About ten or so years ago, I lost 70 pounds and people often ask me how I did it and so I am going to share my story. Maybe it will help you because I will be honest in saying ,it’s not rocket science or this one magic pill. So let’s go back in time.
I am I don’t know maybe 35, so not a kid in my twenties with a lightening quick metabolism.
Not so long ago I had my third child. I never had problems with weight. I had been thin most of my life. Even after my second child, I weighed 115.
It wasn’t the best time of my life. I had three kids, a full-time job I hated and a failing marriage.
So let’s just say Pretzels and French Onion dip became my go to meds. I barely got off the couch in my free-time.
All of a sudden, I was pushing 180. It kind of crept up on me and at the same time, I felt like crap most of the time. But when you have kids you don’t really notice. Being depressed can make you just not care about anything.
I would like to say that I did something super fabulous but what actually happened was I got sick and lost 15 pounds. Losing that fifteen pounds was a catalyst for change. It spearheaded the total change that would occur.
It really dawned on me at that time, if I could change that I could change everything. So it began.
Back then the healthy revolution was just starting. Nutritional Meal Replacement drinks were popular and I thought, Sweet this is going to be cake! I soon learned how horrid it made me feel. After that, I did research. I didn’t start a diet, instead, I formulated my own plan.
The basic reason in all of my posts and courses that I don’t supply a meal plan is because that isn’t the key to your personal success. Finding what works for you is. It is different for everyone.
When I found out what I needed to be eating, I changed my entire diet. What worked for me was Low-Fat, Protein Rich foods.I ate a lot of salad, hence a lot of green foods. Foods rich in protein like fish. I cut out junk and a great deal of starch.
What really was key for me, was Working Out. I worked out 5 days a week, 45 minutes a day. I did all of this at home, on my own. You have to realize exercise isn’t a one size fits all proposition. What has always worked for me is Strength-Training.
Seems like every day they come out with new techniques to tighten this, tone that. While it may be true, what worked for me was Old-School Calisthenics. Push-ups, Squats, various ab exercises.
Since then I only fluctuate with 10 to 20 pounds. Usually, if I stray from a healthy diet or exercise. So here are a few things to remember.
Though I did get skinny that time, I have gained back a small amount from time to time. Which will happen. Having reasonable expectations is the greatest gift you can give yourself. I realized proportionately, I am not built to be skinny. I am top heavy and there are genetic factors at play. Such as tummy. I will never have a flat belly and I can accept that.
I made the decision to not give up ever! I didn’t set a pound goal and I didn’t weigh myself. I wasn’t going to beat myself up for gaining a pound here and there or not losing the 2 or whatever pounds a week.Motivation is the number one killer of any weight loss program.
It is nice at first to have someone tell you what to do and what to eat but that feeling quickly fades. Sure, there are basic guidelines to follow for food and exercise, but one thing won’t work for everyone.
It may take time but find what works for you. Try different things and keep a record of successes and failures. If you are working your butt off and nothing is happening ,then try something else. Remember there is no magic formula other than eating healthy and working out.
I am not a fan of Weight Loss Supplements. I don’t believe they work and it’s that simple. I do, however, take a Digestive Enzyme and Green Tea Extract. Everyone, in my opinion, should take Probiotics for Digestive Health. Green Tea is an amazing Anti-Oxidant. I hate the taste, however, so I take the pill form.