About Izzy

Hi!  I'm Izzy!!  (IzzyBeth, Beth, Freida, whatever you want to call me.)  I am married and have 3 children, 6 cats, and 3 dogs.  Oh . . . and I love food.  And I hate exercise.

I have been a serial dieter for probably the last 10-12 years. I was pretty active in high school and I believe it wasn't until my twenties that I got away from that and started having issues with my weight. (Plus, when you have no money and no time, you get into the habit of eating crap from convenience stores and fast food.) I've tried South Beach, several As Seen on TV programs, joining gyms, pills, you name it, I've probably tried it.

I am also an emotional eater. I know this - and it is something I deal with every single day. Oh how I wish I could be one of those people who CAN'T EAT when they are stressed. Oh no. I could eat 2 packages of Double Stuf Oreos when I'm having a really bad day. But NO MORE!!

Thanks to my good friend Kristen, who often went through emotional eating binges with me (can we say Papa John's cheese bread anyone?), and her inspirational story - I decided I was ready for a change. I joined Weight Watchers ONLINE on March 1, 2008.

I have to admit that I have never been a fan of Weight Watchers. In fact, several months before that, my friend Ruth tried to convince me to join and I didn't want to. I didn't like the thought of going to a meeting and saying, "Hi, my name is IzzyBeth and I'm FAT." How was that going to help me? I would just find an excuse not to go every week and get back into the cycle of being unhealthy. BUT - thankfully, Weight Watchers now has an entirely online program that is easy to follow - and you can find support in various places on their site and other places online. So - I joined.  And I was pretty successful for a while.

And then stress happened . . . as it always does.  And I fell off the wagon.  In a BIG way.

And then Mary came into my life.  She told me about this local weight loss program that utilized meal replacements and weekly meetings and she showed me how successful she had been.  I knew that I had to do SOMETHING.  I was having trouble walking up stairs.  I was tired all of the time.  And with two parents with multiple health problems . . . it was time.  I hated the thought of going to meetings . . . but I knew that doing it alone had not helped.

I officially started the HNT program on March 24, 2010 and I'm slowly starting to change the way I view food.  I am determined to be successful.

I'm committed to losing a total of about 100 pounds. I know it will be a long road and won't be easy - but I figured if I'm putting it all OUT THERE, I'll be more committed to following through.

So . . . here we go . . . I thought I'd start with my horrible before picture and I'll update the progress pictures as we go along.

Yeah, that's SO attractive . . . NOT!!!!


I hope that somehow in sharing my journey online, that someone will stumble across my site and be inspired to make a change in their own life.

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