I’ve lost weight a few different times in my adult life.
- 2005- high school graduation: 150-155
- 2005- start college: 140 (calorie counting/running daily)
- 2006: 185 (heaviest!)
- 2007: 170 (better snacking)
- 2009: 155 (weight watchers and college basketball)
- 2010: 165
- 2011: 175
Current weight: 155lbs.
I dedicated 2012 to working out and eating healthy to get some health issues that I’d been dealing with under control. A side effect: I lost weight. I lost 20 pounds in a slow, safe and life-lasting way.
Every time I lost weight before 2011 it was because I went on a “diet”. I decided I wasn’t happy with my body and I significantly restricted what I was allowed to eat. These phases always worked and I lost the pounds I wanted. But I was never able to maintain my lower body weight. I think, mainly because I was following a diet that wasn’t realistic in the real world.
I did diet in 2012. I had a medical condition I was trying to control through food and I cut out a lot of “un-clean” foods for about 5 months.
But what really helped me lose weight and keep it off? Eating what I wanted. After I had my medical condition under control I started phasing the foods I loved (burgers, mac and cheese, beer, wine, crackers, chips, burritos…) back into my diet. I found that if I ate what I truly wanted I ate less. I was less “cravy” and more content.
If I’m not hungry, I don’t force myself to eat. I’m not a big fan of having to eat breakfast. If I’m really hungry I eat a big meal. I do eat nutritious and healthy foods a lot. But I don’t restrict what I can and cant eat. Some weeks I eat french fries, 3-4 times. It’s part of how I choose to live.
I’m much happier in my day-to-day life enjoying the foods I truly want. And I’m more successful maintaining my weight this way. Everyone is different. When I tried following other people’s diets they didn’t work for me. I’m not saying how I lost weight will definitely work for you. It’s just what worked for me.
I learned, through being thick and thin, that I’m the same person. I’m the same me at 185 pounds as I am at 155. Happiness and weigh doesn’t define me, and it doesn’t define you either!