Kathy is celebrating a big mile stone this week! I am so proud of her. Just look at the before and after photos above!!!
This is a celebration week for me! Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of the day I made life changes. It was the first day of my journey to lose 105 pounds! I don’t remember it being anything special at the time. I have started more diets in my life that I care to count. I just told myself that this time, I was going to just eat healthier. Eating fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains and cutting out fried foods, fatty foods and sugar was what I was going to do. I knew that it was not going to be easy but I had to give it a try. Eliminating sugar was going to be the hardest for me. I had to learn to eat new foods and prepare them differently.
If I am totally honest, the first 2 or 3 weeks were tough. The thing that got me through it was knowing that I could eat something in those food groups if I got hungry. I didn’t want to go to the hungry stage because I didn’t trust myself to make healthy choices if I was starving. During the second week, I started to walk. That gave me that little boost that kept me going. From that point I never looked back. I was losing about 1/2 pound a day in the first couple of weeks. That was great motivation. My goal was to lose 90 pounds by my birthday, March 29. A huge task but I wanted to give myself something to work for. In the first month, I lost 20 pounds!!! Each month after that, I lost about 10 pounds a month. On March 29th, I had lost 89 pounds!!! The goal was 90 pounds but when I got there, I realized that I could do a little more. So over the next 3 months, I took off the next 16 pounds.
Even more important than the food that goes into your mouth are the thoughts that you put in your head! I can’t tell you how important it is; having the right attitude is crucial! Self doubt is one of the biggest reasons that I wasn’t successful in the past. When you have a large amount of weight to lose, it seems like an insurmountable task! I needed to get my “head in the game”. I am not a negative person by nature but I also knew that I haven’t been able to stick with a diet for more than a couple of weeks how can I do it for a year! That was a fact! My first thought was to change my thinking about a diet. I am not on a diet. I had to make changes for the rest of my life; something that I could do everyday and basically anywhere. I enjoy going to restaurants so I needed to know that I can go to any restaurant and be able to eat something. You may have to ask them to make things a little differently but most of the time they are very accommodating.
I also knew that I had to change the things that I told myself. I remember thinking that until I take my last breath on this earth, I can make changes in my life! I am capable of anything and if it was the last thing that I would do, I would do it or go down trying.
Making some changes in your kitchen is very important. First I had to get rid of all of the foods that I loved to eat and that my family were willing to do without. I quit baking for the first 4 or 5 months because I didn’t want to tempt myself with the cookie dough, the smell of it baking or have it sitting around. I filled my refrigerator with fruits and vegetables and I would cut them up and have them ready in containers to reach in and grab. If I have a choice of cutting them up when I am hungry or reaching in the pantry for chips, cookies, candy, I know which one I am choosing! Have the healthy stuff at your finger tips is one of the best tips that I can give. If you family still wants some treats, buy things that they like but you are not crazy about and keep them out of sight.
Once the weight started coming off, I felt great! I had so much more energy, had a great attitude and was so happy that my clothes were now too big. I had to start shopping for smaller sizes. Things were so much easier. I was breathing better when I walked. I could do stairs without being tired or winded at the top. I was able to sleep so much better. Most importantly, after just 6 weeks, I was off of my blood pressure medication! There were so many positives with losing weight and becoming healthier.
It is hard to believe that 5 years have gone by. In some ways it feels like yesterday but other ways, I tend to forget about being overweight. I am enjoying my life so much more now. I no longer wake up and worry about how will I get this weight off. I am there! I can focus on things that don’t revolve around my weight. I am always conscious of what I eat and the exercise that I do but I don’t need to worry about it. It is just a normal part of my routine. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had some struggles along the way. When I have those times, I just remember what got me to where I am today and I know that I never want to go back to the old way of eating. Feeling the way I do is so much more important than the taste of any food. There hasn’t been a day in the last five years that hasn’t been worth it.
Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?
Find them here:
- Adding Exercise to Your Routine
- An Olympic Workout
- Trigger Foods
- Healthy Foods for Summer
- Different Reasons for Weight Loss but One Answer
- Kathy and the American Heart Association
- Trying New Fruits and Vegetables
- Easy Meals
- Menu Changes
- Interval Running
- Tips for a Healthy Memorial Day
- Counting Calories
- Cauliflower Poppers Recipe
- Changes with Spring
- Healthy School Snacks
- Raspberry Lemon Muffins | Recipe
- Keeping a Food Journal
- Oatmeal Bars | Recipe
- Spring Cleaning
- Nutritional Facts
- Restaurant Nutritional Facts
- Leap Day
- Healthy Travels
- Eating a Variety of Healthy Foods
- A Healthy Lunch at Work
- Hitting a Plateau
- Vegetable Soup
- Making Pizza
- Eating Veggies and Orange Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Weight Loss New Years Resolution
- Eating Healthy as a Family at Christmas
- Smart Snacking
- Stress and Eating Around the Holidays
- Staying Hydrated
- Healthy Thanksgiving
- Healthy during the Holidays
- Having a Workout Buddy
- Eating Healthy While on Vacation
- Recognizing When You Are Full
- Ideas for a Healthy and Hearty Breakfast
- Exercise for Health and Weight loss
- Kathy’s Tips for Dining Out
- Healthy Salads
- Kathy’s Weight Loss Philosophy
- Kathy’s Story