The image in my mind and maybe some of yours is that a grandmother is, let's say, soft and fluffy. Grandmothers aren't supposed to be lean and fit. The bad thing is that, it is exactly where I let my mindset go. I had given up on trying to lose weight. I have struggled with my weight and have been on the roller coaster of losing and gaining since my teen years. It's not a lot of weight that I've been losing and gaining back, but just twenty to thirty pounds, but those extra pounds were making me miserable.
After seeing some family photos from the holidays was a wake up call for me. Kim, what on earth are you doing? I had read another blogger's post about how she had lost fifteen pounds in three weeks by juicing and drinking smoothies. I had also read where gluten could be causing me to gain weight and to keep the weight on that I was trying to lose. I had started with eating smaller portions, but that wasn't going anywhere.
Do you watch Extreme Weight Loss on ABC? I have, and I say if they can lose hundreds of pounds then certainly I can lose twenty to thirty pounds.
So I started searching Pinterest for some smoothie and juice recipes. I started with smoothies and then purchased a juicer to make some fresh juices. I completely cut out all bread and sweets. The one thing I did not give up was the two teaspoons of sugar I add to my coffee each morning. A girl can't give it all up.
I started drinking a smoothie every morning for breakfast and a juice for lunch and then a dinner of lean meats and vegetables. I also drink lots of lemon water all day long. No more diet drinks or fake sugar products. I just want all natural foods now.
The weight literally started just falling off. What? How could this be? After all the years of trying every diet out there and diet pills. Please, don't take diet pills. They can do a number on your heart. I did lose when I took pills, but always gained it right back plus more.
I have lost 25 pounds so far and feel so much better. I am now enjoying buying new clothes again. I used to love shopping for clothes, but the larger I got I just didn't care to go shopping anymore for clothes. I was buying things to hide my weight. I have gone from a size 14 (getting close to 16) down to size 8 and even some 6's. I am thrilled! I still haven't started exercising yet so I am looking forward to getting back to walking and getting toned. Well, maybe not looking forward to the walking part. I really hate exercising, but I know I need to.
This weight loss has opened a new door to feeling better and looking better. I just wish I had realized how easy this was to achieve just by cutting out things in my diet that my body could not metabolize. Some folks are lucky and can eat whatever they want, but not me. I really don't miss the bread and sweets anymore. I will be 59 years old in September and now I am looking forward to the sixties, seventies and more.
I do believe I am finally off the roller coaster!
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