Good morning friends! Many of you asked me to share how I lost 12 pounds and today I’m going to do just that. I first decided that I wanted to lose weight after I weighed myself at the end of February. I knew I had gained weight since last year, because all of my clothes were tight and uncomfortable. I stayed away from the scale for over a year and ate chips, candy, chocolate, ice-cream, etc. Then after eating all that junk food my stomach would get bloated. I knew God was trying to tell me that I was eating the wrong food.
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So my hubby encouraged me to weigh myself and I was a little annoyed at first, however I’m so happy I did! I weighed the same amount I weighed right before giving birth to my kids years ago. Yikes! It was a little painful to have gained over 12 pounds in the last year. That’s the most weight gain in one year ever for me, except for my pregnancies. But, I didn’t stay upset for too long, because I wasn’t going to let 12 pounds depress me. I made a plan to eat healthier and exercise and set a goal date.
Here’s a photo of me before the weight loss and you can see the full post here. One thing I have to say is that this pink flutter sleeve top fits me so much better now and I can tuck in the front.
I started out by making a pledge to myself to STOP EATING JUNK FOOD! That means- no chips, candy, chocolate, ice-cream, donuts, fried food, french fries. Actually, I cut all fried food out of my diet. The first week I lost 4 pounds, which was exciting, but most of that weight loss was from not being bloated. Either way, I felt like I could make this weight loss happen if I kept it up.
Honestly, I’ve had no bloated feeling except for my *monthly* and the bloating was minimal. Since removing all the junk from my diet, my stomach doesn’t hurt either from eating greasy foods and that’s because I’m not eating any of that.
What I eat on a daily basis consists of fruits, vegetables, and protein such as chicken, nuts, beans, and boiled eggs. My carbs are from rye bread and pasta. My hubby is Italian, so we have pasta a couple of times a week. I don’t have a huge plate of pasta, only a small amount. I drink lots of water and stay away from fruit juices that are high in sugar. I do have my morning cup of decaf coffee with a small amount cinnamon cream creamer.
I also exercise at least 6 days a week for an hour by walking and I count my calories. I try to stay around 1,200 calories a day. I found some online information about healthy weight loss to help me with this journey. Make sure you consult with a dietician or physician before you decide to do any weight loss.
Overall by the grace of God, I lost about 2 pounds a week and now I down 12 pounds! I would say it’s one of the biggest accomplishments of my life staying away from baked barbecue chips! LOL! I would like to lose a few more pounds and plan working out with weights to tone my muscles. Stay tuned for that! Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. XO, Desiree
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