Baby Step Your Way To Eat Healthy, Lose Weight In 30 Days

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I don’t have a huge weight loss story.

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.

But.

A few years later, having kept the weight off, I got pregnant again.

I was sooooo excited! I started to gain weight.

Naturally.

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.

I pay attention to what I eat, yet still have my slip-ups and celebration times.

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.

Lisa at Style Essentials says, ‘This is truly a life changer.’ Mary at Climbing Every Mountain says ‘feels like a pep talk from a friend.’ And Green Bean at Green Bean Chronicles says ‘Great book, Alison!’

And you can get it for free.

Right here, right now.

By signing up below.

 

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Mary E. Ulrich
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May 12, 2011 at 4:46 am

Alison, what a great book. You have given us all a gift. You offer positive strategies and a positive attitude. And, who doesn’t need to lose weight? This will help many people.

I’ll report back in 30 days on my progress.
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Alison Golden May 12, 2011 at 6:27 am

Great job, Mary! I’m glad you found it so useful and are putting the strategies into place immediately. I’m honored, truly. Way. to. go. 🙂

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Lisa Liguori
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May 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

Love, love, love this book. I keep reviewing it for tips I missed the first go-around.

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Alison Golden May 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Thank you, Lisa. There’s so many things we can do to slip these great little habits into our day. 🙂

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Dori May 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

Amazingly simple and applicable information! An informative quick read everyone can benefit from! Thanks, Alison!

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Alison Golden May 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

You’re very welcome Dori! I’m glad you found it straightforward and useful. 🙂

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Cathy Presland
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May 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Alison – I’m signing up! BUT I want you to promise me no green smoothies and I can keep my morning coffee lol 😉

Cathy
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Alison Golden May 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Don’t worry, Cathy. I’m preparing bonuses for subscribers that include a berry smoothie recipe that you can try instead. And you can definitely keep the coffee. 🙂

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Charlene May 15, 2011 at 7:12 am

Looking forward to checking it out! I can relate to a lot of what you are saying. I was always relatively petite (with a couple of “problem areas”) and then gained 60+ lbs with each pregnancy. I was able to lose it eventually and have maintained within 10 lbs of my goal weight for the past four years… but it was a struggle!
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Alison Golden May 15, 2011 at 7:47 am

It’s harder to lose the weight when we have kids IMO because so much of our lives revolve around providing them with food. I know when they were eating baby food, I didn’t have any trouble resisting! 🙂

That’s why I developed the simple but effective strategies I’ve put in the book. I look forward to your feedback, Charlene!

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Dead Cow Girl May 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I just downloaded it and hope to have a moment to read it tonight! Thank you!!
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Alison Golden May 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Great, DCG! I hope you find lots of tips in it to help with your current project. 😉 Don’t forget to give me your feedback on the book page.

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Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop.
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May 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Can’t wait to read it! I too have always had it easy with weight (even after twins), but as I reach 40 I am more conscious that my metabolism will not carry me forever!

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Alison Golden May 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I’m pretty sure it’s the mom lifestyle that does us in. All that no-sleep, needing energy, always providing food for *somebody.* I’ve had to get really strategic with my eating and the book is about some of the many things I do. Thanks for downloading!

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Kristl Story May 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I can certainly relate! stumbled!!!!
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Alison Golden May 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Thanks for stumbling, Kristi!

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Brenna
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May 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Oh, I’ll have to check it out. I know that I can certainly use it.
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Alison Golden May 20, 2011 at 7:23 am

Please do, Brenna. And let me know how you think on the feedback page. 🙂

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Modern Gypsy May 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

I’ve been wanting to lose weight since a long time now. Tried the gym – didn’t work. Tried controlling how much I eat, Nada. I was ready to give up, but I’ve suddenly started coming across weight loss blogs, awesome weight loss stories. I’m talking myself into giving it another try. And here comes this post, which I discovered when I logged on to BlogFrog after 5 weeks. Synchronicity? Hell, yeah! Signed up for your ebook, and I’m gonna give it one more try! Thank you!
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Alison Golden May 25, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Don’t give up, it’s that important to your life – the length and quality of it. What could be more important. Please send me feedback, ask me questions, contact me and I’ll be happy to help. Truly. I’m delighted you’re giving it another go. 🙂

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Eileen Ludwig
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June 3, 2011 at 5:40 am

Alison,
Every time, I say I am going to lose weight – I put on another 10lbs. It seems I want to eat more before I deprive myself. I am in the process of getting your book and will look at following through
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Alison Golden June 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Let me know what you think, Eileen. It is based on the 31DBBB approach because I think it’s so much more doable to do that way. You know, bite sized pieces and baby steps.

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Laura Jane June 3, 2011 at 6:57 am

I like your simple approach.
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Candi Elm
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July 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Great post, I just found you in the SITS forum. I am going to start the 31 days in September. I have been skinny all my life until now, I have put on about 10 pounds from wacky hormones, and stress and not eating. Funny how you gain weight when you don’t eat.
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Alison Golden July 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I know, those hormones, huh? Cause of a lot of life’s loves and ills. The hormone, cortisol that results from stress will cause you to keep the weight on. I hope you get the chance to relax and have the stress and the weight melt away.

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