I’m a thirty-something on a journey to transform my life through healthy living. I grew up primarily in the South enjoying all that goes with that – – biscuits and gravy and fried EVERYTHING. I now live in one of the fittest states in the country – Colorado – and am doing my part to help us keep that title.
My Weight Loss Journey
My journey is that of someone who has struggled with weight since I was a teenager. The ups and downs. The full body transformations. This isn’t my first try at this, but I’m hopeful it’s my last.
I’ve joined Weight Watchers more times than I care to admit. I’ve always had good intentions about how I was going to lose the extra weight I was carrying around, but my execution of said intentions was terrible. I weighed my least in 1999 when I graduated college at a mere 144 lbs (after a VERY successful round of WW), and my highest was October 2010 when I weighed in at a whopping 256 lbs.
How does a young girl gain that kind of weight? I’ve read a lot about emotional eating to know that I gravitate to this indulgent world. Over time, those habits got the best of me. From eating out at restaurants nightly on business travel to fast food to too many slices of cake, I ballooned up over time. I’m only 5’5″, so 256 is well beyond any appropriate weight for my height and launches me significantly into the “obese” sector.
In October 2010, I took a picture with friends that shocked me. They say a picture speaks a thousand words; this one screamed at me that enough was enough.
Even though I’d had success on Weight Watchers in the past, I knew I needed something different this time around. I joined Jenny Craig on November 1, 2010 and was absolutely determined to lose the weight. Jenny offered me portion control and a very specific plan, which was perfect for someone like me who had spun so incredibly far out of control. I didn’t have a bank of points to eat from where I got to make a lot of choices. I had VERY specific foods that would bring me success… and they did!
Unlike the majority of Jenny clients, I only ate about 50% Jenny Craig food. Working in sales, I was traveling about 75% of the time. This travel schedule puts me on the road, in different hotels on most nights, and often far from a freezer or microwave.
Now that I have a new job and don’t travel as much, I love to try new healthy recipes to keep me engaged in the process. Eating the same foods all of the time bores me quickly, so I often try low-fat, low-calorie recipes I find on the web or in cookbooks I pick up locally. I feature a lot of the recipes I try on this blog, so be sure to try the ones I post. I only post the ones I LOVE, of course.