Today is the last day that we walk a mile in my shoes. When I started this journey of weight-loss and inspiration I was ready to take on the world wearing a kick ass pair of heels. Many of you read my blogs from week-to-week hearing about my struggles, life challenges, hopes, dreams, fears and goals. Each blog I would select a shoe that inspired me and paired it with my theme of the week. Since this is the last blog entry that I will write, I open my closet doors for you to select which pair you want to wear.
Weight Watchers was the platform of my weight-loss journey. I have had great success with this program losing the size of a small child ~ 70 pounds. I felt empowered, determined, successful, healthy, energetic, and just overall happy with myself. Over the summer I struggled with my loyalty towards the program. After documenting and figuring out the point value for everything that I ate for one year and three months, I hit a major plateau and quite WW. I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing I did ~ what the hell is she thinking!?!?!?! Yes, I know I am crazy!
Before you judge me, you have to hear me out. I love everything that the program stands for: inspiration, positive thinking, planning, healthy coaching, accountability, team work, e-tools, portion control, promoting a healthy lifestyle – not just a quick fix. I can go on all day long about how beneficial it is to be a part of the WW team, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t miss the meetings and my leader like crazy! However, in order to be on the Weight Watchers road to success you must follow the plan and that is where I lack. Hi, my name is Kristina and I am a food-a-holic and a failure at the Weight Watchers program…three times over.
Since I have broken up with Weight Watchers I have gained a lot of my weight back. My clothes are tight, my thighs are ginormous and I when I look in the mirror I see the girl that I never wanted to be again. I guess history does repeat itself and we are very much creatures of habit because I went through this same cycle in 2007 and 2009. I join, I lose a ton of weight, I feel good and beautiful, I get scared or something happens in my life and I emotional eat causing me to quite the program. Or I plateau and just can’t follow the plan anymore thus causing me to quite. I can literally sit here and point out all of my faults and share them with you openly because I choose to not be in denial. I choose to share my story with you in hopes of helping others realize their own struggles with losing weight.
So, this is what I have learned in the past seven months of being off of the program. I love all of the food that is horrible for me. I indulge when I am feeling down or stressed about something. I still use food as a crutch when making tough decisions. I eat when I’m happy. I love making brownies just to eat the middle. I love making cupcakes because they are so darn adorable, and then I have to eat some because I don’t want them to go to waste. Greasy food is the cure all for man troubles or when it’s cold outside. And caramel is literally my best friend ever! So yeah, as you can see I can justify what I eat very easily. So as my clothes are getting tighter and the god-awful numbers on the scale are increasing, I ask myself ~ is this really the road that you want to travel down? Is all of this excessive eating really worth it? The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Indulging in anything, especially food is just selfish. Food is not meant to make us happy as I have said in previous blogs. It is not intended to make us feel good about ourselves. It is not supposed to wash away all of our worries or be used as a reward when we do something good. Food is meant to nourish us and to give us strength when we’re feeling weak. It is meant to get us through our work days as a source of energy. So why can’t we seem to eat healthy? Why did I throw all of the healthy tools that I learned at my WW meetings right out the window and resort back to my old ways? Because sometimes it’s just easy to fall back into our comfort zone.
I am never happier than when I am losing weight and inspiring others to do the same. I can sit here and eat all of the yummy foods that I want, but that is not going to make me as happy as when I am eating granola bars and Lean Cuisines. This is why I have decided to give my weight-loss experience a make-over. I want something fresh, innovative and interactive. I want to use all of the tools that I learned at WW and parlay them into my own plan of portion control, healthier options and Zumba. I close the doors to my closet of shoes with this blog as I open the doors to something more amazing and fabulous: my own Facebook page.
This page will be my WW meetings where I can connect with people who go through the same day-to-day challenges and can relate to me. I wanted to evoke what it is to be girl that is leaving her twenties behind and making a statement as she transforms into a woman turning thirty. I will still announce my weight-loss, struggles and successes with food and the scale, as well as posting inspiring quotes, before & after stories from my friends and their weight-loss journey, healthy eating tips and just anything else that I can that helps to improve the well-being of my life and others. My simple disclaimer for this Facebook page is that I am not a doctor, a physical trainer, a Weight Watchers counselor, or a nutritionist. I am just a pretty young thing that is set out to change my life and inspire others through this empowering journey. Stilettos will still be a huge part of my page as they are the symbol of a woman on a mission.
I leave you with this quote from the shoe king himself, Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite shoe designer ~ “You put high heels on and you change.” Manolo Blahnik
If you are interested in joining my Facebook page to gain inspiration or follow my journey add me: https://www.facebook.com/?sk=welcome#!/krysty.marie.92 Please share any advice that you have, success stories, challenges & remember it is a place for weight-loss inspiration & nothing else!
My closet of shoes is now open. Thanks for all of the outstanding support that my friends, family and complete strangers have given me by reading my blog. I hope you all follow me as I evolve into my own weight-loss coach and transition into my own plan of healthy eating and exercise. I am so excited!