My Dieting Domain

How It Started

Most of my life I have been a small person. I am 4 foot 10 and was always thin. Then I had kids, in my mid 30's. And I couldn't get that baby weight off, but frankly I had a good marriage ( and still do ) so I didn't care so much about my weight and they way I looked. My husband loved me and that was good enough for me. I would eat what I wanted, when I wanted. Not a good thing. Before I knew it I was 151 pounds, way to much for my small stature. But I was still at the same place, I didn't care because I had a loving husband. In June of 2008 I turned 50. Both of my parents passed away in their mid 60's. That was only 15 years away. And we all know how fast that can go. So I decided to make a change. It was time to lose the weight and get active for my health.

This is me at 151 pounds.
This is me at 151 pounds.

Decisions

I didn't know quite what to do so I started to ask around and research diets. Finally I decided to give one particular diet a try. I met a lady who sold Herbalife products and I liked what she had to say so I decided to try the diet for one month. Herbalife is a soy based product, with soy shakes and nutritional supplements. I had tried diet shakes before but they tasted so awful that I didn't stick with them for long. But the Herbalife shakes were actually very tasty.  I had my doubts but what did I have to lose. Imagine my surprise when after that month I had lost 8 pounds. Without exercise. I was still sitting on my behind doing nothing. So I thought I would try for another month. And I lost another 5 pounds. My size 14 jeans were starting to sag. Now I was getting serious. I started to walk just a bit at the beginning of the 3rd month. A mile about killed me, my legs hurt, but I was determined that I was going to do this. For the first few weeks I walked a mile a day. As my legs got used to the walking I increased this to 1 mile twice a day. I was starting to feel better everyday. Eventually over a period of 1 year I have increased my walking to about 4 miles in one trip. Some days I walk a 2nd time, usually about 2 miles. The pounds were coming off and I was on a roll. My hubby had to add a new button to my jeans or I would have walked right out of them.

Exercise and Good Nutrition

After the 3rd month I had lost a total of 17 pounds. I was now in my size 10 jeans and they were lose. Cool beans. Now I stepped up my exercise routine. I got a stationary bike for christmas and would ride that when the roads were to icy to walk safely. Some days I would ride that bike 20 miles. I was becoming obsessed. I purchased an exercise ball and resistance cords, my son had weights that I also started to use. I read somewhere that if you do the same exercises everyday your muscles become used to them and its harder to do enough to make a difference, so I started to take a day off now and then and do different exercises on different days. This seemed to help. Today I usually do 20 minutes of cardio exercise, a bit of weight lifting and then I walk or ride. I was burning calories like mad. But all of a sudden the weight stopped coming off. I talked to my Herbalife coach and she told me something I found amazing. " To burn calories you must consume calories". I was burning more than I was consuming. Your body thinks its starving and everything you eat turns into fat. OH my God. I couldn't let that happen so I started to watch my calorie intake and calories burned. I fixed that problem and the weight started to come off again. I also learned a lot about metabolism. First to get your metabolism revved up after a night of sleep, its best to eat within 45 minutes of your feet hitting the ground. Then half way between breakfast and lunch a small snack to keep your metabolism burning hot. Again another snack between lunch and dinner for the same reason. And protein is wonderful for making lean muscle. Soy is a wonderful veggie. It is a complete protein, the only vegetable that is. I had the soy thing covered with my Herbalife shakes. I was on a roll.

The End Result

I started at 151 pounds and today I weigh 120, and would like to lose another 5 pounds. I was in size 14 jeans and now I can fit into a size 4 but they are a bit tight. I am wearing a size 6 but they are a bit lose. I couldn't be happier. I still exercise 4 to 5 days a week. And I watch what I eat. I cheat now and then for my mental health, but I cheat small. When I have to have something sweet I have it right away. I don't deny myself because when I do then I cheat big. But I have to say there is one thing that came out of all this that will always be better than the weight lost. I used to have at least one migraine a month and 3 to 5 stress or tension headaches a week. I have not had a migraine in over a year and my weekly headaches have almost all disappeared. I do occasionally have headaches but not like I used to. I don't know if its the lack of sugar or the good nutrition or even the weight loss but I love my head not hurting. I am not pouring ibuprofen down my throat everyday and that is a good thing. I have promised myself that I will never be overweight again and will continue with my exercises. So far so good. 

After Picture

May 2009 Husband, 2 sons, myself. Weight loss 31 pounds.
May 2009 Husband, 2 sons, myself. Weight loss 31 pounds.

After Picture

My husband and myself on a snow mound in Yellowstone June 2009
My husband and myself on a snow mound in Yellowstone June 2009

After Picture

Me in Yellowstone June 2009 Total weight loss 31 pounds, 10 jean sizes.
Me in Yellowstone June 2009 Total weight loss 31 pounds, 10 jean sizes.

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