Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Weight Loss

I have been getting asked a lot lately about my "secrets" to losing weight. The honest truth is I don't have any great secrets I can tell you. The key in my opinion is that we all need to find what works for us. I found what works for me, and the greatest thing about it is that it doesn't cost me a thing and I still eat the things I love. I don't feel deprived and I don't feel guilty. It's a win win situation for me.

For those of you who have known me growing up know that I was not a big kid or teenager. In fact I was skinny. I was always able to eat what I wanted, when I wanted and I didn't gain weight. Most of that is probably because I was so active. I don't know when that changed really. I would say that probably over the last 5 years is when I really started to lose track of my weight. Eating fast food became a bad habit, I learned I loved beer and I just stopped exercising. That is just not a good combo. Fast forward to January 2007 and I was like WHOA, as I weighed myself and realized I was at the highest weight I had ever been. The next morning I woke up and said "enough is enough, I don't want to be fat anymore."

I knew right away I was not going to do any crazy diets because if you ask me I think they are all a load of crap. Even Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig was a turn off for me because I knew if I was determined enough I would lose the weight so why pay them to tell me the things I already know. I also have a very supportive husband who I knew would support me whichever way I decided to go with my weight loss. And so I told him my goals, he helped me set up a food journal on our computer through Excel so I would be able to keep track of all I was eating plus the calories. I just simply started making better choices. I limited my calorie intake to 1200-1500 per day and I lost 9 pounds the first week. And now just over 4 months later I have lost almost 40 pounds. I don't think I look like I have really lost weight but I definitely feel it. Obviously my clothes are fitting a little baggier these days. When I exercise I can go for longer and not get as tired as I used to. Everything is getting easier as each day passes and I feel good.
I guess I am "dieting" on some level. I just don't think of it as a diet. I still eat cake if I want to, or treat myself to a donut or whatever. The only difference now is that I make room for it in my calories each day if I want those things. I don't count fat calories or any of that. I simple count the calories in each serving of what I eat and that's that. I drink a lot of water and I drink diet pop. We have gotten in the habit of buying lots of snacks that I won't feel guilty about eating. Those 100 calorie packs are awesome and they come in all different kinds now. Chips a hoy, Oreo, Cheese Nips, Ritz mix, Chex Mix, Cheetos, Doritos and the list goes on. There are all sorts of low calorie or fat free ice cream bars. Jello.....I LOVE JELLO! A sugar free jello cup is only 10 calories. My new favorite thing to have in the evenings is 2 or 3 of them with a couple tablespoons of low fat cool whip (which was Chris's brilliant idea). YUMMY! Less than 100 calories, I love it. The minute I start denying myself the foods I love I know I will fall right off the wagon. So I make it work for me this way and I am happy with it and I am happy with my weight loss. At the end of each week I send my food journal to my mother in law Linda. It helps knowing someone is reading it. It keeps me accountable and she doesn't hesitate to throw encouragement my way or maybe a little reminder that I fell off the wagon a little on a certain day.

The crazy thing for me was learning how much I use to consume calorie wise without even knowing it. I have never been one to sit down and pig out but man those calories can still add up and you don't even realize. Juice was a killer for me, I used to drink so much apple juice everyday without realizing I was probably consuming 6 or 7 hundred calories in a day from it alone. I still drink it, I just buy the light stuff and I don't drink it the way I used to. The other killer for me was seconds. I got into the habit of if something was good I always had seconds even if I didn't really need it. Now I don't take seconds unless I am truly still hungry which usually I'm not. Having a big bowl of salad with every meal definitely helps that.
As far as exercise goes all the walking I do with dogs is a huge plus for me. I am basically getting paid to exercise. He he! Aside from that I do tae-bo at home, and let me tell you I am so not coordinated enough for it. But I do it anyways and I enjoy it.
There you have it, all my secrets. Which were never secrets, and if they were they certainly aren't now. All this talk of food has my tummy reminding me that its time for lunch.


Jodi said...

That sounds like a great plan Evey!

I am not a big fan of any kind of diet either. I always just try to make smarter food choices.

And I LOVE Tae-Bo. I bought it quite awhile ago and haven't been able to do it because of my shoulder but hopefully by the end of this year my shoulder pain will be gone and I can start again. :)

Sketti said...

I think you are doing so great! 40lbs is a huge achievement.

I totally understand what you mean about the fad diets. I never put myself on a "diet" that I know I can't stick to once I've reached my goal weight. I think my problem is I say no to a lot of things...mainly deep fried foods!

We'll all get there in the end!

This is the PUDDICOMBE CLAN!! said...

Congrats my friend! It's A LOT of hard work to do what you've been doing, so keep it up! I did the same thing a few years back, and now just trying to stay on track is hard enough!

Kirst said...

Congrats! THat is so awesome. THat's how I lost my weight was doing what worked for me. I still ate the stuff I liked but less. I agree with you, I can't deny myself or I will fall off the wagon too. Keep up the good work. Keep us posted.

QueenieCarly said...

Good for you, Evey! You've never told me that you've lost that much weight! It sounds like you've got it all worked out.

I think that we are all so messed up about portions and that's a big problem a lot of the time. Sometimes I can't believe how huge the plates I get in restaurants are. When that's the case, it's really hard to stop.

I just may come to you for some guidance sometime.

Anonymous said...

I just came across your blog through links of other blogs that I read. Anyway, I am also loosing weight by keeping up track of calories. I found a really neat site that is FREE. I discovered it this past weekend and I love it. There is a table on their that you can log all of your stuff on. It even has work out videos. wow, I probably sound like a spokes person. Anyway the website is www.sparkpeople.com

Sorry for such a long comment!

Andrea said...

I am so proud of you! You may not think you look any different because you see you every day, but I can tell you've lost weight from looking at your recent pictures! Keep up the good work!

Cupcake Blonde said...

I am in the same boat. I am at the highest weight I have even been in my entire life and I was NEVER a big girl growing up. I need to channel your motivation and get my butt in gear because excerise it totally the key and I have yet to do it!

Congrats on your weight loss! I hope you can inspire me to do the same!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Evey, that's fantastic! I really really struggle with my eating. I have NO self-discipline. I've gotten very good about going to the gym and making sure I'm doing some activity every day, but for me it is all about the food. I can work my bootay off at the gym, but the pounds don't drop until I stop eating all the crap. And so far, I haven't been able to do it. Sigh. I should start counting calories like you've done- it sounds like you've been really successful!

Anonymous said...

congratulations evey! 40 pounds is a lot...i know nothing about normal weights for children, but I'd guess that it was a 4 or 5 year old kid. so WOW!

i'm glad you've been able to find what works for you and stick to it. keep it up!

Anonymous said...

I looked at your picture of May 19th and I can really see a big difference in you. I haven't been checking your blog lately because Tammy has closed hers and that's how I used to get to yours. Anyway, I had a lot of the same problems you described in this post. I drank a lot of Apple juice. Now I only drink it occasionally and not that much then. I DID join Weight Watchers, but that is just to get me started. I will probably quit after I feel like I can do it on my own. Right now, I need someone to be accountable to. I've lost 18lbs so far (since April 10th). I feels good, so hopefully I will have the willpower to continue. Keep up the good work. You're doing great!
Glenda C.

Zoe said...

Evey, I am soooo impressed! I have had the hardest time lately with my weight. My eating seems to be out of control. It seems like, after reading this post, that we will/can do it when we are ready to do it. I just need to find the motivation in myself. Hearing that you have lost 40 lbs is very motivating!! You go girl!! I am so proud of you.

PS I am pretty sure that you cut your hair in the previous pics in your blog. It looks soooo cute at that length!