Last summer I finally got to the point that I could mentally admit my weight was out of control and my eating habits were not making me healthy. I was tired of feeling overweight and tired of repeated injuries.
I have been reading a lot of books. Particularly the books by Phil Maffetone and determined that a lot of my issues were do to my addiction to sugar/junk food. I was raised to be an emotional eater (thanks Mom!) and I was doing a good job of it. But it wasn’t making me happy.
As I mentioned in my last post – I never thought I could break the junk food habit. I was happy with it. Or so I thought. I don’t think I really was happy with it – I was just comfortable with it.
Seeing my friend, Shauna Wendtlandt, lose a lot of weight and being impressed by the results my daughter, Jennifer Merkley, was showing after working on losing weight and exercising, I decided to jump on the bandwagon.
Strangely – I lost only a pound or two last summer after months of dieting and running incredible amounts.
After months of being crippled from what was diagnosed as Greater Trochanter Bursitis (see previous posts), I decided I might as well lose weight while I was recovering and not exercising a lot.
My massage therapist and friend, Jennifer Hanna, recommended Jeff Sproul – a nutritionist that specializes in athletes and I started seeing him in the beginning of November. At that point I was 183 lbs. By far my heaviest weight. Jeff convinced me that I had to choose to lose weight or exercise like crazy – you couldn’t do both at once in most cases.
I started weight training 3x a week (can we say 183 pound weakling) and not training more than 75 minutes a day total. I was also put on a very restrictive diet of 1500 calories a day stretched over 6 meals.
The first week I was to eat exactly the same thing at every meal to make sure we were catching any dietary blocking points. I was very happy to lose more than 5 pounds the first week. (Wish that had kept up). After that I was given some variety to allow the diet some flexibility and less boredom.
In the first month – I took a vacation (I missed Starbucks at the airports) and celebrated my birthday and Thanksgiving with my daughter and son-in-law. We only ate out one time on my birthday (I did a little cheating) and were very conservative for Thanksgiving. I was really grateful that they supported me in my dietary changes. It was really hard when my supervisor brought donuts for my birthday at work. I ate half of a donut and hid the rest in a bathroom garbage can.
Of course, that was followed by December. I did a little more cheating – but really tried to eat well even with parties, our son’s birthday dinner and Christmas and New Years. Let me tell you – the steaks and baked potatoes Kevin and I ate on Christmas Eve were like manna. Losing the junk food habit makes me appreciate good food more.
After the first week, things leveled off on the weight loss side. I was losing slow and steady. It even got slower – but still steady.
I have learned to make healthy chicken soup when sick instead of junk food. I even craved vegetables at a race the other week (so weird).
I did my first reveal on Facebook the other week. I had been avoiding pictures of myself (other than a few selfies) until I felt like I was able to show myself making progress. I was actually shocked to see the changes – and very happy with them.
This morning I was even shocked a bit to step on the scale and see 159.8! Goodbye 160’s. 170’s and 180’s. I hope that I will never see you again. In fact – I insist that I will never see you again.
So – for those who were wondering how I do it – that gives you a general idea. My daily diet is roughly as follows:
- Protein shake with almond milk, 1/2 cup of fruit and spinach at waking
- Apple with 7 almonds and 2 oz of lean meat mid morning
- 2 slices Ezekial bread, 1 tbsp olive oil mayonnaise, 80 calories cheese, tomato, spinach/kale, 3 oz lean meat for a sandwich. 1 clementine. This is lunch
- Quest bar as mid afternoon snack
- 1/3 C brown rice (or equivalent), 4-5 oz lean meat, 1.5 C or more of a dark green vegetable for dinner
- Protein shake with almond milk at bedtime
I am taking this slow and steady. My goal is to get healthy for life and for the first time I think I might be able to do this. It has been such a struggle to lose weight at age 55 that I don’t ever want to have to go through this again.
As my online guru “The Nutrition Diva” always says – “Eat something good for me.”