ONEderland.

ONE·der·land
ˈwəndərˌland/
noun
  1. Not to be confused with WONderland, which means a land or place full of wonderful things.
    “London was a wonderland of historical sites, museums, theaters, shops, and entertainment”
  2. weighing below 200lbs and having a weight starting in the ONE hundreds.

I can remember hitting 95lbs of weight loss in October 2016.  It was right after I learned about Blue Dots with the Weight Watchers® app to help monitor a healthy range of points to be eaten daily.  I had gone to Washington, D.C. for a week for work, too.  Yet, I had still lost and hit this milestone weight loss of 95lbs.  I could feel being down 100lbs on my fingertips, which would have been 202lbs.  The much-coveted “ONEderland”—being below 200lbs and officially in the 100’s—awaited me right after.

Wishful thinking.

I spent the better part of the next 16 months struggling.  Going up and down the same 10 to 15 pounds.  And then slowly that 10 to 15 pound range started to climb.  At the end of February, I found myself almost 30lbs away from my 95lb-milestone.

When 2018 started, I made a conscious decision that something would have to change.  Some things were not in my control.  I would work to do what I could to try and change things for the better, including giving a 6+ year relationship the final chances to survive the hardships of two very different people that had grown severely apart over the years.

After days and weeks into 2018 with lots of tears and heartache, I received an email from the Weight Watchers® team asking permission to use the following image/quote from my Takeover back in 2017 for some e-mails.  Of course I said, “YES!”.  But, what was the most moving about it, was that I found that quote so powerful and truly eye-opening, because I had no clue who that person was.  I had lost her somewhere over the last year.  I knew then, I had to go find her and I wasn’t going to in my current situation.

And that’s what I did.  I got myself out of the environment I was.  I removed the toxic and negative energy from my life, cutting off multiple friendships and relationships from people that were bringing me down and the worst out of me.  I used that freed up time and energy to take care of myself in every possible way.

The result: In less than 3 months, I am down 38lbs*.  And I not only squashed the weight I gained, I hit my 100lb-milestone and I hit “ONEderland”.  ☺

I had always wanted to get myself a beach cruiser bicycle that I could ride along the beach.  So, a few days after I hit ONEderland, I ordered myself my bike (pictured above) and I’ve been riding (and loving!) it ever since!

As I reflect on what hitting ONEderland means to me, I have to be honest here and share how much I now see that 100/ONEderland were so much more mental than anything else.  I thought I’d be moved to tears and overtaken by overwhelming emotion when I hit these weight loss goals.  And I wasn’t.  I equate it to the same thing many people feel about hitting goal/Lifetime status.  That some loud horn with confetti and balloons and magical door opens up for you.  No, none of that happens.  You just keep living your life, day in and day out.  I don’t know what I want my ultimate goal weight to be.  What I do know is that I am currently losing weight by working the Weight Watchers® Freestyle program right now consistently each week, combined with a sustainable and consistent workout regimen.  I love the way I feel inside and out.  It’s all working for me.

*People who follow the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week. I lost weight on a prior WW program and will continue on Freestyle.

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