Being a nurse, I have always known that excess weight is not healthy. It leads to cardiac, diabetic, orthopedic, vascular and many other system problems. However for years I was grossly overweight.
I gained weight when I was pregnant with my last child (she is now 27) and I yo-yo dieted for many years, never leading to any success. Lose a few...gain alot!
I never really took it seriously enough to do anything about it. My husband married me when I was heavy and that was enough reason not to work on losing the weight. "He loves me just like I am." Although true in the love department, it wasn't helping me in the health department.
I LOVE TO EAT!!! I love food!!!
However, when I had to buy size 22 jeans, I said "That's enough!" I made up my mind that I wanted the FAT off!!! My blood pressure needed help too. I was having to take daily medicine to keep the 210/110 pressure under control. I was a walking time bomb. I knew that it was just a matter of time before the high blood pressure, the high cholesterol, and the excess weight would trigger a heart attack. And I was sick and tired of being FAT!
What I needed was to learn to eat healthy but also good tasting. I knew that Weight Watchers worked. It was difficult walking into the first meeting knowing that my Southern fried chicken and Cheesecake days were over.
But you know what? I learned that I could eat great tasting foods and still lose weight. I learned to substitute healthy ingredients for the killers and still ate GREAT!!!
The support from the meetings and the constant encouragement form other members kept me on track.
I highly recommend Weight Watchers for anyone who wants to become a healthier person. (and skinnier. too.)
Oh, by the way, I no longer take blood pressure medicine (my last reading was 114/62), my cholesterol was 160, my HDL was 63 and LDL was 70 and Triglycerides were 113 (great numbers) and I have lost over 60 pounds.
Take a look at the pic below to see what Weight Watchers (and some exercise) can do for you! (hey, I just bought a size 8 jeans!!)
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