Portion control, getting a friend to push me to exercise when I didn't want to do it and healthier food choices.
09/24/2010 - 1:00am
eat consciously - pay attention to my food while I'm eating.
give myself the freedom to eat what my body wants.
09/24/2010 - 12:40am
I tried a self-monitored program using an online program to reduce and record calories. Then I tried a chiropractor-sponsored program that used supplements and monitored fat, muscle mass, and water body composition. Currently, I'm working on a lifestyle change program for long term healthy weight. About five years ago, I tried a health plan sponsored class that tracked calories and steps walked. I think the lifestyle class I'm in now will have the longest lasting impact of all my previous choices/experiences.
09/23/2010 - 11:40pm
My success is a combination of Weight Watchers @ Work, exercise every day (except for Sundays, because I volunteer at a Farmer's Market here), and eating healthy (no sodas, processed/junk food, etc.) and I have gotten rid of 101 pounds so far! EW has great recipes (the stuffed peppers, with a smokey cheese are delicious) and useful/relevant articles. Keep up the good work - it's great support - thanks! Susan H
09/23/2010 - 9:53pm
Joined the YMCA's program "10 week weight loss challenge" (like the "Biggest Loser" with a friend. It was awesome and I lost 22 lbs in 10 weeks!
09/23/2010 - 9:23pm
I started the " I DON"T DO DIET!" plan at church, with a great support team approach! I have "temple-training every Saturday morning at 7 am, and then two groups at church on Sunday afternoon! The temple training is the equivalent of military bootcamp, with 3 various levels of intensity. I'm still on level one but hope to get to the top-tier by the end of my journey! I have lost over 110 lbs. since my divorce last year. I have stress,but now it's productive stress. I can manage this stress much better than the kind where no one wins! Whole, raw foods are healthy for the body. The farther we take them away from the form that GOD intended us to use them in isn't good. The exercise that I rely on for stress reduction is water aerobics. I do a lot of walking now. Water is a main component to A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!
09/23/2010 - 8:58pm
I have used SparkPeople.com for information and to track my eating habits. This really makes me aware of how many calories are in different foods. Exercising more with varied activities and cooking at home are also another way that has been beneficial. Getting 8 hours of sleep a night is a big plus so I don't eat because I am tired and looking for energy.
09/23/2010 - 8:52pm
90% of all 'formal diet programs' fail. You have to change your eating lifestyle totally. Going 'on' a diet insinuates that at some point you'll go 'off' the diet. This is the wrong attitude.
09/23/2010 - 8:01pm
combination of things: cooking at home using healthy recipes, counting calories, reducing calories, and consistent exercise program. Leaving out one does not work for me. Must be the combination.
09/23/2010 - 7:08pm
How are you defining "success"? I understand that weight loss is not truly considered a "success" until it has been maintained for 5+ years. I've been maintaining a ~140-pound loss for a year, so I have four to go before I can really call myself a success.
That said, here's how I did it:
* Portion control—less of (almost) everything. I kept a written food journal for nearly all of the time that I was losing. I didn't count calories, though I'd estimate that I was usually around 1500. When I got a food scale for baking purposes, I started actually weighing my food. (I did start to count calories as I shifted into maintenance, as I actually ended up losing more than I initially intended.)
* Fruits and vegetables at every meal.
* Lots of fiber—whole grains and legumes in addition to the fruits and veg. It's a rare day when I don't get at least 40 g fiber.
* Lean meats and cheeses instead of fattier ones.
* While I was losing, no HFCS or trans fats. This proved to be a handy shortcut to eliminating most processed "junk" food. I've loosened a little on the HFCS, but I'm still super-strict about my trans fat intake.
* Asking myself "Is this worth the calories?" when faced with high-calorie foods. I've become much more finicky about my indulgences. I'm genuinely not tempted by most candy, junk foods, or fast food. That's not to say I don't eat sweets, but I'd much rather have a little dark chocolate than a Snickers bar ... a bowl of popcorn instead of potato chips ... a homemade chocolate chip cookie or brownie instead of Chips Ahoy or Little Debbie.
* And yes, more cooking at home! I've become much more creative in the kitchen, though I'm still looking to stretch my repertoire. Easier to control ingredients and portions. Cheaper, too! A year ago, we bought a house just outside the city limits, and it's become less convenient to eat out, too.