Sheryl lost weight on a prior Weight Watchers program and is continuing with PointsPlus.
“ I actually feel great when I wake up in the morning physically because of my fitness level and from having the weight off. But I also feel great mentally. I just love the person I’ve become. ”
*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
As an on-and-off member since 1989, Sheryl knew Weight Watchers could work, but never made it a permanent part of her life. When she turned 35 she made the decision once and for all to follow the Plan and commit for good.
I’d been a member of Weight Watchers meetings many times and had seen some success. But the most recent time I joined was right after my 35th birthday, when I realized I was once again over the 200 pound mark. It was a milestone birthday for me and I just didn’t want to live like that anymore. I’d lost enough of my youth and my life and I didn’t want to enter my 40s that way. I finally said "enough is enough."
The hardest part was accepting that I had to start all over again—admitting that once again, my weight was out of control and that I needed help. For me, facing the facts was harder than the process itself. I acknowledged the problem, the embarrassment and the anger I felt towards myself for letting my weight get so high again.
I just thought to myself, “Pick yourself up and start over right now. Because what’s the alternative if you don’t? By putting it off, you’re only going to lose more time and potentially make the situation worse. Where will you be a year from today if you don’t start now?”
Fitting in fitness
In 2006, I wasn’t an active person. But when I got back on track with Weight Watchers, I joined a gym and started out very, very slowly. I was still hovering around 200 pounds so I was limited in what I could do. I began with just a few minutes on the cardio and weight machines. After six months of that I branched out and included a jump rope class. Six months after that I tried pilates. I gradually built up my workout routines to include biking around New York City. By 2009 I was ready for my first bike tour, the NYC five Boro—42 miles! It was freezing and it rained all day, but I did it. At the time, it was the proudest moment and most significant accomplishment of my life.
After that I started doing stair workouts and built up to 40 flights, then 120. I recently climbed both the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. I’ve also become a runner and am currently training for the 2012 NYC Marathon!
Blogging to stay motivated
I’ve been documenting my journey online for the past five years. What started off as a fun way to share my progress with friends has somehow turned into a blog that’s read by thousands of people daily, mostly strangers—many of whom have written to me to tell me what an inspiration I am to them. That was something I never envisioned when I started. It’s helped me stay on track because I don’t only feel like I’m accountable to myself, but I feel like I’m accountable to all these people who are out there following me. I don’t want to let them down.
I also stay motivated by reminding myself that this is for life. And with every good decision I make, every little goal I achieve, I can do more and achieve more. I’ve been motivated by my own success and by my own mortality. I don’t want to go back to the life I had before because I feel so great now.
I don’t have any pictures of me at my heaviest weight because I was just so depressed and so upset with how I felt in my own body that I wouldn’t even let anyone take a picture of me. I barely ever left my apartment except to go to work. I was just miserable all the time. In one way I wish I did have a picture so I can see how far I’ve come.
The new me
My favorite part about the new me is I’m actually truly happy for the first time in my life. I actually feel great when I wake up in the morning physically because of the fitness level and from having the weight off. But I also feel great mentally. I just love the person I’ve become. I can look at pictures of myself now and see a truly happier individual. Whereas I can look at pictures from when I was heavier and I can see the pain and sadness. I just love my new life.
- Make Weight Watchers a permanent part of your life. If you never stop, you’ll never have to start again—and that’s the hardest part.
- Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Everyone’s body is different. None of us lose in the same way or at the same rate, so don’t judge your progress by someone else’s.
- I know this is hard to grasp, but don’t obsess about the number on the scale. It doesn’t always reflect the behaviors of the week that led up to it.
- Patience, persistence and perseverance will lead to progress—perfection won’t. Don’t try to be perfect because it’s unrealistic to think that you can be.
- Just start! It’s not going to get any better or easier the longer you put it off. Don’t waste any more time. Your awesome new life is waiting for you!