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GOOOOOOAAALLLLLL!!!

OK, so I didn't shout like a soccer commentator, but I did do a little bit of dancing in the meeting room. Today, unexpectedly, I hit my Weight Watchers goal.

I knew I would be close, but because these last few pounds have been rough I didn't think I would make the cut this week. Plus, it was hard to tell how I would weigh in at the meeting -- arou
nd noon, fully clothed -- compared to when I weighed myself at home in the morning.

But when that official scale read precisely 164.0, I threw my hands in the air in victory. The meeting receptionist, who knew I was close based on our previous conversations, was so caught up in a computer problem that she didn't even notice what just happened and handed back my card and booklet like any other week.

That's OK, I spoke up. "Ummm ... I just hit goal," I told her. She felt so bad for not realizing, and quickly congratulated me and told me I needed to share at the end of the meeting. Of course, I'm not shy, so I did. I've only been going to this meeting for about five weeks, but I was so proud to announce my accomplishment to the group.

The leader, who also knew I was close to making goal, was so happy for me and asked me to share how much I'd lost. I was so proud to FINALLY be able to say "105 pounds!" I still can't believe it, to be honest. When I started this whole thing, my "big" goal was to reach 200 pounds again. That's what I weighed when I graduated high school.

Back when I started Weight Watchers, I distinctly remember looking up my BMI and thinking a "normal" one wasn't physically possible. When I passed the obesity mark around 190, however, I realized a healthy weight wasn't out of reach. That's right, I'm considered in a healthy weight range for the FIRST TIME EVER. That's just ... just, wow.

My new Goal charm, next to my Activity charm

The leaders also asked me to share the one thing that helped me get to this point. Of course, that one thing would be my husband. It's so fitting that Kyle texted me just yesterday, "Did you know I started Weight Watchers exactly two years ago?"

Yep. He joined with me on April 10, 2012. And from there, we've changed our lives and our family. Having him counting points and trying new foods with me made all the difference in this journey. He gets it, and he's there for me when I need the extra support. I couldn't have gotten here without him, and I'm so proud of all the accomplishments he's made as well.

BUT it's not over. Now that I've reached my goal weight, I have to stay within 2 pounds (up or down) for the next six weeks. If I am successful, I get to graduate into Lifetime membership with Weight Watchers. What does Lifetime mean? It means I'll get to continue using the program for maintenance, and I'll get all the meetings and eTools for FREE. Wooohooo!!

I know this part of the journey will be hard, but it's going to be so worth it. I can keep the weight off and continuing to live the life I've created ... as long as I'm willing to work.

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