I get asked this question a lot, so I figured it was high time I dedicated an entire post to it.
I followed a program in the beginning that I hesitate to share with y’all. It was extremely difficult. I cut out all sugar and grains completely for three week stretches and had a limited number of calories per day supplemented by HCG drops.
I started my first round in December of 2010, my second round in February of 2011 and my final round (which I didn’t make it all the way through) in April of 2011. I went from 237.4 pounds down to 176.7 pounds for a total loss of 60.7 pounds.
I realize this diet is controversial. I am not recommending this diet to anyone. By sharing this, I realize I may be opening myself up to some unkind comments (oh, please no), but I’m sharing this because I want to be open and honest with y’all about how I got started on my journey.
I repeat: I am not recommending this diet to anyone.
Since April of 2011, I’ve followed the Weight Watchers plan and earlier this year switched over to My Fitness Pal (hello, free app!). During that time, I went from 176.7 pounds down to 155 pounds.
Back in May-ish of 2011, my husband was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and we made some significant changes to his diet, which complemented the changes I was already trying to make in my diet.
Today, I work hard to eat a high protein, high fiber, and low sugar diet. I eat very little bread, but enjoy healthy fats and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Since I still have twenty pounds to go, I try to keep my daily caloric intake around 1200 – 1500 calories.
As far as adding in exercise, that didn’t happen right away.
I slowly began to add in some cardio and weight lifting in May of 2011. In August of 2011, I took up running. Since April of this year, I’ve started taking several classes at our local community center.
This is what a typical week of workouts looks like for me:
Monday – Upper Body Strength Training Class / Run
Tuesday – Cardio Class (the instructor does something different every week) / Turbo Kick Class
Wednesday – Run / Boot Camp Class
Thursday – Lower Body Strength Training Class / Run or Rest (depending on how sore I am)
Friday – Run
Saturday – Run
Sunday – Rest
Before I go any further, do y’all have any questions?