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How I Lost 75 Lbs

Updated on August 26, 2011

My Weightloss Story

In 2007, I was 190 pounds and fed up. At just over 5'2", weighing almost 200 Lbs meant I was a big girl. I had always struggled with my weight, but this was by far the largest I'd ever been, and I couldn't stand it any longer. In a little over a year, I dropped 75 pounds, went from a size 14 to a size 5 and learned a lot of lessons along the way -- all without going on any crazy fad diets. I hope these simple tips help you on your path to a leaner, healthier body!

Me with my niece in 2006 -- 175 lbs
Me with my niece in 2006 -- 175 lbs

Walking To Work

My weight-loss journey actually began as an exercise in frugality. I'm not a driver, which means I take the bus a lot of the time. When I moved from Vancouver Island to the coast, I got a job at an art gallery a couple of kilometers from my apartment. I bought a pack of bus tickets, and was shocked to find out it cost almost double what it had on the island! I wasn't making any more money than I had been on the island, my rent was now more, and I was going to pay double for transit? I did it for the first month, but eventually got fed up with paying so much for a five minute trip. So, on one of my days off, I walked up to the gallery, just to see how long it took me. Half an hour. From that day on, I walked to work. After a month, I had lost 10 pounds without changing anything else.

Impressed by this, I started timing myself, trying to shave a minute or two off the previous day's time. Eventually, I was doing it in 13 minutes, less than half my original time, and the weight kept coming off!

Replacing Pop With Water

I'll admit it -- I used to be a soda-junkie. I drank a lot of coffee in the morning (still do; some habits never die!) and Pepsi or Dr. Pepper all afternoon. A couple of 2 liters were always on my grocery shopping list, just as much a necessity as bread or milk.

As I started seeing some weight come off, though, I had to ask myself how to keep improving myself without making any major sacrifices (deprive yourself too much and you will fail -- that's why crash diets never work). I knew I wouldn't give up my coffee and I wasn't ready to break off my love affair with chocolate just yet. Pop had to go. I first replaced it with juice so that I would still get the sweetness but also get vitamins and natural sugars, rather than empty calories. After I got used to not having any pop, I began replacing a lot of the juice with water. Now, I can't even drink a soda -- it's so sweet I feel like my teeth are rotting as I drink it! I still drink a lot of juice and coffee, but my main beverage is water, and I feel so much healthier for it.

Tracking My Foods

As I began taking my weight loss a little more seriously, I decided to start a food journal. At first, I was just going to use it to record what I ate and what my moods were at the time to see if I could find a pattern to my binging. I found I had a hard time maintaining it, though -- I would forget it at home or forget to write in it and ended up with a lot of blank pages. I started looking for online food journals and discovered FitDay. FitDay allows you to enter your food intake, exercise and daily activities and will then calculate how many calories you've eaten versus how many you've burned. It also breaks down your estimated carbs, fat grams, protein, fiber and more, let's you know what you need more/less of and helps you set and meet goals. There is a diary section as well, so you can add your feelings about your journey and how your moods affect your diet. I fell in love with the site, and, once interested, had no trouble maintaining it everyday for over 3 years!

The best part of food tracking is what you learn. Everyone knows that chocolate bar is going to count against you, but I was quite surprised to learn that my biggest detriments were the cream I put in my coffee and the little bit of mayo I liked on my sandwich. Little things we take for granted add up quick, and with a few minor adjustments, we can greatly improve our chances of success.

Me in 2008 -- 115 lbs
Me in 2008 -- 115 lbs

Listening To My Body

The biggest piece of advice I can give anyone is to listen to your body. You'll notice I didn't offer any numbers on amount of calories you should eat, how many glasses of water you should drink or how long you should exercise. Everyone is different, and we are all at different stages in our healthier lifestyles. Your body knows what it needs, and if you just listen, you'll know what to do. Of course, there are basic rules that apply to us all -- don't eat as much junk, cut out sweets, exercise and eat more fruit and veggies. But, really, I lost 75 pounds because I listened to what my body was telling me. I stop eating when I'm full. I drink water when I'm thirsty. I go for walks and get fresh air. I get enough sleep. It sounds like common sense, and it is. No fad, low-carb, low-calorie, high-protein, right for your blood type diet can compare to listening to your own body and giving it what it needs.


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  • CrisSp profile image


    4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Congratulations! That's quite an achievement based on your photos. Thank you for sharing your experience in this very useful hub with some practical and absolutely do-able tips.

    I noticed this is quite an old hub, so I'm curious to know, have you maintained your weight since then? :)

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    Nancy Owens 

    4 years ago from USA

    I love this hub. I, too, have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off for several years. My path looked a little different, but cheers to both of us!

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    Ruth McCollum 

    5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    I was put on a heart medication and anxiety medication that made me gain alot of weight I was at my highest 197 pounds at 5'5". I am down to 187 pounds now by walking as well, my husband takes me to historical trails and sites and we hike and i changed how I ate completely. I no longer T.V. eat, boredom eat etc. I eat more vegetables. I don't care for water, So my Dr said to drink koolaide, that with my vegetable diet i am not taking in too many calories, I'm staying hydrated (big thing with a heat problem) and I don't deprive myself of sweets I just eat 1-2 cookies instead of 6-7 lol. Mostly i think it's the walking, when I was a kid I WALKED EVERYWHERE and I had a nice figure. I have 31.7 pounds more to go. i am off those medications and people are noticing the weight loss even me.... Thankyou for the great hub I learned a few things .

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    Catherine Taylor 

    6 years ago from Canada

    Fantastic and inspiring and practical, all wrapped up in an interesting hub. Well done.

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    6 years ago from Hawaii

    So awesome! You look fantastic. Too often, we just look for silver bullet cures for weight, but you did it the slow, steady and sustainable way. I also love that you say to listen to your body. I've found I m so much healthier when I pay attention to what I want and need, instead of just choosing something because it says 'low carb' or 'low fat' or whatever. Awesome and up!

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    Nicolette Goff 

    7 years ago from British Columbia

    Great story, well written and full of good advice for anyone who wants to lose weight - thank you.

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    Lee Barton 

    7 years ago from New Mexico

    You look fabulous!!! Thanks for reinforcing the idea that common sense works!

  • awomensjourney profile image


    7 years ago from uk

    Great blog good advice, i too have lost alot weight change my eating for life and excerising i do not diet i make life style changes.

  • lazko profile image


    7 years ago from the Earth

    Thank you for sharing your results with us via such a wonderful hub. I had a weight issue too and I managed to lose weight by cycling. Everyone`s metabolism is different of course and every time it depends that's why I think "listen to your body" is the part we shall begin with.

  • Kewl profile image


    7 years ago from Mumbai, India

    Congrats, on your success!!

  • productwhiz profile image


    7 years ago from Florida

    your story is really inspirational i love seeing hubs like these its similar to my story as well of over coming my weight problem

  • gajanis786 profile image


    7 years ago

    Very inspiring hub.....great achievement.....let others follow your footsteps to get similar results and feel comfortable like you.....thanks.

  • ricardocortez profile image


    7 years ago from USA

    Congrats to you my freind........

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    7 years ago

    Your weight loss story is inspiring! I agree wholeheartedly that listening to your body and doing what it tells you to do is the key to not only losing weight, but maintaining health and well-being. Congrats on your nomination! Rated up and useful!

  • gredmondson profile image


    7 years ago from San Francisco, California

    Great Hub and great advice. I, too, lost weight six years ago, and it wasn't that hard. Just like Oprah and you say: Eat less and exercise more.

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    Angie G 

    7 years ago from HubPages America - Southern California

    I've heard so many positive things about walking. It is such a simple, yet effective thing to do. Nice story.

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    7 years ago from Templeton, CA

    Thanks for writing this at a time when I'm just starting to make the change from cola to water and cut out sugar and grains. The grains are actually harder than the sugar. Since I practically lived on grains, this is a major change, and it's hard to figure out what to have for breakfast. I will try it for a week and see if it works for me. It may also help me figure out if I am senstive to wheat. I confess that my main motivation is being able to keep wearing my clothes and being able to fit into my jeans again.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Congrats on your hub and on your accomplishment! This is such an inspiring hub for anyone looking to lose weight or make general improvements to their health.

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    Angie Jardine 

    7 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    Well done on both losing so much weight so healthily ... and on your HubNugget nomination! Your hub is about what all the weight loss sites don't want anyone to know. Eat less, move more ... i weight loss really is that simple.

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    Joanna McKenna 

    7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    Good for you! Exercise and eliminating pop are two of the best tips, but eating s-l-o-w-l-y is the easiest way to cut food intake in half (or more). The "full" feeling is reached in the same amount of time. One woman I know took it one step further and put the fork down between bites while chewing each bite thoroughly, thereby overcoming the habit of "shoveling it in".

    Great hub! ;D

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    Deborah Demander 

    7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

    Congratulations on your weight loss, and your hubnuggets nomination. I am about 50 pounds overweight, and know what I need to do. Thank you for the inspiration.


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    Michelle Simtoco 

    7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    If you did it, anyone can. Thanks for sharing your weight loss story.

    Congrats on your Hubnuggets nomination! To read and vote, this way

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    Lori Colbo 

    7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    So simple. Why do we make it so complicated. Good advice and thanks for sharing your experience and success.

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    7 years ago

    congratulations for your success and thanks for sharing your advice.

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    Debbie Carey 

    7 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

    Great advice and something everyone can follow!! Congratulations on your Hubnugget nomination!! Voted up, useful and interesting!!! Good luck and God Bless!

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    Victoria Lynn 

    7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Your advice is right on, but even having the willpower to exercise (I could walk to work in 25 minutes, but what about sweating?), to cut back on eating, etc.....I have a hard time with discipline. I want to lose at least 20 lbs. If I could just get up early enough and make myself walk to work, that might be enough to make a diference. It's almost fall. Maybe now is the time. Great hub.

  • JACKIE LANTZ profile image


    7 years ago

    Great job! 115 pounds is a dream of mine. I have not weighed 115 since I was 11 and that would be wonderful. I will take your advice and see where it goes.

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    Robyn J Williams 

    7 years ago from Canada

    Thanks, all! Losing this weight is one of the single most important goals I have ever achieved, and I am happy to share my tips with everyone.

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    Sean Evans 

    7 years ago from GTA

    Amazing HUB. Btw with all do respect (nice hotty 2008 pic) :) It is this type of stuff that I preach for a living. Listening to yourself and live in balance. Well done and its so refreshing to see that some times common sense wins.

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    7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Congratulations on your loss! (That seems weird to say, but it's meant all the same.) I'll have to try out some of your tips, and maybe I can get rid of a stubborn 20 pounds that just won't go away :)

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    Brianna W 

    7 years ago from East Coast

    Great Hub with great advice. I have been struggling for quite some time to find a way that works for me. But i have cut out my soda and no more fast food! Great inspiration.

  • teacherjoe52 profile image


    7 years ago

    Very good advice.

    I work at an outdoor gym five days a week, swim and do water arobics for two hours each time twice a week, walk instead of using the escalator. These simple exercises have shaven an inch of fat off me in two week.

    My diet is mostly fruits and vegetables.I snack on homemade trail mix

    Congratulations on your fantasic results

  • Blair Rockefeller profile image

    Blair Rockefeller 

    7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Great blog. And a lot of great advice. I've lost 50 pounds and feel much better too.



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