so clearly motivation and perseverance are important factors in the weight loss journey. I am still working on my weight loss now 4 years later. I was up to 194/195 lbs and now i'm down to 180/181 lbs. However, I am stuck at 180 for 2- 3 weeks now. The first 15 lbs I dropped in the first 5 weeks were mainly from logging what I eat and doing calorie restriction. Now I'm not trying to advertise for anyone here but with the calorie restriction it really important to eat a lot of protein and fiber to stay satiated and not feel hungry/cranky. I use GNC's lean shake in vanilla bean flavor with a banana and add a scoop of whey protein. This concoction serves as breakfast and a snack. For lunch I'll have grilled chicken tenderloins and sauteed veggies. For dinner some egg whites with veggies. In the morning I do start with a cup of coffee with milk and sugar which does add to the calories but I let that slide. Just writing this post and describing my routine made me realize why I'm not losing weight. After the initial weight loss I became so happy that I stopped following this regimen. I've been cheating almost all the time with bread and rice and chocolates. Of course I'm not losing weight, I'm lucky I didn'tr gain the weight back. Now I have to focus on tracking my calories and sticking to this regimen that worked very well for my husband who lost 30 lbs in 3 months. I need to get to a healthy weight, I can't stand the joint pain, the breathing difficulties and the lack of flexibility I have cultivated due to my obesity. I need to get back on track. Thanks sparkpeople!
Hey there Olivia, jotting down what you eat does really work. It's so far helped me in a much a larger scale that I could have ever imagined. The awesome thing about it, is that it keeps you accountable. The very fact that you have to jot everything down and then you look at your numbers, makes you more aware of what you put in your mouth. The funny thing is that also because I have to write everything down, it's helped me stay away from certain foods because I dont' want to do the math for it or look up the information. Especially if it's not in my favorites, lazy of me but at the same time a lifesaver.
Portion control has also been a bit thing. Sometimes you just eat, without knowing that the actual amount of food on your plate is actually 2 servings! It's just crazy sometimes, but being more aware of this has helped me bigtime. At first I was like 'that's not one portion, that's a kid size' But now I've learned to live with it and I follow it religiously.
So I have logged what I eat in the past. See I'm supposed to be eating a 1800 calorie diet just to maintain weight, and 1600 to lose weight. Currently, I am 21 years old. A few years ago, while still in high school I started writing down what I eat. I realized that I used to eat up to 3000 calories a day. Back then, I thought: Well, those 2000 calorie diets are for skinny people. I am a big girl I need those calories or I'll faint. Gradually, I realized that was not necessary. Once I was on the FDA website when they renewed the food pyramid. that's when I learned that that I should be consuming 1800 to maintain. Today, when spark or alli tells me I need to limit myself to 1600 it all makes sense. So I guess this weight loss thing is a gradual process. I've been told to lose weight since I was 11 years old. At that point I was already 130 lbs. Now I am 175. I need to lose like 50 lbs to be normal because I am only 5'2". So yeah, I really think a year from now I will have lost atleast 20 lbs if not 50!
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