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"The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him." 

Psalm 28:7

  • Erica Lasan

I Joined Weight Watchers... and Here's Why!



Hey there #LiveRi¢h Fam,

...Long Story Short: I felt stuck!

Last year I did a whole post sharing how much I was struggling with the acceptance of my "mommy body." I made a goal of loosing all of the weight gained from my pregnancies (70 pounds) by the end of June-- and every day I passed by my vision board with disappointment knowing that aspect of my vision was not being executed. By October I got really tired of feeling sorry for myself, and by December I finally stopped being passive about it. I started a month-long partnership with OrangeTheory Fitness that helped me jump-start actions towards the healthier lifestyle I've always wanted for myself. I started the month of December at 170 pounds, and as of the day I'm writing this, I'm now 164 pounds. The process has been a slow one, and while I was doing the "work" of working out, I wasn't seeing the results in a way that made me feel ecstatic about my progress. I could feel the muscles developing, but they were being masked by the layers of fat over them-- namely in my belly region. This led me to believe that my work in the gym wasn't the problem, but more-so my work in the kitchen.


In general I eat pretty well, but my weakness has always been my sweet tooth! I love seeing color on my plate: veggies, fruits, and thankfully after giving birth last year I was able to get back to my vegetarian diet. ...but goodness, my love of chocolate and baked goods has been something that I can can't shake. lol Don't get me wrong, it's okay to have them every once in a while... but in moderation. But moderation has always been my issue. When the sweets are around, it's like I'm addicted to the sugar that they possess-- it's like a legit drug where I can't just have one, but rather I need to keep eating them until they're done. I WISH I was lying. The crazy part is that I hate how I feel while doing it, but I won't stop. It's always a conversation of "just three more... then just one more." ... but like 5 times within the same day (or until whatever it is has been finished). lol

Anyway, I eat these things (namely being baked goods and bread), but then I feel pretty gross and bloated afterwards. I've been struggling with this part of my health and weight loss journey for months. Recently a good friend of mine (who works with Weight Watchers) gave me with a free three-month membership to WW and I jumped at the opportunity! So far it's not anything like what I expected (in a good way), and I can't wait to share my experience in the program in the months to come. Check out my first week's video below!


So far here are some of the biggest points that I've learned in supporting my WW journey:

  • Get enough sleep

  • Stay hydrated and drink lots of water

  • Sweating feels good-- so do it more often-- even if it doesn't look how you would want it to (i.e. a 10 min dance session versus a half-hour run)

  • Track your goals and activity - get a fitness tracker. Don't have the moolah for the splurge? Use what you have-- like your phone! Most phones come equipped with some type of a health app. I have an Android phone, so in the months when I didn't have my FitBit (because the tracker fell out and got lost somewhere), I was tracking my workouts with my phone!

  • Share your journey and gather a community of accountability partners -- For me this has shown up in the form of sharing the journey on this blog and throughout my social channels. Within my first 4 days of signing up for WW I did a poll asking my IG audience if they would be interested in me sharing the journey. I received a (surprising) resounding 100% response saying that they would with 80% preferring to see the journey shared through video vs. blog posts. So I've decided that I'll be doing a monthly video update for this aspect of my health & wellness journey-- starting with the first video shared above! ps: you can SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel so you don't miss future videos!

  • Stick to the program and don't cheat! The new WW freestyle is super lenient and do-able, but still there can be a tendency to short the points... Don't cheat, because you'll only be cheating yourself! I learned within the first week that accurately tracking my points allowed me to learn so much-- not only about my eating habits, but about myself. This has been an unexpected but delightful part of my journey because I never realized how certain things were holding me back from results

  • Be kind to yourself, and remember to take it one day at a time. I've learned that I always get excited about the overall big picture-- but the truth of the matter is that every monumental thing (and change) in our life happens a little bit at a time. So in this same way, we should recognize that the journey to complete health and wellness works the same way. With consistent mindful choices about what (and how much) we put in our bodies-- as well as how we care for our spirits-- the weight will come off, and the healing will take place... One step at a time. One day at a time. ...Until we are transformed (inside and out)!

Well, I hope you all will follow along in this part of my health and wellness transformation. It's going to be a journey, but I look forward to experiencing the results as they play out. Are any of you interested in trying Weight Watchers and journeying along with me? You can receive a free month by tapping this link here-- let me know if you've signed up and we can encourage each other along the way! Otherwise, I'd love to know how you all are keeping up with your health and wellness goals so far this year. Leave a comment below, or over on our facebook page!

Until the next time, #LiveRi¢h and Happy Dream Chasing!

Xx,

E


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