Day 1 Of My Journey:
Hi! My name is Jessica. I am a SAHM trying to live a healthier life style on a budget. I have a wonderful husband that I have been married to for almost seven years and two beautiful daughters ages 4 and 8 months. In order for me to stay home with our daughters we live our lives on a very tight budget.
Yes. This is me in the picture. I know I am pretty brave to post this picture but I think it will help all of us to see updates through out my journey. I encourage you to also keep a picture book of yourself though out your weight loss journey. I have found this very helpful in the past.
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I was not over weight as a young child but during my teenage years I definitely had a struggle. It is kind of funny because I look back at pictures of myself as a senior in High School and remember thinking how fat I was ( I really wasn't fat but compared to my skinny little Friends I guess I felt fat.).
Anyway, after the birth of my first daughter I decided that I didn't want to be an overweight mother. I wanted to live a healthy lifestyle so I could do all of the fun things that I wanted to with my daughter. This is when I joined Weight Watchers. I was able to lose approximately 40 pounds in less then a year. It was so exhilarating to lose that much weight. At that point I think I weighed about 155 pounds. Not my goal weight but I still felt wonderful. I felt like a new person inside and out. I stayed that weight for about two years.
Then I went back to work. I was working a stressful job and with long hours and trying to properly take care of my family. That is when my weight soared above 200 pounds. Then I got pregnant with my second daughter who was born 8 months ago. After she was born I weighed 206 pounds. I tried to diet off and on for the next 7 months but it didn't work. The sleepless nights didn't help :)
This brings me to last Thursday, January 1, 2009. The day I decided that I need to make some changes in the way I eat. I don't feel healthy or happy at my current weight which by the way is 216 pounds.
I joined Weight Watchers online on Jan. 1st because I have had success with this program before. It is a wonderful program that I can't say enough good about. It teaches you how to eat healthy without feeling deprived. I'm not saying that it isn't hard. It is hard for me not to snack all day. On Weight Watchers you may have cravings but if you do it properly you don't feel hungry.
The hardest part of this journey for me will be eating healthy and losing weight on a budget. With the price of food today it is hard to buy healthy food for the whole family on a small budget.
Through out my journey I will share with you my successes, failures, healthy living tips and recipes.
Today is where my journey begins! I am so excited to start living a healthier lifestyle on a budget and sharing it with all of you!