Five Card Story: Joining Weight Watchers

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During my maternity leave, it seemed all I could do was eat. Eat to relieve the stress of being a brand new mom who left her professional career to become a stay at home mom and the perfect housewife. I didn't want anyone to know that I was having trouble adapting to my new roles. To ease the lonliness and frustration, I adopted a weekly ritual of baking. Chocolate cake was a favorite.

One day, my mother-in-law emailed a photograph of myself and the kids at Christmas. I dissected my appearance from head to toe and all I could think about was how fat I was. I was mad at my mother-in-law for sending me that picture and decided to isolate myself further.

I felt out of control. I was trying to do everything by myself. I wasn't living a balanced lifestyle and my mood and appearance showed it. I was about to fall off the ball or my rocker!

I needed help. Before kids, I tried diets. I tried exercising. I was tired of nothing working. One evening, I saw a Weight Watcher's advertisement on tv. Heck, I tried everything else - why not Weight Watchers?

My husband came home late from work the night I decided to attend my firstWeight Watcher's meeting. I remember my 8 month old baby was fussy and my 3 year old was tired of waiting for his supper. I was wearing sweats and my hair and face were a mess. My husband was exhauseted from work and I knew I wouldn't make it to the meeting. I started to blame my husband. He looked at me and calmly said, "Whatever decision you make will be the right one."

I wanted to go to the meeting. That was my decision. I stopped blaming everybody and decided to go and to go with my heart. Since then, I never looked back.

I learned many things from Weight Watchers, the most important to stop putting myself last and to never lose hope. I kept attending meeting after meeting until I lost 55 pounds. It has been 5 years and I am happy to say that the weight is still off and the sun is still shining brightly. In fact, the world looks heavenly. I don't need to feel out of control anymore.

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