Weight Watchers Update

I have been a slacker with my Weight Watchers updates because I have missed a lot of meetings. Last week I did attend and found out I removed 0.6 pounds while at Bonnaroo. At first I was disappointed – I mean how many activity points did I earn each day walking and sweating and all that? But then, I didn’t really follow Weight Watchers while there. I often chose water over beer, grilled over fried… but I still was NOT on the plan.

Lately I have been a bit of a slug. With the warmer weather I have been more active, but I haven’t been good about tracking. It’s hard to see any progress… until I saw pictures from last year at Bonnaroo.

While doing my Bonnaroo posts, I did a Google Images search and came across a picture of my husband from my friend Insana’s blog. She went with us last year, is a photographer, and captured so many great moments from the trip. And not so great moments, like me when I am not aware that a camera is focused on me.

I saw these pictures and it told me what I didn’t want to know. I was fat, and in terrible shape. I needed to do something and fast.

A year later, I am around 25 pounds lighter. Not a drastic change, but enough that I weigh less than I was when I got pregnant. Enough that I feel more comfortable in the heat, fit better into clothing, and happily survived another Bonnaroo.

When I feel frustrated, when I feel complacent I need to look at these pictures. Pictures of where I never want to be again.

At my Weight Watchers meeting, the leader asks for our “before” pictures and she has them on a big sheet of poster board. It sits at the front of the room, and you can see these photos of overweight folks, look around the room and see those same faces attached to smaller bodies. It’s really inspiring. I have always deleted bad/fat pics of me because I didn’t want to accept the truth. Now I see them as motivation to stay on track.

What do you use for motivation and to not go down that slippery slope back to your old self?

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12 Comments

  1. Pearl2164
    June 27, 2011 / 2:43 pm

    Love the pictures and congratulations! Yes, it is when I catch an unepxected sight of myself that I am forcibly reminded of where I was/am/want to be. Thank goodness there’s forward movement more than backward!

  2. Jnicks
    June 26, 2011 / 12:43 am

    WAY TO GO!!!!  I recently took of 23 and I can tell you that it’s a big accomplishment.  Keep up the good work, and now I’ll keep my “fat” pictures as a reminder to stay on track. *wink*

  3. nikki
    June 25, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    25 lbs? allie, you removed 25 lbs? that does not qualify as an “only” in my book! that is an inspiration! whenever i think about how far i feel i have to go, and how insurmountable it seems to me, i think of you… and it gets me back in the right positive mindframe. you look wonderful and i’m sure it feels wonderful too!

  4. Robim
    June 25, 2011 / 2:01 pm

    You still had a beautiful smile even 25 pounds ago.  What a drastic difference now though.  You look wonderful. Keep up the great work!

  5. June 24, 2011 / 11:29 pm

    Congratulations Allie, on so many healthy changes! You have always looked so pretty but now you probably feel more energetic. And thanks for your courage in sharing all your progress with us.

  6. em
    June 24, 2011 / 11:13 pm

    Wow, I know you are petite – that 25 lbs on you looks like about 45 or 50 would on me! You look so great! That is fantastic, realistic, sustainable progress for the year!

  7. June 24, 2011 / 10:05 pm

    Hmm,…I don’t think 25 pounds is an ‘only’.  Good for you.  I am doing a pseudo-WW right now (which mostly means I got my info off the internet and am too cheap/shy to do the real WW).  Anyway, I have lost 7 pounds and I am thrilled.  Thrilled!!  You look fabulous now and what a transformation.  Good going Allie.

  8. June 24, 2011 / 8:16 pm

    Honestly I think seeing photos of myself pre-pregnancy is motivating to me, to keep the weight off (or actually at this point, to get some of it back off again).

    25 pounds is really fantastic! You should be very proud of that!

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  9. June 24, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    i just attended my very first WWatW meeting yesterday, and let me say that my weigh-in was a real eye-opener. this is the heaviest i have ever been in my life, heavier than i ever imagined i would ever let myself get. im not “on plan” yet, since i am in the process of learning how to eat, but i am building the foundation. im sure i will be turning to you (and some other WW-loving blog-friends) for advice!
    youre looking really great these days, lady. thinner, fit, toned. you look healthy. keep it up!

  10. June 24, 2011 / 5:37 pm

    HI Allie, I currently go to WW in dc and ww has done wonders for me.  What motivates  me?  I was a cranky mess when I was heavier. Now, I”m living a healthy lifestyle,  taking control of my life and not making excuses. I’ve also become very active by taking sculpting classes, running and having long bike rides with hubby on weekends.  2 years ago I was 22 lbs. heavier than I am now  and I feel great.   It takes work so don’t give up. I know you’re a busy mom, so try to include your daughter too. Just my 2 cents.

  11. June 24, 2011 / 5:23 pm

    Wow Allie, you have made a lot of changes! It’s great that you are feeling better. That’s the most important part! I stay on track by weighing myself pretty regulary (every 3-5 days). I know that is not always recommended and for some people it is a bad idea, but for me, if I don’t, then it is really easy to lose track – as 5 pounds (even 10) don’t show up so easily on my tall frame 🙂

  12. June 24, 2011 / 5:22 pm

    You have made a drastic change, whether it’s “only” 25 lbs or not. You’re looking great!

    As for me, I’m in a rut. Nothing is inspiring me right now, I’m slacking on my gym visits, and I’m eating terribly. Need to find motivation, for sure.

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