Part II: After I graduated college in 2007, I weighed over 275 lbs, and was finishing up a four year stint of eating & drinking like crap. Anyone else do this to themselves during the wonder years? I started Weight Watchers and working full-time as an infant teacher at a daycare center to save to go abroad. ..
I lived on 5 point lean cuisines, soy-free veggie products (oh yeah I was a vegetarian off & on for 3 years), and 100 calorie packs of hostess cupcakes, do those still exist? I was hungry and cranky (HANGRY) most of the time but thought that was how it was supposed to be if you wanted to lose weight. I lost 30 lbs then left the US to be an English Tutor in Spain.
🙌♥️🤪 When I got back from Spain, I had maintained my weight loss for the most part, but started to take my overall wellness more seriously. I am genetically at higher risk for breast cancer and learned that in order to have best chances of preventing breast cancer I need to lost weight, get rid of toxin & fragrance-filled personal care products and home cleaning products, start eating pastured, organic animal products, and lots of greens veggies. ..
I changed from a processed food WeightWatchers diet to a paleo/gluten free WW diet in 2009. I slimmed down to 174, losing over 100 lbs from my highest weight. I was teaching high school Spanish, hiking and backpacking on the weekends, and loving life. While I lost a lot of weight on weight watchers between these two pictures, it didn't help my addiction to carbs, didn't help my mood issues, and I started having digestive issues. My journey to wellness wasn't over, check out part III to hear more...