So what worked?
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
I have been on SP for a long time. I enjoy it and have learned a lot. I also have, somehow, managed to lose some lbs...and am very pleased to have gotten that weight off. BUT people keep asking me "how?" and frankly, I don't know what to say. Before SP, I at one time had approached 250 lbs. From that point I have lost about 95 lbs...but I don't KNOW what worked when or how. The last 25 or so have been on my yrs long journey with SP. I have been thinking about this. What DID work? What did I actually accomplish?
I think it has been one little change at a time. And TIME. I was not in a hurry...and in the beginning, was in much worse health than I knew. After I'd been on SP for a while, I accepted a challenge to walk one mile a day..and it was a challenge! Now I walk 5 miles EVERY day.
I did other challenges and virtual races..but those were not on-going activities.
I made changes in diet..one thing at a time. I have nearly totally given up diet soda...and amazingly, I find I don't much like it anymore. I have also cut my use of artificial sweeteners way back. Still use a little...and also use natural organic stevia.
I drink my home made iced tea with lemon...and now also drink a lot of water.
I gave up wheat for a while...and I think that was when the yo-yo dieting finally stopped. Wonder how many lbs total I have lost, counting all the ones I lost multiple times! That is steady now.
I stopped eating commercially produced bread. That was big. Now I make our bread every week...using Einkorn flour, oats, local honey etc. I KNOW what is in our bread...and while I don't eat much bread each day, it is absolutely delicious..and free of all the added stuff.
I gradually increased my walking...and added stairs. ten yrs ago I could barely climb the stairs..so only did so once a day. Now I have no trouble going up and down. Minimum of ten flights a day. Thanks Fitbit for keeping track!
I did a lot of T-Tapp...and then took up Leslie Sansone walking videos, too. Right now, I am just walking and stair climbing.
Last year, I discovered I needed some new clothing, but didn't realize I was buying the wrong size...too big. Bought more, smaller...and am still dealing with too big. What a shock THAT gets to be!
I still struggle with getting enough of the right foods EVERY day. I am not good at journaling my food either though doing that was a big eye opener. I was shocked!
So...what worked? Lots of little things that all added together have brought ongoing success. Better health is a reward in itself. I feel good. I also am continuing to adjust and change things I can do to help myself,..one little change at a time. Thanks to SP and all the ongoing support of friends here. I CAN do it. SP works.