Those pants fit me last summer. I don’t think I’d realized just how far I’ve come until I looked through pictures today.
I reached Lifetime status with Weight Watchers this week. I feel like I could still stand to lose a few (don’t we all?), but I’m proud of my accomplishment and I feel great.
Here are my stats:
Weight: 180 to 136
BMI: 28.2 to 21.1
Size: 14 to 6
Percent weight loss: 21.4%
My advice for anyone on Weight Watchers is to do everything the plan tells you to do. Follow every rule. My weight loss didn’t happen until I stopped resisting the plan, and started embracing it. WW is a solid program that really works.
Here I am in 2011 and 2012, in the same pair of pants. I truly don’t remember looking like that last year. Posting anything about weight loss makes me feel both pride and shame. I’m pleased with the results of my hard work, but I’m embarrassed that I ever got that big in the first place. I know that tons of people out there can relate, though. If I can inspire anyone to improve their own health by sharing my photos, I will.
Summer 2011: 170 pounds
I started Weight Watchers when Danny was a few weeks old, and I lost 10 pounds in a couple months. Then sleep deprivation and post-partum difficulties took over, and I quit WW.
In January 2012, I started Weight Watchers again, and decided that this time I would follow the program diligently. I lost 18 pounds the first two months. I started running in February, and ran this 5K in March. The weight continued to come off at a rate of 1.5-2 pounds a week. (Race photo courtesy of Potomac River Running)
I’ve continued running regularly since then. I’ve done another 5K and two 4-milers. I’m registered for the Army 10-miler this fall. I also walk a few miles every day.
I have more energy.
I’ve become a morning person.
I eat tons of fresh produce.
I sleep better.
Vegetables are my favorite part of dinner.
Walking is my favorite form of transportation.
I exercise because I enjoy it.
I have lost the post-partum depression.
I feel strong.
I’m a healthy role model for my son.
I am proud of myself.
If I can do it, you can, too!
Hi, I’m Charlotte! I’m a photographer in Reston, Virginia. I love hiking, running, and exploring the world with my husband and young son.