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virtual Me at 210 before I lost any weight

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virtual Me now at 185 pounds (25 pounds lost)

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I am a SAHM. Several years ago I became ill and began gaining weight. After I got pregnant I starting gaining faster. When I reached 210 pounds, it hurt to stand up, and I had to ride a cart for shopping I knew it was time to lose weight.

Since simply standing to walk around was so hard, I didn't think exercising were in my cards. And because diets failed me in the past (Slim-Fast, Jenny Craig, Atkins, etc.) I did some research (I recommend the book "Body For Life" by Bill Phillips) and began changing my eating.

After eating unhealthy for so long, I knew going "cold turkey" wouldn't work for me (all my past diet attempts proved that) so I started by substituting in one healthy choice for each meal. Instead of fries with my burger, I ordered a salad. (or) Instead of burger with my fries I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich/no mayo. etc. Then I started eating a large salad with fat free or low fat dressing before each lunch and dinner.

After a while, this gets easier and I started adding a lot more fresh produce and taking out more processed foods. I switched to skim milk. Instead of just eating 3 meals, I started eating 3 smaller portioned meals and adding a healthy snack twice a day between the meals. So it went: Breakfast - Snack - Lunch - Snack - Dinner.

I've lost 25 pounds (actually, I lost 35 pounds, but gained back 10 pounds when I got sick and was stuck in the hospital eating hospital food w/ only 3 meals, no inbetween snacks, so I was so hungry by my next meal I was ready to eat the chair!). Pretty sad when the food served at the hospital is less healthy than what you would have made for yourself at home. But alas, I do now weigh 185 pounds.

I'm still out of shape and need help tying my shoes, but I've lost enough weight where I can now get up and walk around and exercise (and get my flexability back!).

Member Since: 10/13/2008

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    Hey just wanted to check in on you haven't seen you on our team....hope all is well! 30somethings team
    3815 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/11/2008 4:53:45 PM
    greetings and welcome to Autism... ohmy team... so happy to meet you...blessings
    3855 days ago
  • v CATHYG7
    Hi and Welcome to SparkPeople and Autism, Aspergers, Sensory, Oh My! We are so glad you are a part of our team and look forward to getting to know you. I am a SAHM and have Aspergers. I have 5 kids, 2 of the boys with Aspergers and my daughter possibly too. We know you will enjoy our very supportive encouraging and fun team! You can do this and you are so WORTH it!! Cathy
    3856 days ago
    One day at a time!! You can do it!!!
    3859 days ago
    Welcome to SparkPeople! You are going to love this website.. I never listened to society's standards of what they think I should weigh.. When I did weigh that amount back in high school, my family thought I was anorexic.. I am reaching for a goal where I feel good and I think I look good!! Good luck to you on this weight loss journey!
    3874 days ago
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