In 2015, I saw a picture of myself when I was at my heaviest: 197 pounds at 5-feet, 5-inches tall. But I didn't recognize at first that the woman in the photo was...me. I had lost touch with my body and health entirely.
I was overweight. I also had high blood pressure at age 26. I didn't exercise and I ate a candy bar almost every day. I thought to myself, I want to lose 40 pounds. But that goal seemed so overwhelming to manage by myself. I had two kids and had already mentally accepted that I would never fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes again. But I yearned to be a different weight, and more importantly, I wanted to be healthy overall.
I am not at my lowest weight but I am at my happiest weight 😄 And guess what...I don't even know how much I weigh 😱💗 Happiness should not be controlled by a number on the scale...it's how you feel ❤ More of my journey is on Connect 👉 brittany77w 💞 . 🔷HW 197 🔶 SW 185 🔷 GW 135 🔶 CW Happiness 😄💁 HEIGHT 5'5" 💜 MOTHER OF 2 ✌ JOINED WW 4/11/15 🎉 GOAL 9/24/16 🎉🔑LIFETIME 11/5/16🔑 *People following the WW plan can expect to lose 1-2 lbs/per wk. I lost weight on SmartPoints and a prior WW program and WW Freestyle*
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Seeing that photo got my going, but I knew deep down that I needed support to keep the weight off long term.
I tried various diets and found I was able to lose about 10 to 12 pounds on my own, but only temporarily. As soon as I would get close to my goal weight (or sometimes I would even reach my goal weight), I would quit. Eventually, I would gain all my weight back because I felt deprived.
So, I joined WW (formerly Weight Watchers) on April 11, 2015, at 185 pounds. I couldn't afford to go to meetings at that time because I was a stay-at-home mom, so I signed up as an online-only member and sold clothes on garage sale websites to help pay the fee. I wanted to do whatever it took to stay committed.
I post my Transformation pictures in hope's that I can Help, Inspire and Encourage others on their Journey ❤ . . When I joined @WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) over 4 years ago I would look on the internet for Transformation photos...That was my biggest source of inspiration 💗 (I didn't have Instagram or Connect...I searched on Google) When I thought about quitting I would look at those transformation photos and they always gave me the inspiration I needed to keep going 😊 . . This Journey will not be easy...But it will be worth it 😊 This Journey isn't about the weight we lose...it's about the life we gain ❤ I lost slowly...I started as an online only member and started attending a WW workshop when I had lost 45 pounds...It took me 19 months to lose 50+ pounds and become a Lifetime member 🐢 I almost quit one time...but instead I had my AHA MOMENT...I refused to quit on myself 👊 I embraced this as my Lifestyle 🙌 I made Myself a Priority 😘 I believed in Myself, My Goals and My Dreams 😁 YOU CAN DO THIS... BELIEVE = ACHIEVE 😘👊💕💪😊 . . More of my journey is on Connect 👉 brittany77w 💞 . 🔷HW 197 🔶 SW 185 🔷 GW 135 🔶 CW Happiness 😄💁 HEIGHT 5'5" 💜 MOTHER OF 2 ✌ JOINED WW 4/11/15 🎉 GOAL 9/24/16 🎉🔑LIFETIME 11/5/16🔑 *People following the WW plan can expect to lose 1-2 lbs/per wk. I lost weight on SmartPoints and a prior WW program and WW Freestyle*
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When I joined WW, I made sure I measured all of my food intake and counted all of my points.
I also was adamant about staying within my daily points, which is essential if you really want WW to work. After the first week, I knew I had to start making some changes and eat more nutritious foods because my points would be gone by lunchtime.
A couple of habits that helped me? I would split restaurant meals with a friend to make it a more appropriate portion size, and I skipped the bun whenever I ate a burger so I could still enjoy them and not deprive myself. Here’s what I eat in a day now:
Breakfast: Hard-boiled eggs or yogurt and fruit (blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries), plus coffee.
Lunch: Something with ground turkey! My fave meals right now are a turkey burger salad with blue cheese dressing, a turkey burger with a lettuce bun, or turkey tacos or meatballs and a side salad.
Snacks: Caramel rice cakes with PB2 chocolate and a banana sliced on top, string cheese, or a banana with PB2 chocolate.
Dinner: Right now I'm not eating a traditional dinner, as I'm trying intermittent fasting.
Age is just a number 😄 I feel better than I ever have 😊 Thanks @ww for helping me find a happy, healthy balance 😄 I have lost over 50+ pounds (-60+ total) P.S. Yes I ate the cake (WW is not a diet) 😘 My Birthday was June 7th 😃🎉 . . My exercise routine is...Casting (Fishing), Walking and working on my house (just finished insulating, sheet rocking and mudding my basement 💪) . More of my journey is on Connect 👉 brittany77w 💞 . 🔷HW 197 🔶 SW 185 🔷 GW 135 🔶 CW (134-135) Happiness 😄💁 HEIGHT 5'5" 💜 MOTHER OF 2 ✌ JOINED WW 4/11/15 🎉 GOAL 9/24/16 🎉🔑LIFETIME 11/5/16🔑 *People following the WW plan can expect to lose 1-2 lbs/per wk. I lost weight on SmartPoints and a prior WW program and WW Freestyle*
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When I began my weight-loss journey, I also bought Jillian Michaels' workout DVD set Body Revolution. I modified almost every move, but I was so proud that I tried and did what I could. I kept up with Jillian's workout DVDs for over two years. After that, I needed a change, so I created workout routines for myself.
Right now, I stay active but don't have a carefully crafted workout routine. I jump on the trampoline with my kids, go to the park, and do housework and home improvement projects. I recently got a lot of activity in because we did a ton of home renovations that required lots of steps and heavy lifting. I also go for walks and go fishing as much as I can (it's a great arm workout!). It's all about finding what works for you and weaving activity into your day via the hobbies you love.
My journey was not perfect. I almost quit WW after I lost 20 pounds, but I used the following mental trick to push onward.
After losing 20, I wasn't losing weight anymore. And I tried to convince myself that it wasn't my fault; the program just didn't work for me anymore, I told myself. The truth? I had just gotten lazy about tracking, measuring, and eating healthy in general. I had accepted where I was and decided I could just settle there. It seemed too hard to keep going.
But thankfully I had my "aha" moment right as I was going to cancel my WW account. I asked myself another question: "Will quitting make you happy?" The answer was easy: No. I made a promise to myself that I would commit to WW as a lifestyle—not a quick fix.
I have been on my Health/Weight loss/Fitness journey for 4+ years 😊 . . 🔷 I lost -1.6 pounds my first week on @WW . 🔶 -10 pounds my first month . . . . 🔷 -33 pounds my first year . . 🔶 -20 pounds my second year . . 🔷 I almost quit once...but instead I made a promise to myself that I would never quit . . 🔶 My first goal was to lose 40 pounds total...when I reached that goal I decided I wanted to become a WW lifetime member and set my goal to lose 50 pounds total . . 🔷 I have maintained my weight loss for 2 and a half years 🎉 . . . 🔶 I learned that a number on a scale does not define who I am and that it should never control my happiness . . 🔷️ I choose happiness and positivity . . . . 🔶️ I always try my best . . . . 🔷️ I have found what works for me...it's all about balance . . 🔶️ I go over my points... And I don't track every single day...but every day I am a WW . . . 🔷️ I realized that you have to Enjoy the journey...which means embracing where you are in the moment...The journey is never over 💕 . . 🔶 I am not perfect... I struggle (I'm currently 1-2 pounds below my goal weight...at one time I was -8 pounds below my goal weight) . . . 🔷 I am proud of myself Every Day . . . 🔶 I believe in myself and my dreams . 🔷️ My weight right now is "Happiness"...I don't weigh myself every day...When I was at my lowest weight I stepped on the scale EVERY DAY . 🔶️ This journey is not just about losing weight... It's about LIVING life, being healthy and active...It's NOT ABOUT A NUMBER ON THE SCALE 💞 More of my journey is on Connect 👉 brittany77w 💞 . 🔷HW 197 🔶 SW 185 🔷 GW 135 🔶 CW (133?) Happiness 😄💁 HEIGHT 5'5" 💜 MOTHER OF 2 ✌ JOINED WW 4/11/15 🎉 GOAL 9/24/16 🎉🔑LIFETIME 11/5/16🔑 *People following the WW plan can expect to lose 1-2 lbs/per wk. I lost weight on SmartPoints and a prior WW program and WW Freestyle*
A post shared by 🌟 Brittany 🌟 WW Ambassador (@brittanyslifeinpieces) on May 23, 2019 at 11:01am PDT
It took me almost two years to lose 60+ pounds, and I'm totally happy with that.
I lost 1.6 pounds in my first week, 10 pounds in my first month, 33 pounds in my first year, and 20 pounds in my second year. My blood pressure is normal, my BMI is normal. I am living a healthy, active lifestyle. I fit into the clothes I wore before having babies. That didn't happen without some challenges (yes, gains!) in between, but that's okay, because I'm human.
I have been on my Weight Loss/Health Journey for 1,318 days...that's 3 years and 7 months 📅 I lost 1.6 pounds my first week ⬇️ 10 pounds my first month...33 pounds my first year...20 pounds my second year 😊 I gained weight 17 weeks ...I stayed the same weight 3 weeks...I lost less than a pound 33 weeks (from when I joined to lifetime) Now that I am Lifetime I have basically been gaining and losing the same 5 pounds for 2 years!! I have gone over my Lifetime weight...I currently am +1.2 pounds above my Lifetime Goal weight (according to my scale at home) But more importantly I no longer have high blood pressure and I'm the Active Mom I always wanted to be ❤ No journey is perfect 😘 Our struggles make us stronger 👊 We are always evolving and growing 💗 I will be a @ww for the rest of my life because this is what works for me ❤ . Trust the journey... BELIEVE IN YOURSELF... NEVER QUIT...You WILL SUCCEED 😘 . . More of my journey is on Connect 👉 brittany77w . . 🔷HW 197 🔶 SW 185 🔷 GW 135 🔶 CW 136.2 💁 HEIGHT 5'5" ❤ MOTHER OF 2 ✌ JOINED WW 4/11/15 🎉 GOAL 9/24/16 🎉 🔑LIFETIME 11/5/16🔑 . . . *People following the WW plan can expect to lose 1-2 lbs/per wk. I lost weight on SmartPoints, a prior WW program and WW Freestyle*
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I have been a WW member for over four years, and I will be for life. Slow-and-steady weight loss was necessary for me to make it a long-term thing. I was never able to successfully maintain my weight loss—until now. WW worked for me because it's *not* a diet. You can have what you love and still lose weight or maintain your weight loss.
This journey takes time, strength, perseverance, and patience. You will skip workouts and eat junk food instead. Your weight will fluctuate up and down. You will go over your points. But thanks to WW, I now have the tools to succeed, and I feel confident and empowered to live my life in a healthy way.
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