My name is Dixie, and I am 37 years old. I have been married for 17 years to Ryan. I have three beautiful children between the ages 16 and 11. I am a music teacher. My family is one of the reasons I began this journey.
Once upon a time, long ago I was thin. I was never bony thin but curvy and healthy. After having three children, I found myself making extremely poor choices with food, and when you add that to the fact that I was quite sedentary for a very long time, it equaled a very overweight, miserable me. I knew what I had to do and needed to do, but I had zero motivation. I was miserable in my own skin. I tried to dress cute, but that never has worked out well for me.
“I found myself making extremely poor choices with food”
I put on a happy face for everyone else and remained forever the optimist. On the inside, I felt less than pretty, less than worthy, and less than human. I knew something had to change. Then with one September came a lightbulb! A Weight Watchers group was starting at church. This was it! I needed to do this and to at least try no matter the cost, no matter the sacrifice. That’s when I realized my why’s: my health, my children, my husband, my energy, my appearance, my sanity, and God.
I began this journey on September 6, 2016, and was at my heaviest. Being an optimistic and skeptic, I was sure I would do okay but not sure as to how well I may actually fare on this new adventure. I had lost weight in the past only to quickly regain every ounce and then some. Within the first week, I had a good loss of just over 4 pounds. The next week I had a gain...just over a pound. I decided that I had to at least try and see it through to the end of the session. Tina, our leader, was so encouraging. She gave good tips and ideas and refused to see us give up on ourselves.
“Two months in and 20 pounds were gone!”
It was an adjustment to say the least. It worked! Two months in and 20 pounds were gone! I don’t know where they went, but they were gone, and I knew I didn’t want them back. Then I decided to step up the game a notch with exercise. I knew it had to happen. I wasn’t crazy about it, but I made up my mind that if I could do the eating right then I could do the working out!
Well, by mid-March I was down 50 pounds. Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a loss every week. No, it was a roller coaster ride of “I did it” one week and “what did I eat wrong?” the next, but here’s the thing, I didn’t give up. I did something for myself that was challenging and took time, money, and discipline, and I could see it paying off. It was definitely an eye opener.
I am currently one year and four months into this incredible journey. As of my last weigh-in, I am down 82.6 pounds! If I find myself stopping, I step back and reset my mindset. Like we say at meetings, “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.” I have finally figured out that sometimes the marathon is straightforward easy going and sometimes there are some beastly obstacles. It’s how you look at those obstacles: not with fear but with determination and not with pessimism but with all the optimism you have within you.
“I was down 50 pounds”
I eat whatever I want within reason. I count my points. If I want a cupcake, I have a cupcake. If I want chocolate, I have chocolate. The old me would eat several cupcakes in one sitting and several full sized candy bars in one day. The me now doesn’t! I see how I can have the things I like in moderation using rational judgment.
So, all that to say this: am I there yet? No! Will I be? Maybe not perfectly, but yes as close as I can get. I am not quitting. I am not giving up on me because I am not less! I have decided that seeing my kids grow up and do wonderful things in life is more important than a big chunk of cake or a box of snack cakes.
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