I don’t normally share the emails I receive but this one had me in tears. Stacey shares her story and it’s eerily similar to mine. My favorite part is…
so I tried it – and I did it!
Here’s her entire note. This is what keeps me doing what I’m doing…
I don’t have a question for you. This is a note to tell you how much your blog has influenced my life. I found your blog while I was on the Weight Watchers message boards about 2 years ago, and have been a dedicated follower ever since. In 2007 I lost 40 pounds by following the WW program. I had lost weight in the past, but I was never able to keep it off. I was always either “on a diet” or gaining weight. I could never maintain a healthy balance. After I had my second daughter, I was the heaviest I’d ever been, and decided to try again at WW. I lost 40 pounds in 9 months – that was the easy part. The hard part was keeping it off. Reading your blog motivates me. I’ve made many of your recipes from Greenlitebites – Chili, Beer Can Chiken, mashed potatoes, Salisbury steak … and the list goes on. It’s so nice to have new and different ideas – it’s so easy to get in a rut. I’ve learned to balance the “healthy” with the “junk”. In the past, when I lost weight, I always went back to eating junk. This time I’ve been able to balance it. I eat a healthy diet during the week, and give myself a break on the weekend. This way I don’t feel like there are things I can’t eat. I can fries and chips, but only on the weekend – not every night, like in the past. It helps me to read about how you struggle with the same things – and how you manage to get over them.
When I lost the weight this time I did it strictly by counting points. I didn’t start any type of exercise program. Exercise has never been my thing. I’ve never enjoyed it. So, I only concentrated on the food, and it worked. But after reading about your experiences with exercise, I started to feel motivated. I was finding it harder and harder to maintain my weight loss with only counting points. I heard you mention the Couch to 5K program, and decided to look into it. I was literally starting “from the couch”. I wasn’t doing any kind of exercise at the time. I’d always thought that I could never be a runner. But this program seemed doable – I knew I could jog for 60 seconds – but that’s about all I could do. I started the program in June and I finished it today! I can run for 30 minutes now! I’m so thrilled that I can actually do it. You motivated me to start. I saw that when you started exercising, you were in the same place as me. I saw that someone like me could actually do it – so I tried it – and I did it! Thank you! Now I see how far you’ve come – running a marathon! You are such an inspiration to me! Now that I finished the Couch to 5K program, I’m planning to keep up with running. I rewarded myself with a Nike+. I can’t wait to try it out. I’m also starting the 200 sit-ups challenge. I’m 36 years old, and I’m in the best shape of my life, and you helped me to achieve that.
I just wanted to let you know that I could not have come this far in my maintenance without your blog. Thank you so much for everything that you share. It really made a difference in my life.