Many have asked me HOW I lost so much weight so quickly- so here's my story!
How did I lose 27 pounds? I wanted too! Really bad!
A true do it your- selfer, I started losing the day after Mother's Day with the goal of losing 20 pounds. I met my goal and then some by my 50th birthday on Oct. 3rd. I have the most energy and motivation in the Spring so that's when I started.I started out slowly and I made a plan with phases for each week as I went along.
Phase 1 /week 1 included:
*Smaller portions of food
*Less desert (I was a daily 2 times a day desert eater PLUS candy bars!)
*Drinking more water
*Walking to the mail box every morning (about 4 football fields there and back.
*Walking up the wheat field/ hill at least 6 days a week.
(I'd have to stop and catch my breath several times on the way up!)
*10 crunches daily (This was hard!)
*Run up and down the stairs twice in a row- daily . (This was hard, too.)
* I try to remember to stand up/sit up straight and suck in my gut! Yup! I truly believe this helps tone your abs- especially if you've given birth to 4 huge baby boys! It also helps you feel good about yourself, makes you feel thinner and it's good for your internal organs.
*I also naturally increased my activity with Spring cleaning, gardening and sports.
* I started keeping a food and exercize journal. I don't count calories- just write down what I eat.
I lost 3 pounds in my first week! Wow!
This motivated me to keep going and I felt so hopeful. I now know that I always lose about 3 pounds after my menstrual cycle is over (if I have one that month or not) I did not continue to loose 3 pounds weekly but at least once a month, I have a 3 pound loss. (I love those days!)
Phase 2/week 2 was similar with some small but big changes which included:
*2 Balanced meals a day with a healthy snack if needed-avoiding heavy carbs or empty calories. (Chewing slowly and putting down your fork really helps!)
*No desert except on the week end.
*Daily walk to the mail box now included jogging for several feet of it.
*Running up the stairs 3 times in a row now!
I was hungry the first 2 weeks but do you know what? In the past, my stomach would never growl. That's because my stomach was never empty! That's just not good for you! Those first few weeks, I would NOT eat until my stomach would growl and when it would growl, I would say, "This is good, it means I'm getting skinny." When I *would* eat again, I would not "wolf it down" to curb that hunger but I would slowly eat until I felt satisfied. My stomach is used to this now and if by chance I *do* try and eat as much as I used too, I feel miserably FULL!
By phase 3, my crunches easily jumped up to 25 and my hill walk was getting easier! (I can now walk that hill without having to stop once- even when I reach the top! My daily jog gets longer and longer, too!
Throughout the months, my food intake/restrictions have remained the same- 2 meals a day and no desert except on the week ends. I don't forbid any other foods except desert- I just avoid things like white bread or pasta or I only have a little bit. I do make occasional exceptions for family celebrations and holidays. I honestly feel stuffed and uncomfortable if I have 3 meals a day instead of 2. *Some people cannot do this* but I have done it in the past too and I actually feel better and sleep better when I do. What I like to do best is eat around 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
My activity has increased! I now jog half way to the mail box, and run up the stairs 5 times in a row! I'm getting in shape! (You'll never see me at a gym. Me? Exercise in front of strangers? I don't think so!) In the Summer, I traded my hill walk for swimming and now I've been playing a lot of badminton and volleyball in the place of the daily hill walk. I just sort of monitor my activity. At one point, I was doing 200 crunches a day but with my back, it's hard to maintain that amount.
When I'm not as active due to illness or my back, I stall or gain a bit but I lose it when my activity picks back up.
I made a promise to myself to be good to me and to not get down on myself if I "cheated". There have been a few desperate rummagings for chocolate for my hormones sake but no guilt was allowed! We do what we have to-right?! The time I ate a huge meal like I used to was "punishment" enough for that slip up. Boy did I feel awful!
* I set fun rewards for myself.
I told myself that when I lost 5 pounds, I could buy a brand new top. THAT was fun! I set an award for the next 5 pounds also but by that time, I didn't need any other reward other than feeling my jeans get looser every day! Woo-hoo! I have bought LOTS of new clothes at my favorite thrift store and it's such a good feeling to try on clothes and have them FIT! Yay!
I only weigh myself once a week- on my Friday (which is your Monday) and I take my measurements about once a month. I have lost a bunch of inches!! My belly is at a stand still right now while my bust keeps shrinking! Rats! ☺ Actually, my bust needed the shrinkage since it was so difficult to find a top that fit right- plus my shoulders would hurt when wearing a bra. But... the bust can stop shrinking now-okay?! ☺
Everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you.
Before menopause, I could lose a few pounds just by cutting back on calories or increasing activity but now, I have to do BOTH.
Well, I guess that's about it. Ask questions here if you'd like and I'll answer in the comment section for all to read.
PS I AM wearing Spanx in this picture! ☺ And if any of you think I didn't need to lose weight, my current weight is now 160 and I finally can get back into a size 14 jeans. I'm a big lady and always will be but just not as big as I was on Mother's Day 2011!
I ♥ you all!