[pics from my health and fitness journey Instagram: @themarygrahameats]
I’ve shared before about my weight loss journey. I’ve been doing Weight Watchers since June 1, 2012, but not consistently. I do it in spurts for 3-4 months at a time and then stop tracking my food for a while. Somewhere in my head there’s this idea that I can’t maintain my weight loss, that I don’t have the skills and control to do it without my handy Weight Watchers app.
So I take a break to test myself. And I gain a pound or two, but I don’t go crazy, I remember what I learned and I feel less anxiety about my weight loss. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true.
At the beginning of July, I started back again on Weight Watchers committing to get to my goal weight of 155 before I stopped again. I’ve got about nine more pounds to go as of Saturday. I’m leaning toward another goal once I get to 155, but we’ll see what happens with that when I get there. One of my downfalls is planning too far ahead and setting myself up for failure. Small goals help me be successful.
One thing that has made the difference on this last go-around with Weight Watchers is Instagram. I had randomly been following some inspiring people that helped kick my butt in gear. I was so encouraged by them that I started a separate account to post my food, my workouts, and my weigh-ins.
At first I just thought I’d do it for myself. Actually seeing what I was eating everyday made a difference and helped me make better choices. But soon, I started gaining followers, being encouraged by people I didn’t know, and getting advice from people trying to make healthier choices. It became this little community where I could go if I needed meal ideas, a kick in the butt to get me to the gym, or resolve to make it through the day when all I really wanted to do was make bad choices.
I had no idea that Instagram could be such a powerful tool. That it could be more than a place to look at pretty pictures and see what someone was wearing and what everybody’s cute kids were doing. I don’t want to say it’s been magical because that sounds dramatic and over-the-top, but it’s been magical. And just what I needed to keep going on this journey to be a fit and healthy mama.