Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Today marks my 1 year anniversary on The Simple Diet. It has been an amazing year.
I woke up on February 13, 2012 (almost a month after reading about the diet in Womanís World) and decided that it was the day! It was the day to take my life and health back. I went to the store before work and bought the shakes and the meals. I fumbled through the plan for the 1st week Ė it seemed like a lot of food to eat. However, after ordering the book, I was able to track and plan my shakes, entrees, and fruits/vegetables on the chart. And of course, I started to use SparkPeople to blog about my experiences.
Because of how my mind, works, I initially focused on getting my diet under control; the exercise came later. I set small goals:
1. Lose 10% of my initial weight
2. Lose 25 pounds
3. Get under 200 pounds
4. Lose 100 pounds
5. Reach goal weight
How has my life changed? Well the obvious is the weight loss. At my initial weigh-in, I was 282 pounds and as of yesterday I weigh 184.5; Iím down 97.5 pounds. Iím just a few pounds from reaching goal #4.
Iíve gone from wearing size 26/28 to size 14/16 (even my shoe size has decreased). I have so much more energy. I havenít used the elevator at school this year!
My health has improved. Iím no longer pre-diabetic, my thyroid function is normal and Iím taking the lowest dose of my blood pressure medication! No more naps!
I love to exercise. I remember only being able to exercise about 20 minutes before being exhausted. I joined the gym in June but before that I walked and used DVDs (I still do). Now I exercise twice a day (between 1 Ĺ and 2 hours.) On Thanksgiving Day, I ran a 5K and Iím looking forward to racing again this spring/summer.
My friends and family have been very supportive. Thereís a Weight Watcherís commercial in which a woman talks about having to learn to live in her new body Ė thatís exactly how I feel. Occasionally, I have to do a double take when I look in the mirror.
Why this diet? Iíve tried them all; thereís not enough space to mention them all! I needed a plan that was affordable but restrictive. I needed to be ďtoldĒ that I couldnít have snacks and pizza; letís be real Ė who really eats 1 ounce of potato chips (6 points)? or only one slice of pepperoni pizza (5 points)?
Any chance I get, I love to share the Simple Diet with others. It has changed my life and I want everyone to lose weight by keeping it simple!