I am so fortunate to be surrounded my A LOT of love. If I really break it down, love is the number one reason for my weight loss success.
My husband is my number one supporter.
He loves me unconditionally. I joke with him, that he is the reason that I got so fat, because he would love no matter what I looked like. It’s true too, he looked at me the same way 112lbs ago, as he does today. There is something comforting about knowing that no matter what happens, there will be someone standing next to you- sometimes holding you up, if you cannot stand yourself. I’m sorry, it’s Valentine’s Day, and I have to get a little gushy!
When I joined Weight Watchers, I joined by myself. At the time, my husband, Dan, had just graduated college and was only working part time- looking for a full time job. Since he had more free time than I did, he did a lot to set me up to be successful. He would cook dinner every night, making Weight Watchers friendly recipes for me, would menu plan and do the grocery shopping. He had not joined weight watchers yet, but just by eating the meals he made for me and not keeping junk food in the house, he lost 15 lbs. I encouraged him to join Weight Watchers with me, and he did. He later told me that he never really wanted to join, but he did it for me. Him joining with me has made all the difference. He goes to meetings with me, we can talk about our struggles, our joys and I really feel like I have a partner on this journey. He is even making my dreams of becoming a Weight Watchers Power Couple come true. Together we have lost 187 lbs.
In one of my meetings, I was sharing about how Dan cooked dinner most nights. The next person who shared said, “Well, I don’t have a Dan, so this is what I do….” I know, not everyone is lucky enough to have a Dan, but love and support can come in many forms.
My Weight Watchers Family
As, I said, when I first joined Weight Watchers, I joined by myself. My first few meetings, I was completely silent. I soon found that the love and support in that room was incredible. Everyone in my meeting genuinely wanted each of us to be successful and would encourage and inspire all the people in the room. I soon, got up the courage to share and now they can’t get me to shut up! At my meeting last week, someone said that something I shared a few weeks ago had inspired them to be successful while they were out of town. When she said that, my heart was so full, I thought it might explode. I am overjoyed, that I am able to give some inspiration back to all those who have encouraged and inspired me! The people in that room were strangers just a few months ago, but now are pillar of strength for me!
Family and Friends
My family and friends are another source of love that has helped me thrive. I sometimes take for granted the wonderful childhood that I had. I make the assumption that everyone had the joyful, carefree household that I had. Now that I am an adult, I see that not everyone was that fortunate, and my parents made a lot of sacrifices to make my life what it is today. My family’s love has made all the difference on this journey.
Can I also say, I have the best friends. My friendship philosophy is quality over quantity. I have a few, close friends, but man are they the awesome. I can share anything with them, and I do. Every gory detail of my weight loss journey. The tears, the joys, the non-scale victories. When I got on a plane a few months ago and didn’t have to ask for a seat belt extender, I barely got the seat belt buckled before I sent a group text. My victories are their victories!
Nothing Beats Dog Love!
Love can take all forms. In my house the biggest source of love comes in the form of a golden retriever. Ella is my love guru, I only hope one day to love as fully and completely as that dog does. All of my animals show me love and affection, but Ella is a concentrated ball comprised of nothing but fur and love. You know that scene from Anchorman where Brick yells, “I love lamp!”? Well, Ella really does love lamp! She loves everything. My doggies, don’t care about what I look like, they love me no matter what. I must say, that they do give me motivation to exercise, because they LOVE going on walks. I lost my first 80 lbs., doing no exercise other than walking my dogs 30 min a day. Now whenever I put my gym shoes on, the dogs start going crazy, assuming that every time I put on those shoes it must mean we are going on a W-A-L-K. I would never want to disappoint them, so I rarely miss a day taking them on a walk.
This last one is the most important, but also the hardest: Self Love. A big part of this journey is combating the negative thoughts that fly through your head. Being overweight, I would spend a lot of time looking in the mirror hating what I saw. I was embarrassed. How could I let it get this bad? I am still not where I want to be, but I don’t want to wait until I reach a certain number on the scale to accept myself. I have to love myself at every stage of this journey, or I will never make it. Loving and forgiving yourself is so important. You can have all the love and support in the world, but if you don’t love yourself nothing will happen. This has been hard for me. My brain has been programmed for years to zero in on my flaws and obsess over them. I have to be intentional every day to think positive thoughts about myself. Every morning, in my planner, I write 3 things I am grateful for and 3 things that I love about myself. It helps set my day off right! So love yourself, because you’re worth it!
Many have been searching for centuries, but I have found it! The secret to weight loss: LOVE! So go forth and love- your waist will thank you for it!
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