When I was a kid, my Dad was a marathon runner and NYC was his fave. So from a pretty young age, I was aware of health, fitness, and the importance of taking care of your body. I used to "run" with my Dad sometimes. As I entered into high school, my love of health and fitness continued and I had a part-time job at our local gym. I was surrounded by people who were obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle. I used to eat all organic foods and work out 6 days per week. Yes, I admit that my body was pretty amazing. As I entered into college, I think I was the only college kid drinking protein shakes in class. I was still eating all organic and working out after class. Then something changed….I was accepted into law school and would be moving to NYC. No more home cooked meals and driving straight to the gym after work and having my gym clothes in the trunk. Now it was public transportation and long city hours.
Most people think that since you have to walk everywhere in NYC that you'll be in the best shape of your life…WRONG. Well myself that's the case for some but it certainly wasn't for me. My healthy living lifestyle started to decline in school and it went all the way down once I got my first "corporate" job. I was working extremely long hours and at the end of the day, I absolutely had no energy to work out or make my own meals. I would just pick up whatever was in the neighborhood and en route to my apartment. My staples were: pizza, Cuban food, Chinese food, sushi, and the diner. At the diner, I was eating a veggie burger with cheese, french fries, and a side of honey mustard sauce (to dip my fries). I get so excited still just by thinking about it! Hahaha. Also, something else happened…I was no longer in my 20's and even though I gained some confidence and wisdom in my 30's…my body wasn't acting the way it used to. After all my junk food and late night eating, my body slowly gaining 10 to 15 pounds. It didn't happen over night and it wasn't 100% noticeable from the start. Then I was 20 pounds heavier than I was and then you get the picture!! I have been saying for about two years now that I want to get back into the lifestyle I used to have. I do work out but my 1x to 2x per week wasn't doing it. If I want my body to look a certain way, then I have to make changes in my life to make it happen.
After many failed attempts, I decided to join Weight Watchers with my Mom. She's a lifetime member and is a huge advocate of the program. She has been wanting to lose 40 pounds for about 5 years now but she hasn't had the motivation or a partner to hold her accountable and push her. When a mother/daughter team decide to lose weight together, there's no competition. We both just want the best for one another and we want the other person to be healthy and live the longest life possible. I love my Mom and she's my best friend. I don't want her taking pills for the rest of her life. She already has a heart condition, high blood pressure, and borderline diabetic. We are doing this together for encouragement, support, and making a lifelong change as a family.
As I weighted in last week and it was a shocker. Also, truly examining what I eat on a daily basis was mind-blowing to say the least. I was consuming 47 points in just my lunch!! (FYI…Weight Watchers works on a points system. I am allowed 30 points per day and I have 35 weekly points to use just in case I go over my allotted daily points) The Weight Watchers app is also a lifesaver. I can scan all of my foods at the supermarket and it tells me how many points the product is. Let's just say I put a lot of things back on the shelf. The WW app also have a social aspect to it so you can post status updates and other members write back with messages of support. It's truly amazing.
Here are my key issues: I don't work out enough, I love my wine, and I just sugary sweets. Now I am eating more fruits and veggies and lowering my wine intake. The program is about creating a more healthy eating lifestyle so you can eat whatever you want it's just how many points are you willing to give up for that food or drink! Since wine is my downfall, I bought the WW wine glasses that have lines etched in the glass to tell you have many points you are consuming. lol. It's amazing!! There are 3 lines and you are realizing, do I really want to drink 6 points?
So for the rest of the year, I'll be sharing more of my weight loss journey with you all. I may even post some pics of before and after but right now I don't have the confidence for that. If you would love to know more about Weight Watchers, please let me know. Just as an FYI…I am only a member and I totally do not represent or work with Weight Watchers. I am also not a health or fitness professional. Just sharing thoughts and details about my own journey.
As always, thank you for reading!!