Losing the LBS

I am often asked the question, “how did you lose the weight?”  Many times it seems that people are looking for the easy, quick fix and I’m here to tell you, there is none.  Weight loss is a process that involves many different factors.  Sure, people can take the pounds off quick with fad diets – but how well or rather how long do they keep it off?  Healthy, sustained weight loss is a long process that requires discipline, accountability, soul-searching, and a completely new way of thinking and of doing life.

At my heaviest – maybe 275 lbs – 2002-2005 – I’m the one on the left.

I tried to lose weight many times before through different diets, but could never sustain the weight loss.  The weight always came back and sometimes even more than what I lost because I didn’t make changes in my habits that I could maintain and I didn’t deal with the emotions that were driving me to eat to fill the voids that I felt.

Along my journey, I learned that there are 3 keys to lose the weight and keep it off.

The number one thing I had to do is deal with my baggage.
I did that through Celebrate Recovery and Counseling.
I dropped my first 20lbs in the first part of this process without changing my diet or exercising. Emotional eating ….

The number two thing I had to do is change how I think about what I eat (and change what I eat):  This process came about for me when I was diagnosed with RA.  I learned that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is poison. Changing my diet helped me to drop another 60lbs.

Number three (and you knew this was coming, right?) – Exercise
Another 20lbs. Gone. Add muscle tone and better fitness.

My best friend, Heather, and Me

2009 was when that journey began.  It’s now 2012 and I’m still not at my goal weight. What happened?

I haven’t regressed or quit. But the fat has been stubborn. I’m still working with my trainer and a nutrition coach at Life Time.  My body has certainly changed.  But I still have about 30-40 lbs to drop.  So, what’s next?

It’s not always as easy as 1, 2, 3 … is it? Maybe there’s a little more going on that I just can’t see.  In late spring/early summer of 2011 I did some blood work that indicated that my adrenals may be tired – I was over training. So I started pulling back on my exercise (probably not enough though). I’m impatient. I’ll admit it. It seems contradictory to me that doing less will get me better results. I didn’t stick with this new plan very well.

Nutritionally, I’m good. Of course there’s always new stuff to learn. But I eat clean. Organic, cook my own food, etc.

If what you’re doing isn’t working, then it’s time to change it up! New plan:

For the next 90 days …

Nutrition:
I’ve decided to start something new. It’s called 1st personal diet – A diet specifically tailored for me based on my metabolic profile – a blood test (CMP-14). The purpose of this diet is to use food to get the hormones responsible for metabolism back in balance.  I begin by Feb 27, 2012 if not sooner and I’ll be posting my victories, set backs, and other thoughts here.

Exercise:
Backing off. Lower intensity cardio and strength training. Sprinkled with yoga and pilates. Closely monitored and held accountable by my trainer.  (she might have to get mean with me!!) 😀

Emotional and Spiritual:
Sticking with CR and leaning on God. Bible Study is Beth Moore’s Believing God

Feel free to ask me how I’m doing – ask the hard questions!

UPDATE: There is no quick fix for sustainable weight loss – see my blog post …

I am now working the Precision Nutrition Lean Eating program and it has been life changing. I am learning how to change habits, about my relationship with food … it’s a whole change of mind set and life style. It has been an amazing journey so far.

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