My name is Paula Bechtler. I live in the suburbs of Atlanta with my husband, Bill, and our two kids. For the last 8 years, I have worked for a state university, where I’m currently a project manager in the IT department. I’m also the volunteer youth leader at our church, Hiram UMC. In June of 2016, a friend urged me to join the Weight Watchers at Work program on our campus. I weighed 248 pounds. I was terrified to try it and fail. It was embarrassing. A potential failure at Weight Watchers seemed like it would signal a life sentence to being overweight. I was prepared to live the rest of my life obese rather than risk failure. I was so self-conscious at my first meeting that I made up an excuse not to stay afterwards for the newbie orientation session. I gave it half a try the first week, and I was surprised to see that I lost 1.8 pounds! That motivated me to give it a real chance, and the weight continued to come off, week after week.
In the year that followed, there were many mini-failures, start-overs, good and bad choices. As someone else said, “I failed my way to success.” On May 24, 2017, I reached my goal weight of 155 pounds, which puts me inside the “healthy” BMI range. This blog tells my story and is a space where I can share my ups and downs, tips and tricks. Welcome!