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On June 24th, 2018, I decided that it was time for me to do something for myself and my health. I was at a point in my life where breathing had become a chore. Every joint, bone, and muscle in my body hurt.

As a teacher, I could barely walk from the back of my classroom to the front. With several health issues at hand, I took a look at my future and decided that I didn’t like the direction it was headed in. I had to change courses.

Both of my parents had several health issues that started in their 40s, and with my 40th birthday only two and a half months away, I didn’t want to head down the same road they were on.

I started doing research and teaching myself about health and wellness. Two and a half years later, I’m here with a healthier outlook on life. I’ve lost a total of 72 pounds since July 1st, 2018 with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined).*

Even though I haven’t reached all of my health goals yet, WW has given me the tools that I need to help me be successful in what I know will be a lifelong journey.

I made the decision to go back on WW during a drive home to Arizona from a trip to California.

At the time, both my sister and brother-in-law were on WW and showing great success. I’d been trying to lose weight on my own for 6 months at this time. I’d tried my own “diet” and exercise plan, but they weren’t working. My weight was only increasing.

When I got home, I decided to weigh myself. I couldn’t believe the number on the scale. I hadn’t weighed myself since September 2017. I was up almost 30 pounds. I got up the next morning and started making a plan for success.

I spent the next 7 days researching WW. A simple Google search led me to YouTube, which led me to Instagram. This led me to finding the #WWfamily on Instagram, who guided me through my first steps on the program.

The tools that have been given to me through the WW app and workshops are invaluable to my success.

In the app, I can connect with other WW members and a WW coach. I can also track my weight, sleep, and activity, in addition to my food. I also have the ability to look up recipes or write my own and save them for another time.

The new myWW+ from WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) is their most holistic weight loss program ever.

I love the weekly workshops. They make WW and the WW community feel so unique and special. It’s vital to me to have weekly in-studio or virtual workshops to attend. Active listening is key for me during the workshop.

I love to learn, and listening to others discuss their highs and their lows and their tips and tricks makes the workshops especially meaningful for me.

Since starting WW, I have faced several injuries that have put many pauses on my plans throughout the last two and a half years.

In the past, if I hit one speed bump, I would’ve thrown in the towel. But I’ve learned that it’s going to happen, so I need to just keep going. I have to do what I know is best and put into practice what I’ve learned to keep moving forward.

The following reminders have helped me throughout my weight loss journey:

  • You aren’t defined by the number on the scale.
  • This is a lifelong journey. Reaching a healthy weight is only the beginning.
  • Find a community of people that support you throughout your journey.
  • Putting yourself first doesn’t make you selfish. You can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself first.

Regardless of which program you choose to help you lose weight, you’re the key to your own success. Remember that you’re enough and you’re worth it.

*People following the WW Program can expect to lose 1–2 lbs/week. Rosa lost weight on a prior WW program as well as myWW and continued on myWW+.

Rosa lives in the Greater Phoenix area with her husband John and dog Daisy. She is a strong believer in the power of education. Health and wellness are the focus of her personal education. She loves walking, playing board games, spending time with her family, the beach, and listening to her favorite podcast. Find her on Instagram.