How I Lost 70 Pounds!
Weight (Before): 225lbs
My story: I had surgery three years ago, and I couldn't work out for over three months. I was already overweight, but my inactivity made it even worse. I knew I needed a change.
START: Find Your Fit
A friend urged me to try the F.A.S.T. (Families Always Succeed Together) diet, which you can also do solo. The 4 daily targets seemed doable: exercise, eat 1,425 calories, drink 8 glasses of water and consume 25 to 40 g of fiber. I also liked that you checked in nightly with a mentor for accountability. I signed up in September 2012.
STEP 1: Buddy Up
My daughter, Megan, started the plan too. She was at college, so we'd email each other recipe and exercise inspiration. Having an extra set of ideas kept me motivated with my own routine.
STEP 2:Put It In Writing
I record what I plan to eat for the day in the morning before I take a single bite. This means there is no room to cheat—if I want to have ice cream, I need to build it into my calorie budget in advance.
TAKE BABY STEPS
To boost the intensity of my walks, I'd jog the width of each driveway I passed. Slowly, I increased my distance and ran for longer stretches.
STEP 3: Eat Like A Kid
If we are dining out, I often order off the children's menu (I swap the typical side of fries or chips for fruit or a salad). The portion sizes are smaller, and I don't miss out on favorite dishes like pasta or hamburgers.
My parents, wowed by my loss and Megan's (she dropped 40 lbs), started the plan. Encouraging them helped me stay on track, and after six months, they hit their goal weights too!
My Stick-With-It Secret:Set Multiple Goals
It's easier to keep up the momentum with my workouts if I have something to strive for, so I try to always have an event marked on the calendar. I recently completed a 40-flight stairclimb race, and before a trip to Tucson, AZ, I signed up to participate in a 5K while we were vacationing there. It was a no-excuses solution for sticking to my routine and a
fun way to see the city. My next goal: Run a 10K.
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