What Worked For Me

6.22.2014


When I posted about "Getting Off the Roller Coaster" last Monday I never expected so many comments and so many questions. First of all I am by no means a diet expert, even though I have tried so many diets over the last 35 years or more, but am just sharing what FINALLY WORKED for me.

In the past trying all kinds of diets and exercising I would drop maybe five pounds and get stuck. I tried smaller portions and was walking over two miles a day plus working out with weights. I got more toned, but still was not losing weight plus post menopause doesn't help either. I was putting on weight easier than ever.


Then I kept seeing articles about what's keeping you fat and started reading about gluten. Now, let me say I am not totally gluten free and I know there are those who do have diseases like Celiac and need to be totally gluten free which is very challenging. I have had many morning stomach issues though and two other close family members have worse symptoms than me so we may have some issues with gluten. So I decided to cut out a lot of gluten by cutting out any foods made with wheat flour. I have not touched any bread, cakes, cookies, crackers, etc since late January. Then I read about another blogger who lost 15 pounds in three weeks by juicing and smoothies and looked further into that. I started making a smoothie every morning for breakfast like the one above and making a juice everyday for lunch. Plus I drink water with lemon added to it all day long. No more diet drinks or sweet tea, but I will have an occasional glass of wine.


I purchased this juicer from amazon.com.


and started drinking juices like this. The ones I have tried really do taste good.

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This is another favorite smoothie I have had most mornings. I split this recipe in half though and mostly used almond butter instead of peanut butter. You can tweak many of these recipes and just be sure to read how many servings these are so you aren't drinking for two or more.

A new favorite smoothie that I have been enjoying recently is made with cocoa. That's right you can still have your chocolate. I even snack on dark chocolate now and then. 
 This Chocolate Chia Smoothie recipe can be found here.
I cut the recipe in half since it is for two.

Just put all the ingredients in and blend till it is all smooth. You will not taste the spinach, I promise.

It may not look very appetizing, but believe me it's good.


I normally have a smoothie around 9 to 10 am when I am hungry and I was having a juice everyday for lunch around 1 or so the first two months. Now that the weight is down, even lower than my goal, I now eat a light lunch like a salad with grilled chicken or left overs from dinner and maybe juice two to three times a week. I still eat pasta occasionally, but I buy the gluten free pasta and cannot tell any flavor difference.We also still eat out and I am just careful of what I order. We love Mexican and I have not given that up. I eat the chips since they are made from corn and just don't eat the whole basket. I then usually have the chicken fajitas, but I don't eat a tortilla.  I snack on nuts, celery with hummus, carrots, fruit, etc. I buy mostly organic fruits and vegetables to cook with and especially for juicing. I don't want a bunch of chemicals and pesticides in my raw juices. We also regularly go to the movies and I still indulge in popcorn, but I drink water now instead of a diet coke. I have not touched any diet sodas or anything else touted as diet since I began this new journey.

To find more of my smoothie and juice recipes just follow my smoothie and juicing pinterest board here.

There are many books out about juicing and the benefits of it. Eating like this can be expensive since it takes a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables to make one glass of juice, but I don't think we can put a price on our health and I feel so much better. I just wish I had figured this out way back in my twenties and not in my late fifties. I miss eating bread and sweets some, but not like I thought I would. There is no going back for me. So many times I have lost weight and put it back on, but I believe this time I will be in control of what I eat. I want to look the best I can no matter what my age is. I'm going to go by how I feel and think and not by that number.
Only problem now is my skin doesn't bounce back so I'm a bit wrinkly here and there, but I can live with that. Wrinkles are not life threatening.
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I will share some more recipes from time to time, but this will not become a weight loss and food blog, but hopefully some of you will be inspired. Isn't that what we are here for.... to inspire and be inspired?

TIP: most of my smoothies include half a banana so I let my bananas get really ripe and then peel and break them in half and place them in a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer. So don't throw out those super ripe bananas.

Like I said before, this worked for me, but it may not for you.
But what do you have to lose?

P.S. I am doing some exercises at home. I am doing the plank, push ups, reverse push ups, crunches and lunges and some free weights will be added in, too.

P.P.S. I am still slowly losing and Mr. Savvy asked me what I was going to get down to and I told him that I guess it will eventually level out. I have already lost more than I thought I would and I only started this the end of January.

Here's to a new you!

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53 comments:

  1. I have pinned a lot of your smoothie recipes and plan to drink more of them. We ditched all sodas since December and drink mostly water. Meals out are cheaper with water and we feel so much better. We also followed Dr Oz' suggestion to eat within an 8 hour period and go 16 hours without eating (usually from 6 pm to 10 am not eating) and have been feeling so much better. I have you on my bloglist so enjoy your blog with every post.

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  2. Congratulations! I loved your cute haircolor photo, I think on Instagram? and I noticed right away how fit you look, just from the head shot! After months of going back and forth, I am finally embracing gluten-free and will never go back. This last 6 months I have been sick more than in my whole life, but kept blaming it on other things. Your post this morning really is inspiring, thanks so much for sharing your tips. I'll be enjoying smoothies for breakfast this week! Can't wait to try the cocoa one :)

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  3. Thanks for posting this, Kim. I've struggled with my weight my entire life. Even lost 75+ lbs once, that I thought I'd NEVER allow myself to gain back (even had nightmares about that happening), but I did after keeping it off for 5 years. I've been trying to eat healthier the last few months, but I really struggle at breakfast because I don't like to eat early and then when I do eat, I just want something quick. Your smoothies sound like they might be the perfect solution for me. I never realized that gluten could be a deterrent to losing weight, so I'll do some reading up on that too. Oh yeah - and when I lost all of that weight, I was in my late 40's. You're right about skin not bouncing back the older you get. :( But you make an excellent point about wrinkles not being life threatening!

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  4. Love it Kim! I am going to try this when we come home from vacation. I will need it by then for sure.

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  5. good for you and your healthier lifestyle. $10,000 !!! this is when I wish I was 50 already!

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  6. I have been doing some smoothies, too, and really enjoy them. I would like to try the juicing as soon as I get over my knee replacement. I don't seem to have much appetite right now, and smoothies are about the only thing that tastes good.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this. I have been struggling with my wait for the last 10 years. I have heard of going gluten free but never really thought about it. I am going to give it a try. How much weight did you lose monthly?

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    1. Heidi, I really don't know how much a month. It just started coming off pretty quickly after the first couple of weeks. I didn't journal it. It's better to lose slowly anyway. I am down 25 pounds since the end of January.

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  8. Dear Kim, I am so glad that you have found what works for you! I do Weight Watchers and have found that works for me. You mentioned that you were looking forward to your 60's being healthy and fit. I just wanted to share with you that I am 66 and my 60's have been some of the best years of my life. So keep up the good, healthy choices and I'll bet you too will enjoy your 60's!

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  9. I've never juiced, so this sounds interesting to me. Congrats on your weight loss.Thanks for the recipes, too! I do know some people that have juiced and it has worked for them as well, the only thing "negative" I hear is that juicing with all those fruits and veggies can sometimes make a person feel bloated or gassy. I think that's been my only hesitation in not trying it, lol! ;) I can't recall if it's when a person first starts juicing their body has to normalize to the changes in diet, thus the feeling of being bloated or gassy, and then once your body gets used to it, it subsides. Well, in any case, I think I'm going to give it a go. Thanks again for sharing! ~Liz

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    1. Liz, I was bloated and gassy before doing this, but when I started this the bloat started going away so quickly that I was amazed. I was taking a daily gas pill, but no more.

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  10. Well you may not be an expert but it worked for you and I've read books that haven't. So that makes your life experience better than anything an expert can offer. And I'd thank you more for inspiring me on this than inspiring me to paint my mantel.

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  11. Thanks for the smoothie recipes, Kim! I've been on a gluten free diet for about 2 months now, but I was eating mostly a whole foods diet. I can't stomach eggs and vegetables in the morning, so I'm going to start making smoothies several mornings a week. Like you, I'll never go back to my old way of eating which caused so many intestinal issues with me. Even my meat and potatoes husband has benefited from my new way of cooking! Thanks for inspiring us. :)

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    1. It's great that you've finally found something that works for you! You answered my question already too. I was just going to ask you how and when will you stop losing weight after you've met your goal. You certainly don't want to get too skinny! I think the older you get, it's actually healthy to have a little weight on you to "fill out the wrinkles" and keep you from getting frail. Have you ever counted how many calories you're getting a day? I would be curious about that too. I bet your cholesterol is at a nice low number too. (Even though mom says that doesn't matter.) LOL! It really is a lifestyle change isn't it? Now, you just need to get "Mr. Savvy" on board!

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    2. He does eat what I cook for dinner or he would do without. Not a huge change just no bread served anymore. He has liked most of the new recipes I have tried. I do wish he would cut out the cokes and sweet tea.

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  12. Good for you Kim, what a great achievement. I have been doing smoothies lately too with the strawberries from my garden. I'm so proud of you:)

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  13. Glad you found something that worked for you Kim. You are looking great with your new blond hair!

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  14. Good for you, Kim...you have made wonderful changes for your health! I am gluten intolerant and have celiac children, so have been gluten free for 3 years. We eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan meals, too. I've been checking out juicers and enjoy smoothies. Exercise is where I need to get on track...yoga is best for me, with walking. I'm inspired reading how you've taken charge of your life. Also, women should get their thyroid levels checked...it controls so much in the body...I sure needed it.

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  15. Great ideas, Kim. I'm going to check out that juicer. Since I can't get around to get the exercise I use to, I have to try to maintain weight in other ways. This sounds like a winner.
    Brenda

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  16. Thanks for the recipes Kim. I was so inspired by your post i started this straight away. Has been hard for me to give up the diet coke, and i broke down yesterday, but i'm going to toss the rest of it down the sink this morning. I was interested to see you don't have your breakfast smoothie until ten - again i think i will try and delay my breakfast too, rather than rush it when i first get up and only eat because it's 'what you do' and my body isn't saying its actually hungry.

    Jane

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  17. Thanks for taking time to post the info.. I am following your smoothies on Pinterest....I have been on the diet rollercoaster for years too.. Loosing...gaining...loosing...gaining..loosing..I hate it! I have never tried the smoothies or juicing.. I have read the great benefits..cutting our bread and sweets and diet pop..wow! I have lost 15 pds...been very difficult..I am going to try the smoothies and juicing.. Thanks for the info.. Blessings!

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  18. Kim, congratulations on the success. I've never done juicing, but am tempted. I need to invest in a juicer. We've looked into what William Sonoma has, but haven't made a decision. Do you recommend the Breville?

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  19. I checked out your smoothie recipes and I'm going to start making some this week! Thanks for that tip about freezing the bananas. I'm so inspired and impressed with your weight loss, Kim! I'm going to turn 60 this summer, and I don't want to be fat and 60!!!

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  20. Congrats, once again, Kim! Just last week, started having fruit smoothies in the afternoon instead of my usual coffee and muffin/cake, and sometimes substitute the smoothie for a serving of Greek yogurt with muesli and a tiny 1/2 tsp. of organic Greek honey, and have already seen a significant difference in the shape and size of my belly, along with a lot less bloating and gas! Yay! I am such a fool, though - I live in the world's most famous yogurt producing country and only last week did I start reaping the benefits of Greek yogurt, having only tried 0% or 1% in the past, which was NOT appetizing, and therefore I couldn't stick to it. My Swedish friend told me to try the 2% and that was it; it's delicious! Yogurt has so many benefits, from being excellent for the digestive tract, and good-for-you bacteria, to even helping you achieve flat abs, and keeping colds at bay!

    I am going to try all of the smoothies you presented here today and start to cut out bread and other wheat products, slowly, as I am suspicious that I, too, am gluten sensitive. Thanks so much for all the amazing tips and inspiration! You must look fantastic!

    Poppy

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  21. This is wonderful Kim! Thank you for sharing more details, I will definitely need this postpartum!

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  22. Congrats Kim! This is great info / thanks for taking the time to share!! xo

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  23. Kim, I think loosing weight begins in our minds! It is a whole lifestyle change! I am back on track too and have lost 14 pounds of the almost 40 I put back on from being so sick for 6 months! Great post and so so encouraging! LOVE the new blond hair and can't wait to see the new you at Haven!

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  24. Hi Kim, thanks for sharing your new approach to life. One thing I have discovered lately is that adding Kale to your smoothie (or maybe juicing it) adds a wallop of calcium. Between the calcium from Kale and the calcium from my Almond Milk, it is nearly equivalent to your calcium need for the day. I can't even taste the Kale in my smoothie.

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    1. Yes, Linda, I use Kale, too, but mostly spinach. I like to make kale chips to snack on.

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  25. Hi Kim,
    I am so glad you posted on your weight loss journey. So happy you found something that really is working for you and has become part of your life. It is healthy and not depriving. Good luck as you continue to lose and feel better. Woooo Hoooo you go girl.
    Kris

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  26. That is fantastic. I too, have smoothies, and have cut out 90% of the gluten and dairy I was eating. I cut out sodas 12 years ago along with cutting way back on the sugar. I use stevia to sweeten my drinks. BTW, not sure you will want to hear this but I think oats have gluten in them. I'm very happy for you, and think you absolutely are doing this the right way. Kudos to you Kim!!

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  27. Nope no gluten in oats from what I have looked up.

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  28. Congratulations Kim! I'll be trying some of those recipes. Thank you so much for sharing your journey!

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  29. Thanks for sharing all of this information, Kim. You've motivated me to try smoothies and juices!

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  30. This IS so inspiring, Kim. We just got back from vacation and it was a week od EATINg and drinking WAY too much. I feel like a fat toad so the first thing I am going to do is drink MUCH more water. I drink Caffeine free diet soda right now but realize it is just chemicals going in my body. I REALLY want to lose weight. I lost ALOT about 10 years ago but what I did then isn't working. It is SO hard to lose after menopause....UGH. Keep up the GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bravo!!!!

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  31. Congrats on your weight loss! A few months ago I went gluten free after talking to a co-worker about her grandaughter having celiac disease. I went home and got online and started reading about the disease and found out that some people are gluten sensitive. After reading the symptoms of gluten sensitivity, I realized that what I thought was IBS might be gluten sensitivity so I decided to get off of gluten for 30 days. It has been a couple months now and I feel so much better. I no longer have stomach aches, gas, or bloating. I also have much more energy. Thank you sharing your story, as it just might help someone else choose a healthier lifestyle!

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  32. Hi Kim, Yes, congratulations on your weight loss! I'm so happy for you. Now I need the courage to start making changes to my eating habits. You're an inspiration!

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  33. Seriously awesome Kim! Have you tried peanut butter powder instead of peanut butter? It tastes exactly like peanut butter, it's just dried, but no oils/fat. They also have chocolate peanut butter! I use it with almond milk and bananas for a yummy smoothie! Good luck and enjoy your new body :)

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  34. Great post, Kim. This method really is a winner and is a healthy plan that is fairly easy to stay with. I know it works for me, my only problem is I don't always stick with it. When I do, I feel so much better. Thanks for sharing -

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  35. I have always cooked every meal in the household....now, I get breakfast served to me every morning! :) ...Drinking the same shake as he has made every morning for years...:) I have to give you credit as it is not easy to eliminate things such as bread...You look awesome girlfriend!!!

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  36. I have made the decision about a week ago that's it no more. I was hating the way I was feeling. I've been staying away from the bread and the pasta too. I love pasta and pizza they are my favorites so it's hard but all things with limitations. I think the you really can't diet as much as change a life style and make it a way of life. I've been walking the dog and I am starting to feel better and have more energy. I'd like to try the smoothies especially if they are satisfying. Keep up the great work!

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  37. Thank you for sharing your diet results and recipes. The recipes have helped to give me the confidence to try this.

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  38. Your weight story sounds like mine. I get plenty of exercise and eat healthy but the pounds keep gradually creeping on. Smoothies are part of my diet so I guess what is left is the wheat and, of course, totally forgetting about sugar.

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  39. I'm 51 and a size 6, BUT everything seems to be "redistributing" around! I don't like it at all. I tried the chocolate chia shake and really liked it. You have inspired me. Thanks so much!! I am going to try your suggestions.

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  40. Congrats, Kim, on your great lifestyle change and weight loss! You have no idea what an inspiration you are! I never thought to get rid of the wheat in my diet and I'm going to have to give it a try.

    I've been making smoothies for a while now and found this system helpful and thought I'd pass it on. I make an entire pitcher of smoothies which includes spinach, fruit, yogurt and almond milk. I pour the smoothies into pint-size Mason jars, put a lid on the jar and then put them in the freezer. I take one out of the freezer and put it in the frig before going to bed. It's cold and the perfect consistency by breakfast and I can sip the smoothie through a fat straw. It can easily be eaten on the commute to work as it's so convenient. And the jar even fits in a cup holder!

    Wish me luck - I'm giving your program a start as soon as I get to the grocery store!!

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  41. Odd question Kim, but what type of blender do you like? I've got a really old Oster and know I need to update. Some are great for smoothies, and others great for juicing. Thoughts?

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    1. Julie, I bought a Hamilton Beach at Walmart. My Kitchenaide quit working.

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  42. Kim, I love this!! I have been gluten free for about 18 mos. I feel so much better. I also have the same juicer, and I think it got me through a really tough illness a long time ago. Good for you to put this out there.

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  43. Kim, you look amazing in your sidebar pic. Thank you for sharing this with us. Since I started blogging I have gained weight and have tried numerous diets and working out all to no avail. I'm excited to see what will happen when I start this. I don't comment as often as I should, but believe me, you have really inspired me in more ways than one! Thank you again for putting this out there. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  44. Kim, can you please do an updated post about your weight loss and what all you've been doing? I read this post (AND ALL OTHER POSTS...LOL) but would like to read an updated post and please, include a couple pictures of your beautiful self.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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    1. Lisa, I did do another post sharing another recipe on November 14. I will be doing occasional posts in 2015 about this. If you want to see photos of me now and then follow me on Instagram where I share what I'm wearing selfies until I can get someone to take decent shots of me.

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  45. I just found this blog post about your weight loss. Congrats. It is such a wonderful thing to do for yourself. I'm wondering how you beat the diet coke monster. I am really not sure I can - Maybe it wasn't as hard for you as I'm imagining it will be for me?

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    1. Kay, I only drank a diet coke now and then so it was no problem not ever drinking them again. I was just determined to feel better and to eat healthier.

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