Meet my friend Charlotte, Charlotte and I had the pleasure of meeting each other through a very special occasion, she and I were both featured on the popular television show “The Doctors” Last November. The show was about “Breaking points” and Charlotte and I (along with another beautiful gal, Justine) were asked to go on national television and share about our weight loss success’ with a focus on what led us to our breaking points , or points of true change. We were happy to share our stories, but were given only a very short amount of time to share, when we walked off the stage we all felt like there was so much more we wanted to say. I asked both Charlotte and Justine to share a little bit more of their stories with me and with their permission I would create a blog post giving a voice to those stories. I gave Charlotte a list of interview style questions and here are her responses.
What was the most difficult part for you when it came to losing the weight?
o To be honest, I’m not sure if I can narrow it down to one difficult aspect when it comes to losing weight. When I look back, I had good days and I had bad days just like anyone else. But if I had to choose one thing, I would say that the most difficult part was feeling deprived around my friends and feeling like I couldn’t go out and enjoy myself at restaurants and bars (which of course wasn’t true). I also used to eat a lot during the middle of the night without any recollection of it in the morning, which was really discouraging and frustrating.
· How did you overcome that?
o I became more comfortable with indulging occasionally once I started to see my body change. I think it’s easy to get it stuck in our heads that we can’t have treats when we’re trying to lose weight, but it’s moderation that really is the key. I overcame eating during the middle of the night by starting a work-out routine, and not buying groceries that I could easily access and binge on. Once I started working out, I could sleep through the night without waking up for food. And as my Weight Watchers leader Adrienne says, “You can’t eat it if you don’t have it!”
· What was your inspiration to lose the weight?
o My inspiration to lose the weight was the quality of my future. I got to a point where I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror and I had lost total control of my life. I was very unhappy with the way I looked, but more importantly the way I felt. I have always loved a good challenge, and losing weight was the first issue I thought I should tackle.
· How did you lose the weight?
o I lost 50 pounds by following the Weight Watchers program, and 20 additional pounds through a combination of working out and following Weight Watchers. I started my weight loss journey in October of 2011, and reached my goal weight in May of 2013. I started working out in February of this year, with boot camp classes and personal training. I also started to run, and completed my first 10k race in September, finishing in 3rd place for my age category. I added fruits and vegetables into my diet, which was unheard of when I was overweight. I started drinking water, and learning to manage my portions. The support that Weight Watchers provided for me was a huge factor in my weight loss as well. Just knowing there are people out there on the same journey that you are is so comforting and motivating, you’re guaranteed to succeed.
· Who were your biggest supporters/who do you want to acknowledge or thank?
o My biggest supporter was my Weight Watchers leader, Adrienne. Adrienne has been my biggest fan since the second I stepped through Weight Watcher’s door. She showed me unconditional love, support, encouragement, motivation, and strength; all of which helped shape me into the woman I am today. I am so proud to call her my leader, my friend, and my second mom. I want to thank her for everything that she does for our entire Weight Watchers group in Simi Valley and for always sticking by my side no matter what.
o I also want to thank my personal trainer, Murphy. Murphy is one of those rare people with an infectious passion for life and I am lucky enough to call him my trainer and friend. The first few months of personal training and working out were rough, but Murphy stood by my side through every tear, every complaint, and every sore muscle. He has always believed in me, even when I haven’t believed in myself. I have been training with him for almost a year now, and the lessons I have learned (both mentally and physically) have changed my life in such a positive way that I truly cannot thank him enough.
· What are your plans, goals, dreams etc for the future?
o My goal is to maintain my weight loss, which was a total of 70 pounds. I am going to continue going to my Weight Watchers meetings, and continue to exercise. I may eventually want to get my personal training certifications, or even become a Weight Watchers leader. I know that I can achieve anything I set my mind to now that I’ve reached my goal of losing weight, and I’m excited to see what the future holds!
Thank you Charlotte for sharing more of your story and for being an inspiration to others! It can be done everyone!