Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lessons Learned

This past weekend I spent some time looking at photos from the last few years. As I was looking through the pictures (on the computer) I began to gain some interesting perspective. I stated in my New Year's Resolutions post that I wanted to continue to lose weight on Weight Watchers.

At the time I thought I wanted to try to lose another 20 pounds, but now I'm thinking I may not need to lose that much. Here, let me take you through my train of thought...

(Warning, the following photos are pretty poor in quality and/or pretty unflattering!)

That picture of me is from 4 Easter's ago. Nick and I had gone on vacation to St. Louis and this picture was taken inside the base of the Arch. Lesson learned with this picture? I was skinny back then! I was a Weight Watchers Lifetime member (meaning I had met my "goal weight"), but I felt like I could stand to lose another 10 pounds. I never thought of myself as skinny. I was continually frustrated though by my inability to lose those 10 pounds. Perhaps it's because my body knew I didn't need to lose 10 more pounds! Crazy!

This precious photo was taken 5 or 6 months after the boys were born. Yikes. I know, I know... I'd just had triplet. Blah, blah, blah. Lessons learned here? First, wearing my husband's clothing is not at ALL flattering. Second, I've come a lot further in my weight loss than I give myself credit for!

Yep, I need to give myself more credit. I've lost approximately 34 pounds since I started back at Weight Watchers (6 weeks postpartum, but to be fair I didn't really lose weight until I stopped breastfeeding 2 months later) and 55 pounds since delivery day.

Up until this weekend I was thinking I needed to lose another 20 pounds in order to be healthy and skinny, but now after looking at pictures I'm thinking only 10 will do the trick! Here's the thing though, I need to chill out and stop stressing about how slowly the weight is coming off. I need to come to terms with the fact that I have a lot more distracting me now than I did when I first lost my weight 5 and 7 years ago (yep, there was a 9 month period in between where I fell off the wagon in a big way and gained all my weight back). Losing weight while juggling three toddlers and taking care of the family is a lot harder than it was when I was at work all day. It's a lot easier to just graze off the boys plates than to make myself a healthy lunch, which is a terrible habit to be in.

Overall Lessons Learned?

1. I look good!

2. I don't need to get down to that "magic number" I've been aiming for, for the last 7 years!

3. I'm far too hard on myself and need to learn to relax.

4. When I start to feel out of control I need to remember how far I've come and maybe "pack" a lunch for myself in the morning so that I'm not tempted to graze for lunch.

I hope putting myself out there like this has been an encouragement to my fellow moms who are struggling to lose weight!


Brenda said...

Yes - you're experience is mine. After our conversation yesterday I'm pretty sure I'm in the same boat. And I think you look awesome by the way :)

geminigrl24 said...

Weight is just a #! You look FAB! All that matters is that you feel good about yourself.

Aunt Sue (Maine) said...

You, my dear niece, don't look good - you look great! You are also a wonderful inspiration to your family...love you!

Jen said...

You ARE too hard on yourself...you look great!

Sarah said...

Helen - I think you look great.

Rachael said...

i agree, you look fantastic!

Melinda said...

You look great- I wish I looked that good and I had my 1 child almost 3 and a half years ago.

Amanda said...

Its so true. I would kill to be as "fat" as I was 5 years ago when all I did was obssess over my weight (some things never change, eh?).

You look great and you are doing awesome!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

I think you look great, Helen! I love your haircut, too--wish I had those waves!

Chickiedoodle said...

Dude, you look great. If only we could see ourselves through others' eyes.

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