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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Congratulations Megan! As we all do, Megan struggled back and forth until finding her reason to take care of herself. Megan lost 62 pounds and received her lifetime membership. She shares her experience below...
I always struggled with my weight, but for the most part I was where I needed to be according to the scale. The reality was, I didn't know how much to eat or what to eat in a day. That showed more after going away to college. After my junior year in college my mom suggested I try Weight Watchers. That was when I was 20. I started attending and loved it! I lost weight and got close to goal, but never made it there. I mostly hovered close by goal. Over my last year at school I could not get the rest of the weight off and struggled to keep it off. Shortly after I discovered my thyroid was off. I treated it and lost weight, but mostly just hovered a little above goal again. The problem was I still was not fully committed and was in the "all or nothing" mindset. After my first baby I put on a lot of weight. My bad eating habits really showed up and were there to stay until after my second baby was born. I remember thinking "there is no way that I am going to be this heavy or heavier, I need to do something about this." So after a three year sabbatical from WW I came back and again lost most of the weight, but still just hovered about 15 lbs above goal. Then I had my third baby and ran into a few issues. My thyroid medicine was having manufacturing difficulties and was hard to get. I switched medicine and stayed on that for about a year. What a frustrating year! I couldn't lose anything, no matter how hard I tried. I felt and looked awful. I had a lot of other symptoms that are usually a direct result of an off thyroid, but there wasn't much I could do. I finally switched medications again to a compounded dose and then the weight started to come off. I lost about 20 to 25 lbs, and then again just hovered. I thought I looked much better than I actually did. My ultimate goal of looking better was not good enough to actually get the rest of the weight off (at least for me).
Then came the real change of heart that will always stick with me, and this is my anchor. One of my kids was struggling and had been for a significant amount of time. It seemed I had a teenager and he was only 6. We were always battling, it didn't matter what it was, it was going to be a battle. There was one particular meltdown last February that had me in tears, well I was sobbing almost all day because I truly didn't know how to deal with this. That night as I went to bed I thought about how awful I felt because I hadn't eaten very well. The thought occured to me that this problem was not going away. But I did have control over helping myself feel the best I could. Then I could be in the best frame of mind when dealing with the behaviors I was dealing with. It wouldn't make me a more patient person, however it has helped me be patient for longer periods of time. I also noticed I think more clearly and come up with better solutions when I am dealing with this child. I needed to be in control of my body and feel the best I could so I could help my child deal with his issues. It was the very next day I kicked it into gear. I tracked and have tracked daily since (with the exception of a few days - that I still wrote things down even if I didn't know the points). The weight came off, there were weeks where I didn't lose as much as I would have thought, but I no longer was discouraged. My real goal was to feel the best I could all the time. The weight coming off was an added benefit. Since then I have seen an extreme amount of blessings because of my choosing to feel good and be healthy. I have had a clearer mind to recognize the signs not just from my son struggling, but also signs from my other kids. They are the most important priority of all. An added benefit is my kids are learning good habits for having a healthy lifestyle. I love to exercise (WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT!), other things in my life have really fallen into place and no guilt!