This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #WeightWatchers #WWsponsored
I met my husband over 10 years ago and now after getting married, college, and in between having three beautiful girls I have slacked in being healthy. Like many moms after having our first baby I bounced back easily. I was young and active but that’s when my unhealthy eating habits started. I started spending more time on the computer and after having my second child I was a very unhealthy 200+ pounds. At my heaviest I was reaching the mid 200’s pounds and the weight really weighed on me, physically and emotionally. I was becoming depressed, that it affected so many parts of my life, including my marriage and being active with my kids.
A lot happened during that time I traveled around the US visiting many different cities, from Los Angeles, to New York, Orlando, Florida, and many places in between. So many places I had once only dreamed about visiting. I went on TV and filmed interviews with big brands, and did all of these amazing new and exciting things I had never really imagined myself reaching, but yet I really struggled with feeling bad about myself. The weight that had weighed on me now weighed on my body and for more years after I carried it with me.
I think getting older just changes you, and in just the switch of a day, I decided I wasn’t going to feel bad anymore. I put on my running shoes and walked outside and it changed my life.
From a walk, to a jog, to a slow sprint, I worked my way up making sure to not hurt or push myself, but stayed committed and not being scared or nervous. Its important to not overwhelm yourself with losing weight and working, I ran a 5K and then kept on running. I told myself that one day I would run a half marathon.
Life happened and we found ourselves expecting baby number three 3 fall seasons ago. After she was born I rededicated myself to working out, but with my efforts before I never fixed my diet. I would work and work and eat and eat. I lost weight but managed to keep stopping progress, shedding the pounds. I was slimming down, but not losing the stubborn weight in those stubborn areas.
I have finally run that half marathon I said I would do a half decade ago. Not just that, but I am stronger than I have been in years, I can do so much more with out feeling bothered by the extra weight. I’m ready to finish what I started those years ago and work on my diet to get back to the shape and physical health I want to be, I used to snowboard as a kid, and I have given it a shot in my adult years and cant wait to return that condition again to hit the slopes.
But this time around, I know the key to losing weight is learning how I should be eating.
I have already learned from Weight Watchers that I am harming my own health and fitness goals by not eating breakfast in the morning. It’s also why I snack horribly late at night and consume too many calories with foods that are not good for my health goals.
I am thrilled to be partnering with Weight Watchers this year to work make my new goals a reality in 2015! I think that just by understanding what I should be eating combined with my fitness goals for running more half marathons I can finally say goodbye to the unnecessary weight that I have carried for too long. I will also have access to 24/7 support online and a personal coach who will help me along the way.
That means I can finally get back to feeling and looking great too in my clothes, and my husband is there to support me with a new wardrobe for this summer. It means I can spend more time hiking and bike riding with my children and less time on the couch. Here is to a New Year, a new me, and success for all. I have already come so far there’s no way I’m stopping now!