At least twice, and perhaps three times or more, I have submitted my “success story” to Weight Watchers – in answer to some contest or magazine feature that they were doing.
But, I never (ever) received a response from them – not even a “thanks for submitting and congratulations on your weight loss” note saying that they were passing on my submission.
In any event, for the record, below is my “story” – which I share now with the hope that it helps someone in some way…as was the reason why I offered it to Weight Watchers in the past.
I was somewhat active until I was 30-years old. From 17 to 28, I went to the gym on a semi-regular basis and played sports often. But, my diet was terrible.
Seriously, if I told you what I used to eat, and how much of it, you’d probably start screaming and would run away from your computer – very quickly.
In any event, luckily, being younger, I never got to the point that I was overweight.
That all changed in my 30′s. I got married, stopped going to the gym, stopped playing sports, moving around on the weekends, etc. Pretty much, I was a couch potato. That said, with my terrible diet, lack of exercise, and getting older, I gained more than a few pounds every year until I was 40-years old. By then, I was a whopping 242 pounds (at 5′ 10′).
In 2003, between my 40th and 41st birthday, I started a “boot camp” exercise program. After 19 weeks with the boot camp, I lost 70 pounds. But, I also starved myself to some extent as well. Because of that stupid move, once I was done with the boot camp program, I started eating poorly again, and gained back 60 of the 70 pounds that I lost (within a year). There was just no way that I could starve myself and/or workout 90 minutes a day, seven days a week, for the rest of my life.
After a couple of years of trying to get back into it, and failing to sustain anything, I joined Weight Watchers (when I was 43 1/2) in June of 2006. For the first time in my life, I learned about making smart food choices, exercising portion control, and tracking my food intake. Within 7 months, I lost the 60 pounds that I gained back plus another 5 pounds to boot. This put me 75 pounds lighter than I was when I allowed myself to balloon up to 242 pounds.
I reached my goal weight through Weight Watchers in January 2007 and I have maintained my “lifetime status” since that time.
Having learned how to eat properly, and keep off the weight, I wanted to improve on what I was doing – meaning exercising more and making even better (or more natural) food choices. After all, there’s always room for improvement.
In October of 2010, I joined a gym and began that effort to exercise more. In January of 2011, at the age of 48, after having never “run” in my entire life, I started running using the “Couch to 5K” program.
I ran my first race ever the day after my 49th birthday in November 2011. For that 5K, overall, I finished 91st out of 317. And, for my age group in the men running, 40-49, I finished 14th out of 31.
Since I started weight lifting and running, I’ve gained 5 pounds (give or take) from that 65 pounds (which was my “loss” mark back in January 2007). However, most of that has been muscle gain – as I do have my body fat percentage tested each year and I am consistently around 13%. And, I have never lost my lifetime status at Weight Watchers over the last 5 years (since first making it).