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Lowest weight I have been in the past 7 years, and what I have learned from diets past


Monday, January 21, 2013

I can't believe this, when I got on the scale I had dropped down to 224.4! 0.4 of a pound and I am 50 pounds down from my highest weight four years ago. It just seems so shocking, I had started to believe that I would never get down to prepregnancy weight and to be honest, 190 just doesn't seem all that far from 224.4! That is "only" 35 pounds, and in the "big picture" it is not that much...I have lost that amount before and I can do it again.

So I am blasting through my 10 pounds or 10 inches in January challenge, only 0.4 to lose before January 31! emoticon emoticon


In previous weight loss efforts, I would look for a program or book that could motivate me and keep me on track. These efforts have included WW, The Zone, South Beach, Wheat Belly, Paleo, Cabbage Soup Diet, Slim Fast, four hour window eating, intermittent fasting, Body For Life, and the Lemonade Fast.

In all these diets, the only one that I learned absolutely NOTHING from was the Lemonade Fast. It was too hard to stick to and not logical or healthy and I knew it, I was just desperate. emoticon

Weight Watchers

Ah, my old friend Weight Watchers. I was actually a weigher at WW for years, I lost 30 pounds on WW in my early 20s and I thought I knew everything. The old points plan was great, I could eat whatever I wanted as long as it fit into my points. What does everything I want translate into for a party girl in her early 20s? cupcakes, booze, and vegetables (because hey, they're free!). It is not surprising that I couldn't keep the weight off and I soared to new weight heights shortly after quitting my job. The problem was, I did NOT WORK THE PROGRAM. WW works, if you eat healthy, points range foods (this is of course, based on the old points plan). What did it teach me? You can have anything in moderation on a weight loss plan, and it can be good to have a little treat here and there. I also learned that if you use all your points on calorie void treat foods, it doesn't retrain your palette to enjoy healthy foods and it is far too easy to slip into old habits.

The Zone

I think The Zone could have worked for me, if I had sufficient motivation at the time. I was looking for a magic bullet plan that would make me not have to do the work of weight loss. Problem with the zone? I felt guilty having treat foods. Good things about the zone? HEALTHY balanced eating! For real! I STILL look at my plate and see the splits, 40-30-30...the closer I ma to even carb/fat/protein distribution, the more satisfied I feel after a meal!

South Beach

Ok so I learned that my body cannot stick to a low fat high protein diet. I don't get any satisfaction out of it. I believe this diet is healthy and I wish I had a different body chemistry so it could have worked for me.

Wheat Belly

Propaganda. Over the top. BUT I do believe that wheat is unhealthy and we are better off limiting it. this book just went a bit too far with it. the main problem with wheat is it can easily take the place of more nutrition dense foods like fruits and veggies. There is a place for it in my diet, it's just not a staple food any more. What did I learn? Wheat is a treat, use it wisely.

Paleo

I lost a GREAT amount of weight on Paleo without counting calories. It felt liberated! Bacon and cantaloupe for breakfast, steak for dinner, snacking on roast chicken, coconut oil soak cauliflower rice mmmmm so delicious! So why did it end? a round of three gall bladder attacks and a kidney stone. Yet again, like WW, I didn't "work the plan". Bacon doesn't work for brekkie every day, in a mountain. Sodium needs to be monitored. But as much as I don't have it in me to follow this plan for weight loss, I am planning to use it for maintenance. When I get within 30 pounds of my goal my plan is to start paleoizing my diet again. It is a delicious, realistic life plan, if I follow the 80% on 20% off plan :-)

Cabbage Soup Diet

I learned that eating too much cabbage does not make you puke on this diet, but it certainly can mask pregnancy symptoms hahaha! Also, the soup is tasty in small amounts, and can really help to control your appetite before dinner.

Slim Fast

a chocolate bar for breakfast, a chocolate bar for lunch, I learned nothing. This diet works because it takes the thinking out of dieting. I made it 3 weeks.

Four hour eating window

The good thing about this plan is that it introduced me to intermittent fasting. But this type of diet is not ok for me long range, I get too irritable with my kids!

Intermittent Fasting

This is a valuable tool. It didn't work for me as a plan in it's own right, but skipping breakfast and NOT COMPENSATING FOR IT in calories later in the day, once a week or twice a week can really help with my own weight loss. I don't recommend it for everyone but it is valuable for me!

Body For Life

This plan taught me the importance of weight training done right. Everyone should read this book! The diet stuff? too bland for me. But the weight lifting information? priceless. This plan made awesome structural changes in my body. and I felt better weight lifting, I felt so powerful! I use the BFL strategies for lifting now and they get results faster than any other exercise plan I have tried.

PHEWWWWWW so that is my round up, basically every diet I have tried! WANT TO KNOW WHAT PLAN I AM USING THIS TIME????

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MY OWN.

I track my food.

I bought cardio equipment, and I use it, moderately, daily.

I bought weight equipment and I use it, moderately, 3 times weekly.

I do body weight exercises.

I read blogs, every day. and I blog a bit too.

I have goals, large and small, that I am working towards.

My husband is supportive this time.

I am investing time in myself.

I have not given my eating responsibility to the higher powers AKA diet plans/companies.


HAPPY SPARKING!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LAELLIS1 1/28/2013 11:31PM

    love it!!!

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GORIANA 1/24/2013 11:26AM

    Awesome post. I think this kind of introspection is invaluable to reaching any kind of goals. Good for you that you are learning what works for you.

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DDOORN 1/22/2013 8:33AM

    Thx for sharing your hard-fought-for wisdom! Many of your insights parallel my own through this journey toward finding our own way to live a healthy and well lifestyle.

Another book I recently found interesting and helpful: Joel Fuhrman's "Eat to Live"

Spark ON! :-)

Don

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SPARKLISE 1/21/2013 6:28PM

    emoticon Great blog! It about sums up my experience also,but you just wrote it better than I ever could!
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PRIMA_DONUT 1/21/2013 4:47PM

  Thanks guys, I'm glad people are getting a lot out of it! I figure, diet plans in a nutshell, sure is easier than reading each book/buying each product/joining each group! The only one I'm missing is Jenny Craig I think, but I hate frozen meals so bleh emoticon

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 1/21/2013 3:21PM

    Very true and realistic blog !! Informative also !! It IS so true that what works for one person does not for all....... thank goodness we are all different !!

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LULUBELLE65 1/21/2013 2:07PM

    This is a great blog! I agree with you about WW. I learned that I could eat junk and lose weight, but, not much about how to eat healthily. And I really like the expression "Wheat is a Treat" I may have to put that up in my kitchen!


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TINA5318 1/21/2013 1:55PM

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SEACHEL82 1/21/2013 1:17PM

    Great job on the weight loss! I absolutely love your brief paragraphs on each of the diets... Each one is so true! in the end... it is the simple things that help with our journey... who would have thought that?

LOL! keep it up!

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PRIMA_DONUT 1/21/2013 1:02PM

  Thanks guys, I'm feeling really good today, I have .4 to go to 50 down from my highest...so close!

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BRERRABBIT1 1/21/2013 12:59PM

    :) Hi PRIMA DONUT,
Wow! Thank you. I know I will be reading this over and over!

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**Crack a Coconut, Spear your Dinner and Sleep in a Cave --Mark's Daily Apple**

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MALA77 1/21/2013 12:55PM

    That's wonderful!!!! Keep up the good work!!!

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