Springtime is just around the corner, with summer right behind it. That means more time outside, going on vacation, spending more time at the swimming pool and beach. Time to start swimsuit shopping again! For many people, swimsuit shopping can be a nightmare-like experience. The thought of wearing some suits can be awful if you’re not feeling comfortable with your weight. Having these experiences myself is one of the reasons why I decided to lose weight.
I started taking a medication the first year I was married that caused me to gain 25 extra pounds — and I was already overweight. I struggled getting comfortable to sleep at night, I got tired walking up stairs, and was having to buy bigger clothing. I finally got fed up.
I first started out by joining a gym. I was working out at the gym for about 30 minutes for about three days a week. I didn’t change my eating habits. I wasn’t losing anything.
I started looking into diet plans. I had a few friends and co-workers who had good results with Weight Watchers. I signed up for Weight Watchers Online. The online version was convenient for me because of my work schedule. I was able to track my food and points online and with the app for my phone.
After the first two weeks, I felt like I was getting good results. I had lost about 7 pounds. I was very encouraged by that, and it helped me stay motivated. There were weeks where I didn’t lose anything, and weeks where I gained a pound or two. I looked back at my food tracking to see what I could do better the next week. I just kept my focus on the long-term goal of getting fit.
One of the best motivators was rewarding myself when I reached a small goal. I was tempted to reward myself with food, such as ice cream. While ice cream is okay every once in awhile, I didn’t want to get back into those eating habits. I learned to reward myself in other ways. My clothes started fitting loose, so I would buy a new blouse or new jeans. Getting a pedicure was also a fun reward.
There were even times when I stopped doing Weight Watchers for a short break. I always went back. I even had to stop exercising for a short time, because I was going through physical therapy due to a back and hip injury. When I was released from physical therapy, I joined a different gym that offered fitness classes. I started doing boot camp, yoga, and spin classes. I got into the best shape of my life. I lost 40 pounds over two years.
While it has been a long journey, I’m glad I’ve been working on becoming healthier. I feel better and have more energy. I’ll still continue to work on being healthier, because it isn’t a short-term change, it’s a complete lifestyle change.