Our weight loss success

Judy Ellen By Judy Ellen, 30th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is my personal success story of my husband's and my weight loss while eating healthy and learning to eat less. I also write about our struggles with food addiction and the slower weight loss due to our age.

Our weight loss plan

I started counting calories and carbs in June and have not only shrunk my stomach but I have lost 40 pounds. We try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible along with eating lean meats and fish.

My doctor was very happy that my blood pressure went down after this initial weight loss. I am actually excited about my next doctor’s visit because I know my doctor will be proud of me!

My husband got started with the same type of weight loss plan 2 months ago and lost 20 pounds. We eat far less now and fill up so fast.

Filling up so fast

My husband was diagnosed as being a pre-diabetic. That scared him into joining me in my weight loss efforts. I log all of our calories and carbs each day in Excel which is also a great program for budgeting.

Since we are cutting down on calories and carbs our stomachs have shrunk and if we happen to eat a little more than usual, believe me, we feel it! This is not a pleasant feeling! This alone helps to keep us on track. You see when you restrict the amount of food intake your stomach naturally shrinks.

The doctor said that hubby can have 1500 to 1800 calories a day while I can only have 1200 to 1500. However that 1200 calories a day really fills me up!

Our exercise regimen

Mostly for exercise we play tennis since it is so much fun and burns more calories than most forms of exercise. The hard thing about our age group is that the evening after a game of tennis our arthritis really flares up. However, it is usually gone in a few days!

I wish that we could play tennis every day because I know that we would lose so much faster!

On the days that we cannot play tennis we play badminton or take a walk in the park. Sometimes I ride my recumbent bike.

Filling up on Negative calorie foods

Negative calorie foods are mainly fruits and vegetables that take more calories to digest then what they contain.

Below is a list of some of the negative calorie vegetables and fruits

Raw Carrots
Green beans
Lettuce, Kale, spinach, endive or any leafy green vegetable
Blueberries and strawberries

We know that we can fill up on negative calorie foods but for some reason we are never hungry enough to eat the recommended amount for the maximum health and vitality. Since both of us shrunk our stomachs we can’t eat that much anymore.

Say goodnight to eating on your emotions!

The most important factor that I discovered to make any weight loss regimen work is to realize that you can no longer eat on your emotions. Actually the Bible calls eating emotional eating gluttony!

Yes I know that life can be very difficult and many of us use food to help ease the pain but when we do that we really are adding to our problems. We cannot eat our problems away! They will still be there and then you will have an added problem of being overweight and unhealthy in the mix.

Some of us know what it is like to eat our way into a stupor with carb rich foods much like an alcoholic would do with alcohol but I have discovered that is not only unpleasant and mind numbing it is also counterproductive.

I would rather “feel” than be so drunk with food that I can’t feel anymore! Alcoholics and drug addicts do the same thing to stop feeling their emotional pain. When they are drunk or high they feel numb but the pain always comes back later and it is compounded by guilt, low self esteem and bad health.

I have learned that when I don’t numb myself with the wrong kinds of food I am much better at problem solving!

Losing weight as one ages

As we age it gets harder to lose the weight and still eat the recommended amount of calories. However, when we add the negative calories to our weight loss program it helps us lose weight faster.

I do not know for sure if I can continue losing weight by continuing to eat the required 1200 calories a day because as we age it is very possible that we might need far less calories than the allotted calories touted by health professionals!

This required 1200 calorie allowance for good health while losing weight was set into place over 20 years ago! At that time health professionals knew very little about negative calorie foods! It is very possible that they could be counting calories contained in those foods. In reality you cannot count those calories due to the fact that it takes more calories to burn them then what they contain.

I guess the only way I can look at the slower weight loss as I age is to realize that this is a program that I have to learn to live with for the rest of my life and I will never be able to go back to my old unhealthy eating habits.

When I finally reach my goal I may only be able to consume 1200 calories a day to maintain that weight. Only time will tell! When I finally do reach my goal I will write on maintenance.

One other thing; I actually gained weight on the low carb diet because at least for me calories do count!

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author avatar Judy Ellen
I love writing poetry, songs articles on Christianity, health, anything pertaining to families! I love writing reviews on my favorite TV programs such as Discovery, Animal planet and Dr. Phil.

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author avatar Carol Roach
1st Oct 2015 (#)

I am happy you guys are losing as you know I had the surgery. I lost 52 pounds so far but you are doing better than me.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
8th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you for your very kind and generous comment. It is not easy though when old habits come knocking on the door but we are not giving up.

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Oct 2015 (#)

Excellent post on weight reduction.

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Oct 2015 (#)

Excellent post on weight reduction.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
1st Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing such a great article. I love the fact that you still play tennis. I used to love playing tennis in school. Now my favorite sport is Table tennis. I love it!

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Judy, this is a terrific article with good tips. I will be 76 on the 22nd of this month and you are right about it being more difficult to lose weight as we age. I am eating less and I walk every day when weather permits. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Oct 2015 (#)

You are doing very well Judy with keen awareness of what is needed to make it work Great that you are sticking to a strict regimen.

I eat in moderation all the time and weight has not been an issue. I used to play Tennis (gave up on 9/11 as I was too shocked when I came back home after a game)! Love Badminton and Table Tennis but now reduced to walking (at a leisurely pace)!

This is such an uplifting story; thanks for the share - siva

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