When Nothing In Her Closet Fit, This Mom Of Four Ditched The "All Or Nothing" Mentality—And Lost 30 Pounds
12 months ago, 22 Dec 23:31
BEFORE: 189 AFTER: 159 Lifestyle habits led to my weight gain. A combination of pregnancy weight (I have four kids!) and a history of trying unhealthy diet programs caused me to reach my highest weight in March of 2016. Before I started my weight-loss journey, I started each day with a big sugary coffee. That was my entire breakfast. I didn't take time to prepare breakfast for myself, but I'd nibble as I cleared my kid's plates. My lunch would be a large portion of dinner leftovers, or a big hoagie roll with roast beef, cheese and mayo with a large side of chips—and another cup of coffee with sugar and cream. Dinners were often large portions of casseroles like lasagna, enchiladas or chicken pot pie with garlic bread, and a veggie side dish like a salad with ranch or Caesar dressing. My snacks were usually crackers and cheese, calorie-laden protein bars, cookies, buttered popcorn, or pastries. As far as exercise, I rarely got any—other than some occasional walking. My husband and I were planning to take our kids to a waterpark hotel for an overnight stay and nothing fit—including my swimsuit. To prepare for that trip I decided to go on another crash-diet program that meant I wasn’t eating "real" food. I had to pack my own diet foods. On the trip, I ended up caving and eating pizza. I felt so guilty about it. I felt like I wasn’t really living my life. I was either following some strict diet, or feeling bad for “cheating.” And either way, I was always overweight. I felt physically and mentally unhealthy, and I knew it was time for a change. I joined Weight Watchers in March of 2016. It was the first time I didn’t have to take a single item out of my diet, I just had to track the portions I was eating, keeping my daily food intake within the SmartPoints system, and not going over. I made small changes to make my meals work better within the program. For example, my typical hoagie lunch added up to 24 SmartPoints. I removed the top half of bread and started eating it "open faced." The roast beef, cheese, and mayo would have been 11 SmartPoints, so I traded that in for avocado, and piles of turkey, lettuce, onion, tomato, and mustard for zero SmartPoints. I swapped the chips, which were 5 SmartPoints for a side of fruit that didn't count for any points. These simple changes transformed my 24-SmartPoint lunch into only 6 SmartPoints, and really kicked up the nutrition without feeling like I was missing out. Another big change I made was eating every few hours and making breakfast a priority. I would start my day with breakfast and have a little snack a few hours later, then lunch. I would have an afternoon snack on the drive to pick my kids up from school, and then dinner. Sometimes I had another snack or dessert before bed if I ...
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