Yippee!! Lost my first 50 lbs. I still have a ways to go but I have met one of my goals and its really a good feeling!!
I started in mid-January this year and lost it without dieting. I wanted to learn how to live and eat like the person I want to be. So the theme has been slow and steady while I am learning how to be the new me.
Now I am working on my next 50 lbs. Losing the first 50 gave me the confidence to know I can do it without giving in or giving up! That is huge for me!!!
Love2garden - Sounds like you are doing something similar to me.. trying to lose naturally without dieting or food restrictions. Basically I just wanted to learn how to eat the way a person my age, height, etc. should be eating. I knew the weight would come off naturally.
It is a slower process than dieting but the gain is that you are teaching yourself from the get go on maintaining and managing your new weight and body.
This has been the only way it has worked for me. I was a yo-you dieter. I never had trouble losing weight... just keeping it off! This is the only time I have done both and feel good about myself all at the same time.
You will get there. I find that I have weeks with no loss and weeks where several lbs melt away all at once. For me it hasn't been consistent. I let my body decide when it its ready to drop the lbs. Basically I just eat sensibly, watch my portions, and move more.
Congratulations! That's an awesome accomplishment and you should be very proud I love that you're taking the time to celebrate your victories during your weight loss- I've made the mistake in the past of only looking at the end goal, and ignoring the major steps along the way. It sounds like you have a great approach, too
Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. I seem to only get it here. People here understand the process and how difficult it can be.
The losing weight part of my plan is slow but the good news is that I am not gaining back any weight I have lost. That is exactly what I wanted. But there are times you need the patience of a saint for those weeks the scale doesn't move.