My Weight Loss Story

A habitual yoyo dieter since my early teens, I would loose weight only to gain it back and then some because while the diet changed my physical body, it did not address the underlying emotional cues that led me to overeat in the first place. After the illness and death of my father in 2003, I reached my maximum weight in 2004. I was 41, already battling a few health problems, made worse by being obese, and did not want to enter the second half of my life with additional risks of health problems. I went on yet another weight loss plan. But this time, I also cleaned up my diet. It wasn't that bad before, but I improved it by avoiding processed foods and eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats.

When my weight began to plateau after I had lost about 15 of the 50 pounds I needed to loose, I began to include running into my daily walks. I led a very non-athletic past, preferring to get my exercise by brisk walking, yoga or dance aerobics. I had never tried running for exercise before, well okay, once in high school and then I thought I would die trying to run a quarter mile. All the other running I did was the "forced" kind you get in school during P.E. All I was able to do was 30 seconds at first, but I felt so empowered and free when doing it it was easier this time to keep at it. Slowly, as I was physically able I increased the time of my running intervals and decreased the walking until I was able to run an entire workout. I will never forget when I ran my first "longer" interval of 7 minutes, I felt as proud as if I had run 10K. The increase in exercise intensity was just I needed to help the weight loss continue.

After I had lost nearly 25 pounds I began to get nervous--how was I going to keep this weight off? As I researched and read more about the issues behind emotional eating and food addiction and began to realize that I would have to find some way to deal with that aspect if I wanted to maintain the weight loss. I knew I turned to food when I felt stressed, frustrated, sad, tired--well, basically whenever I felt an emotional need. I had to find some method to stop doing this! I needed something beyond all those diets I had tried in the past--something they could not provide--something beyond the food menu plans, calorie counts and lifestyle recommendations. It was in May of 2004 I opened an issue of Health Magazine and read about a different method to loose weight and stop emotional overeating called the Solution (now called EBT). I felt deep within me that this was the help I had been looking for. I began the program and I was then certain that this was what I needed. I learned how to cut the drives that led me to overeat and replace them with healthy ways of taking care of myself. My life has been profoundly changed with what I learned. I graduated from the program in 2006 and remain an active participant and promoter of the method.

My total weight loss was 60 pounds, a whopping 37% off my "before" weight.. I have maintained that weight loss since 2005 and am now at what I consider my ideal weight and feel very secure I will continue to do so in the future. I exercise in some form every day and enjoy a variety of physical activities from low to very high intensity including running, walking, yoga, ballroom dancing, weight and resistance training, and spinning. I love being active and feeding my body nourishing, healthy whole foods. I have never been more fit, healthy and happy in my life and feel much younger than my true age.

I am a member of the National Weight Control Registry and my weight loss success has been featured in Runner’s World Magazine, as well as the book Winning after Losing by Tracy Halprin.

1 comment:

  1. Your story is inspiring! Thank you for taking an interest in the wellbeing of others and sharing your experiences via this blog. Your paintings are beautiful, too! I hope you continue to have a life filled with health and joy. I aspire to achieve a life like that, though I have a long way to go and a lot of obstacles to overcome. I'll keep reading your blog and seeking encouragement by your example. Thank you for reaching out.