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36 pounds down with no diet and no plateaus!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

How many years have I been on the dieting merry-go-round? Well, more honestly, it was the not-so-merry-go-round.

Well, I've been dieting since I was in 8th grade, and that was a looooooooooooong time ago. More recently, in the past 7 years, I have lost down to today's weight (265) and regained all the way back up to 302 a total of 3 times. This time is different.

Today, I hit 265 again. But THIS TIME, I am NOT on a diet and therefore can't stop the diet and regain.

This time, losing the 36 pounds has been almost effortless. I would say effortless, because it's been that easy, but of course I have put a little bit of thought and effort into it. But not like I did when I dieted!

When I dieted, I cut out food groups or types of foods or messed around with when I ate and did all sorts of mental yoga with the food, plus all the games I played with the scale just to get it to move! And the plateaus! Oh my the plateaus! I made all sorts of very very hard efforts to lose those 36 pounds. I fought hard for every ounce. Which is why, by the time I hit 265, I was so tired of dieting. I would tell myself I needed just a tiny bit of a break from the diet, then I would get back to it.

Well, we all know where exactly THAT leads to!

This time, there have been no scale games. There has been no diet. And this time, I have consistently lost every single week. Every week! No plateaus! No heroic efforts! Just a sane, normal relationship with food, and here I am, 4 1/2 months later and 36 pounds lighter!

I'm not breaking any records for speed, but that has never been my concern. And I have certainly lost these 36 pounds a lot faster this time, and without a diet! Who'd a thought?

As well, my body has shifted more, too. I wear smaller clothes with this 36 pound loss than I did with the same previous 36 pound losses. But it is NOT because of exercise.

Honestly, I think just having a sane, normal, healthy relationship with food is simply the best and most right thing I could have ever done for myself. I am not letting go of this! I wouldn't trade my relationship with my food now for anything, even if were to hit a plateau. Nothing is worth letting go of this total sanity and normalcy I have now with food!

I feel as if I am walking through a new doorway. I've been right here at this very place so many times before, but I've never been below this scale point. This time, I have all the confidence in the world that I will.

And it's all because I stopped dieting and started living. I chose sanity and normalcy with food over a diet! For that decision, I am so totally grateful!

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    Congratulations on all that has been going on with you since I was on SP last. I have been sidetracked for a while having some medical work done...veins in my legs took priority for over a year now. Very slow metabolism largely caused by a blockage in my stomach that was re-routing blood across from my left side to my right side before getting back to my heart. My pulse was running about 48 beats per minute and my blood pressure was really the point that I was having near-fainting episodes and they were getting worse and more frequent. After about 8 different procedures, I am doing so much better. Now...back to the business of getting this weight off. At least I am proud to say I didn't gain too much back...been bouncing up and down within the same 10 pounds for two years now.

    I am so glad you have finally found a path that suits you. Seems the more I study about foods and how they affect weight loss, the more confused I get. No matter what I tried, I'd always hit the plateau stage and get stuck forever. I finally decided I have not been eating enough with the slow metabolism...just made me get slower.
    I am feeling optimistic that I may have found what will work for me now, too. Time will tell!

    1731 days ago
    emoticon You have yourself a great new lifestyle!
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    You're on the right path.....great going!
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  • JOHGLO2011
    How wonderful ! Proud of you! emoticon
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  • TLG71567
    I can totally relate to this. I used to try to lose weight. I would be so careful about my food and exercise like crazy. I would lose for a while, but when I didn't, I would get so frustrated and eventually I would throw in the towel and go back to what I was doing before, so of course the weight would come back. I changed that finally by not worrying about losing weight anymore. Instead, I am trying to get healthy. This change of thinking has allowed me to get rid of that frustration when the scale doesn't move, because I know I still made better choices for my health. The weight is coming off slowly but surely. Good luck to you in your journey. You're doing awesome! emoticon
    1747 days ago
    I know exactly what you are talking about.

    I have changed my relationship with food and found out that I am losing weight without even trying it seems like.

    I am exercising just because I feel so much better when I do exercise and with the new way of eating with only good fresh real whole food I feel great, strong and healthy.

    Food is medicine for my body to keep it healthy and strong with just the right amount I need to keep it fueled for the job of living each new day.

    Each day is different and new and a new beginning to the rest of my life.

    I know you have to be happy and at peace within yourself without being in bondage to food anymore. I know I am. emoticon emoticon
    1747 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Words to live by . . . thanks for sharing your story. I needed to hear it this morning. emoticon
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  • CHERYLA2012
    Congratulations on embracing a lifestyle change as opposed to dieting and continuing with what works for you!
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  • BROOKIE389
    WOW I am so happy for you! It sounds like you've made the right decision! Go you! Keep up this positive attitude!

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    emoticon on learning to live a healthier way instead of dieting. emoticon
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    WOW! emoticon emoticon
    1748 days ago
    I celebrate your happiness and success. But, I'm curious about what you ARE doing. If you are not "dieting" and not "exercising", how have you managed to lose 36 pounds? What's different? Are you just consciously eating less, or is it something else? Much continued success to you. Sure sounds like you are on your path now. Enjoy the journey! emoticon
    1748 days ago
    Good for you! Great success and may it continue! emoticon
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