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On the Path Again!

Friday, July 03, 2020

On June 27th, I got back on the path to wanting to lose weight and get healthy. My top weight was 334. I lost 70 lbs on SP before, but then I broke my back and gained most of it back. I got back on SP again recently and lost some weight so I was at 299.6 but SP does not count the tenths, so they showed me at 300. I did not get really serious until June 27, 2020 and was 297 lbs. I am so happy that I am out of the 300's and am determined to never go back there again.

I have yo-yo dieted the majority of my life. I am 67 years old. I had an appointment set up with a bariatric surgeon on July 6th, but I decided to cancel the appointment. I was not scared of having the surgery, but I just really want to do this without it. One of my many friends who have had the surgery sent me a picture of what his doctor has him drinking as part of his daily routine. It is SlimFast Advanced Nutrition High Protein Shakes. He had the surgery a year ago and has lost an incredible amount of weight in one year, but he has to take vitamins, drink these shakes and eat a limited variety of foods for the rest of his life. None of my friends who have had the surgery, regret it, but there are some side-effects that can be unpleasant.

Anyway, back to my point...I decided to try SlimFast for 2 meals a day. I actually really like it. I am also eating one meal and eating snacks some. They suggest 3-100 calorie or less snacks a day. I usually cannot eat that much so I usually just eat 2 snacks. I also added calorie-cycling so my amount of calories each day vary. So far, I have averaged a little less than 1200 calories a day. I have added intermittent fasting as well, so I fast 16 hours and eat over an 8 hour period. I have found that it has been easier than I thought it would be to do that. My one meal and snacks are very healthy. I am staying away from processed foods and refined sugars and eating just fresh or frozen veggies, I am now starting to do some low-impact exercises. I started with just 10 minutes a day and am gradually increasing that. Tomorrow, will be one week and I will weigh. I was only going to weigh once a week, but I did weigh on July 1st because I was starting a challenge. I had lost 2.2 lbs in 4 days. Tomorrow, I get my weight for the whole week. I am just going to take measurements once a month.

I am glad to be back on Sparkpeople and wish that I had never left. I love it here and everyone is so encouraging. The food trackers, fitness trackers, daily nutrition reports, blogs and videos here are awesome! I am also loving my SlimFast Together Facebook page and the great support there. Many people use tracker apps and I have looked at them, but for me, Sparkpeople is definitely the best! Thanks to all of you!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Thanks so much for the encouraging comments! Ya'll are AWESOME! emoticon
    312 days ago
    Welcome back a good luck!!!
    313 days ago
  • BECK56
    I like the fact you can be accepted back and it is a journey and sometimes it takes baby steps in the journey
    313 days ago
    It is a Journey, not a race - as you know. You got this and you are back on track, that is what matters. Just keep moving forward. Best of luck to you on your journey. emoticon
    313 days ago
    I haven't been brave enough to get my measurements yet but I have started weighing. I went years with not wanting to know. I'm new and have been loving how many people are like me. I always thought nobody would understand. You're awesome!
    313 days ago
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