Losing weight. Again.

Last week I achieved a 20-pound mile marker.  That’s 20 pounds lost in the past 14 months that I have been doing Weight Watchers. The story starts well before last year, though.  Way back in July of 2002 I began my weight-loss journey with Weight Watchers at-work program.  It took me until March of 2003, 9 months, to lose 17 pounds and reach my goal of 136. I have no recollection of how long I kept to that weight, but I do know I had gained some back by October of 2003.

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Aubrie, 2003, Commitment Ceremony, with Grandma June and Mom, 143?? pounds

From there it was a gradual gain up until I was pregnant with Skye in January 2005.

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Aubrie, Summer 2004, with Jim, Mom, and Everett

After he was born, breastfeeding made it super easy to lose weight and pumping milk for a friend’s baby made it a breeze.  I lost so much weight that I was fitting into size 4 pants!  I was regularly a 10 in high school (whatever a 10 was back in the early to mid 90’s; it seems like sizes have shifted since then).  I didn’t have much time to gain weight before I was pregnant with Oden in early 2007.  Of course, I thought I’d repeat my dramatic weight-loss post-pregnancy with this kid, but no.

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Aubrie, Feb. 2007, super skinny, with Dad and baby Skye

Since 2007, I have continued to gain weight and even gone back to Weight Watchers a few times.  In 2011, when I went back, I was 6 pounds heavier than when I had started those at-work meetings in 2002.  My commitment to being healthier was thwarted by everyday life and then by a long process of deciding to move back to NY, moving back to NY, and then settling into this new life.

By the spring of 2013, when I re-joined Weight Watchers, I was 23 pounds above my starting weight in 2002.

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Aubrie, March 2013, 176 pounds, and really bad hair.

It’s so easy to gain and so hard to lose!  But, now that I have slowly lost 20 pounds I am feeling more confident that I can continue to lose weight.  Probably I won’t lose another 20 pounds to put me at my old goal weight; that seems too low for me now.  Setting goals is something new for me; being patient with those goals is hard.  Right now, I’d like to get to 150-pounds, another 6 pounds to lose.  Once I am there, then I plan to set another goal until I am where I feel comfortable and healthy.  I am thinking a size 8 pants, whatever weight that is.

With this much weight lost, one would think that it would be noticeable.  I know people that are not me have noticed and commented on it.  I had Skye take my picture last Wednesday so I could compare it to a picture of me from March 2013.  But, when I look at these two photos I don’t see much difference.  Do you?  Still, we proceed with that small goal to lose 6 more pounds!

Aubrie, May 2014, 156 pounds.

Aubrie, May 2014, 156 pounds.