How I lost 25 pounds
Updated: Jun 10, 2019
This is a really long post, but I think it has good info if you are interested in a health plan that works; at least for me it did!
When we lived in New Jersey I got really into baking. I have always loved to cook, & I will make cookies, a cake, brownies etc but I just wasn't ever that into baking. I think partially because I am not a good rule follower; I loosely look at a recipe for inspiration but don't actually follow the ingredients/measurements. But with baking you have to follow the recipe exactly.
It is really cold in NJ a lot of the year; so I would have a LOT of coffee and did lots of baking of cakes, cookies, breads, pies-you name it, I baked it. SO you know what happened? I gained weight. I am the type of person that I have always eaten what I want; I've never been into dieting. Sometimes I would get on a little health kick and try to workout a little here & there, but not really. And I think when it is you, and it is slowly happening over time, you don't really notice. Yes I had to go up a size (or maybe 2) but still, I didn't ever think, wow, I need to lose some weight.
Then we moved to Texas, and Austin does have some amazing food. I love Tex Mex so it was so good to be home. Texas is the opposite of NJ; it is hot most of the year, so not so much drinking coffee all day & baking. But Mexican food....oh how I love it.
But one day I was talking with a friend, who was probably 5' 10" & weighed like 120, worked out all the time & was a very healthy eater/person in general. I was talking to her about wanting to get into working out & getting healthy. She asked me, what do you eat every day, and what is your workout schedule? I said, I pretty much eat whatever I want whenever I want it. I have 1-2 cups of coffee every morning with heavy cream & sugar, I never eat breakfast, I kind of eat whatever for lunch, maybe a sandwich, leftovers from dinner. And I make pretty good dinners most nights; a protein, a vegetable & a starch. And most every night I have some type of dessert. And there really wasn't any exercise plan. And I drink wine regularly, She was SHOCKED. She said, you can't have heavy cream & sugar in your coffee! You have to eat breakfast, what you have for lunch & dinner aren't so bad, but you have to exercise. She went on to say you can't just eat whatever you want whenever you want it. (This sounds a lot worse than it actually is, I'm just saying I'm not the type of person that doesn't eat chips & queso if I want it. I am, and always have been, a pretty healthy eater) But she enlightened me.
Literally the next day I started a new plan. I started using fat free half & half, which I thought would be disgusting but it isn't at all. I switched to stevia; again, I don't drink any diet drinks or eat any low fat things, and I think saccharin is bad for you & tastes terrible, but stevia or truvia are perfectly fine. I've even baked with it. I switched from wine to vodka, Ok, I probably could cut out alcohol altogether, but no. I would have it with sparkling water & lemon. I am just not that into breakfast still, I know people say it is the most important meal of the day, but I just like coffee (which I only ever have 1 cup now). If I do have something it is a banana, or some yogurt with berries, or Grape Nuts cereal. Lunch, during this period, it was mainly salad. Sometimes if I had a really busy day, I would just have an apple or some almonds. Not terribly healthy but it's what I did. Dinner stayed the same pretty much, except I did try to cut way down on carbs. And I had gotten to that point I think a lot of Moms get to; I would taste here & there while making dinner & would finish the few bites off my kids plates. All that stopped. And the serving size for me was cut way down. I started cycling and would try to go for 3-4 rides a week, usually 10-15 miles each time. I also walked pretty regularly, maybe 1-2 miles a week. I can't believe I am actually writing this but I think when we left NJ I weighed 152. The lightest I got in Texas was 127. I think at that point I was too thin, my friends would make fun of me that I was wasting away.
Now we have been in Florida for almost 3 years, and my weight is creeping up again. So, finally, the point of this post. I am getting back to it and want to lose 10 pounds. And I am thinking posting about it will hold me accountable.
I think everybody is different; from our metabolism to our dna. Losing weight is easier for some than others. What worked for me may not work for anyone else. And I just did all that on my own, I didn't do any specific diet plan. But because I know it was successful before, I am going for it again.
Sorry for the super long post but if you are still with me all the way down here at the end, thanks for reading, and I just wanted to give a little imperfect wisdom on me and my plan, & maybe inspire you too