Two years ago today, I initiated a major, definitely overdue change in my eating habits. On November 29, 2009, I was the heaviest of my life, and was determined I would immediately start a major weight loss with a goal of loosing a minimum of 150 pounds. Happily, I attained that weight loss goal in August 2011. I have lost another 15 pounds or so since that time, and proudly report that I weigh 165 pounds less on November 29, 2011 than I did on November 29, 2009.
As ecstatic as I am about this major accomplishment of loosing over 150 pounds, I must ensure I do not loose focus, and gain a large portion of it back, or horror of horrors, gain it all back.
I have managed to loose all this weight by eliminating desserts, in-between meal snacks, popcorn / candy at the movies, and limiting my evening snack to an apple. I still have my main meal at my favorite restaurants, and order my favorite menu selections without concern about calories, or other items dieters usually worry about. By giving myself this freedom to order what I want at my main meal (minus dessert of course), I am not overly deprived, and have a better chance of keeping the weight off permanently. Of course, other than the main meal, I do follow my new changes strictly. Strictly does not mean total abstinence. I do have an occasional dessert, or popcorn when celebrating a holiday, birthday, or reaching a weight loss milestone; however, these intentional deviations are indeed just occasional. Today, I had a delicious brownie sundae for dessert to celebrate my successful two year weight loss, but tomorrow, back to the no dessert policy.
I am surprised I was able to loose all my desired weight without making additional eating modifications.