Freedom Friday: I Reached My 50 Pound Weight Loss Goal- How I Did It
I finally reached my first big goal of losing 50 pounds. I didn’t do it as quickly as I would have liked, but at least I did it. That means I have lost 15% of my original body weight. According to health specialists, losing 10% of your body weight can help to lower the possibility of heart disease issues. It will also help to avert problems with the bones and joints.
When I finally got serious about getting rid of these extra pounds, I knew I needed to make some serious changes and live a healthy lifestyle. I have been overweight most of my life, but when I started down this path of improving my health, I was heavier than I had ever been. I thought it would be hard to change my eating habits but oddly it didn’t end up that way. I have made some good choices over the past three months. I am going to tell you about a few ways I have benefited from these changes.
When I first started my healthy lifestyle my blood pressure and heart rate were high, and I was prediabetic. I had difficulty walking very far. I could only walk for about 10 or 15 minutes. If I had to go up any stairs I felt like I was going to die by the time I got up to the top. I was starting to have quite a bit of trouble reaching my feet to cut my toenails and I did not want to have to go to someone just to have them cut my toenails. I was in the process of buying a ticket to diabetes, a possible stroke and heart disease. I was not liking the view up ahead.
My blood pressure and heart rate have come down into the normal ranges, I have exited the diabetes danger zone, and I no longer feel like passing out when I get to the top of the stairs. My back is stronger, and I feel really good about what I have accomplished so far. I am happy to say I can reach my toenails and clipped them just the other day. It’s funny how the little things can be so meaningful and fulfilling under the right circumstances.
I have never been a fan of fad diets and I knew I wanted to make drastic permanent changes to my eating habits. I had the goal of having a good diet and exercise routine. It has taken some time to figure out what works best for me. I have had to tweak things several times when it comes to my food intake. When I was on Weight Watchers, I lost a lot of my weight by eating the prepackaged meals—many of them from Weight Watchers or Healthy Choice.
When I tried to eat these recently it did not go well. I felt icky and my shoulder hurt. I get migraines and they frequently start with pain in my shoulder. I was able to pinpoint the culprit that caused the problem because I had been exercising great care in what I was eating and hadn’t had any shoulder pain for a while. I got in a hurry and took a shortcut by eating one of these frozen meals and I did not like the results. I found out very quickly that those are no longer an option for me.
I decided a few weeks in that I wanted to stop eating meat but then that meant I needed to find a protein replacement. I figured since I was nuts, I would eat a variety of nuts. That has worked out well. I was eating lots of salads but now that the colder weather has arrived, I have switched to soups. You can see a couple of my favorites above. I love them because they are spicy. I normally have yogurt with granola for breakfast so that helps out with the protein too.
I was still struggling to lose weight even with the adjusted eating habits and increased exercise so I decided to get a little crazy and try something I was resistant to previously. My health coach had brought up intermittent fasting early on in my journey. She wasn’t pushing the idea on me but I looked it up just to get up to speed on it. I had heard of intermittent fasting before but wasn’t quite sure what all it entailed. After checking it out I decided it wasn’t for me. But then when I was struggling to reach my goals, I decided to try it. My health coach was ecstatic.
So…for the past few weeks I have been incorporating this habit into my adventure. I stop eating each evening at 5:00 p.m. and don’t eat again until 9:00 a.m. There are other modifications that can be made to this practice, but this seems to be working for me. The only problem is a lot of times I don’t feel hungry and since I only have a certain amount of time to get all of my calories in this can be challenging. Some days I feel like I am constantly eating during my chow hours.
I am about a third of the way through my weight reduction journey and then I will switch to maintenance. My health coach brought up gastric bypass surgery during my first visit, but I let her know that is not really in my agenda. You can learn more about my reasons in the video above. She also brought up a newer diabetes medication that has apparently helped some people to lose weight. I am also not interested in that at this point for the same reasons. I am not saying that those options are completely off the table but right now they are up on a shelf.
My next big goal is to get to a total of 100 pounds lost by the end of the year. I am not going to do anything radical, but I think if I keep doing the intermittent fasting and increase my activity level to an hour a day I will steamroll right along. I am going to keep my calorie intake at the current level and try to get my water in (sigh). Don’t forget to check back next week for an update.