Our bodies carry us through this life we have been given. If our body is not working well, our lives in general are negatively affected. We all have heard “you are what you eat” and I am here to tell you it is absolutely true. I was married for 13 years and the last 5 years of my marriage, not realizing how depressed and unhappy I was, gained a lot of weight, eating to cover up my depression. I am 5’2 and I weighed 140 pounds. If you ask any health professional, that is slightly obese.
I did not feel good carrying this extra weight and was tired a lot of the time. My knees were starting to bother me and my children would say that my stomach was their pillow. Carrying all that extra weight placed me in a category of heart attack, stroke and other health issues, and I did not want to be in that category any longer! Not to mention the fact that I want to be there to see my children get married someday and be able to meet my grandchildren. To be able to do this I needed to replace my old habits of eating with new ones. So I finally made a conscious decision, joined Weight Watchers, and committed my weekly MTO to attend Weight Watchers’ weekly meeting.
I loved going there and learning about proper portions, not eating my children’s leftovers, and better choices in food. In the process I made many new friends, learned self-discipline, and was continually supported by the others there. Every time I lost a little weight I was encouraged to continue. I reached my goal weight in 3 months by losing 25 pounds! At the end of it, I promised myself I would be in the best shape of my life in my 40’s.
Taking care of my body has allowed me to see that I am important and my children see me making healthy choices for myself as well as for them. My friends and family were so encouraging and saw all the weight I had lost that I inspired them to join Weight Watchers. So much good came out of me taking a weekly Mommy Time-Out committed solely to better my physical health.
If you are carrying extra weight and would like to lose some of it, do you have a plan? Have you thought of using your Mommy Time-Out as a time to work out with a friend, attend a weight loss class or start to build a regular exercise regime for yourself? What challenges do you face in pursuing these goals?