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Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm a believer

Blog pic About a month before my friend handed me the Star article about the Better U challenge, I joined Weight Watchers. I was fed up with my weight, with the multitude of medicine bottles in my cabinet, with running out of breath any time I exerted just a little bit of energy.

My Weight Watchers journey has had plenty of ups and downs. Some weeks I'd have a good loss, some weeks a minor one, some weeks no loss at all -- or worse, a gain. By the time I met with Dr. Branyas in early December, three months after I started Weight Watchers, I'd lost a total of 8 pounds. Now, I'm not turning my nose up at 8 pounds by any means and I take full responsibility for the slow speed at which my weight loss was moving, but losing pounds at a glacial pace wasn't exactly inspiring.

One of the things Dr. Branyas told me was that I need to exercise...every day. Actually, she said plan to exercise daily. Sometimes things come up and the exercise doesn't happen. If you plan to work out 7 days a week, it's likely you'll at least make it 5. Plan to work out 3 days and soon enough you're only hitting the gym or the exercise videos once a week.

So I've been working out on my elliptical anywhere from 4 to 5 days a week and I recently dusted off the Wii Fit. I've also been walking the stairs at work -- up and down 5 times, for a total of 500 stairs. And do you know what? I've been losing weight more consistently. For probably the first time in years, I actually lost weight over the holidays.

When I went to my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday (Melissa Wrin, the registered dietitian at the St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana said if WW works for me and I like it, to keep it up), I stepped on the scale and I was in NEW NUMBERS!

In fact, since my meeting with Dr. Branyas and my commitment to exercising just one month ago, I've lost 8 pounds -- the same amount it took me 3 months to lose without exercising.

While I may not love working out yet, I am a believer.


  1. Good job Amy! Keep it up, girl! You are an inspiration to all of us.

  2. :::APPLAUSE::: Way to go, Amy!! Yes!!! I'm inspired to follow you...gonna dress warmly and walk the dog in 10o weather this morning!! Move my bahooey and think of you!

  3. CONGRATS!!!!! Wow. You're down 16 pounds, then?
    I am so proud of you. So happy for you.
    Keep it up!

  4. That is awesome! I am so proud of you and happy for you!

  5. That is AWESOME Amy! So proud of you. That is inspiring that little everyday things, like taking the stairs, can add up. I am looking forward to taking the stairs at work, lol, as soon as I can walk again. Thanks for posting. You are an inspiration.

    Sheri in CA

  6. Congratulations! So true about the daily exercise, I like how your doctor explained it to you. Keep it going!

  7. Amy, that is terrific! Keep up the good, sweaty work.

  8. I know your quality of sleep is improving because your snoring is WAAAAY down! I love you with all my heart.

  9. Great job, Amy!! That's so awesome!