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Weight Loss in the Slow Lane

"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 ...
"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!!
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Member Since: 12/26/2012

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My Goals:
I want to wear a size 8 again. (Met goal)
I want to see the 120's on the scale again. (Met goal)
I want to get into a healthy BMI range. (Met goal)

I want to get closer to the middle of my healthy BMI range.

My Program:
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 an hour workout at the gym, 5-6 days/week, mixing up what I do there. Always some cardio, plus upper body strength training 3 days/week.

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5'-1/2" tall.
Live in Maine.
Happily married, with two older boys (18 and 21).

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS
2/5/2014 7:55:59 AM

Hi! I saw your comment on a blog, and our names are similar so I friended you!



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Thank you for commenting on my blog and sharing your insight. It can be a good tool if you do it right. It looks like you do a great job of making that scale work for you, you look great!!
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Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your concern for my son.



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Thank you for stopping by my blog and your words of encouragement. Journaling sounds like a good idea. I love your approach to losing weight, just do what you can live with. A step at a time and when you look back see how far you have traveled.

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