Tuesday, December 22, 2009

And the winner is .... ME!

This is what I saw when I entered my weight into the WW site this morning:


HOLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! I hit my WW goal AND THEN SOME! I’m currently sitting at –71 pounds and feeling fabuloso. Six weeks in the maintenance phase and then LIFETIME MEMBER (aka noooo moooore paaaayiiiinngg). Halleluia!

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OH! And I didn’t want to mention anything until I knew for sure, but ...

I’m gonna be a WW leader!!!

I applied, had some interviews and then got the offer. Paperwork came in the mail yesterday. YAY! I figured I should give back to the program that really jumpstarted my healthiness journey. It’ll be a while before I begin actually leading meetings, but I’m excited to embark on this new gig!

It’s funny that I hit my WW goal and received my WW job paperwork the day the meeting topic was Celebrating Successes. Mark down two huge successes for me yesterday!

But really, it’s important to celebrate even the smallest successes. Like how I passed up the goodies in the cookie-share at work the other day or how I turned down grabbing an adult bevy a couple of nights ago and opted for tea instead. Each little success adds up to HUGE accomplishment. (Not to toot my own horn or anything, but 71 pounds beep beep!)

Oddly enough, I still don’t give myself enough credit. When someone says, “Wow! You look great!” or “You’re an inspiration,” I often respond with an insincere “Thanks, but ….” I really need to work on taking in those genuine compliments and leaving it at “Thanks!” Exclamation point, dammit. I’ve worked my tail off for this!


I’m TOTALLY pumped about all I’ve accomplished …. but it’s not over. It’ll never be over. That’s not such a bad thing, though. I really do get a kick out of incorporating new healthy elements into my life. In the last year, I’ve taken up running, decreased my intake of processed, already-made meals, increased my ability to prepare healthy meals from fresh ingredients, and eliminated meat from my diet. I can only imagine what 2010 has in store for me.


That’s all, folks. I’m so jazzed about my progress I can’t even come up with more words. Wow. Who knew?

OK OK a couple more :)

Focus on the positive. Celebrate success. Cherish every moment.

48 comments:

  1. Wowowowow! Congrats! You do look gorgeous! I am so excited for you! It is so fun hearing about people who reach their goal. I'm getting so close myself, that it gives me the extra motivation to keep on trucking :)

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  2. Congrats! That is so awesome! You are such a inspiration to me!

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  3. Congrats Amanda!! This is such great news! You'll be a GREAT WW leader!

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  4. Woohoo, congrats on both accounts! :) Cheers to an awesome and healthy 2010!

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  5. You are definitely the winner!! Congratulations :)

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS X 2!!!! Great job on reaching your goal weight! 71 pounds is awesome. And how exciting that you'll be a WW leader! What an exciting time for you! :)

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  7. Wow, what an accomplishment. I can't wait to read about your jorney as a WW leader. I had the best WW leader in one of my many tries at WW. Just think of all the people you will further inspire. I love reading your blog!

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  8. CONGRATULATIONS on your goal! Welcome to the club!

    CONGRATULATIONS on becoming a new leader! That ROCKS!!!

    I was wondering how long it took you to hear from WW? I just filled out my online questionnaire tonight! Would love to work for WW also!

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  9. Woot woot! Congratulations on reaching your goal and for the news about becoming a leader. Both are super awesome!

    You should be proud of yourself!

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What an achievement and a great start to Christmas!
    Claire xx

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  11. That is SO exciting!! Congratulations! And you just smashed through that goal, too. Woohoo! It's so cool you're going to be a Weight Watchers leader, too.

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  12. Congrats!!! You've accomplished so much! Way to go. :)

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  13. Congratulations - I can think of no better christmas prezzy - a christmas prezzy to your self! Way to go!!!

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  14. Congrats Amanda! Doesn't it feel great! (i just got my lifetime WW on Saturday!) Way to go!

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  15. CONGRATULATIONS! Hi there! I've been following you blog for about 2 months now and just wanted to introduce myself and tell you that you are one of my favorite bloggers because you keep it real and get results! Keep up the good work girl- you are definitely motivating people!

    I would love to have you check out my blog- I can use all the advice I could get!

    Tiff
    www.project365th.blogspot.com

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! We kittehs have been at goal since April, and lifetime members as well! Welcome to the club!!! WOOOOT! We are excited to hit our one year anniversary at goal this April! Blogging and reading others blogs have really helped us stay on track! The monthly WI's also keep us from straying too far from what we learned at WW! I think you will be an amazing leader, who will obviously inspire your group and help those that join. It's always good to know that your leader has walked the same path as you, and knows the pain, frustrations, joys of the weight loss journey! I wish you many, many more successes in the coming year! Again, Congratulations!!! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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  17. Congrats!!!
    You'll be a great WW leader!

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  18. Congratulations! Reaching your goal is an accomplishment to never forget. And to be a WW leader... Go you! I just got my WW employment packet and I'm looking forward to joining the ranks with you! :)

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  19. Congrats on your weight loss journey and becoming a WW leader. I'm a lifetime member myself. :-)

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  20. So awesome...and from a guy's perspective...wow...what a hottie! While its more important to be beautiful on the inside, having it on the outside doesn't suck.

    Congratulations!

    kgershman.blogspot.com

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  21. I am so happy for you! Congrats!
    There is a chance that I might be able to become a leader next year, so exciting! I wanted to tell you that most of us discredit our accomplishments, we should respond to ourselves the way other people do - you are so right. Way to go!

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  22. Congrats Amanda! That is an amazing accomplishment! Be very, very proud!

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  23. Wow, well done you! Isn't this great (and are you slightly scared too)?

    So glad you are in maintenance with me, together we are going to rock 2010!

    Gotta say, your post is just great too!

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  24. Congratulations!!! I am on my ww journey now - can't wait to get to goal!! Merry Christmas skinny girl!

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  25. Congrats Amanda! You should be VERY proud of yourself. Taking compliments will get easier. Make an effort to say just say "thanks" without the "but" behind it. It will get easier every time and you'll feel good for it.

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  26. Congratulations Amanda! You are going to be such an inspiring and motivating leader! Have a wonderful Christmas! :-D

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  27. WOOHOOOOO! CONGRATULATIONS! Now you get to show us all how this maintenance thing goes. HAPPY HAPPY MERRY MERRY!!!

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  28. Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  29. Amazing and congrats! Found your site on Melissa's Blog (littlempkints). Celebrate every success and take those compliments, lord knows you have earned them!!

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  30. congrats what an amazing journey you have had! Be proud!

    oh and we need some updated pictures now that you have got to the "after" part of your journey :-)

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  31. HOOOLLLLLAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

    I KNOW THE FEELING!!!!!! That's such a GREAT accomplishment, Amanda!!!!!! You ROCK!!!!

    **btw, I cried the day I reached goal! :)

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  32. Wow! Were you so surprised to see all those little stars?? How amazingly cool. Congratulations on all your successes. You've worked hard for them, that is for sure! Also, great news about working toward becoming a leader - I am not much for the WW meetings, but would love to attend one of yours someday!

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  33. Congrats girlie! That's awesome! I think you'll make an awesome WW leader :)

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  34. Congratulations! It is so inspiring to come across such a positive goal orientated blog. I hope you always remember how good you feel now and keep working at keeping yourself healthy, happy and fit in 2010. You are such an inspiration!

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  35. How wonderful and inspiring! Many congratulations!!
    weight loss

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  36. YAY!! I think WW is an amazing program, I am a lifetimer and my Girlfriend who got me into it is now a Leader too!! Congrats, way to accomplish your goal and then some and then go for broke by helping others as a leader! You will love it!! Blessings! Mary

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  37. Congratulations!! You will be such a fantastic WW leader! What a way to put the cherry on top of a great journey. You go girl!

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  38. I know I'm late in congratulating you, but CONGRATS!!!! you ROCK!

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  39. Congrats!!! Have fun as a leader for WW I'm sure you will do fantastic and have a great time doing it!!!

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  40. Wow Amanda! This is simply amazing! You are such an inspiration and you deserve all that has come to you! Great work!!! (sorry I haven't been reading blogs the past few weeks...) :-)

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