I went for my 6 months check up to the doctors today. All my levels were in the normal range. Except my cholesterol was high. The doc decided to switch one of my medicines to a different one. A medicine that seems to help many people. So, wish me luck in 6 months that it is lowered.
To catch everyone up to speed on my weight loss journey, it has been exactly one year this month that I started out to lose weight. I started out weighing 180 lbs. at a size 16/18. Imagine my size at the short height of 5 foot4 inches. Now imagine a year later at my current size weighing in at 135 lbs and a size 3.
Amazing isn't it? You wonder how I did it. I know you are. I get asked all the time how I did it. My doctor even asked. I told him I listened to what he said. I maintain a healthy diet and starting walking several times a week. Among exercises, I was given for my bad leg. A year I couldn't walk a mile, now I am walking two and doing squats. The weight falling off and my strength slowly coming back. I feel better every day. I have more energy and get up and go.
Here Are 6 Tips To Maintain To Lose Weight
1. Pasta - I cut out pasta from my diet. Pasta was a big part of my diet because it was a cheap meal. If I eat any pasta now I make sure it fills no more than 1/4 of the plate. I also make sure there are vegetables added.
2. Bread - I switched from white bread to whole wheat. White bread has more sugar than any other bread out there. I have also started making my own bread. That way I know what is actually made with.
3. Sugar - I switched from white sugar to using Stevia. I make many of my desserts to ensure no real sugar is used.
4. Potatoes - I switched from eating white potatoes to eating sweet potatoes which are healthy for you. White potatoes turn to starch, which turns to sugar.
5. Fruits and Veggies - I snack on fruits and veggies versus sugar-filled desserts. I also add fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible to my meal plans. Examples: When making Chili add onion, mushrooms, or tomatoes. A pizza you can add just about any kind of veggie you want. Or make a fruit pizza. Some people add pineapple.
6. Exercise - I started to exercise more. I started doing simple exercises sitting in a chair and pushed myself. I started going on walks. I will walk by myself, with my daughter, walk the dog or walk with a friend around the reservoir. Start out a short distance. Over time walk a little further. Push yourself. Or join a local gym or YMCA to help get you motivated.
I am sticking to my diet and exercises to maintain my weight loss. I plan on to build up my strength and muscles to what they once were. It is never to late to get healthy. I am one that has proven eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can drastically change one's life around for the better. I'm 46 years old and can honestly say I can keep up with the teenagers. I can give them a run for their money.
What do you do to lose weight or help maintain your weight loss?