I have always been heavy, however 380 lbs on a 5 tall frame was just too much. The weight combined with working way too many hours almost killed me x 3. I was not one of those fat people who did not know why I was heavy. I knew why I was fat.. I ate too much.. I ate more calories than it took for marathon runners to eat in a day. EVERY DAY.
My aha moment was when I realized I had the largest BMI of anyone who had entered a hospital. at 5’1 tall.. that was not hard to do… A hospital that did gastric by pass surgeries.
So I did Atkins, and that worked for a while, I lost 50 lbs or so. Then I did South Beach Diet for a while. I tinkered with weight watchers, and then finally found my total solutions.. and that was calorie count.com. Watching my calories, is what has given me the freedom to live the way I want to live. I operate on a weekly basis. Calories in calories out. If I overeat.. I better get moving and burn some more up.
The weightloss is slow. I was 380, and now am at 210. I still have about 70 lbs to lose and it has taken me 6 years to take it off.
I get sick of dieting or caring. and I go off it but still weigh myself every day. I allow myself a 10 lb leway.. regardless of where my head is at if I put on 10 lbs from at any point I have to get back on my system.
through it all I realized that regardless of the diet you use.. You have to change your relationship with food. I still have my oreos.. but keep them at my sisters house, so I can have a few.. but not over indulge. There are plenty of times where I eat too much still.. and I dont feel good, but at least I recognize it now and keep fighting the fight. losing 170 lbs has been a huge deal for me.. I am much more active now.. and make sure my lazy days are once in a while… not every day.
I got rid of sauces.. since a few table spoons of sauces can add 2-300 calories.. that is a lot of food to eat.. in its place.
I do not adore food like I did… as I said I still have my moments… but I will win this fight and continue to monitor what goes in and what comes out.. and the best part about calorie counting is.. if I am dying to eat a 1000 calorie dinner.. I can… I just make sure I have a chobani yogurt for lunch and breakfast .. so my dinner wont blow my diet.. I am proud of myself and what I have done… I stick with simple foods because I do not cook.. and that works for me… when you stop living to eat.. and begin to eat to live.. it gets a lot easier.