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Eating to Live and 100 pounds gone.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Part of my success in reaching the 100 pounds lost milestone has been in switching from living to eat TO eating to live. It's essential. First a glimpse at the OLD me:

Vacations - I thought more about where we would eat than the sights we would see or the people we would visit.

Date Nights - They were mostly about food and/or shopping for more food.

Free Time - When I was bored I ATE. I didn't even have to be bored, I just ATE.

Bedtime - I was already thinking about what I could EAT the next day not what I could DO.

Rewards - If I finished a task I didn't enjoy or got an unexpected windfall it was always FOOD that was my prize.


BOY did that add up. I topped 350 (still don't know by how much as I didn't have a scale that would go that high until after I had been losing weight for some time). I was living to eat and eating to die.

emoticon Health issues changed all that. SEVERE health issues. Not to dwell on that but after surviving them I vowed to make a change and it's been slow but sure.

It's taken me from June of 2008 to now to do it but I have lost 100 pounds and in the process learned to eat to LIVE.

Here are some of the changes I made:

1) I shop the outer aisles of the grocery (fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and low and no fat dairy).

2) I cook more. I have learned I can prep once for several meals with careful shopping , packaging and freezing (we invested in a small deep freeze).

3) I track EVERYTHING and weigh and measure.

4) I revamp recipes to make old favorites fit my new lifestyle. I make chili with ground turkey. I use plain yogurt instead of sour cream. I use pumpkin or unsweetened applesauce instead of oil in baked goods. I reduce the amount of cheese and butter. I look for ways to incorporate more vegetables I use the blender to puree fruits and vegetables to add to recipes.

5) I eat less processed foods and sugars. I still have sugar but it's in very small quantities and becoming less all the time.

6) I made water my beverage. I have been off ALL sodas since June 2012. It's possible!

7) I don't use food as a reward.

8) I plan vacations with things to do (many active ones) and shop for healthy groceries upon arrival. A small cooler and a trip to the store can save you a lot of calories.

9) Close the kitchen after supper. Put away the leftovers, wash the dishes and turn out the lights.


I just went to the grocery this morning. In the "old" days my basket would be full of junk food, chips, dips, frozen cheeseburgers and pizzas, candies, cookies, pastries, high calorie baked goods, and soft drinks.

My basket today? Asparagus, Strawberries, plain yogurt, skim milk, chicken breasts, turkey, 100% whole wheat light bread, tomatoes, beans, bananas, apples, string cheese, canned vegetables, fire roasted tomatoes, fat free cottage cheese, spices, brown rice and TP (got to have that! HA)

It was a big change and it didn't happen overnight. I began with a few small changes and just kept adding to it. If this former couch potato can do it - you can too.

Stay tuned for more. I don't intend to keep it a secret. My method isn't the ONLY way to lose successfully it's just what worked for me - it might help you too!

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FLORIDASUN 3/27/2013 9:05AM

    My biggest and BEST realization so far is just to eat REAL foods. This can actually be quite the challenge since we love to eat out because of our work schedule and after a long day at work...the LAST thing I want to do is chop, prep, and take the time to prepare a wholesome dinner. My BEST solution has been my trusty crock pot...who KNEW the wonders that can come out of that. Then I freeze leftovers and have quick 'go to' meals in a pinch. It DOES take planning..but it beats wasting time sitting in a doctor's office. I cross myself three times whenever I walk near a doctor...here in the la la land of southwest FL. emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 3/10/2013 9:29AM

    Love your tips! I track, weigh, and measure all my food. I also keep a hand-writen food journal, and I weigh myself every morning to keep my eating in check.

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FIRECOM 3/4/2013 12:15PM

    This could have been written about me. Inspiration!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/3/2013 4:23AM

    what´s TP?thanks for shareing.my food basket has changed as well,though there are still biscuits and co in it for my husband and the kids.water is also my choice of drink.we can do this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 3/2/2013 12:01AM

    Beautiful!

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DEBRAK14 3/1/2013 10:39PM

    You are an inspriration! Thank you so much for being so open about your journey. And a HUGE emoticon on your success so far! emoticon

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NANCY-GIRL 3/1/2013 10:10PM

    Awesome job!!
This is the year that I have also declared to eat to live, not live to eat! Closing down the kitchen at night is an awesome idea! Evening tea is my trick of choice. I now look fwd to my evening tea before bed (too bad it sometimes makes me get up in the night! Hahaha).
Keep on keeping on!!

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    emoticon on your accomplishment.

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OILPAINTER 3/1/2013 7:34PM

    TERRIFIC - As Always!!!

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JENAE954 3/1/2013 5:59PM

  The name of the game for me is shift, shift and shift again.

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CAMAEL100 3/1/2013 5:33PM

    Fantastic turnaround. Well done!

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    What an awesome, inspirational blog!! You ROCK!!

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GINGERHAWK 3/1/2013 4:10PM

    What an absolutely amazing (and inspirational) journey. Thanks for continuing to share your journey. I hope your as proud of yourself for reaching the 100 pound weight loss mark as we all are! Nice job!

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    You've done an amazing job! Thank you for sharing! You are an inspiration!

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