The College Years
During my years in college, I was at my heaviest. Heavy alcohol consumption paired with late night eating allowed me to pack on the pounds. Nasty comments at holidays by family members, as I squeezed into my jeans and oversized sweaters, caused me to crash diet as soon as the holiday wrapped, and the minute I returned to campus, my unhealthy eating habits returned. With the food guilt at an all time high senior year, I told myself “I might as well eat/drink everything because this will never happen again.”
The Weight Watchers Year
Weight Watchers was not the answer I was looking for either. Instead of shedding serious lbs, I became obsessed with weighing in weekly. A half pound weight gain resulted in failure, and therefore made me dread the scale instead of listen to my body and what it truly needed. However, despite the pitfalls, Weight Watchers provided me fundamental tools to aid me in my journey of healthy eating and balance. Writing what I ate, reading nutrition labels and planning ahead meals are methods I still incorporate into my everyday living.
After joining Weight Watchers, I started to enjoy healthy and balanced eating (without all the obsessive point counting and weighing in). I began to run for stress relief and realized a lot of my unhealthy eating was due to stress in my personal and professional life. After quitting my job, and ending my relationship, food took on a new meaning. Food was no longer my comfort but fuel for my body.
Last year, while training for my first long distance run with Hope Express, my diet and exercise were all about maximizing my nutrition at every meal without ‘wasting’ calories. I timed when I ate protein to maximize my runs and recovery meals weren’t made of pizza and pretzels. By the time the relay approached, I had shed 25 pounds.