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What I used to do when I was at goal weight...

Sunday, November 03, 2013

I have battled with my weight all of my life. Being thin was never easy for me, so the few times in my life when I was thin was something that I had to work really hard for. As I struggle again to get my weight down, I thought back to a time when I was at my goal weight. What did I do to get to goal and stay there (albeit temporarily)?

1. I had a mindset that wouldn’t let me stray. Every second of every day was focused on what I needed to do to lose weight.

2. I tracked every single morsel that went into my mouth. NO BLTs (bites, licks, tastes) unless I counted them. I stayed at 1200 calories religiously!

3. I ate vegetables at every meal, including breakfast, so I got at least 5 servings of vegetables in every day.

4. I prepared everything I ate myself. I would make many foods on the weekend and put them into single serving containers so I had all of my meals for the week prepared.

5. I was active a minimum of two hours every day, even if it meant just walking. However, most of the time it was high impact aerobics, weight lifting, and biking. I would work out one hour before I went to work in the morning and one hour again after work.

6. I avoided parties because I wouldn’t know how to count the calories in the food.

7. I avoided alcohol because I would lose inhibition against food with one little drink.

This is what I did just to stay at the high end of my goal weight range. I kept this up for a period of two years at one point. I was by nobody’s definition skinny. Looking back on this, it is easy to see why I didn’t stay at goal weight. It was an all-encompassing project, and I’m sure I wasn’t much fun to be around. As I whine and snivel about not being able to lose weight, I have to keep these habits in mind. And, the older I get, the harder it gets. If I really want to get back to my goal weight, how much effort am I willing to put forth?
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    I've been a yo yo my whole life. Your words sum up my story.
    1634 days ago
    Hey my friend this is so true for all of us!!! I see myself in those words. It is so true that the older we get the harder it is to lose the weight. emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon
    But don't feel discourage just take one day at a time and remember it is not a diet but a lifestyle change. Eat what you want in moderation and do it with the mindset that the weight did not come on in one day and it won't go away in one day.
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    1635 days ago
    I agree. I think that's why I'm struggling to get back on track. I know how much work it was before and now I'm 5 yrs. older. I did love being at goal though. I want to be able to have that occasional dinner out or drink with friends.
    1635 days ago
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