Friday, April 26, 2013
So, like many of you out there, I have done every yo yo diet under the sun. Everyone wants the quick fix. Ever notice the amount of diet commercials that you see in the month of January? All of them trying to get your attention, so you can start on your New Year's resolution to lose weight.
Over the last 20 years I have lost 30 pounds 5 times!! One might say I'm a successful dieter. I was. Every time I made a conscious effort to lose weight, I did it. However, my real claim to fame, is how quickly I gained it back all those times. I was a champion at it!! I would put that weight back on so fast your head would spin!! So fast, that I barely had time to get used to the new clothes that I bought.
What type of diets did I try, you say?......let me give you a quick little recap. Let's take a trip down my diet memory lane.
1. Nutri-system - at 25 years old, I was tired of the weight I gained in college and was ready to shed the pounds. Nutri-system was all the rage. Since it was still fairly new, it cost me a small fortune. Back then they charged you an initial fee based on the weight you had to lose. Which for me was $500. Then I paid $72 a week for food. I did this for 5 months. I did not exercise. All I did was eat the food they gave me. They actually had a hamburger that would grow and come alive when you poured hot water on it. It was like a brown sponge. Anyway, after 5 months, ta da!!! I lost 30 pounds. Right after this I moved away and did not have a nutrisystem close by. I immediately started to gain the weight back. In 6 months, ta da!!! The 30 pounds were back. So for a mere $2,000, I was thin for about 2 months!!
2. Slimfast - at 27 years old I was getting married and, of course, wanted to look good for my wedding. So for the months leading up to my wedding, I drank those delicious slimfast shakes. Between the stress of my upcoming nuptials and the fact that I was famished most of the time, I was a real life bridezilla!!! I started gaining the weight back on my honeymoon. But at least I got to chew my meals again!!!
3. Prescription diet pills - at 30 years old, after having my son, I wanted to lose, yes, you guessed it, 30 pounds. Someone suggested that I ask my doctor about prescribing diet pills. OMG, a drug that suppresses your appetite? Bring it on!!! I took these pills for 5 months. I barely ate anything while taking these pills. It was great!! So what if I was having heart palipatations and my toes were blue from lack of circulation. Who cares, I was skinny!! Once people started suing the drug company, I thought it was time to kick the diet drug habit.
4. Weight Watchers - now, I'm not going to say anything bad about weight watchers. Frankly, I think it's a good program. It teaches you to eat right. I lost my usual 30 pounds on weight watchers by counting points. But after reaching my goal, I quit WW rather than continuing to go meetings and going on the maintenance plan. These 30 pounds came back slower than the others. Probably because I lost them the right way. However, they did come back.
5. Life style change - fast forward to 2012. I am now at my heaviest. I'm on the phone with my mom. We were talking about my dad and she mentions I am the same age my dad was when he had a massive heart attack. (46 years old). I said, "what, he was only 46?" I pictured him older back then. After hanging up with her, I began to panic. Heart problems run in my family. My dad's heart attack at 46 and my dad's mom, who died of a massive heart attack at 50. I realized that I was heading down the same path. I do not have any health issues or high blood pressure, but it could be just a matter of time before I do. I sprang into action. I decided that I needed to make a change. A permanent change! I started eating right and exercising. Exercise....that was the one component that was missing from my other weight loss attempts. I can't believe what I was missing all these years!! I love exercising!! I broke the 30 pound weight loss barrier. I've lost 43 pounds so far! My plan is to lose more. My plan is also to watch what I eat and exercise for the rest of my life.
The best part of my life style change is the fact that I did it on my own! No pills, no shakes, no prepared foods. Just little old me! Getting littler every day!