and unhealthy meals. At first, I was embarrassed to share with my family that I was trying to lose weight, but the more they knew, the more they supported me. I work at an insurance office which I love, but it is difficult to lose weight when you sit at a desk all day.
How long did it take you to get to your ideal weight? Are you there now?
It took me about 6 months to lose 40lbs. I am about 5-10 lbs away from my goal. It is true that the last couple pounds are the hardest to lose. At this time, I am just trying to get through a busy summer with lots of temptations without gaining.
What was your motivation to lose weight?
Seeing myself in pictures.
I love to be the center of attention and have lots of pictures taken. I found myself not wanting to share my winter vacation pictures with anyone because I wasn’t happy with the way I looked. I didn’t realize it at the time but my weight was also starting to cause some health problems.
What made you decide to start your weight loss journey?
My mom and I had been planning a once in a life time vacation to Italy, France, and Spain for over a year. I knew that there was going to be a lot of walking so I needed to be in shape. I also wanted to look great in my pictures and actually want to share them with friends and family. In June, we went on that vacation and I show my pictures to anyone who will look.
What kept you on track losing weight?
Weight Watchers. I track everything! The etools are so easy to use. Reading blogs also helps me A LOT. I am very inspired by other people. If they can do it I can do it.
Tell us about a typical day in terms of eating and exercise.
Fruit for breakfast, salad or sandwich for lunch (I find that usually I am most hungry at lunch time), for dinner… meat and veggies on the grill and angel food cake with fruit for dessert. I am not normally a snack person, but I used to be a night time eater so now I try to leave myself a couple points so I can have a little something before bed. I love that fruits and veggies are no points on Weight Watchers. Also, once a week I go out to a restaurant and have a nice meal. I order whatever I want and have a glass of wine. I find that weeks I have a “cheat” Meal (not day!) I am in a better place mentally. I also have fallen in love with spinning. In March, I made a goal to try two new fitness classes, one of which was indoor cycling. The first time I went, I puked and cried! Now, I get withdrawals if I go less than twice weekly.
What is the biggest difference you have noticed because of your weight loss?
I have more energy, I am more social, I feel a lot more confident, and I have a lot less health problems.
What advice can you give to others struggling to lose weight?
You can do it! Start small. It is not going to happen over night. I just thought to myself I have been over weight for 4 years! Do you know how much weight I could have lost if I would have started 4 years ago?!? You have to start somewhere.
How do you keep the weight off in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I am not on a diet it is a lifestyle change. If I want to eat more I need to exercise more.
Give us a quote or a motto that you have used to keep you focused.
You can do it!
THANK YOU Megan for your words of inspiration and sharing your story with my readers! You are truly an inspiration to us all!
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