#416: How I Got My Weight Loss on Track

Friday, November 05, 2010

Like others, I have lost weight only to gain it back. I believed I knew about proper nutrition and thought my eating habits were healthy, but have realized I was in the dark about food and that my eating habits were what got me to the point two months ago that I weighed the heaviest I have ever been emoticon.

And, like others, my weight interfered with my happiness and caused doing everyday things such as putting on socks and shoes to be a difficult task. I was embarrassed by how I looked and felt emoticon and had developed diabetes.

Then my nurse practitioner, bless her soul emoticon, referred me to a weight loss clinic, one I wrote about in September. On my first visit to the clinic, I weighed 290.4 and was ashamed looking at the "before" picture that was taken emoticon. Today, seven weeks later I weigh 268.6, a loss of 21.8 pounds emoticon, including week two where there was no gain or loss.

* I now read SP articles with a new focus and better understanding of healthy foods and the importance of meal planning.

* Instead of having a whole sandwich with potato chips and a couple of cookies, now I have half a sandwich with whole wheat bread, a smear of mayo or mustard and turkey or chicken. No chips, no cookies.

* Since that start date I have had NO sweets except for one day early on when I had a small ice cream sandwich. I don't miss cakes emoticon, pies emoticon, ice cream emoticon, donuts emoticon or cookies emoticon and no longer crave them.

* I upped my daily water intake emoticon.

* I cut down sodas (diet ones) emoticon from sometimes 5 or 6 a day to perhaps 3 a week.

* For a sweet taste snack I eat fruit emoticon emoticon emoticon or Yoplait Light yogurt (100 calories).

* To eat more vegetables I add lettuce and tomatoes to sandwiches and meals and snack on carrots emoticon and celery.

* When I go to restaurants I take half of the meal home and order fruit instead of fries emoticon.

* I have started doing push ups emoticon and using dumb bells emoticon again, will rejoin our neighborhood gym soon and have looked for ways to build movement into the days such as scrubbing the bathroom walls and tub, raking leaves, trimming trees, chasing the dogs in the yard emoticon emoticon and other activities. I am limited by back problems but the more I move the more I want to move. There is a theorem that states that a body at rest tends to stay at rest while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. I beg forgiveness for forgetting my school lesson as to who said that. emoticon

As the belt has tightened by two notches and people have offered positive comments about the loss so far, my confidence and willpower have increased and I now want to be one of the members who posts a 100 pound loss emoticon.

To some, nearly 22 pounds is a drop in the bucket but my journey is not over. I'm nearly down 1.5 of the four bowling balls emoticon that is my initial goal.

Now that portions are controlled, food choices have improved and exercise is something I again look forward to, I am confident the losses will continue emoticon. My blood sugars have also dropped as has my cholesterol.

The support and education from SP is invaluable. Now that my outlook is different, I see the information here in a new light emoticon. Remember, I thought I knew it all before but I didn't.

So, whether you want to lose 100 pounds or 20:

* Take a look at your attitude and habits.

* Watch your portions.

* Cut down on sweets and full-sugared sodas.

* Exercise more by doing what you can and building on that.

* Have confidence that you CAN lose weight.

* Relish small accomplishments such as walking a block or tightening a belt one more notch.

* Keep a mental image of how you will look when you reach your goal.

* Most importantly:


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    3797 days ago
    Newton's first law of motion states that a body at rest tends to stay at rest while a body in motion tends to stay in motion.

    emoticon Lou, emoticon

    emoticon BLOG!
    3807 days ago
  • LESLIES537
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    Fantastic blog!! Thank you for the advice, the insight, and the inspiration. You're such a rockstar!!!
    3810 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/8/2010 1:09:01 AM
    I'm so proud of you and the steps your taking for your health. we all fall down my friend, it is the ones of us that get back up that make the difference. You shall succeed.
    3810 days ago
    way to go Lou!
    3810 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8305001
    Great accomplishments! Wish you the best!
    3810 days ago
    This is AWESOME Lou!! As inspiration, I'd love to print this and post on my fridge so I can learn and use some of your hints to use as my own emoticon
    3810 days ago
    How awesome!!! *happydance* I am so proud of you!!
    3810 days ago
    emoticon What a great turning point. That makes all the difference. Glad y9u are on your way to a happier new you!
    emoticon Sue
    3811 days ago
    Thank you Lou for sharing all this! You are doing awesome! Education is everything! I'm praying you reach the weight you will be comfortable with. I think we all need to reach the point of no return, before we get serious. That's where I was at when I started Sparks. You just have to get tired of being miserable where you are at, to make a change! In order to succeed we all have to get there!
    You will get there! emoticon , Just keep that positive attitude w all know you for, keep learning, and never give up!
    3811 days ago
  • no profile photo NEEDHELP52
    I love what you had to say and I love how you said it. Keep up the good work and NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!!!
    3811 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5002230

    Keep on keeping on!!!
    3811 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss Lou!! That is great!! Keep up the good work!! Love your blogs!!

    Wendy emoticon
    3812 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    You have lost much & learned even more on your quest for health & fitness. Proud of ya! emoticon
    3812 days ago
    Great reminder, Lou, of everything we're learning on this journey. It's also great to be reminded that we can change direction ... once the body is set in motion (gaining), it doesn't have to continue the same direction. The direction can be reversed. You have done a terrific job over the last two months! Keep it up!
    3812 days ago
    Wonderful! Congratulations on your success so far. Keep up the good work.
    3812 days ago
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    I am so glad that I was led to your Spark Page today, Lou. Just what I needed for some inspiration today. Keep up the great work and CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss!!!
    3812 days ago
    Love the blog Lou! Your enthusiasm is contagious! Thank you for sharing the journey with us. I'm cheering for you my friend. I love your list! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3812 days ago
  • 1GROVES2
    This is very inspiring...You are on the right track, and I need to get there too.
    You can lose that 100 lbs. because you want to, and "with God, all things are possible!"
    3812 days ago
    Thanks Lou! emoticon
    3812 days ago
    Lou, thank you for posting this honest description of your recent journey. You've inspired me to re-examine myself and my reasons for things I do (and don't do) and eat. emoticon on your weight loss - if, NO! WHEN I lose 20 more pounds, I'll feel just as proud as you do. emoticon emoticon
    3812 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6035648
    Thank you for this blog. I am now once again motivated to continue on to lose these last few pounds.. I've gotten complacent seeing how close I was to my goal. That coupled with bouts of illness, and not having gained weight, I figured well, this is good enough for now.. Bad attitude to have, because I know those pounds I already lost can easily sneak back on..
    I'm so proud of your accomplishments, and I know the rest of those "bowling balls" will be gone in no time!
    3812 days ago
    Lou, you are such an inspiration in so many ways! This blog is a great success story in the making! I appreciate your blog!
    3812 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    Congratulations on all of your successes. Twenty pounds is GREAT!

    3812 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this Lou. It's just the motivation I needed. I do believe you have inspired me.
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    3812 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an outside force
    Isaac Newton

    Hope that helps? I looked it up, I'm not that smart


    I love this blog you wrote today, you have totally INSPIRED ME!

    I can do this.
    Thanks for the help and support along the way!
    3812 days ago

    Congratulations on your progress and positive attitude.

    The mindset and effort you describe at the end is the key to success!

    Best wishes - Joe emoticon

    PS: You were referring to Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion - I wrote a whole piece on inertia a year ago - I need to re-read it
    3812 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/5/2010 10:14:44 PM
    Wow, your blog was just the kick in the arz I needed!! Thanks for sharing!
    3812 days ago
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