Hi, Amanda here! I am the owner and manager of day to day operations here at The Step Counter. I just wanted to share a little about myself for those of you that are looking to connect with others that are in a weight loss journey. I will share a little about my journey from time to time and tips I have learned that are assisting me to reach my goals.
Since my late 20s, I have really begun to struggle with my weight. Between the stress of trying to conceive, my slowing metabolism as I approached 30, and the traditional "couple eating" post marriage I have packed on more than a few pounds.
I have always heard of the freshman 15 but noone says much about the weight you start to put on when you get married. The weight started slowly sneaking on within a few months of getting married and I hadn't started really thinking about it until a coworker of mine called me out in the breakroom of the hospital by saying,
"I guess its working out, huh?"
"Whats working out?" I replied.
"Your marriage!" She responded.
"What do you mean?" I questioned.
"You know, Its working out!" She emphasized, following with, "You know, you can tell if someone is happy because they start gaining weight. If they stay skinny they are probably gonna get divorced real soon. Its working out!" She finished.
"Thanks, I guess," I responded.
I was flabbergasted. I hadn't really heard it put exactly that way before but since that time I have started to watch other new couples post marriage. Generally in the first 1-2 years, post union, there is weight gain with one or both people.
In many cultures we celebrate by using food. On dates we go out to eat, weddings we have catered meals and exquisite cakes, and birthday/holidays we have those favorite meals. What is it about celebration that makes us turn to food.
I had always been so careful about my diet for years but after marriage I wasn't so concerned about it. I had meet my dream guy and I was happy. I wasn't going to stress the small stuff.
But after several years of not keeping tracking of my eating habits, a husband, and 2 kids later I am definitely realizing that small habits turn into big life choices if not kept in check.
Where I am now
Okay, so lol. Yeah it is still working out but you know what? I have decided that I don't want overweight to be a lifestyle choice. I have decided that this was a phase of my life that I am really ready to be done with.
So I have started making some new choices, for 1 thing I am getting active. Believe me I am not "living at the gym active", I do have a life to keep up with (a company to run and 2 kids and a husband to care for), but I am choosing to make activity a daily priority. I don't have endless time to look up calorie counts and nutrition stats for all the foods I eat like I did when I was younger. I have found and chosen a tool to help me keep up with all of that in a quick and easy way, that fits in with my lifestyle.
That tool is Weight Watchers. Here in my store The Step Counter, I sell fitness accessories that will help you reach your activity goals but on my store blog you will see me sharing some articles about my own weight loss journey through Weight Watchers, recipes with reasonable Smart Points values, and strategies that are helping me reach my goals.
I started Weight Watchers on 8-14-16 and have already lost 5.6 pounds in 3 weeks. You know what I love about it? It isn't a fad diet where I am scared I will gain all my weight back "after the diet." It is a sustainable lifestyle change and a program that is pointing me in the way of healthier food choices. Excited to have you taking this journey with me!
Have a great day!
-Amanda- The Step Counter