Weight Loss of over 50 Pounds

Yes, I've done it. It wasn't "baby weight" either. In fact, after I had my third child, I weighed less than I had before I ever started having kids! Still, I had over 67 pounds to lose and I realized then and there that I had to do something about my weight. Though my husband had met me when I was much heavier and loved me for my "great personality" and my "pretty face", I wasn't comfortable with my body. I didn't feel healthy and I wanted to be able to keep up with my kids. I had each one year after the other, so you can imagine, I did have a lot of "keeping up" to do!

I didn't take it off in a few weeks and I didn't do it without being hungry. Let's just get that out of the way right now. Weight loss diets are NOT fun, no matter what people tell you and NO, there are no diets that leave a person who is used to eating plenty, feeling FULL . It may be different for those who are used to being thin and have put on ten or fifteen pounds, but when your body is used to lots of food and being overweight, the task is much more challenging. This hub is for those of you who have either never been thin or have 50 or more pounds to lose.  

How I Managed a Weight Loss of 67 Pounds

I did it! I really did!

I started the day I got home from the hospital after having my third child. Instead of eating a full meal, I split my plate in half with my two year old. It worked perfectly for her. From then on, I would make up a plate, then put half of the food on another one for my daughter until I got used to the portions.

I started eating five times a day. I ate 1200 to 1500 calories a day in this manner. I ate closer to 1,500 calories on the days I worked out the most.

Weight Loss: Expect a Challenge

Dieting and getting fit is HARD. Don't expect it to be easy because that belief will set you up for failure. Know that you are embarking on a difficult journey, but also know that with hard work, you CAN succeed.

I am not a doctor or a certified nutritionist. What I am is a person just like you who knows what it is to be overweight and who has successfully taken off the weight. I didn't just take off the weight. I got firm -- abs and buns of steel and all of that... and all without buying into a weight loss service or taking magic pills.

My Typical Day ( a bit tedious but you'll get the idea)

  • Up at 6 am, feed the baby and put her back to sleep.
  • Eat half of a banana and half of a low-fat yogurt.
  • Do cardio for half an hour to 45 minutes.
  • Shower.
  • Get my one and two year old up and feed them breakfast.
  • Do the dishes.
  • Eat the other half of the banana and the rest of my yogurt.
  • Feed my baby again and get the kids all dressed.
  • Strap baby to me and put the kids in the stroller and take a 2 mile walk.
  • Play with my kids on the playground and watch some Kid TV.
  • Eat 1/2 of a sandwich and a small bowl of vegetable soup- low-fat turkey on whole grain bread with a dab of mayo or light blue cheese dressing. Feed my kids lunch at the same time.
  • Do laundry and vacuum (usually with my two year old standing on the top while I pushed).
  • Put the kids down for a nap.
  • Do a combined cardio and strengthening workout (usually with a step and free weights).
  • Eat the other half of my sandwich and an apple.
  • Gather up the kids and go visiting or take another stroll.
  • Come home, feed my kids and husband dinner - I'd eat half a portion of each item on the menu.
  • Do the dishes.
  • Spend quality time with my family.
  • Give children a bath and put them to bed.
  • Eat the other half of my supper.
  • If I had a 1500 calorie day, I would go for a half hour walk or walk on the treadmill while watching television.
  • Go to bed.
  • I drank a LOT of water and consumed Diet Pepsi like it was going out of style (not recommending all that caffeine).

By the time I was done, my youngest daughter was trying to work out with me. No kidding! She would grab 1 lb weights and "step" beside me while I stepped.

It took 15 months to lose 67 pounds. Yes - all that work for an average of 4 to 4.5 pounds of weight loss a month.

My Weight Loss Motivators

I bought jeans that were a full size smaller than I was and lost into them, then bought another pair, and so on...

When I had ten pounds left to go, I bought my first EVER bikini.

I challenged myself when working out. Every time, I would do more reps or make the workout last a little longer, attach ankle weights when leg lifts became "easy" (yes, they really DO get easier), try out a new workout that included exercises I hadn't done or combinations I hadn't tried...

My favorite all-time exercise videos (this is going to date me):

  • Kathy Smith Body Basics
  • The Firm (the original)
  • Abs of Steel
  • Buns of Steel
  • Buns of Steel Step Workouts and the ultimate...
  • Richard Simmon's Sweatin' to the Oldies 1 and 2. Okay, I started with those, but they were good and hey, I actually LIKED Richard Simmons.

Sometimes I would just turn on the music and do my own thing. I became good at it. I swear I could have taught an exercise class.

The Response to my Weight Loss

At 130 pounds, I was firm and healthy, and I can't begin to tell you how it felt when I realized that bikini looked fantastic on my body.

People complimented me all the time -- probably more so than they would someone who hadn't had the pounds to lose.

My favorite comments were from those who just wanted to know how I did it. One of them actually tried my method and lost weight, too.

Rebounding: How to Screw Up Weight Loss

Stop exercising and then stop paying attention to calories. It works! It really does! I know, because I did it!

An injury was the initial reason for not working out. It was an honest excuse, but I lost my momentum and I allowed myself to wallow in my misery. Then, I was depressed. Depression = Food. At least that was how it worked for me.

I gained most of it back.

A New Chapter

Sixteen years later, I am working on losing weight again (ten pounds so far). I'm not the energetic person that I was and I'm not as healthy as I used to be, either, but I do have motivation: grandkids.

Grandkids and my health.

I don't want to be a fat granny. I want to be one HOT looking grandma!

I'm going to use the "fit in my skinny jeans" idea.

But I'm not going to use the bikini. I promise.

My husband? He barely took notice of my weight loss or regain. He has always called me "beautiful" and just today he commented on my "shapely" and "ample" behind.  *Sigh* Such a sweet talker.

The point I'm really making with all my digression is this:

When you have a lot of weight to lose, weight loss is hard, but it isn't impossible, and the only way you will gain the weight back is if you let yourself.

I know! I've done it!


 

Epilogue on Weight Loss and Staying Fit

My youngest still works out. She's a dancer :) -- and my kids are all physically fit. I taught them how to eat healthy and I encouraged them to stay active. I think it helps that my husband is naturally thin and they got a mix of our metabolisms.

Yes, genetics do come into play. I took part in an obesity study with my mom and sisters several years ago. I was the thinnest of us, but that was because I worked out and dieted ALL the time. It wasn't about moderation for me. I won't tell anyone that I wasn't hungry. I was ALWAYS hungry. It wasn't a pleasant journey. I wish more people would realize just what obese people go through in order to lose and stay at a healthy weight. I was by no means too thin, but to be as thin as I was, I had to work it -- all the time. I'm giving it another shot, but am thinking that I'll be happy with an extra ten pounds if it means I don't feel tortured!

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SEO IT! 3 years ago from Tucson, AZ Author

Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it.


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

Great Hub great info and motivating thanks and Blessing to you:)


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Congratulations for all your hard work. Keep up the great work! I need to lose about 50 lbs myself. I am encouraged by you. My shero!


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Daddy Paul 5 years ago from Michigan

"I bought jeans that were a full size smaller than I was and lost into them, then bought another pair"

Good for you.

I'm giving pants away to ST. Vinneys that I bought two months ago because they are too bog.


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jaymelee23 6 years ago from United States

Great hub. Having about 5 small meals through out the day I think is what doctors and experts rec. I think if people go in spurts and starve themselves then their bodies panix and start storing fat.


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rsmars 6 years ago from Caribbean

I absolutely love this hub. I'm at 177lbs and just started working on it last week. It's great hearing that it can be done!


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nuttyish 6 years ago

hey every one

i really like these tips

if you want more look up nuttyish for a few more healthy tips


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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ Author

Thanks for the encouragement, Mike and thank you for sharing your story and tips.


Mike 6 years ago

I hope you reach your goal as you did the first time around years ago. It gets tougher as we age, as I'm sure you know.

I have lost 40 pounds on the way to losing 50 (I hope). My story is a bit different from yours. I was never overweight until after I turned 40. I had realized it and wanted to get started on a weight loss program, but kept putting it off.

Then I stumbled onto something that helped me a lot - eating soup. I suppose I should qualify that by saying the soups I like and eat are fairly low fat and aren't cream based.

You can read more about it at the Squidoo lens link I listed.

Another thing that helped, rather than think of food as carbs or fats, I started looking at refined and unrefined foods. I mostly dropped the refined foods and that helped. The refined foods give you plenty of calories without much bulk, so I felt better eating unrefined foods such as bananas, apples, whole grains, etc. for snacks between my meals.

Of course I exercise also by walking most days of the week.

I am 50 something and nearly back to my comfortable weight. I plan not to gain weight again as I'm not sure I could muster up the determination to lose it again. I feel better than I have for a long time.

Hang in there and good luck! I'm pulling for you!

Best regards,

Mike


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online scam check 6 years ago from United Kingdom

I like the way your daily routine is outline, quite encouraging.


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callmefoxxy 6 years ago

Thanks for giving me such insight into that struggle. Well girl, I know you'll do it again! Take your time and you'll get there. By the way, your husband sound like a real treasure...

callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Great story of self-motivation and how it can work. Your husband is really wonderful and I'm sure your beauty within and out capture his love for you. Keep it up and you'll be the hot grandma that you want to be. Thanks for the lovely hub.


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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ Author

lol - Thanks for the encouragement my oldest daughter :). We'll work out this summer -- but I am NOT wearing a bikini. xoxo


Holly Cupp 6 years ago

Carbs Carbs Carbs, I always lose weight when I cut out carbs. I hate it though and I feel like I'm starving to death, so then I eat a whole ton of em and gain a whole ton of weight lol. I've been walking to and from my oldest's school twice a day Tuesday-Friday. I'm hoping that will help take a couple inches off my hips and thighs and lift my butt. I hate exercise I fatigue fast. I could work out for a week and be non stop sleepy for a month and a half. It's cuz I'm breastfeeding 2 tho, hopefully that will change once the baby is weaned off. Love the article I remember a lot of this stuff =) I remember dancing with my lil sister lifting pink weights to VH1 music video's and GASP the record player. MOM you are not old, and you could still look hot in a bikini, you don't have to phase that out =P Madonna can wear a bikini! So can you! We should buy matching bikini's this summer and workout together. I'd like to get back in my pre-baby jeans and get rid of this darn c-section kangaroo pouch or at least minimize it.


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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ Author

sheila, there really is! I believe it kept my metabolism going at it's peak -- well, that and all the activity. I have to say that I exercised a good two hours a day most of the time and used intervals before intervals were all that popular. The techniques DO work. Even before I had lost all my weight, I was getting firm and I think the extra muscle helped to burn more calories, too. My life is different now and so I am trying to adjust accordingly. See my new hub on healthy diets a little later :).


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sheila b. 6 years ago

What I noticed is how you ate a little now and a little later. I think there's something good about grazing.


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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ Author

Atkins does work. The trick is in finding the diet that fits your life. I actually used Atkin's principles off and on when I was losing. I have to have variety or I get bored and then... well... ;)


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debugs 6 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

I would be ecstatic to lose 50 lbs but I decided on the Atkins diet.. dunno if it will work as quick :)


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SEO IT! 6 years ago from Tucson, AZ Author

:) Says he who knows. Thanks for the comment and the support!


Shannon 6 years ago

If you want it..you will get it. You are the most determined person ever!

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