Minor Changes

Around 11 weeks ago I joined the Weight Watchers group at work. They very kindly agreed to move the meetings to my building so I really didn't have any excuse not to join. So far I've lost almost 15 pounds. It's not a major change yet but a series of minor changes which I hope will add up to real lifestyle changes over time.

I've lost over 50 pounds multiple times in my life but they always seem to find their way back to me with some friends. This is the first time I've ever really attempted to lose while I've been on my antidepressants. The cycle has always been that I go on my medication and gain a bunch of weight since for some reason the medication that helps me the most seems to disrupt my will power. Eventually I go off my meds, lose the weight, end up in a major depression, go back on the meds and gain it all back and then some. This is clearly no way to live. I'm hoping that the slow weight loss and subtle changes in my eating habits will work this time.

The thing is I know how to lose weight and I certainly know how to gain it but I've never conquered the keeping it off. My Mom recently told me that people like us can just never turn it off. We always have to be on guard. I know I will slip up but I just need to be able to catch myself more quickly and get back on track without going all Elvis as Mike has referred to my bad periods.
I think you can see the difference already in my face. The top picture was taken this weekend. Compared to this picture which was taken in March it's pretty dramatic. At the time I thought it was an OK picture but now I'm pretty shocked at how round my face was. This was during the bad days of not being able to walk. Mike was showing his mean teacher face.

I will keep you updated on my progress. I obviously have a long way to go but I'm trying to focus on the good changes that I've seen already. Besides being able to see a difference in my face, my pants are fitting much better and once I lose another 10 pounds I will easily have gone down a pant size. Since I have pants in at least 4 different sizes I will luckily not have to make a big investment in new clothes for awhile.


Ann said...

Way to go Paige! It's so rewarding when you can see and feel the difference. Keep up the good work, you're looking great

Allison said...

Yes, you do look a lot better. I loved going to Weight Watchers and losing the weight, but like you it's always returned. I have PCOS, so it's not really much of a surprise that without it being controlled the weight comes back. I'm hoping to and planning to start walking each day between when the kids get on the bus so I can start losing the weight again, but we'll see how my will power goes...I'm not going to start going to WW or get on the plan here at home right away, I'll see if I can do the one minor change of taking the daily walk and then go from there.

Funny---I kinda thought from the look on Mike's face that the second picture was the newer one because my husband always says when I go on a diet he goes on a diet---he's much taller and slimmer, so that means less food for him, which means he could get grumpier. But the real second picture does look good. I can't totally tell, because you're kinda hiding behind his shoulder :-D

Keith said...

Good luck with the weight loss:) I got a little suggestion for you; try getting some nick-knack to put in front of you all the time to remind you to stick at it, like a doll or toy or something, anything you like, to 'watch' you ! Sounds a bit silly but a permanent visual reminder to stay on track can be a good thing :-)
My cousin struggles with his weight also, and I know from him it's the mind that will win or lose that fight, not the body :-)

Karen said...

I can see it in your face already! Good luck and best wishes with this. I hope you can stick with it. I am getting inspired by you.

Duni said...

That's a very pretty picture of you both at the top and yes, I can see your face has slimmed down. Love your glasses - next time around I'll probably go for this style too :)

Best of luck with your weight loss regimen!!!

Chokingonstatic Design said...

Keep up the good work! :)

Ruth said...

Awesome! I'm trying too, I've cut out bread products and most starchy stuff (call it a modified Atkins but I'm not keeping track of my carb level and being less restrictive what kind of veggies I'm eating). I'm also doing a vegan day once a week, there's an article on About.com called Terri's Low Carb Vegan that has a meal plan I use for those days. I've lost 10 or 15 pounds in the last few weeks myself. I've tried WW before myself, lost some weight but then it came back and brought some friends. My problem is keeping up my water intake, I'm sure I'd have lost even more by now if I'd been drinking more. Keep up the great work!

Anna said...

I'm so happy for you Paige! It's the little changes that add up to make a life change! Keep up the great work and remember, a slip up isn't the end, just shake it off and keep on going! Good luck!

Raige Creations said...

Congrats!! Great job and keep up the good work.


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