Since the beginning of the year, I have lost a little over 65 lbs. On Jan 1st, I was dismayed to discover that after all of the holiday eating, I had hit 250 lbs. I am now just a bit under Weight Watcher goal weight of 185 lbs.
How I got started
A month at a time
What worked for me
- I decided that I would be rigorously honest about my food and would keep track of everything I ate.
- I was reluctant, but I decided to weigh and measure as much as I could. I hate weighing and measuring, but I had no clear idea what a normal sized portion of anything was.
- Before eating out, I got online and investigated calorie counts. Some restaurants are much more forthcoming about nutrition than others. I tend to patronize the places that provides the best information.
- The Lose It! app has a pretty good list of restaurants. Another good resource is myfitnesspal. I don't know how reliable it is, but it at least gives me an idea of what to order and what to avoid. Just knowing that there are least a couple of things you can eat without using all of my calories is helpful.
- Salsa is low calorie alternative to higher calorie dressings.
- On fast days, I ended up drinking a lot fluids.
- Celery is my friend. Low in calories, high in bulk. I tried eating raw carrots, but I ended up getting very hungry later.
- Ditto sugar free Jello. I like mixing different flavors together, and then eating the Jello with berries.
- No-sugar products don't necessarily mean low calorie.
- One of the things I like about the Lose It! app is that I can scan bar codes on foods and it will save the nutritional information.
What I have learned
- I am not too old to lose weight.
- I guess this should have been obvious, but the less I weigh, the less calories it takes to maintain my weight. In other words, the less the weigh, the less I can eat unless I increase my exercise.
- I can never go back to old way of eating if I want to keep the weight off.
- I can't take a day off. One day generally turns into a week turns into a month which inevitably means gaining most if not all of the weight back.
- I will probably need to weigh and measure my food for each meal for the foreseeable future.
- I will need to count calories and exercise to stay at my current weight.
- Not everyone is thrilled by my weight loss. I am still considered overweight for my height and age, so I am not too worried about being 'too thin.'