Happy Anniversary

Happy AnniversaryIt is hard for me to believe, but this week marks the three-year anniversary of starting my weight loss journey.  In some ways it feels like it has only been a few months and in other ways it seems like a lifetime ago.  When I look at all that has happened in my life in those three short years, it’s actually pretty incredible and it makes me extremely happy and proud to look at how far I have come.

I walked into Weight Watchers on September 23, 2011 feeling like I was at the end of my rope (physically and emotionally) and knowing that I needed to make some drastic changes in my life.  I had just been laid off from my job due to business being too slow, I had started back to college the month before that, my divorce had been final for one year, and I knew I wanted more out of life than what I could achieve at my weight and in my poor state of health.  Although it was somewhat overwhelming to step on the scale and be faced with the cold hard fact of weighing 370 lbs., I also felt an incredible sense of determination that I was going to lose the weight and I was going to create the life I wanted for myself.  As I have told you before, I joined Weight Watchers 6 months to the day after my Mom passed away and though I didn’t plan it that way, I also feel like it was not mere coincidence that it worked out that way.  I felt like my Mom was there with me that day and in that second that I looked at the number on the scale and started to feel overwhelmed, she whispered in my ear, “You can do this!”  Anyone who knew my Mom knows that she was a tough cookie and she didn’t believe in backing down from a challenge and I knew when I was standing there on that scale that if she had been alive that day, she would have been telling me to believe in myself and to face the challenge head on.  So that is exactly what I did.  I followed the Weight Watchers program to the letter and little by little, the weight began to come off.

Kassie at 370 lbs

Kassie at 370 lbs

Kassie October 2013 160.4 lbs GONE!!!

Kassie October 2013
160.4 lbs GONE!!!

 

With my Dad’s incredible support and encouragement, I was able to focus 100% of my attention on school and weight loss.  I had completed three years of college right out of high school but foolishly had quit before graduating. Now I had a second chance to complete my degree and I was not going to waste the opportunity.

I am proud to say that in the last three years I have graduated from college magna cum laude, met a wonderful man whom I love very much, completed personal trainer and health coach training, started a new job, and to date, I have lost 166 lbs.  On this anniversary week of starting my weight loss journey, even though I am not at my goal weight yet, I feel like I have a lot of accomplishments to celebrate and looking back on all of those accomplishments lets me know that getting to my goal weight is well within my abilities.

My Weight Watchers leader Beth always encourages us to focus on what we are doing right and to celebrate our non-scale victories just as much, if not more than our scale related success.  She reminds us that if you focus too much on “the number” you will lose sight of all of the great accomplishments and it will make it that much harder to reach your goal.  I am thankful for her leadership and I always hang on to this nugget of advice.  As much as I had hoped I would be “done” by now, I am so thankful for all that I have accomplished and thankful that I have been able to maintain my current weight without fluctuating more than 5 lbs.  I know the rest of the weight WILL come off and I the days that I’m feeling doubtful, I just listen to my Mom whispering in my ear and reminding me, “You can do this!”

Carve Your Blessings in Stone

Comments

  1. You’ve done so great! And you’re continuing to do great! I didn’t realize we started around the same time. My start date is three years ago next week! (This is Jenn from the Friday 8:30 meeting, btw. 🙂

  2. Happy Anniversary! I love that you recognize & celebrate the NSV in addition to your phenomenal weight loss. Your attitude is wonderful and your goal attainable. Great job!

  3. I am a relative newcomer on your journey. I am so happy I found your blog. You are a true and real life inspiration for scores of followers.

  4. Kassie, I am so proud of you. I have no doubt that you will reach your goal.

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