I know this featured post by my health fellow blogger, Matthew goes somehow against the “season’s cheerful spirit” but I thought it actually appropriate as we are heading full-on towards a season of culinary indulgence and weight gain. Just something to keep our heads clear of the commercially induced cheer and give us hope for the post-season blues.
“I am Sheeva A., a Georgetown University and MIT graduate and freelance writer. In 2009, I lost 50 pounds on Weight Watchers. It wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t quick, but it was worth it.
I began Weight Watchers in 2004, after gaining 40 pounds in college. I had decided to make a change in my career plans by changing my major, and in the midst of the chaos I found myself not getting enough sleep and relying on food as a source of comfort rather than fuel. A normal meal for me included a whole box of mac and cheese, most of a jar of nutella, and a few pieces of a block of cheese. I would frequently buy an entire pizza and eat it all by myself. While I had exercised off and on throughout college, I no longer had time.
After a semester of what could only be described as uncontrollable binge eating, I could not fit into my clothes anymore. I wore only big t-shirts, a large hoodie and a pair of polyester pants. Every day I looked and felt bloated. I had become addicted to caffeine and sugar. My self-confidence was waning. I went to the doctor and my blood work came back on the unhealthy side. The doctor suggested I lose weight.
I decided to try Weight Watchers because it was more than just a diet. I had tried tons of diets—and none of them had worked. I realize now that this is because the diets I had chosen had no instructions on how to live—simply what to eat. However, a lifestyle change was what I needed, rather than a list of foods to avoid. I needed to learn to manage my stress levels through exercise rather than snack cakes, and simply to stop using food as a crutch.
I began Weight Watchers my junior year of college. I lost 10 pounds that year and continued to work towards my weight loss goal as I transitioned to my first “real” job and then to graduate school. Five years later, I reached my goal weight with a total loss of 50 pounds.
Today, I’ve maintained that loss for over four years and have developed interests and hobbies that I never thought I would—I recently ran a marathon! Weight watchers has completely changed the way I think about food—and for that I am extremely grateful.
If you decide to get started on Weight Watchers, take advantage of an ongoing promotion for 25% off their Monthly Pass. The Monthly Pass provides unlimited access to meetings as well as online tools. Find out more about the discount on www.weightlosstriumph.com. Grab this great deal now and get started on your weight loss goals before the New Year rolls around. You’ll be thankful you did!
You don’t have to be like me and wait until you can no longer wear any of the clothes in your closet to get healthy. Get started early and reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Weight Watchers makes losing weight easier than ever. Members have access to meetings in which they learn tools and strategies to change their relationship with food, and an online-only version of the plan is also available.
One thing I like about Weight Watchers is that their plan has been proven over and over in clinical studies. One such study published earlier this year had 292 people follow either Weight Watchers (meetings and online applications) or a self help program with informational material. Participants in the Weight Watchers group were significantly more likely to achieve 10% weight reduction.
If you are looking for an inspiring story of a woman who lost weight on Weight Watchers read Molly’s story.”