55 pounds down, after 2-1/2 years of hard work! August 13, 2013
"What changes can I make that I can live with?" That was the question I asked myself on March 1, 2011. Four months prior to this (11/1/10) I had committed to going to the gym 3 days/week and that was great, but I still wasn't losing any weight. I knew I had to change what I was eating. I had done Weight Watchers in the past (several times) and always lost weight, but gained it back when I realized I could not keep counting points for the rest of my life. But what COULD I keep doing for the rest of my life? That was the question.
A co-worker had lost a lot of weight by eating salads for both lunch and dinner. I loved salads but did not want them twice a day, so I figured that eating them at lunch (with some protein) was an acceptable change I could make.
For dinners, I took the www.choosemyplate.gov idea and adapted it for me. I decided that half my dinner plate would be vegetables and the other half could be whatever my family was eating. That seemed to me like a reasonable change to make. In the past I would have eaten a big plate of pasta, gone back for a second helping, and then taken leftovers for lunch the next day. My new plan allowed for a half-plate of pasta (NO SECONDS) and no leftovers for lunch. I decided that this was a change I could live with.
I knew from past experience that deprivation would not work for me and would ultimately make me angry and return to my old habits. I have continued to have my nightly glass of wine (I'm married to an Italian!) and the occasional sweet treat when I'm really craving it. I never say, "Oh no, I can't have that." I'm convinced that, although this strategy has most definitely slowed my weight loss down, it has also kept me on track and sticking with my program.
I have now made many healthy changes over the past 3+ years, with a weight loss of 50+ pounds and counting. I have never felt better, and feel comfortable that these are now permanent changes I can live with forever. The weight has come off ever so slowly (2 pounds/month on average), but I have decided that this is better than not coming off at all!!
I want to wear a size 8 again. (Met goal)
I want to see the 120's on the scale again. (Met goal, but then re-gained, working on that goal again now)
I want to get into a healthy BMI range. (Met goal, but re-gained, working on that goal again now)
I want to age gracefully with as little pain as possible. I won't be one of those old folks wearing stretch pants on the sofa all day!
I approach each meal with this thought: "What's my vegetable or fruit going to be? What's my protein going to be?" If I'm going to have a carb (pasta, bread, cereal), I try to have it at breakfast or lunch, not at dinner. If I have a dinner time carb, I just try to make it a small amount of a healthy whole-grain carb, such as whole-wheat pasta, quinoa or farro.
I do a 45-60 min. workout at the gym, 5-6 days/week, mixing up what I do there. Always some low impact cardio, plus a free weights strength training routine 2 or 3 days/week.
Live in Maine.
Happily married, with two older boys (21 and 23).
I'm a HUGE Bruce Springsteen fan!
Secrets of Success
| current weight: 154.0
Thanks for your labeling the alarm idea! Have a great Sunday.
112 days ago
Thanks for stopping by my blog. That's amazing that your mom was a gym rat. Yes, I really have no excuse - I have a gym membership that I'm not even using. My mom had lung (and kidney) cancer too. Have a super Saturday!
169 days ago
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Thanks for the encouraging words on my blog. Have a wonderful Monday!
181 days ago
I'd never heard of Quest protein bars before, and went to the website. Thanks for the info, I like the idea of having a variety...and these, too, I'll cut into halves or thirds and freeze...BUT I will also wrap a section and put it into my purse as well. (I, too, use the "trick" of eating slowly coupled with lots of water...I finish completely satisfied). Thanks for adding to my blog!
281 days ago
Thanks ever so much for your suggestion of a "Victory Page". Think I'm gonna need that so I don't get totally disheartened and quit altogether.
hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!
299 days ago