About Me: Female, 47, Kitchener, ON, member since Oct 2010
Music Teacher - songwriter
2004 - BMI was 87. Weighed 450+ pounds.
[More] 2010 - BMI is 46. Weigh 262 pounds.
How? Dietary changes (I made small changes until they became a lifestyle, then I'd make another healthy change... example - found out that my sore joints and depression symptoms found relief by drinking whole milk, real butter, not taking the skin off poultry BUT stopped eating fries, fried foods (except 8-9 onion rings on cheat days), rarely eating pork products, and trimming the fat off steaks, reduce eating hamburg dishes to 1-2x/wk versus almost daily (because they were so quick and easy to make)
**Cheat days - weekends. Friday night and then usually Sunday. That's when I have no-no foods that I've wanted during the week. In moderation of course. And to tell ya the truth - now I FORGET what I wanted in the week. So the 'cheating' is now very small. But hey, it works for me.
AND exercise - both cardio (walking) and resistance (weights).
I started small - a 10 minute walk, one way. I set my cel phone to ring at 10 mins. Turn around and come back home. After being in the house so much, I actually developed a fear of going outside too far. This 10 minute walk did TWO things - re-introduce me to the beautiful outdoors, and, NO depression. I brought music that I LOVE to listen to. Sometimes repeating the same song enough times to know my walk is done.
Another thing - DRASTIC thing - I did - CUT CABLE TV.
Had to! I was getting NOTHING done, and eating at night. So, no more late night TV and mindless binging.
Yup - it sux sometimes on a rainy/snowy day. BUT my house is clean, laundry gets done, and I get my butt up and out most days now. It was and is well worth it.
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