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|My Story ~ Dotti|
My name is Dotti. After many years of being almost 100 lbs. overweight, I started the Weight Watcher Program on January 5, 1998. Although skeptical of the new “Point System” I decided to follow it to the letter. By doing this, I can proudly say, “I have reached my goal weight and made Lifetime on October 19, 1998!” As of October 19, 1998, I have lost 95 1/2 lbs. (see Before & After Photos) through the Weight Watcher Program and coupled with the 10 lbs. I lost the month before I started, my total loss is 105 1/2 lbs. This is the easiest program I have ever come across. Through this “lifestyle change” I have more energy, higher self-esteem and better health.
My goal in creating this web site
is to help others make this “lifestyle change”, whether on the Weight Watcher
Program or following one of your own. I have found that by keeping the Weight
Watcher Program or any other weight loss program simple, it not only makes
it easy to follow, but also much easier to keep on following it.
I have been over 100 lbs. overweight
and unhappy with myself for many years. My eating habits were atrocious and
I ate ALL the wrong foods. Most of the time I ate junk food and I ate whether
I was hungry or not. I was tired all the time and became a virtual “couch
potato”. I slept away most of my days because I had no energy to do anything
else. I felt totally “out of control”, beaten down and overwhelmed with my
weight problem. I was not a happy person inside. On the outside I put on a
“happy” face but inside I was slowly dying.
I was very skeptical at first of the new Point System at Weight Watchers but I decided to give it a try and followed it exactly as explained to me by my wonderful Leader, Renee. I wrote down everything I ate, drank my 6-8 glasses of water a day, started an exercise program, 3 days a week for an hour and never missed a meeting except when I was out of town. The group support I got from my weekly meetings was essential to my success. I never use the word “diet” since this is a “lifestyle change”, not a diet. I lost an average of 2.6 lbs. a week. I keep my foods low fat and high in fiber while eating lots of fruits and vegetables. It didn’t take me long to learn why I was maintaining 100 lbs. over my ideal weight. Everything I ate before starting this journey was very high in fat, had very little fiber and was very high in calories. Wow! What an eye-opener!
A great motivator during my journey was the love and support from my husband of 23 years, Al. My “lifestyle change” has also become his and he is benefiting
from it too. In fact, he is the one who helped me make this web site a reality.
My other great motivator was my dearest, best friend of over 22 years, Tammy.
After seeing my success and change in my lifestyle she decided to start Weight
Watchers also. We have always been close to the same weight, me being a little
heavier. She called me up and laughingly said she didn’t want me to get lower
than her. Also, she wanted that healthier lifestyle. I am very proud to tell
you that she made Lifetime (reached her goal) a short time before I did.
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