(I posted this on my Facebook page too)
I've had quite a few people ask me how I've been able to lose 50 lbs in five months (and a total of 63 lbs from my highest weight).
I've not had any surgeries, nor am I taking any magic pills, powders or potions. I'm not following a commercial diet plan, nor am I counting calories.
I am doing it....one day at a time.
My food plan is pretty simple: I do not eat sugar, flour or wheat. I weigh and measure the food I eat three times a day, plus one snack of fruit and yogurt or milk at night before bed. I avoid caffeine whenever possible. I eat only complex carbs from unprocessed sources like steel cut oats, brown rice, potatoes, quinoa, sweet potatoes, etc. I read every label to make sure the items I eat do not have hidden sugars (you won't believe some of the stuff that has it!!). I don't do this plan perfectly every day, but I give it my best.
I realized five months ago that my problem is not just physical, but spiritual as well. For a long time I thought I didn't need God in my life and thought I could do just fine without Him. Through the help of a 12 step program, I discovered that I am addicted to food and to compulsive overeating. I won't go into details here, but suffice it to say, I definitely have a problem. It is no different than an alcoholic or drug addict--just the substance is different. And the fact that you have to "walk the beast three times a day", unlike knowing to not drink alcohol.
So, with the help of a clean plan of eating, daily prayer and meditation, and attending meetings, I am finding a way to deal with my addiction. One of the most important things I have learned is that without working on the spiritual part of my addiction, my food plan is just another diet.
I am grateful to God for giving me five months of recovery from my food addiction. It is not easy, but it is so worth it!
If you want more details about what I do, feel free to write me privately.