Monday, August 19, 2013

Slimspiration


Hi Guys! Happy Monday! I am so excited to share with you all another wonderful weight loss story that inspires me! I am personally in a rut with my WW, weight loss and all of it.....so this story and hearing Sarah's story comes at the perfect time for me!
Any comments you leave I will 100% before to pass on to Sarah! Enjoy friends!
This is Sarah's "Before" Picture...........
Hi everyone in the blogosphere my name is Sarah Ledgerwood. Nicole asked me to share my weight loss journey with you all so here is my story. Much like Nicole I grew up in the OKC Metro area and I moved to Tampa, FL about 5 years ago. I knew no one when I moved here except my now fiancĂ© and his buddies. I had never been “domestic” before and I ate with my parents, ate out, or ate frozen dinners when I lived in OKC. Cooking was of no interest to me other than mac and cheese, ramen, etc. When I moved here I knew I needed to learn to cook so I started teaching myself with Paula Deen, Pioneer Woman, and any other celeb chef recipes I could find that sounded and looked good. We all know Paula likes her butter and mayo, those recipes combined with my unawareness of portion control, along with depression caused by homesickness and adjusting to life in Tampa led to weight gain of 60 + lbs. In the Summer of 2010 we went with our friends to the Florida Keys on vacation. After seeing pictures from that trip I knew I had to make a change. My former roommate/best friend had been very successful at Weight Watchers so I made the decision to join and have never looked back. The week I joined Weight Watchers I was at my highest weight ever at 231.8 lbs. When I joined I decided I was going to give it my all and do my best, I made up my mind that failure was not an option for me. I discovered early on that I am an emotional eater and that I was eating WAY more food than I should be each meal. Weight Watchers taught me how to control my portions, make smart food choices, and turn to other activities to channel my emotions instead of through eating. I started WW in August of 2010 and in May of 2012 I received my Lifetime Membership after losing 70 lbs. I have maintained that weight loss for a year and three months now. Maintaining the loss has not been hard because WW became my lifestyle over time, not a diet. Because you only lose small amounts of weight weekly the “program” becomes a routine and a part of your life over time. Another motivation for me to keep my weight loss off is I added up the cost I spent to lose my weight and I DO NOT want to waste that money and have to pay WW again, once you get your Lifetime membership you get E-Tools and monthly membership free as long as you stay within 2 lbs of your goal weight…………it sounds scary at first but they equip you with the tools to do this. In June of this year I became an employee of WW because I wanted to encourage and help others during their weight loss journey as I had been helped and encouraged along the way.

Nicole asked me to share a favorite recipe, that’s hard because I have not met a recipe off of the Skinnytaste website that I did not like. I enjoy taking favorite recipes and making them more WW friendly by swapping out ingredients like instead of oil use greek yogurt, instead of 2% milk use fat free, instead of heavy whipping cream use fat free half and half or fat free evaporated milk. It is like a game to me now, how low can I get the points values for a favorite dish and have a good size portion. The recipe builder on WW E-Tools is a lifesaver.

Everyone needs to find what works best for them as far as their weight loss journey. If you are doing WW my best advice, TRACK! Plan ahead, I plan my meals for the entire week on the weekend before so there are no surprises. Believe in yourself, don’t give up, and don’t look back. If you lose weight and your clothes get too big, donate them, do not hold onto them as your “fat” clothes that you can save just in case you need them again in the future. Liberate yourself of them, it is a great feeling, trust me. Find someone to be your cheerleader along the way, my fiancĂ© was mine and when I hit my goal weight I made him go to my meeting with me to celebrate because he helped get me there also, I didn’t do it on my own. Most importantly celebrate any weight loss, 0.2 is still a loss to be celebrated, also don’t beat yourself up if you have a gain; just resolve to do better the next week. Try to have fun with it, do not look at it as a diet, look at it as a lifestyle change and over time it will become a routine for you.

Although I do not have an awesome blog like Nicole’s and I don’t have a Facebook page I do have an email address and will do my best to answer any questions, I am here to help any and all on their weight loss journeys. My email is Ledge217@aol.com

This is Sarah's "After" Picture....she looks incredible!!!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

She is very inspiring! Try to get out of that rut...you are doing great! Just think of going from the 12 to the 8. You are probably even smaller than that now. You can do this and you will.

Amy said...

So awesome! I love reading the transformations! Your story is inspiring! Thank you for giving us insight and a fresh perspective. Way to go!

Related Posts with Thumbnails

@okienicole

Okie a la Mode
<div class="grab-button" margin: 0 auto;"><a href="http://www.okiealamode.com/" rel="nofollow"><img src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c4IPzZ-bl4Q/WXVUv-QHBDI/AAAAAAAATsc/FMGcfeX9o0ELqi_8TaE6mPQ02M1-hySjwCLcBGAs/s1600/OkiealaModeButton1.png" alt="Okie a la Mode"></div>

My Bookshelf

Categories

#BabyMakingDays #givingtuesday #hitchthehendersons #IVF #RHOBH 1every15 1in8 2014 2015 2016 2017 33 41 4th a' la mode abner about me ad Africa alcatraz animals anniversary anthropologie asian authors awards baby babymakingdays barsilinga baseball beach beauty because I said I would becky bedroom Bella best of the year Big Sis/Little Sis bikes birchbox birthdays blog award blog challenge blog sale blogs boards book club books boston botox breck broadmoor broncos cali car casa savage castle rock causes Challenge changetheworld charity Charleston Christian Christmas clearblue closet sale colorado colorado springs columbus comiccon community outreach concerts contest cooking country chic couponing crafty current events Curtis dance date night day trip debates DECASO decor Denver deotx deployment design dinner for one dinning room district office DIY doctors dogs dolphins drinks DSWT earl Elephant elway engaged estes park faith Fall fall fashion fall food famil Family Farmers fashion fathers day fblogger Fenway fertility friday fertility planit Five for Friday food football Friday Funny friends FSBO Fun funny furkids gameday garage Sale gentle barn Georgetown getaway getting to know me gift ideas gifts girls trip Give Aways give back glee goals God God Daughters goodies granddad grief grilled Guest Posts guests Halloween haunted health hello fresh history holiday holidays hollywood home home decor house house hunting hubby husband incubus infertility inspirational instagram interior design invisible children it works IUI IVF IVF2 iworry jeans jewelry JH job Junior League KD Kendall kitchen kol kony LA labor day Life Life Church lions lip sense love maine makeup Marine Marissa marriage matt meal plans meatless medium meds memories mexico Migraines military MLB mom monday moore mothers day mountain home move movies musical my 2 cents NBA new home New Year noah office Ohio okc okie oklahoma old pics ootd Oprah organize oscar oscars OU outfits outlander paranormal party patio peru pet photo shoot pinterest planner playoffs plus size politics pond prayer quiz real estate reality TV realtyONE Recipes red rocks relocation resolutions restore Reviews rockies Rosine sale salem San Diego san fran savage savagesellscolorado Savannah Scentsy Seattle SECOR secret secrets shopping silly sizzlin style skin snow sponsored sports spring staging stapleton staycation Stella and Dot strength style boards styled stylin summer summer slim down surlatable SYTYCD tailgate taji tattoo tbt Thankful Thursdays thanksgiving the cove thoughts throwback thunder tobi today show topper club tornado tour trailers TTC tutorial TV twilight tybee island update Vacation valentines day vegan vest visit volunteer wayfair wedding weekend weight loss weirdness What I'm Loving whatsfordinner willow house wine wineshopathome winter work working it workwear WW zoo
 
Designed by Munchkin Land Designs • Copyright 2014 • All Rights Reserved