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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.

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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.

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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!

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Maureen June 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

I’m glad to see someone else weighs themself a few times a week. I know so many people who say you should just measure your weight by how your clothes fit, but that DOES NOT work for me. I could gain 10 pounds and my clothes would still fit, because of my body type. So the scale keeps me in check! So glad I know you…you are so motivating!

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Maren June 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

I really like the scale, but only while I’m losing weight. Once I get to where I wanna be I’m ditching it for sure and going by how I look and how the clothes fit. I think the scale is a great tool.

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Megan June 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

I found your blog on the “healthy living blogs” twitter feed and based on this page it looks like I’m going through something similar to your weight loss adventure, including all the crazy weight fluctuations over the years! Hopefully it’ll help me to read someone else’s blog who had success with it!

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Maren June 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

Megan! So cool to hear our stories are similar. I always feel like such an odd duck in the midst of all the bloggers. I’m excited to check out your story. I’m always looking for people going through similar things to keep me motivated.

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Patty July 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

This was so honest! Thanks for sharing what worked for you! Congrats Maren :)

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brita August 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Ha! i love your blog! I also love that you love candy. I just recently started a blog about different things in my boring life…mostly exercise, food and my dog and i also hate to run…so we can be “do everything under the sun except for running” pals.

Thanks for sharing!

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Maren August 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Thanks Brita. I’m so glad you left a comment. I’m excited to check out your blog.

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Nicole September 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I definitely have a sweet tooth for fruity sugary candies like starbursts and skittles as well! For me personally, I have to just refrain from buying them because otherwise I just scarf the whole package down…

And I’m glad to know that there is another athletically built person out there like me (I feel like I am a mini you based on your picts, I’m 5’7″, 138) , since I too sometimes struggle with my body image. I’m just trying to maintain my weight and to accept my body type.

Thanks for posting picts, since I think you look great and it reminds me to start loving my body type too!

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Maren September 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Thanks for commenting Nicole. I know exactly what you mean about other bloggers. I always feel like I’m such a different body type than most of them. I’m not 5’2 and I need to eat way more calories to survive. I’m so excited to check out your blog.

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Samantha February 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

DIETS SUCK! I hate hearing how one of my friends is “going on this new diet”. For what, a week? yeah, great. What about living your most healthy life: body, mind, etc? I am glad you have found that you are you no matter what you weigh. :) That’s a truth.

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Maren February 17, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Thanks Samantha. Yeah diets are rough but different things work for different people.

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