I’ve reached my goal weight. I’m now a Weight Watchers Lifetime member.

After a year of persistence, I’ve reached my goal weight, and today I officially became a Weight Watchers Lifetime member.

I’ve used Weight Watchers on and off since I was 12 years old, back in the days when you HAD to eat fish and liver. Blech! It has always been a program that worked for me, albeit temporarily. There have been times I was able to drop weight, and then immediately lost my way and gained again. I knew last July I had to either accept my larger body or be sincere about this attempt. Losing and gaining over and over might have been as bad for my health as staying heavier. I also had the added incentive of my upcoming surgeries and knew the only thing I really had within my control was how I felt heading into those events.

I decided to give it one more try. This time I intended to trust the program completely, and that meant attending meetings instead of going it alone as I normally did.

I can’t remember why I chose Thursday mornings for my meeting day, but struck gold. The members accepted and welcomed me with no hesitation to their casually fun meeting. It has made all the difference. They are a fantastic group of people who have carried me more than they probably know.

Having the surgeries allowed me to “skip the line” a little. I dropped 8 pounds while recovering from facial surgery, and 9 pounds after bottom surgery. Trying to lose that 17 pounds could have taken me 5-6 months. So I lucked out in that regard. Although, as one of my meeting friends stated this morning “You skipped the line, but then you had to toe it.” Even with those breaks it took a year of losing around 1 pound per week to get here.

So now what?

My job now is to stay within 2 pounds of my goal to remain Lifetime. I plan to do that with the help of my meeting friends. I also have to prepare to possibly gain some muscle weight once I start exercising again in full force. In many ways I feel like my challenge is just beginning.

This year has been a bottomless gift box of positive changes. I don’t know how 2018 will be able to hold a candle to it. I’ll have to figure out some more life goals I want to tackle.

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