I have never lost 100 pounds.
I was a skinny minny all through my teens and twenties.
I gained 60 pounds with my twin pregnancy and lost eighty.
A few years later, having kept the weight off, I got pregnant again.
I was sooooo excited! I started to gain weight.
But then, disaster struck. I had a second trimester loss.
I was left with no baby and bad memories.
My weight was up, my milk was in.
My no-baby belly protruded.
I assumed my weight would drop naturally over time but without a baby to nurse and a depression that naturally ensued after such an event, I stayed stuck.
Twenty pounds above my starting weight.
I started working out and cinched my tummy in.
I gained some great strength and lung power. But I was still twenty pounds over.
And I looked it.
I couldn’t bear to wear my maternity clothes so I went out and bought a new wardrobe.
Full of baggy sweat pants and loose T-shirts.
For dresses I turned to our local thrift store. I refused to pay top dollar for ‘big’ clothes.
So there I was, in sweats and second-hand clothes.
As I proceeded towards my original due date.
I also felt extreeeeemly tired.
I assumed the tiredness I felt was due to having two small kids.
But it seems I’d contracted mono (or glandular fever to all you UK and Aussie folks) somewhere along the line.
My body simply wasn’t kicking it to the curb.
The standard advice for EBV is to rest. Yeah, right.
I ate instead.
I started to pay attention to my kids’ diet. I noticed how one, in particular, reacted angrily after eating certain foods.
I started to play around with his meals, testing his reactions.
I found I could alter his mood up or down depending on the type of food I gave him.
I started to realize the power of food.
To recognize it for the drug it can become.
And so I made changes. Lots and lots of little ones so the kids wouldn’t notice.
As I did so, my own weight started to drop.
Slowly, but surely.
This was six years ago, it hasn’t been some crash diet.
And it wasn’t a linear process.
There were times when my weight would increase but each time I never got right back to where I was.
Each upswing would stop before that point. I would adjust some more and the pendulum would swing the other way.
I would drop again.
I’ve been at the weight I am now for two years. My energy is superb.
But I quickly course correct and drop down again.
I’ve learned that losing weight and healthful eating is a conscious practice.
Borne of hundreds of daily choices we make about food.
And it’s only if we bring these choices into our awareness that we can change the unhealthy habits we’ve adopted.
And bring about long lasting change.
Based on my experience over the last six years, I have written a guide to pass along what I learned.
The guide forms a program that sets quick tasks that can be easily slotted into your day.
It works on the basis that baby steps performed consistently add up to huge strides.
You will like this guide:
- If you want a new take on eating.
- If you want to lose weight.
- If you want to learn what healthy habits work for you.
- If you like reminders, hints and tips.
- If you are busy, busy, busy.
- If your eating habits get pushed to the bottom of your pile of priorities.
- If you like to achieve two goals with one action.
- If you want to incorporate healthy eating habits into your day not the other way around.
Clean, efficient, practical.
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