I have lost a whole person as I am now less than half of my original size and weight..
What was my life like before my weight loss?
I gained the weight by not paying attention to my food choices, not weighing in, not moving my body, not putting myself first, not dealing with clinical depression, inviting temptations into my home and totally neglecting the wisdom that is my body for many years. I felt depressed. I relied on a cane or a walker to walk even a short distance. I could not climb stairs at all. I had difficulty completing daily tasks with ease.
The main motivation behind my weight loss was to be here for my grandchildren.
When my weight climbed over the 285-pound mark, I vowed to lose weight. Enough was enough! I wanted to put myself first--that was my biggest motivation for weight loss. Putting others ahead of me led to clinical depression and weight gain. I was tired of remaining on the sidelines. I wanted to participate more fully in life. I knew I would not have a perfect journey, but I vowed to start where I was and to make slow changes in my eating patterns and gradual changes in movement.
This is a bit about my weight loss journey:
To lose the weight, I counted every calorie and logged them along with the nutrition in my planner. I weighed in weekly, enjoyed and tracked my food choices, savored every bite, competed against myself, engaged in joyful movement, and more!
I believe in the Arthur Ashe quotation, "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." I also believe that we are each capable beyond our imagination and that we need to be compassionate toward our bodies; right where they are, even carrying excess weight. It's so important to stop feuding with our bodies and to thank our thighs and grab those hips to express gratitude versus wishing them away. Also, I heartily believe that calories don't always account for everything. Outlook counts too!
And, as Maya Angelou says, "Nobody, but nobody, can make it alone." So the journey is best accomplished by buddying up, sharing knowledge, jointly inspiring yourself and others'
I have been very active challenging myself . My success was enhanced by my role in encouraging others to eat mindfully, to not seek perfection and to lose pound by pound, inch by inch, bite by bite and step by step.
It took over two years; however, it matters little to me how long it took. What matters most is that I’ve a new lifestyle.
My eating habits/dietary intake changed compared to the way I ate before my transformation?
When it comes to food, I believe that just because you can eat, doesn’t mean you should. I tune into what my body is asking for and allow myself to eat this without judgment. I eat much more consciously than I had in the past. I approach food with an awareness of my senses. Most importantly, I stop eating when I am no longer hungry, before becoming too full. I transition to another activity to help separate myself from the food (often that activity is exercising).
I now take time to enjoy my food and eat in a calm environment, preferably at a table and not in front of the computer or the TV. I no longer respond to hunger as an emergency. I practice choosing smaller portions, and then I return again for more food should my physical hunger return.
My exercise routine is walking and making sure I get my 10,000 steps and more on most days. Always looking for new adventures and making the most of each and every day.
My biggest inspiration?
The following authors: Geneen Roth, Susan Albers, PsyD, Michelle May, M.D. and more. That is, all authors who share their knowledge about mindful eating.
My life has changed since losing weight and improving my health?
I do not rely on my cane or walker. I am no longer plagued by my health . I can engage in joyful movement. Now, I can do a DVD of indoor walking with Leslie Sansone, whereas I could not walk unassisted before the weight release. I sleep better. I wake up more rested than before and with great deal of energy, vitality and a new love for life.
"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis
“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen