Weight Loss Before and After: I Dropped 60 Pounds WIthout Tricks Or Fad Diets
It’s been a little over a year since I completed the American Heart Association’s BetterU Challenge—a 12-week healthy lifestyle makeover program. I have lost a total of 60 pounds since joining the healthy lifestyle transformation program in November 2012!
Back then, I was a sweets lover. I had a busy job, didn’t exercise often and hated cooking, so I ate out too much. I was overweight and had high cholesterol. My goals at the outset were simple: to learn to live a healthier lifestyle and prevent heart disease–my father died of heart disease at age 58. I was dedicated to making changes. And my dedication has paid off—in pounds lost and a new healthier life!
Nothing but positive, great things have come from my success with BetterU and my new lifestyle!
My routine involves Pilates twice a week, running 20-30 miles per week, and strength training. I have tried to add competitive running events on the weekends. When I started BetterU, my goals were smaller and my distances shorter. But one thing was consistent: I aimed for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week, which, along with eating healthier, is the recommendation from the American Heart Association.
My running has been the top contributor to my success. I have also continued to watch my sweets intake, which was my downfall when I started BetterU. When I am not feeling like it, when I am lazy, when I am tired, I remind myself where I used to be, and that in itself is enough to get me up and moving!
I am also a hypoglycemic, so I try to eat a protein/carb mix at every meal to regulate blood sugar. For me, six smaller meals a day have helped versus three larger meals. I even eat healthy food when I’m not hungry, finding that eating even the smallest thing can help keep my metabolism going and avoid “starvation mode.”
New foods I love include tilapia, grilled chicken, and sweet potatoes. I also limit fried foods and sweets but allow myself small portions of just about anything so I don’t feel deprived.
For the women who are struggling with living a healthy lifestyle, I recommend small steps, small changes to diet and increasing water intake. Set small, attainable goals to help propel you to go further. Find a buddy, try and set a schedule of things you can do at the gym together. Try and find an exercise class or hobby that you like, and that will help you grow your circle bigger, leading you in the right direction.
There is no pill, fad diet, trick, or secret that will work. It is all within you! We all have the ability and inner strength to make changes and stick to them, you just have to want it and dig deep within yourself!
Like many who achieve personal goals, I have set the bar higher. My next goal is to run a full marathon in 2014 and get into biking so I can enjoy my first duathalon!
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