I know that people experience success in weight loss everyday. And while I’ve never publicly shared my story – you know, what brought me to that point in which I had to lose weight, I think someday I will. And while I may never be on the cover of WW magazine or the focus of a ticker tape parade, I hope to be recognized as a girl who has done more than survive…I want to be known as a girl who thrives.
If you’re linked to me on Twitter, then you probably know how much I unabashedly adore @dkirchhoff who happens to be the author of a fantastic blog called Man Meets Scale and a big part of the Weight Watchers team. And while it’s more likely that I’ll lose 100 pounds this week than it is that he’ll ever read my blog, I’m going to write what I’d say to him if I had the opportunity.
Dear Twitter Friend,
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is “Kenz.” And at 29 years old, I’m an educated professional who is committed to becoming the person I want to be.
You may not know me now, but I think you should because I am going “all the weigh” with this weight loss thing. Through balanced nutrition and the support I’ve received through Weight Watchers in the last several months, I have become a person who enjoys healthier foods and commits (almost) everyday to exercising whether I feel like it or not. And later this year, I will enter my thirties with healthy, life-changing habits in place.
I’ve lost 69.8 pounds since April, and I intend to lose about 190 more. When I set goals, I accomplish them. And I am so thankful for the tools that Weight Watchers has provided to help me do just that.
Moving to New York was one of my big goals, and I did it a little over two years ago. It has been incredible so far, but in the last few months I’ve noticed a myriad of changes in myself and the way I live.
I am no longer intimidated by 4-floor walk-ups or the subway. I take the train and walk to work rather than using a car service (unless it’s raining or snowing, of course.) I look forward to revisiting the little red lighthouse under the George Washington bridge whose path once threatened to destroy me and my shoes. And I can honestly say that I am no longer ‘the slowest person in Manhattan.” I walk up and down stairs with confidence, and I even run to catch trains once in a while – and catch them!
I have learned that I can do so. much. more. than I knew I could do. I can be patient. (Seriously, who knew?!) I can ride a bicycle again which is one of my favorite activities when it’s not baltic outside. And I can even do bicycle crunches (though I look like a fool when I do them.)
I know I can accomplish anything if I work for it, and that is precisely what I’m doing. So, dear twitter friend, I hope that one day I can meet you or sit next to you in a meeting – either before or after I become a lifetime member. And I hope you’ll smile because you know that your blog, your twitter updates and your attitude has played a part in my success.