On 1st August 2013 when realising I weighed nearly 2 stone overweight and not being able to get into any of my lovely clothes I embarked on changing my diet. (Actually I already knew this at the beginning of the year, but that wasn't the time to contemplate doing anything about it.)
I can now proudly say I have reached my goal weight and have lost 2 inches from my thighs, 3 1/2 inches from my hips, 4 1/2 inches from my waist, 2 inches from my bust...(not so good!) and 1 1/2 inches from around the top of my arms, plus the almost 2 stone that I was overweight.
How did I do it? Sensible eating and exercise (and also being medication free has I am sure helped) I don't feel I have been deprived of any food in particular. I mainly cut out bread - I no longer eat any bread (unless it is the odd slice of gluten free, and then only on occasion), and all the evening snacks we used to have. I also cut down on my meal portions. I juice several times a week and that will serve as one of my meals, varying to whether it is a breakfast, lunch or dinner. The only treats or cakes that I will eat are if I have baked them myself and know exactly what is in it.
I try and walk for a couple of hours most days, although that has cut down now since the weather has not been so good.
This weight loss has made me feel a whole lot better about myself AND the bonus is I can now get back into all my 'slim' clothes. The 'fat' clothes will be going in the charity bags this weekend or during the week, this will of course help with my continuing battle with 'clutter'. A review of the wardrobe is always a good thing.
I can only sing the merits of juicing. Great for both feeling good and weight loss. The juice and smoothie if that is what I end up making - using soft fruits and vegetables as well, come out in all sorts of interesting colours (and some not quite so interesting looking) ALL are very tasty though!
On of the most common juice/smoothies I make uses:
1/3 - 1/2 a pineapple depending on the size
chunk of cucumber
slice lemon or lime
a couple of handfuls of spinach (or chard/silverbeet)
a couple of carrots
a couple of sticks of celery.
then put in smoothie maker with:
1/2 to a whole avocado
1 - 2 bananas
spoonful of Manuka honey.
When blueberries are added the colour looks a bit 'muddy' but the taste is really delicious.