Sunday, 19 Aug 2018

How to Lose Weight. Real Life Stories

How to lose weight

I WALKED AWAY

From My Sedentary Lifestyle!

The Comfort Food Diet helped me lose more than half my body weight and got me moving again!

By Pam Holmes
Lincoln, Nebraska

How to lose weight?

I remember being eight years old, wearing one of the many beautiful hand-sewn dresses my mother made for me and thinking that if I cinched the belt tighter, I would not look so fat.

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How to Lose Weight

How to lose weight

Things changed after I had been married for a few years. The pounds piled on after each of my three sons was born. I was no longer fat; I was morbidly obese. In July 2009, my doctor weighed me at 328 pounds.

Before that visit, I had no idea how much I weighed. I didn’t own a scale.

In my career, I had earned my bachelors degree in elementary education. But I took a sedentary desk job as an administrative assistant at a university, so I got little exercise and brought a lot of unhealthy snacks to work with me. I snacked all day in front of my computer.

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How to lose weight

And for 30 years, I ate anything and everything I wanted. I love food, and I never limited myself, even though I was battling high blood pressure for the last 15 years. My doctor had me on five different medications, and it was still borderline high.

At home, I just wanted to sit in my chair and watch TV. My kitchen chair had wheels, and I would roll around in it while I prepared and cleaned up meals. It just hurt my legs too much to stand or walk.

Vacations and other fun activities were limited because I couldn’t walk very far. Physical activity of any sort was completely out of the question.

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How to lose weight

How to lose weight

I started half-heartedly to lose some weight after that eye-opening visit to the doctor in July 2009. Giving up my beloved carbonated full-sugar soft drinks helped me lose 24 pounds. But it was not enough.

SCARY NEWS

In December 2009, I went to the doctor complaining that my heart was pounding hard after even the slightest physical exertion. The doctor ordered an EKG and told me the test seemed to show that I had already had a heart attack. Even though subsequent tests with a cardiologist proved that my heart was fine, his words finally got my attention. It was now or never.

So I launched a œget healthy for life campaign. If I wanted to maintain any serious weight loss, I knew I couldn’t do a short-term œfix but needed a lifestyle change.

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How to lose weight

How to lose weight

To start, I simply cut back on my overall food intake by eliminating between-meal snacks and eating only one helping of the food I prepared for my family. As the pounds came off, I got more motivated and started cooking and eating healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, lean beef, chicken and fish.

I found many wonderful low-fat and low-calorie recipes in the Comfort Food Diet Cookbook and loved that the nutritional facts were listed for each recipe. It was easy for me to monitor my calorie intake. My husband and son even enjoyed (and still enjoy) the recipes I prepare from the cookbook, too and they  are both real meat-and-potato guys.

I also started walking. Running was not a possibility for me since my knee and hip joints are bad. But I knew that if I didn’t start moving, I would lose my ability to get around. I was almost 60 years old and afraid I was going to lose my mobility.

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How to lose weight

How to lose weight

The end of my steep, quarter-mile-long driveway became my first walking goal. My husband, Duane, walked with me a few times. I was always huffing and puffing; he was not. That motivated me to walk a little farther down the road every night.

The first time I made it to the end of our road 1.25 miles I felt like Rocky, and I did a little dance. I still tell people that spot is where I had my Rocky moment.     

I walk a lot farther now, and I also took up bicycling again. What a joy it is after not being on a bike in 30 years!

LOSING WEIGHT AND MAINTAINING IT!

How to lose weight? 

Through my path to weight loss, I set interim goals as I shed pounds. I wanted to get into the 240s before a friend   s wedding and to the 220s before my 40th wedding anniversary. I especially wanted to weigh less than 200 pounds by my 60th birthday. And two months before the big 6-0, I weighed in at 199.6 pounds. I was officially in ONE-derland!

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How to lose weight

A year and a half after beginning my œget healthy for life campaign, I reached my ultimate goal of weighing 160 pounds. My total weight loss was 172 pounds, and I am now less than half the size I used to be!

Currently, I weigh 150 pounds. My blood pressure has returned to normal, and my doctor is slowly weaning me off all the medications. I went from a size 5X to an extra-large or large in blouses, and I now wear a size 10 in jeans. Never in my adult life have I been this small.

To maintain my weight, I eat breakfast again after skipping that meal for years. I eat a lot of salads for lunch. I love them with grilled chicken breast and a drizzle of low-fat dressing. Fruit is my favorite snack I eat grapes like candy! For dinner, I usually eat whatever I prepare for my family, but I give myself a smaller portion. And fruit makes a great dessert!

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How to lose weight

How to lose weight

I still love home-style comfort food, and I find that it   s not too tricky to swap ingredients to make dishes healthier with little or no difference in taste. I still make recipes from the Comfort Food Diet Cookbook. And I still eat out sometimes, but I make healthier choices. I look on the restaurant   s website beforehand so I can pick a wholesome dish to order and avoid less healthy options.

MY ACTIVE LIFE.

How to lose weight?

Now I can do anything! I can literally walk for miles. My house is cleaner, too, because I have more energy to do housework.

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How to Lose Weight

How to Lose Weight

My grandchildren and I also have so much fun together now, because I can stay active for longer periods of time. I cant wait to go to the amusement park with them! (That was a great motivator to lose weight.)

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How to Lose Weight

How to Lose Weight

Counted cross-stitch is something I enjoy again, too. It   s a satisfying hobby and not just because of the lovely things I   m making. When my fingers and mind are busy, it keeps me out of the kitchen.

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How to Lose Weight

How to Lose Weight

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How to Lose Weight

How to Lose Weight

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How to Lose Weight

How to Lose Weight

Pam’s favorite ways to exercise.

How to lose weight?

  • WALKING. I started out slow but gained so much strength and speed that I now walk for miles at a time.
  • BIKING. It is low-impact, which is good for my knees and hips. I will ride my bike while my son runs next to me.
  • DVDS. When the roads are covered with ice and snow in the winter, I use walking DVDs to stay active.
  • HOUSEWORK. It may not be your favorite thing, but it keeps me moving  and I can see my progress!

 

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