Nov 172011
 

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Last Thursday 13 I listed my top 13 Weight Loss Tips. To fully answer the question “how did I lose 173 lbs” I need to include other changes I made to help create an overall healthier lifestyle.  My weight loss was not just because of the food I ate and I wasn’t losing weight to fit into a smaller size pair of jeans – I lost the weight because I wanted to regain my health and reduce or eliminate the daily pain I was in.  I wanted more energy and to have a quality life physically, emotionally and mentally.  My journey to lose 173 lbs and reach my goal of a healthy weight (135 lbs) included making a lot of changes to improve my overall health. I didn’t do these changes all at once – but gradually, making one or two changes at a time.  Here are some of the changes I made to help create a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Drink more water, most of us are suffering from dehydration and are not even aware it.  Cut out the soda and sugary beverages, reduce the caffeine (herbal tea is a nice substitute)
  2. Rest – stop fretting about sleep, when you can’t sleep meditate, relax and just breath.  A few hours of meditation are more restorative to your body than a few hours of fitful sleep.  Yes sleep is important – but worrying about it only makes it harder to actually get to sleep.
  3. Add more fresh, whole foods to your meals – pick one meal to improve, than another, than another, make changes gradually and find healthy substitutes for overly processed favorites (i.e. a baked sweet potato instead of potato chips)
  4. Eat more veggies (especially dark greens) – one way to do this is to add lots of veggies to soups and sauces
  5. Take a quality multi-vitamin – our soil is depleted and our foods are less nutritous, so even when eating healthy it is harder to get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need
  6. Add more fish or other source of Omega 3 to your diet
  7. Cut back on meat gradually, goal is to use meat more like a condiment rather than as a the bulk of the meal (and when you do eat meat select organic whenever possible), have a meatless meal several times a week and when you do use meat have it be the “side dish” not the featured item on the plate.
  8. Add more raw food to your daily menu, an easy way to do this is green smoothies –  I use a good blender (I use a Blendtec 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health; a Vitamix 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health is also very good) to blend fruit and dark green veggies together (and it is delicious!). Two books that are very helpful and got me started with Green Smoothies: Victoria Boutenko’s  Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health 13 Tips To Improve Overall Healthand Green for Life 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health.
  9. Switch to more natural cleaners, and use less chemicals in the home
  10. Forgive yourself and others, let go of past hurts and anger
  11. Smile and hug more, reach out to others
  12. Gratitude and respect, cultivate a positive attitude about life, the earth, and others
  13. Learn more about herbs and their nutritional value (for cooking and natural remedies) – using herbs doesn’t have to be complicated and there are dozens of ways to use the herbs that are already in your kitchen. Below is a link to a FREE herbal course.


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Top 13 Weight Loss Tips
Weight Loss Sum­mary – 308 lbs to 135 lbs (May 1 2006 to Jan. 1, 2011; Main­tenance 1/1/11 to present.
Get­ting Healthy Pho­tos— from begin­ning to goal and beyond (recent photo Aug. 2011)

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Nov 102011
 

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I’m often asked “How did I lose 173 lbs?” To answer that question here are my top 13 weight loss tips that I used to successfully reach my goal.

My Top 10 Weight Loss Tips

  1. Keep a food journal (daily record of food intake, exercise, weekly weighins)
  2. Eat fresh, whole foods as often as possible
  3. Limit sugar and unhealthy fats (eliminate them if you can or keep to a minimum)
  4. Give up the diet soda (this was a tough one for me) or at least limit it to one or two a day (switch to tea, it is much better for you and doesn’t have the harmful affects on your body that soda does)
  5. Set up guidelines and rules that work for you (for example: my rule is 3 small meals a day and to not eat at any other time, this works for me, but may not be workable for others)
  6. Sticking to my motto: Don’t be a fool, eat for fuel (eating for nourishment, not as a means to cope with anger, depression, etc.)
  7. Eat slowly, chew well, appreciate and really taste the food
  8. Get enough sleep (if you can’t sleep, than meditation which refreshes the mind and body)
  9. Eat ONLY when hungry and stop before feeling stuffed – often the body “feels” hungry, but is really in need of water, nutrients or rest, since these are often ignored the body has learned to send out hunger signals instead. Also eating junk food fills the stomach but does not nourish the body, so even though the stomach is full the body keeps signaling it needs more.
  10. Find nonfood ways to reward and comfort yourself, for example: take up a hobby to cope with boredoom, phone a friend when feeling sad, go for a walk when feeling angry
  11. Always be prepared ahead of time when traveling or attending a social event – carry something with you or keep emergency rations in your desk at work if you forget your lunch (for example: protein bar, 100 calorie pack of almonds, packet of instant oatmeal).  Don’t let yourself get so hungry you over indulge or grab something out of the snack machine.
  12. Be gentle with yourself – setting health as a top priority every single day and being loving and kind to yourself
  13. Don’t give up – take one day at a time, plateaus happen, set backs happen – but one step at a time, one meal at a time, one day at time becomes a week, a month, a year and in time any goal can be reached.

Health and Happiness, Lady Rose

Related Posts:
Weight Loss Summary – 308 lbs to 135 lbs (May 1 2006 to Jan. 1, 2011; Main­tenance 1/1/11 to present.
Getting Healthy Photos – from beginning to goal and beyond (recent photo Aug. 2011)

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