I wish that I could tell you that there is some magical secret to weight loss.  That everything you have ever been told about dieting and exercising is false.  But that would be a lie, because its true.  Loosing weight is a simple science, calories-in and calories-out.  And it is hard.  But it does get easier as you go along.  I found it to be like any other activity; the more you practice at it, the better you get at it.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A.  This is me in January 2007 during my Junior High School Winter Formal.  I was big, unhappy, and hated nearly everything about myself (although I did adore that dress).  I’d always made promises to myself of losing weight and getting skinnier but they just never happened.  I always found excuses to put it off but Senior year was quickly approaching and I was tired of being this person, I wanted something new.

Exhibit B.

Exhibit B. This is me in May 2009 at Senior Prom, 60 pounds lighter.  Do you see those odd bones in that picture? Those are collar bones and much to my surprise, I actually have them.  I’ve never felt more beautiful than on this day and I’ve never worked harder for anything in my entire life.

So between Exhibit A and Exhibit B I had finally had enough.  I signed up for WeightWatchers, went to my first meeting, and I’ve never looked back.  I started eating vegetables that weren’t corn or potatoes.  I started reading food labels and paying attention to what I put in my mouth.  I started walking and eventually jogging.  I learned more than I ever thought possible about healthy eating and exercising and I actually started seeing results.

Exhibit C

And this is me today, well Summer 2011, but you get what I’m putting down.  I am no longer following the WeightWatchers plan but I still watch what I eat.  I still exercise but not as often as I’d like (hello college..).  But I have been happily maintaining for almost three years and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.