The Diet Changes I’ve Made That Has Helped Me Lose 12 Pounds

Last week, I shared about my weight loss journey and how I’ve lost a total of 40 pounds over the past 4 years. After my third son was born, I was bigger than I’d ever been in my life. Weighing in at 175, I was determined to figure out how to lose the weight.

To lose the first 30 pounds, I counted calories religiously for about 9 months. It has been the only thing that I have done to lose weight successfully.

How I Lost the First 30 Pounds

To lose the first 30 pounds, I counted calories religiously for about 9 months. It has been the only thing that I have done to lose weight successfully. I briefly reached 146 during the initial time of weight loss. After I stopped, I was hovering around 148-152 for the last several years.

When I stopped counting calories, I stopped losing weight. It was ok, because I was happy with the way I looked and didn’t plan to lose anymore anyways.

I Wanted to Get My Asthma Under Control

A little over 2 months ago, I made some radical changes to my diet. My goal was to see if my asthma and allergies was tied to the food I was eating.

Crystal Paine, over at the Money Saving Mom, told me that she wanted to get rid of her acne and eczema. She started working with a nutritionist that helped her refine her diet and get rid of the foods that was contributing to those health conditions. She’s off all of her meds for those problems now. Since she has had so much success, she put together a program that helps you focus on being a healthier person this year.

Be sure to check it out if you need encouragement to create health goals and meet them.

15 Days to a Healthier You


I was so encouraged by her progress that I wanted to try myself. I cut out these 3 things:

  • Raw sugar, processed sugar, honey
  • Grains
  • Dairy

It only took a few days of eliminating these foods for me to realize that it was affecting the amount of mucous I deal with. I’ve had less asthma trouble since I’ve severely limited these foods. Typically, I give myself one splurge day a week to eat from these three groups.

I’ve Lost 12 Pounds

To date, I’ve lost 12 pounds since I made these changes. I’ve been truly surprised at the weight loss, because I’ve never been this small in my life. Since I was 13, I’ve weighed at least 150 pounds. Currently, I weigh 136.

The diet changes I made haven’t been that difficult for me, because I learned a lot about nutrition when I was counting calories several years ago. I’ve already learned to eat more vegetables, fruits, and proteins. Also, I have cut out many carbs, because I’m addicted to them.

What My Diet Looks Like

I’ve had so many people ask me what I eat to stick within my new diet. They also ask how I manage the different dietary needs between myself and my family. The only meal that our different diets is an issue is at dinner. For that meal, I make sure the main course is something I can eat. Then, I prepare side dishes that I can’t eat.

Here’s a run down of what I had today-


Eggs over medium with spinach and mushrooms

Normally for breakfast, I have fried eggs or hard boiled eggs. When I have fried eggs, I like to pair it with spinach and mushrooms.

1 whole apple

This morning I was hungrier then 2 eggs could manage. I had 1 small apple after I was done with the eggs. Many mornings, the eggs are enough.

Black coffee

Most mornings I have 2 cups of black coffee. This morning, I had one cup before church. In the afternoon, I had a second cup. It’s not unusual for me to drink 3 cups a day.


Beans and spinach

Since it is Sunday, we usually have a bigger meal at lunch. Austin and I ate breakfast kind of late, so I wasn’t very hungry at lunch. I had a small portion of homemade beans on spinach, topped with hummus. Normally, I would put my beans on romaine lettuce, but I was too lazy to cut the lettuce up.

I made the hummus yesterday out of 1 avocado, chickpeas, lemon juice, oil, onions, and Weber Gourmet burger seasoning.

Diet Soda

Usually I drink a glass of tea made with Stevia. Today, I had a glass of diet Cranberry 7up. Last night, we used it to do a toast for New Years. I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I drank a glass at lunch.



Chicken and chickpea soup

I didn’t each much lunch, so I was starving 2 hours later. This is homemade chicken and chickpea soup. Since I need to stay away from the grains, I put the chickpeas in the soup in place of noodles.


Drink water every day

I try to make myself drink at least 4 of these bottles of water a day. On good days, I manage to drink more. Today I got through the bottle 4 times.


Chicken Salad and Vegetables

Sunday nights, we usually eat light dinners. Tonight, I had left over chicken salad that I made yesterday. It is made with chicken, egg, raw onion, and the avocado hummus I had on my beans at lunch.

Snack 2

carrots and hummus

Evidently, I just love this hummus that I made, because I had it 3 times today. That’s unusual for me. Tonight, I needed another snack after my light dinner. I finished the night with some carrots and hummus. I don’t always eat a snack at night, but I just make it a healthy choice if I do.

I eat a lot of variety in my new diet. Honestly, I haven’t felt deprived with these changes. I think that’s mainly because I’m having very few cravings.

What about you?

Have you done anything that has been successful for your weight loss? Leave a message in the comments and let me know.


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