Getting Off the Roller Coaster

6.16.2014



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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96 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Kim!!... There's no question the methods you use WORK! ..and are healthy for you. I have used similar methods for those miserable 25 lbs. and it really really is a healthy, fairly easy solution. Once you really start eating healthy, you feel so much better almost immediately.. and I have found walking it my best form of stick-to-it exercise. The gym gets old real fast.

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  2. Great Job! Could you please post your smoothie and juice recipes, thank you!

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    1. Yes, I will start sharing soon. You can find many on pinterest.

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  3. i can totally relate to this kim....before my 50's i NEVER had a weight problem, could eat any and everything and not gain, but then started putting on a little at a time. i joined WW right after i turned 50 and lost down to a size 6 (some 4's!) but then after i got re-married we ate out a lot, etc. and the weight started coming back on. i hate to say it but i'm also in 14's and some 16's...last february my husband and i embarked on a weight loss journey, he does medifast (i couldn't stand the cardboard food) but he's lost over 50 pounds and i rejoined WW...i initially lost about 15 pounds but have started eating "bad" some and i'm not losing anymore. you have inspired me to re-evaluate my bad habits again...i've not tried the juicing but i'm going to look into starting it.

    congratulations on your weight loss...keep up the good work!

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  4. Congrats on finding an easy way to control weight. There is so much research out there that shows exercise is not only good for our bones as we age but also to keep our brains sharp! That's motivation enough for me. So the next time you reinforce you dislike for exercise by saying that change your tune to "I loves exercise because it will keep my brain young"! Women who exercise are smart ladies

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    1. Yes, I know exercise is good for you and I am by no means sedentary if you read my blog regularly. I was walking 2 1/2 miles a day last year and eating smaller portions and was still a size 12 - 14. By cutting out bread and sweets is when it started falling off. It is more about what goes in our mouth and then exercising is the icing on the cake so to say.

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    2. I see. I was trying to give you a motivator since you said you hated to exercise. All this stuff on the aging brain and the benefit of exercise just keeps popping up in my life. So it motivates me. Good for you on cutting out the sweets and bread. That is my downfall. Think I will try that too and see where it takes me. Best of luck :)

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  5. I'm a 63 year old grandmother that is a size 14-16...Can I have your old clothes? Lol I'm trying to juice too but finding it hard to do while on the go and while making normal and healthy meals for my husband three times a day. I even grow our own organic vegetables. I eat VERY healthy, swim laps, walk, take yoga, work in the garden/yard 5 to 10 hour a day (this is VERY physical work-hauling hoses, moving rocks, weeding, hauling bucket of bark chips and spreading them, landscaping) but still struggle with those pounds. And the healthier I eat (organic/GMO free the heavier I am.) We even eat our main meal at noon so we can work it off before bed. After a lifetime of dieting (and too many substitutes) I've chosen healthy over thin.

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    1. House Crazy, I am just curious if you have cut out gluten. I was eating healthy and exercising too and the weight would not come off. Since I completely cut out all bread, which I love, and all sweets the weight started falling off. It can be something you are eating keeping the weight on.

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  6. Congrats and you have a lot to be proud of! It ain't easy going from a size 14 to size 8 and you've done it the smart and healthy way! My partner has prostate cancer and embarked on a juicing regimen less than a year ago for health reasons. We are convinced it has made a big difference in his health. I got into the juicing, mainly for breakfast, and have started eating much healthier for lunch and dinner. What a difference it makes physically and mentally to go down one size. I do think you will enjoy walking for exercise. No need to start off power walking, just start walking. I'm betting the more you get into it, the more you will enjoy it.

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    1. Yes, I know it is good to walk. I was walking over 2 miles a day and have no problem with that except that I have to drive to a park to walk since I live on a very busy road. I was not losing any weight when I walked daily, but cutting out gluten and sugar has knocked it out of the park for me.

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  7. I am right there with you...I have started changing things up with fruits and veggies...I will let you know what happens! Dianntha

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  8. Way to go Kim!! I always struggled with losing and gaining 20pds and when I took it off last year I felt so much better and happy to say I kept it off! CONGRATS again!!

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  9. Congratulations Kim! It really feels good to be in control, doesn't it?? Great job!

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  10. Great work!!! I, like Bethany, would like a couple of your juice and smoothie recipes when you get a chance, please. What you are doing with the smoothie for one meal, the juice for another and a well balanced meal for dinner sounds very doable. Also, the things you eliminated from your diet made a huge difference and so great that you were able to figure those were the culprits. Thanks a million for sharing.

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  11. I'm curious, did you still use regular/whole milk in your smoothies/coffee or did you cut out milk and just use the almond milk?

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  12. That is fabulous Kim! Going from a 14 to an 8 is definitely something to be proud of!

    Since September I lost 12 lbs but only went from a 12 to a 10, but I'm ok with that. I don't think I could sustain being a size 8 or smaller. My body would rebel! lol

    I did WW and that's how I lost the weight. I really like their program but am currently not doing it anymore. I try to control my carbs which for me is key. I never had any weight issues until menopause reared it's ugly head (I am 60) so having to pay attention to what I put in my mouth was a bummer and something that too, and still takes, getting used to!

    A really good day for me calories wise is oatmeal with berries for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch, a healthy snack around 4, a dinner laden with veggies and fish or chicken and a snack at night sometime. It doesn't always happen but at least now I know that's what it takes to lose weight and knowledge is power :;).

    Again, congrats to you Kim! You're a beautiful lady and now you have the hot bod to match!

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  13. Congrats Kim! I am in the midst of this right now. I found out I have a thryroid/adrenal issue as well as food sensitivities and a gluten intolerance. I could not understand why the weight kept piling on depsite my best efforts to eat healthy and exercise. I was so thankful for my new doctors who addressed the real issue and didn't just blame it on the fact I was over 40 now! UGH!!
    Keep up the good work. I still have a bit to lose, but am headed in the right direction and doing it the healthy way.
    As to what I would do with the money...the sky is the limit right? Probably tackle some home projects and take a nice vacation.

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  14. Sorry about that weird sentence 'that too'. That's what I get for not proofing while using an iPad!

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  15. Kim,

    A couple of years ago I lost 35 lbs. by using portion control. I did NO exercise. The beginning of this year I started incorporating exercise DVD's and walking at the suggestion of my hubby for cardio benefits. Lo and behold I have gained 15 lbs.! Now....my appetite has increased and I'm having a hard time getting this weight off. I'm going to try your suggestions. I will be 55 this year and I don't wanna look like the fluffy grandma...haha!

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  16. Kim, THANK YOU for not being afraid to share this personal side of you. I am going to look into several of the things you are doing. I am 54 and my weight just keeps climbing and I am by no means "sedetary", you have INSPIRED a lot of your followers with this post. I am excited to read more about your journey and progress. I follow you on Pinterest and Instagram also so I'll be checking out more posts there as well. I eat lots of bread and pasta and drink sweet tea, so I am sure if I cut just these few things out, many, many pounds will melt away.

    Thank you for being so open with your followers. WE LOVE YOU. XOXO

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  17. Thanks for sharing your story, Kim. I'm ready to make a next step in my eating regimen as exercising and "watching" my weight hasn't worked well for the past few years. I'm fitter, but still not where I want to be on the scale. A friend has been encouraging me to try smoothies for breakfast, so today seems to be the day!

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  18. Congrats Kim - 25 pounds is a huge accomplishment!

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  19. They way you have been changing your eating habits and thus losing the weight is the best way to do it...they say it lends to helping keep the weight off....you are doing it the healthy way...you look great and congrats on losing all that weight!....My hubby is now making me the same breakfast protein smoothies that he makes for himself every day...I need to follow his and your lead!...

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  20. Hi Kim - Congratulations and thank you for sharing such a personal story. I'm so glad you are doing it the healthy way. There are so many bad ways to lose weight, and a healthy life style is the only way to go. As a cancer survivor, and after being pushed into menopause 10+ years early, I have not been able to take off the 10 pounds that I have gained. I eat healthy and exercise and maintain a healthy life style but it's an extremely tough struggle. Blessings in your continued journey. Hugs, Holly

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  21. Congrats Kim! I love bread and sweets, but I am like you those are the things I need to stay away from. When I choose to eat bread, biscuits, or that piece of cake...i may as well have glued it on my belly or backside cause that's were it will be the next morning!
    Have a great day!
    Cindy

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  22. I'm on that same coaster, Kim, and want to get off fast!!! My son is getting married in October and I need to get at least 30 lbs. off! Do you have a Pinterest board for some of your smoothie recipes? You have totally inspired me! Thanks so much for this encouraging post! And - Congratulations for getting off that coaster!

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  23. Congrats!!!!!!! What an inspiration this is. I mean seriously smoothies and fresh juice with a lean dinner. Plus your sugar for your Coffee. That is my biggest issue. I drink coffee from the time I get up till the time I go to bed and I put one teaspoon of sugar in each cup. So I know I have alot of sugar and I need to wing myself off of so much coffee. My biggest issues with Smoothies is that most I find have Yogurt in them. I can't do Yogurt because it makes me ill.

    But I agree with you that if they can lose hundreds on Extreme Weight Loss then we should all be able to loose those pesky 25lbs or so. It is just a matter of being disciplined and doing it.

    Please be sure to post your smoothie recipes for us. Have a great day.
    Sincerely
    Trina
    Walking My Own Path

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  24. Kim, I love your blog and congratulate you on your weight loss. I am, however, a little worried when you advocate a "gluten free" diet for weight loss while saying you cut out bread and sweets. Are you totally gluten-free or just cutting out wheat and sweets? I am Celiac and rely on a gluten-free diet to live. That means no real soy sauce ( or marinades made with them), many ordinary condiments, no cream of "anything" soups, no foods that are prepared in facilities that also prepare wheat products, no shared grill surfaces, toasters, colanders, or cutting boards. No butter tubs. peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars, etc. that have been double-dipped from bread back to container. That means not eating a salad where the croutons have merely been picked off or prepared in the same bowl where salad containing croutons is located. No lipsticks, makeup, toothpaste, or soaps containing a wheat derivative that can get into the mouth. I could go on and on....

    The Celiac/Gluten intolerant community has had serious issues lately with having our strict diet not taken seriously by restaurants and mainstream manufacturers by those who are cutting out (or down) on wheat consumption for weight loss, but who aren't really eating a gluten-free diet. We are especially targets of late-night comedians and many sit-coms. Restaurants who offer a gluten-free menu report patrons who order a beer and/or dessert after insisting on the gluten-free menu (or take "just a bite" of someone else's "gluten-full" food, or tell them it's okay if their French-fries are fried in the same oil that has contained a breaded product.) I was seriously ill for almost three weeks after being served a Bloody Mary that was supposedly made-on site and safe, but had instead been prepared with a commercial Bloody Mary mix containing a Worcestershire sauce that contained gluten. The restaurant's response was that another gluten-free patron told them that it didn't matter as long as it wasn't food.

    The other issue is for those who really do have a medical problem associated with gluten consumption, totally remove it, and then discover they now can't be medically tested. Unfortunately, once it has been removed from the diet there is no way to test for Celiac (all tests will be negative) until they have reintroduced it for weeks so that the small intestine can once more be damaged. Without a definitive diagnosis they will not get proper treatment.

    Please don't take this as a criticism. Cutting out bread and sweets does indeed remove many calories and is a great weight-loss tool. That alone, however, does not remove all gluten and shouldn't be called a "gluten-free" diet. Anyone stating they are "gluten-free" when they really aren't does hurt those of us who truly must avoid even a stray crumb in our food because our needs are no longer taken seriously. I hope this comes off as educational, and not a rant. I do love your blog. Thanks!

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    1. Did I day I was gluten free? I don't think so. I have cut out all wheat products because I do have stomach issues if I eat it and didn't realize my body just cannot metabolize it correctly like so many others. I am just trying to eat whole foods and no processed foods anymore. I buy mostly fresh organic produce now and for me to cut out bread was a major thing for me, but I really don't miss it and I sure don't miss the upset stomach every morning.

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    2. In one of your comments above you said "Yes, I know it is good to walk. I was walking over 2 miles a day and have no problem with that except that I have to drive to a park to walk since I live on a very busy road. I was not losing any weight when I walked daily, but cutting out gluten and sugar has knocked it out of the park for me."

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    3. In another.comment you asked whether someone had "cut out gluten" and then went on to say you had cut out bread and sugar. As Zippy points out, gluten is WAY more than just bread. It is much clearer to say you've cut out bread, or wheat, or grains, or whatever. Going gluten free is not for the faint of heart and not necessary for the vast majority of people. (I have a niece who has celiac disease.)

      Congratulations on your weight loss, Kim. I'm in the same boat and need to get serious. I look forward to hearing more about your journey. I know you're going to inspire many of us.

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    4. This post was no means a complete explanation of what I have done to lose weight. It is a sponsored post with BlogHer about opening new doors and was written in a particular format for their client. I will explain more in future posts. I guess the gluten thing is confusing, but I cannot change this post. Yes, I have cut out all things containing wheat flour. No, I have not cut out all grains. I still eat corn and brown rice. I buy gluten free pasta.

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    5. Kim, your post is fine! I was just concerned that the comments section would confuse readers in thinking that being on a gluten-free diet and cutting out wheat are the same thing. Actually draining your GF pasta in your old colander would possibly contaminate someone who must be on a true GF diet. I wasn't trying to start a controversy. I just know that you have a huge base of readers and wanted to avoid the confusion. Again, congratulations on your healthier eating!

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  25. Congratulations, Kim! After years of struggling with IBS, I recently went on a gluten, dairy, and (mostly) sugar free diet. The sugar is the hardest thing to give up, but for the first time in my adult life, I'm not plagued with IBS pain and illness! I lost the 10 pounds I've been carrying around since menopause without even trying, and I'm never hungry. Our family has a genetic tendency toward autoimmune disorders (I already have symptoms), so I'm hoping that by changing the way I eat, I can change the odds in my favor. I started by reading "The Whole 30" and it's changed my life! Our daughters are now eating this way, too, so it will make cooking for holidays a little easier. I'm working on exercising every day, too. Congratulations on your new lifestyle and maybe we'll inspire others to do the same!

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  26. I'm so happy for you that your diet has been working! It's hard to break away from old habits. I bet you can't wait to get rid of your old larger clothes now. You never looked fat to me though. Cody drinks those healthy smoothies too except he's trying to gain weight. (Miss those days). He adds a lot of protein and calories to his diet. I think everyone is battling something!

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  27. Congrats Kim on 25 pounds! I have just lost 25 pounds too after struggling with extra wight from trying to get pregnant and hormone shots. I too have cut out all wheat, sugar and alcohol. I use Stevia (natural sugar substitute) to sweeten my tea in the morning. Keep it up Girl!

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  28. Wow Kim, congratulations!!! I am about to turn 50 this year and am feeling the same. I used to do the low carb thing, but as I age, nothing seemed to work, so, like you I started trying to eat whole and real foods. I was inspired by Dr. Mark Hyman whose programs I saw on PBS. I start every day with a smoothie of frozen blueberries, cranberries, mango, almonds, coconut water and almond milk. It's so much easier to eat fresh in the summer too, so that certainly helps. I cannot tolerate sugar, rice, grains, etc., at all without gaining weight and feeling horrible. It definitely makes a difference. It's difficult for me to be faced with all the cakes, pies, and other southern home-cooked foods my mom tempts me with, but I'm trying to use discipline.

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  29. Congrats Kim. I too want to feel better. With the money, I would do home improvement projects.

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  30. I was wanting your recipes also....but see that someone already made that request. I will be turning 63 and gained weight when my thyroid stopped working correctly.

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  31. Congratulations on the weight loss!
    $10,000 is a pretty incredible prize! Hello, Italy! (or college for the kid)

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  32. Congrats on the weight loss! Thanks for sharing your story. You have inspired me to give smoothies another try. I am on the go much of the day and I am not sure I could do the smoothie and juice for breakfast and lunch. I need some protein. I was wondering if you add protein powder to your smoothies? Maybe I could just have a protein snack between lunch and breakfast.

    I know I feel so much better when I cut out the "white stuff"!

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    1. Tina, the smoothies are loaded with protein by using almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds. flax powder, oatmeal, Greek yogurt and many other things not all used at once, but in different recipes. You would be surprised how very filling these are.

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    2. oh and spinach, too in most of them.

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    3. Thanks for the info. I will look on Pinterest for some recipes.

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  33. Congratulations Kim!! Well done you. I do not give advise on loosing and keeping weight off as I have lost some , what I called, really good friends doing that . Upon their request I might add. I am a small person. Have been all my life at a mere 5'2" with a small frame. MY sisters however have battled with weight all their adult lives. So I can feel some of your pain.
    Getting ill, (well evidently I had been ill most of my life) , and having to have steroids with my treatment made me for the first time gain weight, I went above 130. As soon as I was able , I started walking and working out 30 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. It all went away. But I know... that is not the way it is for everyone. All I can say is what I have done... I do not use artificial sugar or fats. I do real sugar and real butter , coconut and olive oil. I do eat bread and sweets... in moderation. I am a stickler for portion control. BUt I do eat raw when ever I can Raw veggies, fruit, raw oatmeal with nuts... LOTS of water. Plain old water.
    I was so embarrassed while ill and loosing my hair and getting thinner... but I listened to my photographer and did some shoots to remember it by. I thought by this time in my life I would no longer be in front of the camera... but I just did a shoot a few months ago after my hair grew back. Weight and all... :)
    You look wonderful my friend!!! A stunning lady. I applaud you in your success and wish you well on your journey. Life can throw us some curve balls. Grab them and keep on going!
    HUGS, Gee

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  34. Congrats to you Kim, I've lost 5lbs so far, you have did wonders by the size of those jeans:) You are very smart to start now because the older you get the harder it is to see results like we did when we were younger! Have fun shopping!!!

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  35. Congrats Kim! I am so proud of you! What you are describing is the exact way that we eat at our house. Bob Harper also has a great book that has really good all natural recipes that my daughter and I like. It is so much harder when you get older but I totally agree when you cut out all of the unnatural artificial sweeteners it changes your life. I am still working on ditching the Truvia... Keep it up!

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  36. Good for you Kim!! I noticed as I get older I have to be more careful about what I eat. It's funny you mentioned the lemon water. I started sipping on it every morning for the past month or so and noticed that my pants are much looser. It was really the only thing I was doing differently and I was doing it more as a cleanse than anything else. I guess it must do something!
    -Shelley

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  37. Could you pkease tell me what you're eating for dinner? I'm so over chicken. Are you getting creative with it? If so, could you share? You are an inspiration. I'm definitely trying this. Cutting out bread works for me, but I crave it. Do you ever allow a cheat now and then?

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  38. Well done, Kim! It just takes small changes in lifestyle for big changes in outlook (and how one looks!) I'll bet you feel a great deal healthier. Isn't it fun to shop for a smaller size?

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  39. Good for you Kim, I have been very fortunate my whole life to be thin but I have to admit as I have gotten older refined sugar doesn't agree with me. Not my weight anyways. I am naturally a healthy eater, I just happen to love those foods. Go figure. Congrats on your weight loss!!!

    Cynthia

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  40. I am really anxious to try this as I am also in my early 50s and have tried, without much success, to lose weight and always end up frustrated and giving up. I am a sugar addict so that will be the hardest part for me. I know juices and fruits have a lot of sugar so I always thought they were to be avoided when dieting. I guess as long as you substitute the juice for a meal and are not drinking it all day? Did you use any dairy products or just almond milk,etc. can honey be used as a natural sweetener?

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  41. This is encouraging to me because I am a size 14 myself. I feel a grandma can lose the weight, I should be able to as well. I appreciate your tips and you sharing your journey with us! Oh to see a size 8 again!

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  42. Thank you for sharing this with us. I find it inspiring and very encouraging. Congratulations, Kim!! So proud of you!

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  43. Congrats Kim on our weight loss. I too believe that certain foods do not metabolize well and are what keeps the weight on no matter what you do. Glad you found something that is working for you. The fact that you feel so much better is the greater joy but let's be honest wearing smaller sizes is so much more fun too. You go girl.
    Kris

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  44. Great job Kim! I can't imagine you a size 16?!!! Amazing will power, determination with equally amazing results!!! You GO GIRL!

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  45. Congrats! We want to see your new skinny self in some new clothes! :) Thanks for encouraging us all.

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  46. I'm one of the ladies who wants to read your smoothie recipes. Should I start a chant "if Kim can do it, I can do it"?

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  47. Congratulations Kim on finding out what best works for you body and on your weight loss success. It really is all about life style change and not diets or pills. Since being told I am gluten sensitive and that I have colitis I have been eating gluten free ( totally gluten free) and sugar free plus nothing with more than a few ingredients and I feel great. I use to be an exercise freak now if I miss a workout I don't freak out. I think it is about eating healthy and exercise but if you don't have control over your intake of food no matter how much you exercise you'll still keep gaining weight.
    Did you say you'll be 59? Wondering if that was a typo? I would have thought you were about to turn 49.You look great!

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  48. You are looking soooo good, Kim, and I know you must feel great!!
    Mary Alice

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  49. Good for you Kim! I need to get on this diet as well. I blame blogging:):(

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  50. Way to go, Kim!! I'm so proud of you. It gets harder for me to take weight off as I get older--I'm guessing that just comes with the territory! I'm blessed that, after having been overweight as a teenager, I haven't struggled much as an adult. I weighed more when I was 16 than I weighed 9 months' pregnant! I would love to lose a few pounds, though, and I appreciate the inspiration!

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  51. Good for you, Kim! We're the same age and I could stand to lose the amount of weight you just lost...I was so trim for both of my daughter's weddings (last 3 years ago) and then...well you know. I'm going to go make myself a smoothy now.. I use a NutriBullet and love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  52. Wow Kim, that is just fantastic! I am trying to loose weight myself.. I am cutting down on my portion size.. no sweets... I still eat whole wheat... It has taken me a month to loose 12 pds..i am going to have to try the smoothie thing.. Do you take supplements to make sure you get all your nutrients.. I am sure juicing and smoothies includes lots of veggies and fruits.. Do you get enough.? With me.. I seem so fatigued when I diet. Blah! I am hoping to loose 50-60 pds.. I know it will take time.. By the way, you look great for 59..I mean great.. You look much younger.. It has been very difficult for me to stay in shape in my 50's......Thanks for being open and honest with us.. I for one really appreciate it! Keep it up! God's blessings!

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  53. That is fantastic, Kim. I juice first thing each morning. I brought my blood pressure down to normal I also drink smoothies a lot for lunch and don't eat desserts. I still need to lose weight though. xo Laura

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  54. Congrats Kim! I never thought you looked like a 14. I am wanting to loose 60 pounds but have to keep reminding myself not to compare myself to others and their journeys. I tend to get caught up in the well if she thought she was huge at such and such and that is my goal then why even bother kind of thing. What type of juicer did you end up buying? We have a Magic Bullet but I would prefer to have something larger to where I can make smoothies for more than one at a time.

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  55. You go girl! I too will be 59 in September -- what date are you? I have been cutting out sugar and breads, pasta, all starches - eating lots of veges - meat, some nuts, and fruits. I do drink water and no sweetner in coffee or tea. How long did it take you to lose the 25? Just curious - very slow process. After reading your blog I plan to continue to stay focused! Thank you!

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    1. September 10th. I started in late January and lost it pretty quickly. I started buying a size 12 then 10 then 8. I only bought a few pieces since it was coming off so fast. I think I have pretty well leveled off now.

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    2. September 4th - so I am a few days older than you! Okay so I must be patient - just seems to go on so much faster than coming off! Size 8 - congrats to you! I enjoy your blog very much and love your southern style! I think I would be pretty comfy living in the South meeting sweet people like you!

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  56. Wow, Kim ... that's awesome! Congrats ... I look forward to checking out your recipes in future posts!

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  57. Wow! Thank you so much for this post! I have been wanting to try what you have been successfully doing but haven't known where to start. I am really looking forward to your future posts on this subject.

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  58. Way to go, Kim!!! Now we need before/after pictures side by side! Whooo Hoooo! How long have you been working your food plan? I can't wait to hear more. Thanks for sharing the story here- it is one common to most of us. xo Diana

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  59. I have the exact same 25 lbs you just lost! Except I still have mine...Woe is me! Thanks for sharing your success with us! Especially for sharing your pic that motivated you to do it this time! I know how hard it is to even LOOK at oneself in a pic when you don't feel like you are 100%! Maybe I need to look at MORE pics of my size 14 self. Our numbers are almost the same- I'll be 59 in March, could lose 25 lbs and I am a size 14- refuse to buy it if it's a 16! OKAY OKAY OKAY! You have shamed me into al least trying! Please share some of your smoothie recipes. I do love hem, but sometimes a toasted waffle or 2 just seems easier!

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    1. Joanne, put down the waffles. No processed foods are passing my lips anymore and nothing made with flour.

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  60. What a great and inspirational post. Every complaint I have my Dr. says exercise more and eat less. grrrrrr. I write a food blog. Your smoothies do sound delish.

    Madonna
    MakeMineLemon

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  61. congrats kim! good for you! Will have to do more smoothies for lunch and breakfast. love them!

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  62. I went from a 14 to a 4 seven years ago. Slowly, but surely, I have gained and am back to a 6/8 and I know it is because I started eating bread/flour again. And, now, I hate shopping for clothes. I have got to get back on a healthier routine. I am going to look into your smoothie idea.

    thanks

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  63. Congratulations on your weight loss, Kim! I'm going to be 50 this year, and have definitely noticed I can't just "get by" with what I used to. This post is a good reminder that it's usually all about common sense when it comes to what we are putting in our bodies. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    Jeanette

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  64. Good job! I thought I could tell in your photograph from your Luckett's trip post that you had lost a considerable amount of weight! Can't wait to read of your smoothie recipes!
    ``Becky in SC``

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  65. High five to you, Kim! This is an awesome achievement! I don't know if I could ever give up breads and sweets, so kudos to you for having the strength and willpower to do it! I have been trying to eat more rice and corn, rather that wheat products, but I've only taken baby steps. You are inspiring me to go further. I also was into juicing for awhile, and loved it, but gave up because it was a lot of work. Bad excuse, I know. I think I need to get back to that, too. And by the way, I will also be turning 59 on Sept 7 -- wish we could go out and have a smoothie together to celebrate!

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  66. Kim I am so happy for you! I've lost 100 pounds in the last year and a half but my weight lose is at an all time low. Maybe I need to try your suggestions to kick start me again. I lost the 100 pounds by using Nutirsystems but it has gotten really old and expensive. I have 50 more pounds to go. Help! Thanks for the great ideas. Thanx is all Loverly! Jo from Anne's Attic - Design http://fulcolbaxia.wordpress.com

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  67. Big, big congrats to you Kim!!! You are such an inspiration!!! I am back on track too. After being so sick for 8 months and putting on some weight, I am starting to feel better and am starting to loose weight. I will hardly recognize you at Haven!!! Thrilled for you, my friend!!!

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  68. Kim, I've been on that same roller coaster! We were doing so well with our low carb eating plan but have been slipping just a bit lately (as you well know!) Wonder if you can make a smoothie with squash because we are up to our necks in squash from the garden! #whydidweplantsomany

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  69. Fabulous Kim, I'm like you tried everything and back and forth on the weight. I too have about 30 lbs to lose, and exercise is definitely not my middle name. So juice and smoothies here i come.

    Would love to hear more of how this journey has been so far

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  70. KUDOS to you, Kim

    I remember when you were talking about getting back into shape in one of your posts, quite a while ago, and your 'blogger butt' comment was a real eye opener! This menopause melodrama has certainly pulled a fast one on me, not only re: my creeping numbers on the scale, but also some hair loss, insomnia and anxiety. Last year, I manged to lose 15 pounds swimming in our pool, walking around our beautiful village in the early evenings, and mainly eating fruits and veggies from our own garden, along with good sources of protein. I won't lie; my WEAKNESS is sugar which is a sneaky SABOTEUR, and as the latest statistics declare, a killer, literally! I need to really focus on cutting out sweets and flour and concentrate on spending less time online, too, if this blogger butt is going to disappear for good!

    Thanks so much for sharing your 'take' on things and can't wait to read up on your recipes!

    Poppy

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  71. Try yoga! I have started going and it is great exercise and a great hour of quiet mind rest too! And plus it keeps my heel spur from hurting.

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  72. Congratulations Kim!!! I just jumped off that crazy roller coaster too. Focusing more on healthy foods and portions and less on what the scale says. I, too, have dropped a few pants sizes and am embarking on the evil exercise portion of this journey!

    :) Linda

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  73. Congratulations Kim! I too have been losing weight since December, and I am feeling great, and now look forward to shopping again! Way to go, and keep up the good work!

    xo Kat

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  74. Congratulations Kim that is wonderful! I was gaining a little weight,going through menopause will do that.I took the sweets and breads out of my diet and it has made a huge difference.I did not have allot of weight to lose but I am almost there.I work my butt off exercising.Staying fit is not easy,and getting in toned shape at my age is hard work.But I am willing to do what ever it takes.We drink a smoothie a day too,and it does make you feel better.Have fun shopping you wearing my size (6) :-)

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  75. Ok my mouth just about fell open Kim - not at the weight loss although that is fantastic news -
    ( congratulations )
    But that you're 59 - OMG - you don't look it at all - how amazing !
    Really, I just can't believe it !

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  76. Congrats on your healthy changes Kim! I've lived where you are - both sides of the weight thing - and I know you're feeling much better and happier. Enjoy!

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  77. That's so awesome Kim! So jealous! It feels so good to see the weight coming off, especially when you've tried and tried before. I've gained a few pounds back over the past year and need to lose them + a few more. Just the motivation I need!

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  78. Congratulations Kim!!! Running a baking blog and giving up sweets has proved to be quite a challenge. Being overweight and a fitness instructor is even worse!!! I'm no quitter and will work to find the right formula for me. Thankfully I love to exercise. Winning $10,000.00 would be the perfect way to kick off my retirement and start my second career!

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  79. Something that I've added Kim is the nutribullet. I use it more than my juicer. I am back to my old self and back into my size 6's and some 4's...
    If you don't have a nutribullet you must get one! Congratulations!! On your healthy weight loss ;)

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