Lifetime: This is for you, Ma

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I did it.  I am now a lifetime member at Weight Watchers.  As long as I stay within a healthy weight range I no longer have to pay and it’s free.


When I first joined WW over 15 years ago I don’t know if I ever actually believed it was possible.

This time I faked it ’till I made it.


Yes I wanted to be healthier for sure.  There’s also that part of me that wanted to look better – I can admit that.  There’s one reason though that I’ve never really talked about before.

My Mom.

My Mother struggled with weight her entire life.  You wouldn’t know it by looking at her – she was thin as a rail until probably her mid 40’s.  It was how she was skinny as a rail that was the problem.

She didn’t eat, or at least not much.  We both gained weight in the early 2000’s and we both went to WW.  For her years of abusing her body made her so sick she finally had to eat or die and the weight came on.

We really had some awesome talks about weight back then.  I learned a lot about her issues with food.  She always worried about me, because I tend to show elevated sugar when I get heavier, and her Mother died at 54 from Diabetic complications.

My Grandma refused to change her diet when she became Diabetic, and she died because of it.  She drank Pepsi like water and was heavy.  My Mom always had a huge dislike of any kind of pop, and it wasn’t until I lost her that I realized how horrible it must have been for her.

She had three little kids and was only 33 or 34 years old when her Mom died.  I was 41 and that was hard enough.  I don’t know how people younger get through it.

So even though my siblings are much bigger than I am she always worried about me.  She didn’t want me turning out like my Grandmother.

I can see why.

It was funny because I was visiting and one of our distant relatives came over.  They were talking about my Grandma like she was this saint – this awesome person.  After they left I remember telling my Mom how I didn’t know that person.  I knew an angry, mean old lady.

I can still hear her bellowing “LESTER” at my Grandpa every time she wanted something.

I also remember her saying things like “Are you sure you want to eat that” to my Mom while pointedly looking at her.  I don’t care how young you are, kids pick up that stuff.

And they remember it.

My Mom explained that she was really sick most of the time after I was born.  She had to have her leg amputated right before she passed.  She was just sick.

I had asked my Mom why she hasn’t said anything when I or my siblings starting pudging out in our late teens.  She explained how her Mom had always criticized everything that went into her mouth and she didn’t want to do that to us.

Maybe my Grandmother didn’t want my Mom to be overweight like her so that’s why she did it.  Just like my Mom didn’t want me to turn into my Grandma.

I really had no idea about nutrition before I went to WW.  I mean when I wanted to lose 5 or 10 pounds in my 20’s I just would barely eat.

That is what I learned growing up, whether my Mom wanted me to learn that or not.

Weight Watchers opened my eyes to how I was eating, and even though I didn’t make it to goal each time I never ever gained back all the weight from the very start.

So getting to goal and making Lifetime is for my Mother, who desperately wanted that for me.  So desperately in fact pretty much the last thing she said to me before she left this Earth was “Please go back to Weight Watchers you can do it”.

I’ve never told anyone that before.  She never stopped worrying that I would turn out like her Mom.

So please remember your kids are watching and learning – the good and the bad.  You can set an awesome example, or you can be a horrible warning.

I never want to be remembered as a mean spirited old lady who can’t do anything.  I don’t want to work my whole life and then not be able to enjoy it when I get older.

My great nephew thinks I’m a ninja.  Let’s keep it that way.

I know there are a lot of people in Weight Watchers that believe in “No Finish Line” or something like that.

I’ve crossed the finish line.  I finished my race.  I did it, I accomplished it.

There’s a new race now that I’m just starting.  I hope you come along for the ride.


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Mom’s Veggie Soup

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So this is a soup I grew up eating.  I’ve modified it slightly to make it more Smartpoint friendly, but it is easy, fast, and delicious!

I knew my Mom had a bad day when we had this because it was so easy to make.  In fact, I was probably the one making it after about 1st grade.  I’ve always cooked with my Mom, and this was the recipe that didn’t need much supervision, so when the bottle of wine came out and my Mom announced we were having this for dinner, I knew she had a hell of a day.

You can get 14 cups out of this recipe.  You can add more broth if you like it more juicy, or if you replace the bulgar with barley you will automatically get more broth.

It is 3 Smartpoints a cup or 5 Smartpoints for 2 cups.

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Eliminate the But to Get the Butt

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I do Weight Watchers but I don’t count my coffee creamer.

I do Weight Watchers but I don’t track on Saturdays.

I do Weight Watchers but I have one cheat meal a week.

I do Weight Watchers but I don’t track oil I use for cooking.

I do Weight Watchers but I only sporadically track what I eat.

I’ve heard them all.

Hell I’ve done them all.

This doesn’t even have to be about WW.  I can’t tell you how many different diet plans I’ve heard the but’s on.

So when I started back with meetings this last February, I decided that I would eliminate the but.  No more me thinking I knew better than a bunch of scientists whose sole purpose is to to you know, study these kinds of things.

There would be none of that.  I would do what they said.

For two weeks.

Yes, that’s right.  I wasn’t all that sure about this whole Smartpoints thing.  It reeked of low carb which I despise.  I knew I needed to do something though, so I decided to take a leap of faith and do this  program for two weeks, even though I didn’t think it would work.

After the two weeks I’d try and find my stuff from the former program and do that.

But I’ll be damned it worked.  So I decided to do another 2 weeks of no buts.

Then another, and another.

It only took 14 times and I was at a healthy weight.  It really happened before I knew it.  I mean I’ve been close before, but was usually so burnt out by the time I got close that I’d fall off the wagon.

I’m not even close to being burnt out.

So yes, I, Kelly, admit that I was wrong.  I do not know more than the powers that be at Weight Watchers.

Why two weeks you may wonder?  Well see here’s the thing.  When you know you are going to Weight Watchers it is almost mandatory to have those last meals, those last treats.  They may not show up the day you first way in, but they sure can 7 days later.  That’s why I gave myself two weeks.

Two Weeks of no buts to get the butt I wanted.

Do you think you could do that?  Two weeks?  Just two weeks of no buts?  I bet you can.

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Weigh In 9-16-17: Lifetime #5!

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We are down to the wire peeps!  One more week and Oprah is going to have to get a side hustle because I will no longer be paying for Weight Watchers.

I did it!

It still doesn’t feel real to me.  I gained .2 at weigh in, which is not freaking me out in the least bit and is a major, major achievement.

“Regular” people fluctuate a pound or two in weight.  It is going to take me a bit to get used to being “normal”, but I am on my way.

But am I regular?

I must admit I have never been accused of being normal once in my entire life.

I’m talking about my size though.  Is my size regular?  Normal?  According to some people that is a no.


I’m talking compli-stomping people.  I really didn’t want to delve into the underbelly of negativity that comes with weight loss, but I see so many people that hear so many bad things.

You are not alone.

In case you don’t know what a compli-stomp is here’s the 411:  Someone starts off with something that sounds similar to a compliment, but turn it around to something negative.

Passive aggressive bullshit to put it bluntly.  I HATE passive aggressive.

Here’s an example that I used in a previous post:

Oh so you are losing weight…………………………….Again.

It started out as something nice until she tilted her head and smiled at me like someone smiles at a two year old and said again.

Another example:

You have done so good!  Wow!  How much more do you have to go?”

I’m at goal.

Oh how nice that you can be confident enough to still be bigger!”

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A 30 Point Day – Off the Rails

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As I continue to work on figuring out this whole maintaining thing, I’ve come to realize that this is never going to end.

I mean I know I tell myself and you all that all the time, but it’s when a bad day hits and you have to make that decision that it’s really, seriously, no doubt for life that this reality really smacks you in the face.

Yes Virginia, I have bad days.  I know a lot of peeps who see someone who got to their goal as someone that must do everything perfectly.  They must always stay in their Smartpoint range or whatever their current plan is, they always work out, and of course are always eating healthy food.

I’m here to tell you plain and simple – that’s bullshit.  We are human.  We are going to mess up.

It’s how you handle those not so good days that will determine if you will be successful.  Do you say screw it, I was bad yesterday so I might as well be bad tomorrow?  Do you beat yourself up over and over for being weak?

Or do you realize it, own it, and try your best to change it?

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Food Finds – Costco

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I have a love hate relationship with Costco.  I mean, you can get some great deals, right?

Yeah, but then they can make you fall in love with something and then BAM it’s GONE! Not cool Costco, not cool!

Anyway, here are my favorite things that I always get from Costco!


I’m so not a protein bar kind of person.  What I am is a candy bar kind of person, and when I just want a candy bar these are my go to.  Robert Irvine Fortifx Fit Crunch Peanut Butter Bars are 6 Smartpoints but you would swear they are as much as a regular candy bar, which is 1,294,089 points.

Make sure you get the right one because there are others that are way higher in points.  Scan your packages people!

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Fat – The Worst Re-Gift Ever

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Ohhh I see you are losing weight…………………………..Again………

Yeah, that was something I was told by somebody after I had dropped about 20 pounds this go-round.

You get used to being complistomped when you are on the diet wagon.  You know, when you think you are getting complimented but then they turn and stomp on you.  Yeah, I got a post coming up about that soon…

Anyway, so we’ve all gotten a re-gift before, or regifted to someone else.  Re-gifting yourself fat is the worst.

Re-fatted if you will.

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