In my twenties and thirties my weight climbed, with occasional attempts to lose. My problem was that I could lose weight, but would go back to eating “normally”, cereal for breakfast, sandwiches at lunch, pasta or rice at dinner and was never satisfied. I was always looking for something but not sure what I wanted to eat, and then mindlessly find myself at the bottom of a bag of chips or can of processed food, hungrier than if I hadn’t eaten anything at all.
In November 2010, with a trip to Mexico looming the near future, I needed to do something. I was at a new high, or low depending on how you look at it. I decided to try something different. I completely took refined sugars, processed food and starchy things out of my diet. Nothing from a box, bag or can, simply put, if it isn’t the way God originally made it, in general, I don’t eat it. I’ve never seen a chef-boy-ar-dee tree or a box of mac-n-cheese growing in a garden.
Even when I was very heavy I was still quite active and walking has always been a go to exercise for me. I have no excuse, I live right beside a walking path.
To my surprise, within a week or so, I had no cravings for sugary or salty things. I also made it a goal to walk every day. I worked my way up to about 5K or 10,000 steps daily. Throughout the next year people would stop me just about anywhere and ask me if I was the lady who walked every day.
This December I began hitting the gym, upping my cardio and weight-training to build muscles (which I enjoy, it reminds me of my high school self).
Today I have worked hard to rid myself of 210 obs. I don’t say that I have lost 210 lbs. because usually when you lose something you have the mindset that you want to find it again and I have no desire to do that.
I haven’t paid into any diet program, or had any kind of weight loss surgery, just invested in myself and my health and a few good pairs of running shoes.
The thing about life is that it doesn’t wait for us to get it together, and before you know it, another year has come and gone, and I can gladly say that I didn’t let the last 15 months slip by with regrets.