How come it's so difficult to lose?
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How can I lose it when I cannot exercise?
Growing up, I never really had a problem with my weight. I was active, ate fairly decently and my metabolism looked after the rest.
In the eight months leading up to my wedding, I encountered a whole slew of stressful events, one after the other, that caused me to lose some weight. At the final fitting of my wedding gown, the seamstress was more than a little concerned as the size 4 dress had already been taken in as much as it could. "You're not going to lose anymore weight, are you??" she said with a tone that more said, "You had better not lose anymore!"
On my wedding day, my 5'8" body weighed in at 103 lbs.
After I had children even, I was able to lose all of my baby weight without too much difficulty.
Enter chronic illness.
Although my diet had not changed and even my exercise level at that point was the same (because I did not know what I had, let alone that exercise was actually dangerous to me), the weight went on and went on quickly.
I tried so much. I tried cutting out fat. I tried to have some meatless meals. I tried to eat less. And as difficult as it was, I walked. The more of these things I did, the more weight I gained. I could almost feel the weight going on with each meal I ate.
As I learned more about my illnesses and realized exercise was actually hurting me, I figured I was really doomed. After all, everyone knows, it's impossible to lose weight without exercise. Or is it?
After seven years of trying everything I could think of to lose weight, I finally gave up figuring there was nothing I could do.
A friend, who was also diabetic, shared with me her weight loss journey with me. In addition to being diabetic, she also had severe pain issues caused by many factors. This meant she too was unable to exercise but, at that point, had lost 60 lbs (is now up to 130!) with this "plan" called Trim Healthy Mama. She shared with me how it was easy to do, you ate until you were full and never felt deprived or that you were missing out on something. Snacks were not only encouraged, but a must. The best part was, there wasn't a lot that had to be given up and for the things that were, there were a lot of substitutions. It was a way of eating, a lifestyle, that could be incorporated into one's life.
I was skeptical. VERY skeptical.
How on earth could anyone eat until you were full, not feel deprived, not be always starving, eat snacks, not exercise and yet still lose weight? It seemed much too good to be true and we all know the old saying.... "If it's too good to be true, it probably is...."
I watched her for awhile and as her weight continued to drop, I figured what do I have to lose (other than weight!) by trying? So, I bought the book and started into the plan.
I weighed in.
I took the usual three measurements and recorded them. I wish now I'd measured everything, like my calves, thighs and arms, but I didn't. I wasn't expecting any weight loss, so only took enough to see for myself this plan did not work (or at least did not work for me. After all, I'd tried everything with no success at all...why should this one be any different?)
Weight immediately started to fall off. Even quicker than that, the inches started to fall off. My clothes started to become looser and looser. I was not exercising at all. I was eating more food than I had in a long time. I was eating tastier food, I was having snacks, I was eating more satisfying food and.losing.weight.doing so.
In four months, I had lost 25 lbs and 18 inches (this does not include what I lost on my legs and arms as I did not pre measure. I know I lost a lot here too though because the legs of all my pants were now way too big!) I felt better than I ever had. It was truly amazing. And...my friend was right. I never felt deprived, I was eating snacks. It quickly became a way of life for me. The thing I like about the program -- it's flexible and do-able on so many levels. They have baking products that can be purchased, whether that's a lot of them or only a few. This makes the baking and cooking easier, but the plan can also be done without any of them. There's tons of support in the form of online facebook groups and whether you're a beginner, more experienced, a turtle (slow losing), whole foods only, etc. etc., there's a group (or groups) for you! These groups are a great place to exchange ideas, recipes, ask questions etc.
There is the book which explains the plan, the way of eating etc., plus there is a cookbook with all kinds of yummy recipes in them.
OK.... Enough of my rambling lol (but I really do love this plan!) You can check it out for yourself here (this is an affiliate link) : Trim Healthy Mama
I am trim healthy mama-ing which is helping me to keep the
Balance....despite the chaos!