As long as I can remember, I've had a weight problem. I was overweight in childhood, teenhood and now adulthood. I was always hungry and tired. I've always been a dieter too, a yoyo'ing one at that.
I think things took a sharp turn way downhill after the birth of my first child. He was born two months early and spent two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. That was the most stressful time of my life and post-partum depression set in big time. I, at least, had the sense to see the doctor for that though. With a newborn to take care of, the tiredness became constant and I thought, "This is what they meant when they said new moms are always tired." I gained 40 lbs with my son and lost 20 lbs by my checkup. It was shortly after that that I started gaining again. There wasn't any change in my eating habits which were pretty poor and I blamed it all on lack of sleep and lack of nutrition. Well, as a new mom, I put my son before myself but at least I was taking a multivitamin, right?? Wrong.
When I went back to work, I *had* to go take a nap in the break room so that I could get through the rest of the day. In the previous months, it didn't occur to me that there was something wrong but after weeks of needing to take naps on my lunch break, I decided to see my doctor. I thought I was becoming a diabetic because I felt the way one would feel when your blood sugar drops too low.
My doctor discovered, through blood tests, that I was hypothyroid. I thought, "At last! The answer!" Was it? Yes and no. I was put on thyroid medication but it took about a year to find the correct one for me and even longer to regulate my thyroid levels. By then, I was over 300 lbs. My thyroid levels were regulated, I was watching my caloric intake, exercizing when I could....but I wasn't losing weight. I got so frustrated that I binged on junk for a while until I decided to take a stab at the South Beach Diet.
I wanted and needed to start the South Beach Diet but I didn't do it without a lot of reading, planning, worrying about what I could eat, etc beforehand. It was on October 11th, 2007 that I said, enough with the stalling. Four months later I'd lost 30 lbs, I had tons more energy and I also discovered that I am wheat/gluten intolerant. The first phase of the South Beach Diet acted as an elimination diet for me and thus I was able to discover that wheat was causing weight gain, headaches, water retention and a myriad of other symptoms that all succeeded in doing two things - keeping me fat and tired.
Now my diet consists of foods my body loves - poultry, lean meats, seafood, all sorts of veggies, fruit, eggs, nuts, healthy fats and lots of water. My exercise program consists of any Beachbody program. I absolutely love them and they give such a good workout. My favorite is still Turbo Jam.
Here are a few tips for success that I've used:
1. Drink that water! You need 8 cups of water a day AT MINIMUM. For optimal hydration, you need to drink about half your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 200 lbs, you need to drink 100 ounces of water a day.
2. Focus on whole foods, i.e. veggies, unprocessed lean meats, poultry, seafood, low fat milk, plain yogurt, low fat cheeses, eggs, beans, nuts, fruit, whole grains, healthy fats (olive oil, etc). Keep away from processed foods. They have all kinds of undesirables such as trans fats, tons of sodium, calories and saturated fats galore.
3. Stay above 1200 calories for women or 1500 calories for men. That is the threshold between starving your body and helping your body lose that extra weight.
4. Lemon water (fresh lemon juice added to water) acts as a natural diuretic so if you're retaining water and you feel puffy, drink some lemon water.
5. If you get frustrated or otherwise feel your motivation is declining, ask someone for help whether it be a pep talk, to be a sounding board or even to grab that cookie from your hand and tell you no.
6. Exercise even if it is only 20 minutes 3 times a week. Find something you love to do and do it.
7. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night. You'll be amazed how much lack of sleep affects your mood and stress levels.
8. Track everything you eat on Sparkpeople. You'll be surprised how much it helps when it comes to analyzing weight loss troubles. The more you track, the more data you have to help you.
9. Don't make the mistake of convincing yourself that that "chocolate bar" won't hurt or that "pint of ice cream" has dairy so it must be good for you. That will be the start of your decline into bad eating habits.
10. Listen to your body. If you eat something and gain, cut it out again. If you can't figure out what it was, start investigating by cutting out foods one by one until you start losing again. Add back the suspected food and see if you gain.
I'll add to these tips as I progress on my weight loss journey. If you'd like to find me, I'm pretty dedicated to the Beachbody line of fitness systems. You'll best succeed in finding me on the Turbo Jammers group.
~ Midlight21 ~
My ultimate goal is to get to a size 12, whatever weight that is for me. I don't think I'd look very good at a smaller size because I've got large bones and DON'T want to look bony!
My Diet: Paleo
My Exercise: Any of the Beachbody programs, love them!
Cherry Blossom background by Whetzel at http://www.flickr.com/photos/whetzel/
| Pounds lost: 28.0
Congrats on your weight loss and the low carb life style!
1661 days ago
HEY!! just checking in with some "old timers" from the buddy system!! are you still here???
Hope you 2010 rocks- and I hope you've set some GREAT goals to achieve success!!!
Kick some booty this month!!!
2359 days ago
Wow, cannot believe it's been 3 months since I last checked on you. Where did the time fly? Are you still around? Hope all is well :) Hey, are you still doing the blood type diet? I just saw an old post from you on there. I am type O too~
2485 days ago
How's it going? Checking on you to see if you are still with us? Be sure to join the June challenge if you can, it's not to late. Jump on in. Have a great weekend.
2580 days ago
hi i would like to congratulate you on you weight loss
2584 days ago