ALMOST 300 LBS
One day in 2005 I stepped on the scale and realized I was nearly 300 lbs! I am only 5’3”, so that is a whole lot of weight. Simple tasks like cleaning the house or getting in and out of the car were becoming difficult for me.
Then we went on vacation to Cedar Pointe, an amusement park in Ohio. It was our first vacation in years. My boys and I couldn’t wait to ride the roller coasters. When I went to get in line for the first one, I discovered that I couldn’t fit in the seat. I was devastated. I felt like the worst mother in the world. It was time to do something. I was desperate for a change. I wanted my life back!
What did I do?
My chiropractor had been talking to me for awhile about losing weight. I decided it was time to listen. She put me on a very strict 6 week plan:
Zero carbs. No bread, crackers, cookies, rice, etc. After 2 weeks I was allowed 1 serving a day.
Lots of fruits, vegetables and lean protein. All the greens I could eat.
NO refined sugar
NO hydrogenated oils
Plenty of water
After 6 weeks, my metabolism had adjusted and I was able to eat whole grain carbs and dairy again. I wish I could tell you the weight just fell off and I made my goal in 6 months. But that wouldn’t be the truth. It came off with excruciating slowness. Some weeks the scale didn’t move at all. Occasionally, it went up. But over time, the weight did come off.
I learned portion control. I ate more fruits and veggies. I planned snacks so I wouldn’t get caught hungry and binge on something unhealthy.
It took me 6 years, but I finally got down to a place that made me happy. I liked what I saw in the mirror again. I had more energy and it was easier to move around. I had lost 135 lbs. That’s a whole other person!
What’s this mean for you?
Fad diets and yo-yoing don’t work. You just wind up discouraged and more overweight than when you began. You have to make life style changes if you want sustained weight loss. And you have to be patient. It won’t happen over night, or even in 6 months. It takes time and sustained effort. You have to persevere. Perseverance, patience and time. It is doable. If I can do it, so can you.
Do you have a weight loss goal? What can I do to help you get started?
6 YEARS AND 135 LBS LATER
Originally posted 2015-10-30 12:28:23.