My name is Grace and I’m a recovering Fatty. I lost a lot of weight. See that fatty on the left? Yep, that’s me; correction, that WAS me…all 290 lbs. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. The first memory I have of thinking I was fat was in 2nd grade. I vividly remember the conversation my pediatrician had with my mom about the need for me to lose weight…When I was the ripe old age of eight. Actually, I think I have been “on a diet” since that day, long, long ago! Yes, I got to graduate high school and college as a fatty. (I have amazing friends and have had most of them since before high school-so this is not where I turn this into a sob story where my life was miserable…It was not by any means, but no matter how many awesome people you are surrounded by in life, being a fatty always has its miserable qualities that you fight within yourself daily.) As of my last weigh in, I have lost almost 130 lbs and am so close to my goal weight I can taste it (yep, I will always be a Fatty at heart!) I have 25-30 lbs to go and am so happy I can take each of you on the rest of my journey with me!
What is FromFattyTo?
“Fatty” is a term I use to describe myself pre weight loss. For some reason, the word fatty never bothered me. I always kind of heard it as a “soft” term to describe overweight people. If it bothers you, please know its not meant to. FromFattyTo was born when I sat down one day and realized all of the things I went From Fatty To: FromFattyTo Runner, FromFattyTo WorkerOuter, FromFattyTo Healthy Eater, FromFattyTo Weight Watcher Points Plus Counter, FromFattyTo Daily Smiler, FromFattyTo non plus size wearer, FromFattyTo shopping addict (it’s way more fun when you can shop at ANY store!) and for me, most importantly, FromFattyTo I can do anything I want believer. I hope through my struggles, successes, and my honest life story I can inspire you to go FromFattyTo whatever you want. I am here to help in any way I can, every step of the way. This is my passion. I want everyone to experience the true joy I get to celebrate every single day. It just takes one day to start to change your life. I can assure you, if I can do this…ANYONE can.
My weight loss attempt history [in a nutshell]
I have tried numerous “diets” over the past seventeen years and have done Weight Watchers more than once in my life. I decided the only hope I ever had at being “skinny” was to get the lap band. I walked into the doctor’s office and said this is it; I’m finally going to fix all my problems in one surgery! At the consultation, the doctor told me my BMI was too high to have the surgery right away and I needed to lose weight before he would operate. A doctor telling you, you are too fat to have weight loss surgery…low point. But I was determined to have it done. My insurance was of course making me jump over hurdles to get them to pay for it (blessing in disguise) and wanted me to be on a doctor supervised diet for six months. I went to my first appointment with my regular doctor. I owe her a huge thank you because she was totally supportive of my decision to have LapBand, but looked me directly in the eyes and said “You do not need LapBand, you can do this without it; I believe in you.” No one had ever said that to me. How did this doctor who barely knew me, see a fire in me that I couldn’t see myself? I left that office and never considered LapBand again! While this was going on, a dear former Fatty friend of mine, Jennifer, had been doing Weight Watchers for a good amount of time and was having a huge amount of success. I give her a lot of credit for my final success at Weight Watchers. I watched her getting smaller and smaller and happier and happier and thought “Shoot, if she can do this I sure as hell can too!” P.S. she proudly lost 80 lbs and is now hotter than donut grease (again sorry, Fatty at heart.) So for her, I am forever grateful that she found the strength in herself to lose weight, prompting my success.
I joined Weight Watchers and had a good amount of success (lost 30 lbs.) but like my attempts before, fell off track. I did not gain back the 30 lbs., but did quit losing. Months went by and I finally decided I was sick of being over 200 lbs. I was having panic attacks (that I later found out were completely weight related) and was miserable. I hated that I couldn’t do the normal stuff regular people did. The last time, I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting something felt different. I was finally there to lose weight for me. I didn’t care what anyone else thought about me. I wasn’t losing for my parents, my friends, my family, or for the boys I wished would look at me and think I was beautiful. Just me.
My first five pounds came off in the first week. I had been through this before, so I knew it would come off fairly quickly at the beginning, but it still felt great. I felt empowered. I felt in control of every aspect of my life. I, of course have had some off weeks (and still do!), but even in those moments of weakness I still felt better than I had in my entire life. As the pounds came off and the compliments came rolling in I really started to believe this was my time. [I was no longer going to live a life in the plus size section.]
I hired a personal trainer who has been an amazing support. When I first started working with him we were doing thirty-minute sessions (I couldn’t physically do more). Each week he pushed me a little harder and stretched me to a level I didn’t believe I could get to. (You can follow my workouts in the WorkerOuter and Runner sections, but I do want to say the working out part came VERY slowly for me, so don’t think I was able to do the workouts I do now back then.
I wake up every single day with a smile on my face. I recently looked at myself in a mirror and didn’t see the Fatty I was for so long and I SOBBED. Tears of joy, of course! Losing weight is the most emotional roller coaster I have ever been on, but I wouldn’t change any part of it. Sometimes it is hard for me to remember where I started, but the look on the faces of people when they see me for the first time since I’ve lost the weight is amazing. It never gets old. The confidence I have now is indescribable. I find myself smiling throughout the day for sometimes no reason at all…except that I am finally healthy. [The feeling of good health is one I had never experienced and it is amazing.]
I am just a normal girl. I was just your average overweight, fast food, candy, cookies, pizza-loving, non-active American. I have no secrets, no tricks. I will forever be a Weight Watcher and PointsPlus Counter. That is who I am now. Weight Watchers changed my relationship with food. It doesn’t happen overnight, but I promise you if you commit one day at a time…It will happen. I no longer eat food simply because it tastes good. I eat healthy food that I know is good for my body. I indulge in moderation, (I have a HUGE sweet tooth!) but find the junk I lived on for years doesn’t even appeal to me in the same way anymore. Weight Watchers and the PointsPlus plan changed my life and empowered me to do what I honestly thought was impossible. It’s hard. It takes work. You will have frustrating days (that will be totally overshadowed by the great days!) But you can do this. Now, I want you go have “the last supper” (you know the one you eat as much as you can of whatever you want) and as you swallow that last bite I want you to smile. And I want you to congratulate yourself. Because now its time for you to change your life…And you are already millions of steps ahead of other Fatty’s out there, because you have a plan. You’re ready. It’s your turn to claim your FromFattyTo.
*This is not a Weight Watchers endorsed blog. I do not receive payment or any type of compensation from Weight Watchers.