If you missed it, I posted a before and after picture of my weight loss the other day. To be honest, I never thought I would be someone who had a weight loss story. All of my life, I have basically been the same size. My weight varied between 150-155 since I was 13.
When I was a teenager, I tried everything I could to lose weight. Since obesity runs in my family, I made a lot of diet changes and worked out for an hour almost daily. The scale never budged. It was so discouraging.
Understanding Nutrition is Key
Back in the day, we didn’t really understand nutrition. We thought that eating fat made you fat. I ate plenty of low fat foods- but many of those were carbohydrates. Yes, I ate plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods, but I was killing my metabolism with the amount of breads and crackers I was eating every day.
About 4 years ago, I reached the biggest weight I had ever been in my life- 175 pounds. At the very least, I think that’s how much I weighed. After losing 10 pounds, I found out the scales weren’t working properly. I know I weighed at least that much before I figured out how to actually lose weight.
Counting Calories Helped Me Lose 30 Pounds
The way I lost the first 30 pounds was to count calories. I can’t describe how surprised I was at my eating habits. Since I only ate when I was hungry and never stuffed myself, I felt for sure that I wasn’t overeating. Oh boy was I wrong!
Not only did I discover that my portions were way out of control, I was downing entirely too many calories from grains. In order to stick within my calories, I had to eat a whole lot less carbs. Carbs have certainly been my kryptonite all of these years.
I won’t lie, it was hard keeping track of my calories and not going over. However, it worked for me to lose 30 pounds. I stopped losing and honestly didn’t have any intentions of losing more.
My Health Goals
About 2 months ago, I made some major changes in my diet. I’ve been following along with Crystal Paine and her health goals over the past year. She wanted to get rid of her eczema, allergies, and acne. In order to do that, she made some radical changes in her diet.
While Crystal was going through those changes, she encouraged us to make changes of our own. That really got me thinking about cutting out foods to see if it helped me.
Here’s what I cut out-
I wanted to get rid of these three food groups to see if my asthma or allergies would clear up a bit. For 7 days, I challenged myself to not eat these foods at all. Guess what? After a few days I noticed a dramatic difference in my asthma.
For years and years I have struggled with a lot of congestion anytime I laugh too much, cry too much, get to active, and so much more. One night that week, Austin and I watched a comedian on television. Normally, after watching a comedian, I become very congested and I’m wrecked for the rest of the night. That night, I didn’t have any problems at all.
Over the last 2 months, I’ve been avoiding these foods for 6 days straight. I’ve allowed myself to have one cheat meal a week so that I can eat pizza, doughnuts, or nachos. Since I struggle so much the following day with asthma trouble, I’ve decided I won’t take as many cheat days a month.
I Lost 10 Pounds Without Trying
It wasn’t my intention to lose weight, but it has been happening. By cutting these things out of my diet, I have been losing a pound to a pound and a half a week. I’ve been amazed by the weight loss, because I have never weighed this little in my life.
What you eat has everything to do with your health and weight. When you figure out what is healthiest for your body, it makes a huge difference. For me, dairy, grains, and sugars don’t do well.
Create Health Goals That Work For You
I’m not suggesting that you eliminate these foods from your diet, but I am encouraging you to come up with health goals that are right for you. That’s why I’m so excited about Crystal Paine’s 15 Days to a Healthier You.
She was such an inspiration to me this year with setting her goals and sticking with them. I’ve loved watching her process and it spurred me on to set my own goals and stick with them.
I’ve taken every course Crystal has offered, and I always walk away with so much information and encouragement to stick with what works for me. I’m really excited about this program, because so many people want to make changes.
Want to learn more about the program? Be sure to visit the link below.