Six years ago today, I walked through the doors of weight watchers and changed my life forever. I had just finished my sophomore year of college and was seriously unhappy with how I looked and felt in my clothes (gosh doesn't sound too different from now). My mom was overweight too, so we went together. I can still remember how shocked I was to see my starting weight : 197.2lb. I had only weighed 183 the last time I'd weighed myself only 6 weeks before, so I wasn't expecting a number so close to 200lb.
That first summer, away from college food and classes, helped to spark my weight loss. My mom and I were so very serious about our new lifestyle and that first summer, that I lost 25.6lb, which was 13% of my starting weight.
There have been a lot of ups and downs since that first day in May 2006. In that span of six years, I met Andy, graduated college and grad school, got married, had Brady, became a lifetime member, and finally moved to Germany. We've gone through our fair share of program changes as well. I've gotten as high as 215lb (the day before Brady was born) and gotten down as low as 148.2lb (right before this last Christmas). I've had periods of gaining where I've had to take the weight off over again, and other times where I've been stuck in a maintain for six months or more. Right now, I'm in a difficult position of gaining weight, but I know as soon as I get home and have more control, I'll take it back off again, just like I've always done in the past. No matter what has happened, up or down, I don't regret walking into that meeting room and changing my life for the better!
Here's how I've weighed-in at the anniversary point each year, since I started.
May 2, 2006 : 197.2 lb
May 2, 2007 : 165.2 lb (down 32lb from previous year)
May 2, 2008 : 172.4 lb (up 7.2lb from previous year)
May 2, 2009 : 164.2 lb (down 8.2lb from previous year)
May 2, 2010 : 187.0 lb (up 22.8lb from previous year)
May 2, 2011 : 168.6lb (down 18.4lb from previous year)
May 2, 2012 : 164.4lb (down 4.2lb from previous year)
Overall, in exactly six years, I've netted a loss of 32.8lb. Even though I'm in an upswing, I'm nowhere near where I started on day 1 and I'll be happy to never see that starting number ever again! Thanks weight watchers!