I was pretty stressed out about my weigh-in last Friday for WW Lifetime status. Duane came along (at my request). I wanted a picture with my WW workshop leader, JoAnne, and I knew my friend Deb wouldn't be there. (She is recently back from Cancun, an all-inclusive trip, and needs a week to get back to her goal weight before weighing in, since she is already Lifetime.) Duane was happy to come along and I think he actually enjoyed the meeting. As I stepped on the scale, I wasn't so much worried about being OVER my goal, but I was a little concerned that I might be UNDER. I wore black jeans (I usually wear thin leggings and a lightweight t-shirt type top), and my Husker fleece shirt, hoping that would get me up to 148 lbs. And that is exactly what I weighed: 148 pounds, exactly two pounds below my 150 lbs. goal and just right for LIFETIME status!
JoAnne is a spit-fire, so animated and very motivating. I just love her. When it got to the point in the meeting for awards, I got to talk a little bit about my journey, which I love sharing. I told the group how I had hit my goal back in 2011, losing 178 lbs. at that point, but had fought regains ever since. I told them how I had been on TV (the Today Show in 2012), in national cookbooks (the Taste of Home Comfort DIET Food Cookbook in late 2011), on local radio and in the newspaper (both in 2012). Since I had put myself out there and bragged about my weight loss all over the place, I felt committed to keeping the weight off and also ashamed that I couldn't seem to. But here I am--At Lifetime--At last!
JoAnne and I! Even though JoAnne is super skinny, I don't even feel like I look fat next to her, as I usually do. Maybe making Lifetime has given me more confidence?
My Lifetime Award! I am so proud!
Now for the honesty part. Since hitting Lifetime, I have been eating too much. I need to rein it in immediately and that starts today. Because I am an addict, I guess i felt like hitting Lifetime gave me permission to overeat. And I know I cannot continue to do that, because I REFUSE to regain this time!
My youngest grandson, River Duane, turned two today. His parents had his birthday party last Saturday and there was so much food, it's pure agony for me at events like that, to try and refrain from not partaking in the stuff I should NOT be partaking in! I did not eat any of his birthday cupcakes. But that is about the only thing I didn't eat. I had brisket, tortilla roll appetizers (filled with sour cream, cream cheese and other good stuff), and little meatballs. I also had some candy corn, which has been a forbidden item at my house since the year I started regaining (2013) by filling my own candy dish at home with candy corn which I couldn't resist. I haven't bought any since then, but I sure ate a few of those delightful little candies at River's birthday party.
River and his parents at his BD party. They all put their Halloween costumes back on. Chris (son) and Jordan (daughter-in-law) had Mommy Shark and Daddy Shark t-shirts. River, of course was Baby Shark, and that was the theme of his party. SO CUTE!
River with his glider bike and helmet that were presents from his Mom & Dad.
Duane and I got River a Mickey Mouse Train set. I can't wait to see him play with it after it gets all set up.
Fri. night and Sat. night we went to Husker Volleyball games. Friday night my Huskers crushed Rutgers, but Sat. night was a different story. Penn State, a perennial volleyball power, and one of Nebraska's main competitors in the Big 10 and for the National title as well, came to town. It took five amazing sets to defeat those Nittany Lions but my Huskers were victorious. It was SO EXCITING and SO MUCH FUN. I know at 328 pounds, I couldn't have gone to every home volleyball game, as we have done for the last eight years or so, and I never take that fact for granted. I simply LOVE going to the volleyball games, cheering loudly and standing and clapping at every opportunity. I even walk around the arena before the game starts to get in more steps. It's all about keeping this weight OFF!
I had Duane take my picture at a cool display of volleyballs at the Devaney, (where the Huskers play their home games) after the Friday night game. I was feeling confident and slim! That's a really good feeling. There's just nothing like it. And I'm quite sure, no food tastes as good as feeling slim and confident does!