My name is Mae. I’m 31 years old. At 5’0”, I am the tallest female in my family. My parents made me in Los Angeles, but I was born in the Philippines (we moved back to LA for good shortly after I was born). To support my shopping habit, I work full time as a professional nerd in the children’s fitness industry. Since I was a young girl, I’ve been an LA Lakers & Dodgers fanatic. I am the proud mother of two Boxer furchildren.
It’s a Familiar Tale
Like a vast majority of overweight people, I have been heavy nearly my entire life. I couldn’t attribute my size to pregnancies or injuries; the fact was I’d always been the “fat girl” and, though I very much wanted to be not-fat, I never did anything to change my situation.
In 2006, my “a-ha” moment arrived while looking at pictures of myself at a recent wedding. I’ve always been good about hiding from the camera, but they got me, and they got me good. Later that night, I saw a commercial for a clinically monitored weight loss plan called Lindora. I took it as a sign. Long story short, it worked a miracle on me, and I lost 70 pounds within just a few months.
…And then it didn’t work, because I was constantly craving sweets, and other such forbidden foods. The train flew off the tracks, and I gained all the weight back plus another 12 pounds. Self-loathing doesn’t even begin to describe my underlying and perpetual mood.
This unhappy, fat life would be me for a few more years. I can’t pinpoint another “a-ha” moment; I just finally got my act together in May of 2011 and, wait for it, signed up for Lindora again. This was when I didn’t know any better; I just knew that it worked before so it would probably work again. After just a couple weeks on the plan, I ditched it, went low carb on my own, then finally found the light with Weight Watchers. The PointsPlus program is how I lost the bulk of my weight (~100 pounds) but I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of different dietary ideologies in the last year or so.
Wherever my reduced fat feet land, I will always attribute my success to the Weight Watchers way of “dieting,” for lack of a less cringeworthy term.
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Email me: mae [at] reducedfatgirl.com
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