Posted: Apr 09, 2012 1:15 PM
I've been overweight my entire life. For a while I let myself believe that I was meant to be that way. What I didn't realize was that my portion sizes and nutrition were completely out of whack! And exercise? I tried to convince anyone who would listen that it just wasn't for me.

I don't remember feeling so bad about the way I looked so much as the way I felt inside. I was so tired all the time. Finally I decided it was time to make a change, and I joined Weight Watchers.

I got down to a healthy weight — then I gained most of it back with my first pregnancy. After the baby was born, I got back on track, lost the weight again, then gained it back again with my second child. Now, I’m happy to report, the scale is back on its way down again, and I’m all the wiser for it. I’ve learned a lot about myself through my weight loss journey, and I’m happy to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

Weight loss myths

One myth I’d really like to dispel is that you have to spend a lot of money to get to your goal weight. I can tell you from experience that is simply untrue. You don’t have to drop a ton of cash on a gym membership or "health food" to get yourself healthy and fit. Between utilizing a little smart shopping and the many, many free resources out there today, there’s no excuse for not taking the time to get yourself feeling as good as you possibly can.

There are tons of great free websites, online communities and apps out there to help you get started — not to mention all the exercise videos and healthy cookbooks you can get for free from your public library!

You don’t have to drop a ton of cash on a gym membership or health food.

Start slow

You don’t have to become an exercise demon either; start by just fitting in extra walking throughout your day — a little bit at a time adds up very quickly! And every now and then, treat yourself to a new gadget, book or walking shoes to reward yourself (without food) for your hard work. After all, you are worth it!

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