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My 5 Point Plan To Lose 25 Pounds Of Midlife Fat In 6 Weeks

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Let’s not beat around the bush. No one ever said it to my face or ostracized me. But they knew. I knew.

I was fat.

I’m less fat now.

But I am still fat.

I think my biggest problem or hinderance to accepting the fact that I needed to lose weight was that in my mind’s eye, I was skinny. You see, when I was young, I was super thin and I couldn’t gain weight if I tried. I could eat whatever I wanted. I never owned a scale. I never thought about my weight. Ever.

With both my pregnancies, I gained a lot of weight. But miraculously, the weight fell off afterwards. Not completely, but mostly. Your body is never the same after having children. And that ten extra pounds that never left didn’t bother me because I was too thin to begin with.

But menopause. I hate you.

The longer that I ignored the weight gain, it seemed to pick up steam, year after year. I developed coping mechanisms so that I didn’t have to face the truth.

  • I didn’t have pictures taken.
  • I didn’t go clothes shopping.
  • I didn’t do anything physical that would leave me breathless and achey. Or close to naked.

And then I quit smoking.

I took eating to a whole new level. And the more I ate, the lazier I got. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would let myself get this unhealthy. I may as well have continued smoking.

I’m not really sure what prompted me to change. It was the same last year when I decided to quit smoking. I just decided I was done. It was the middle of the week, 6 pm. I butt out for good. And let me tell you, I LOVED smoking.

I reasoned that if I could give up my favourite past time and excuse for leaving awkward situations, then changing my eating habits would be a breeze. It hasn’t been but I am in the early stages yet. I’m hoping it gets easier. Winter and cold weather are definitely a bitch and it’s hard not to try to warm up by eating a shit ton of carbs.

Let me tell you. Since I started my weight loss journey, September 12, 2017, I never think about smoking anymore. Now that’s a bonus. Of course I dream of Big Macs and donuts all the time now though. I guess I will have to come up with my next change or passion to get my mind off of eating.

So far. So good.

I am happy to report that I went shopping yesterday for pants and was 2 sizes down. In total, my weight loss to date is 28 pounds. I weigh in every Wednesday on Instagram if you are interested in following me and watching my progress.

How did I do it?

Well, getting healthy and changing your eating habits is a little different than quitting smoking. I mean you still have to eat. It’s not like you can avoid it. And almost every celebration in your life is anchored by a meal. I went through Thanksgiving so far. I stayed on track and I didn’t feel deprived which is awesome.

It’s as simple and as hard as that.

Decide and follow through.


My 5 Point Plan To Losing 25 Pounds Of Midlife Fat In 6 Weeks


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1. Join Weight Watchers

I knew I needed some tools and that I couldn’t do it alone. For me, the big selling point was the online app. It is so easy to use and track everything I eat. A few taps or a scan of a barcode and I am up to date. Any way you look at it, you need to track your calories because let’s face it, our bodies and our brains no longer know how much is enough.

2. Increase water intake

I never drank water. Unless under duress. I drank diet pop. I know. I know. It’s bad. But worse was that I was probably dehydrated and that probably contributed to my lethargy. I found an app that tracks water on my phone and bought a refillable, one litre bottle. I drink almost 3 a day. I have so much energy now it’s ridiculous.

3. Track my activity

I have a Striiv Fusion Bio Activity Smartwatch, it’s like a Fitbit, but I never wore it. I tell you, strap one of those on and see you only walk a couple of hundred steps a day and you will shock yourself into moving more. I almost always make my 10,000 steps now. I probably do about 5,000 a day going to the bathroom because of all the water I am drinking.


 

4. Be accountable

I guess I could join the in house meetings for Weight Watchers or have a friend as a partner but I chose a different accountability route. I decided to post my weigh ins on Instagram. Some weeks I am almost frightened to get on the scale and report. I know my followers wouldn’t chastise me but I bet if I missed a few weeks, someone would ask me what was going on.

Letting people know that you are trying to lose midlife fat and eat healthy makes you accountable to yourself as well. You don’t want to have to explain to people a few months from now that you gave up on your plan. And if you are sliding, someone asking about your progress can really jolt you back into the fold.

5. Make eating healthy a priority

When you start a new habit, no matter what it is, it needs your full attention. Until healthy food choices are second nature, you need to spend more time planning and preparing your meals. In the first few weeks, all I did was think about when and what I was going to eat. Grocery shopping was thought out like a battle plan. If you want to succeed, you need to give your goal your full attention and focus. That is why I like to tackle only one of my bad habits at a time.

I’m looking forward to Christmas this year. Not only has most of my family not seen me since I started my weight loss journey, but I can’t wait to take pictures with them. I will no longer hide behind the camera.

If you see yourself in my story or you are thinking that you may get healthy in the new year, I want to encourage you to start now.

Don’t wait.

Make the decision and then be committed to it.

Trust me.

You will love yourself for taking that first step and not waiting.

Do it. Now.

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Lynnelle

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

I concur and add my congratulations on the 28 pounds (which I'm sure is one or two more by now). Deciding is KEY. Not the "ok, ok, I'll do it" decision, but the "I'm ready" place, when you get there you know deep down, decision. You can't trick yourself. Not for a long, anyway.

My 'start date' was Nov 6. South Beach is my structure. I'm not a cook, (but I want to take the time to get better in the future.) For me, not thinking about what I need to eat, can't eat, how much I can eat... was important to my success. While it isn't gourmet (it isn't even "good"), the 2-weeks worth of frozen South Beach entrees, shakes and snacks are edible. (Most of them, anyway. Cannot get past the egg white whatever breakfasts and the Chocolate Caramel meal shakes ) Almost 7 days in and I'm down to that weight you get down to before the scale screeches to a halt. I've lost the water and 'easy' weight. I have 8 or so pounds to go and those are the pounds that have girth. I'm giving myself a pass (within reason) one meal (not day) a week. OMG I'm craving a hot piece of French bread dripping with butter. A glass of red wine wouldn't be bad, either.

Elena Peters

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

I hear you on that one! I LOVE bread. Fresh. Warm. Hmmmm. What were we talking about? Oh yes, congratulations on your decision as well and I wish you much success!

klaudia

Tuesday 7th of November 2017

Wow, 28 pounds off, that is awesome!! Menopause did make me expand too, but luckily the extra pounds vanished after (am I after menopause already?). It is true what you are saying, winters are tough for losing weight. It is a lot easier to enjoy salads and lighter meals during the summer months, another good reason for me to stay where I am, on my figure friendly island.

Leanne | crestingthehill

Monday 6th of November 2017

I cannot believe what menopause and a slowing metabolism are doing to my midline! I have always been naturally tall and slim, now I'm increasing around my midrift and I feel like the Hindenberg blimp! I definitely need to move more but I'm still looking for a magic bullet!

Jennifer

Monday 6th of November 2017

Yes. I know it's time. I've started adding movement back into my life, but I know that movement isn't enough. Time to start managing my food intake.

Shirley Corder

Monday 6th of November 2017

OH yes. Almost you persuade me. I need a smart watch or a fit bit. I can't afford to join Weight Watchers. I did that before. But seriously? I do need to follow your example. Thanks for the prod.

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