How I Lost the Weight – In a Nutshell

12 Aug

So, the question of the day….HOW DID YOU LOSE SO MUCH WEIGHT AT 15?!?! Simple answer…WEIGHT WATCHERS! Growing up, I was always overweight. I didn’t play any sports, I wasn’t active, and I LOVED to eat! I especially loved to snack. There was always a snack after school…and usually two before bed! I had a good group of friends growing up and was never bullied, which was a huge blessing. I have two older brothers who were both football players…they needed to eat a lot! So, I just fell into their eating patters. I was always the “clothes holder” going shopping with friends because I couldn’t fit into the clothes in the stores they loved. It was miserable, embarrassing, and downright AWFUL!

At 15, I was 240 pounds. Size 28. And a freshman in high-school. The best friends that I had all through growing up were involved in sports once we got into high-school…I wasn’t. Therefore…they made new friends and I was left out. It happens. Being left out is a part of life. However, being so overweight, I had no self confidence to stand up for myself and try to become involved in their lives again. I simply put up a GIANT wall and ate my pain away. The hurt was terrible. I cried everyday after school. There were moments when my mom and I had to plan out who I was going to talk to in school and where I would sit in the mornings before I needed to be in homeroom. Most times, I would just sit alone.

One night, I was sitting at my kitchen table. My mom came in the front door, walked into the kitchen, and set books on the table in front of me, and walked away. I picked up the books because I was curious where she was for an hour and I saw that they were Weight Watcher books. Now, I know my mom wasn’t pressuring me to lose weight, because she did my entire life, and eventually gave up. I didn’t like knowing that people wanted me to lose weight…it actually made me eat more! So anyway, I picked up the books, and started to look through them. That’s when I saw that Weight Watchers was based on a points system. Everything you eat has a points value and you have a daily target. You use a tracker to track your points each day. When I saw that PIZZA and FRENCH FRIES had points values…and I could still eat them if I tracked my points…I knew I needed to do it! I think my mom had a heart attack when I told her I wanted to join!

That Saturday morning, my mom and I got into the car and headed to weight watchers! We got myself all signed up (with a doctors note of course) and then it was time to face the scale! I didn’t know how much I weighed. I never weighed myself and I wouldn’t even let the doctors tell me. So, I stepped onto the scale. The receptionist was so sweet and so supportive. She made the process a lot easier. They keep the scale very private so I didn’t see what I weighed until I went into the meeting room. When I saw 240…I was shocked! I knew I was heavy, but I didn’t know I was that heavy.

That was the first day of the rest of my life! I was completely changed that morning. Something just came over me and I knew good things were going to happen! My leader was incredible. My mom was by my side. I knew it would work. There were weeks of gains and weeks of binging like I used to. But I took it step by step and day by day. I never said I need to lose exactly 105 pounds. I took it 5 pounds at a time! Thinking of the end result was just too overwhelming!

SO…my advice to you…If you are ready for a change. Do it. Walk into Weight Watchers. Throw out the bad food. Start to research healthy eating. I promise it will become second nature to you and worth it! Its going to be hard. Its going to take a lot out of you. There will be tears. And there will be haters. But the end result will be wonderful. Your life will be changed.

If a normal girl like me can do it…ANYONE CAN! Feel free to ask questions in the comment box!

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10 Responses to “How I Lost the Weight – In a Nutshell”

  1. somuchfattitude August 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more! I’ve lost 125lbs through WW and have about 25 to go! I LOVE the program! The program works if you work the program!

    • mejarosh August 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      GREAT JOB!!!! That is awesome!! I totally agree!! 🙂

  2. whit2013 August 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I have been wanting to join WW but there isn’t a facility anywhere near where I live. Are there any tips for what I can do?

    • mejarosh August 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

      Have you gone to the website and put in your zip code? Sometimes they have what is called Travelers. A team will go to different locations and set up scales and a meeting room. Give that a try! Here’s the link for it: You can also join online!

      • whit2013 August 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

        Thank you!!! Is it expensive to join? I am a college student and well on a tight budget, but I want to do this so bad. I want to lose around 25 more pounds desperately by next summer

      • mejarosh August 13, 2013 at 2:17 am #

        Well…it is an expense. But it is worth it to me. You will have to go into a meeting and check online because it is different every state typically. There are different options. You can pay weekly or monthly. Typically it is cheaper to pay monthly. But, there is something called Lifetime membership. Once you get to it…you’re free! So to me…joining and learning the program and getting to lifetime membership is SO worth it 🙂

  3. Nancy Heider August 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Maria, your story brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you.

  4. jodie August 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Well thanks to u and you’re story, Today I’m heading to weight watchers at 11am…!!!!!! Today is the 1st day of my new life…I’m so happy my daughter, Ashley knows u, because I seen you’re story on her face book and ever since then, I’ve been following u…again , thank you and HERE I GOOOOOOO…..

    • prettylittleloser22 August 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Oh Jodie that is fantastic!! Let me know how it goes and what you think of it! I know you can do it! I will be posting a stuffed pepper recipe later on since peppers are in season! It is one of my weight watcher favorites!

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