Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog! My name is Heather and I am a 30-something (totally acceptable to not give you’re actual age after 30 right?) stay-at-home (for the most part, I have a small part-time job) mom of an adorable little redheaded 3 year old named Kara. My husband Sean and I live in upstate NY. We also have a 1 year old Ragdoll named Kiki.
A little bit of background on me: I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my life but it wasn’t that big of an issue in middle and high school because every year I played 2-3 sports and was able to keep myself at a fairly low weight (for me, most of the other girls were much smaller). It wasn’t until college when I decided to join a sorority instead of play field hockey (one of the biggest mistakes of my life) that I gained a lot of weight. After every year of college I would return home for the Summer and lose the weight I gained and every Fall I would go back to college and put it right back on, and then some. It was a vicious cycle because I never actually had much knowledge about healthy eating and I certainly didn’t have any sort of constant work out regiment that would offset all of the late night DP Doughs (best calzones EVER) and pints of Ben and Jerry’s.
When I graduated college and got a job I lost weight yet again. At this point I was so used to yo-yo dieting that it was inevitable that I put it back on. My main diet of choice in college and at this point of my life was the Atkins Diet since it was really popular. I lost the weight yet again only to change jobs and re-gain it all and then some… like I said, vicious cycle.
I finally decided to try Weight Watchers. Its hard for me to remember how many times I joined and quit, I think 4-5. I finally joined in 2012 and lost 70 lbs to get to .4 away from my goal right before I took a cruise to Bermuda for my wedding. When I came home I think I only gained 1-2 lbs from the trip which was fine since I enjoyed my time but, from October 2012 to February 2013 I could not lose those few extra lbs to get to goal when I was so close. I tend to self-sabotage myself so I would go up and down the same pound or two and I never hit my goal. Instead we became pregnant with my daughter so I had to cancel my Weight Watchers membership. Throughout the pregnancy I gained and gained. I remember the nurse actually asking me if I had been on an “ice cream bender” after one of my weigh-ins because that was helpful. I’m pretty sure I got a fish filet from McDonalds after that appointment (read as: 100% sure with fries and a chocolate shake).
After I had my daughter in October 2013 I was exhausted, like most new moms, and I could have cared less about losing weight although I was obviously uncomfortable with my size and rarely wanted to leave the house. I ended up gaining weight, a lot of weight, after she was born. I decided 3 months after she was born to go back to Weight Watchers although I wasn’t ready and didn’t make much progress so I quit yet again. Finally when my daughter was around 6 months old I decided to join Weight Watchers again… for the LAST TIME, I vowed to myself.
This time around on Weight Watchers I started out okay losing 30 lbs the first 5 months and then my weight loss came to a stand still during the holidays. I was stagnant for months after that and one day, July 8, 2015 to be exact, I decided to start my Instagram account (@HeathersHealthier). I never realized how this account would change my life. In the coming months I went on to lose 40 more lbs to get to my goal weight in December 2015 and I continued to lose 10 more lbs and reached Lifetime in January 2016. Weight Watchers rolled out a new plan (Smart Points) and I was able to maintain my weight loss for an entire year. I wasn’t my lowest but I was still below goal.
I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in June of 2016 and was put on medication to help. It actually didn’t seem to help much and some days I even felt worse. I stopped going to Weight Watchers because I was above goal and didn’t want to pay every week when I felt like it wasn’t my fault (initially). Then everything started falling apart. I started feeling sorry for myself and began overeating. I would make it a few days, maybe even a week and then I would fall off track. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I ended up needing a surgery in March 2017 and thats when things got worse. I was so upset that I needed surgery and couldn’t understand why all of the sudden, after thinking I was making these huge life changes to better my health that it seemed like I was only getting sicker and worse off. I began to shut down and once again got into another vicious cycle of overeating. I was stuck in a restricting and overeating cycle. I was addicted to sugar. I would eat well balanced meals all day and fall apart at night. I would post some of my overeating here and there on my Instagram but I felt bad posting about them since I didn’t want people to have to feel bad for me all the time and feel like they had to cheer me up. I needed to make a change.
This brings us up to date. I decided I needed a complete re-set of my body and most of all my mind. I don’t NEED to have dessert every night. I wont die if I don’t consume chocolate everyday. Most off all I needed to stop drinking diet soda which was taking over my life. I needed to detox my body and my mind. I decided to do the Whole30 reset in hopes that it will change my life and the way I see myself and food. Let’s see where this journey takes me together shall we?
I hope everyone enjoys my blog. I intend on sharing my journey with Weight Watchers and Whole30, my running and my everyday life. Thanks for reading!