How I lost my 80 pounds....
I began by knowing myself and really knowing my strengths and weakneses. I did not set out to "Lose weight" at all. I set out to improve my life style so that I could live a healthy one. I wanted to learn new behaviors so I could become healthier.
I started in Feburary of 2002 at that time I weighed 280 pounds and had a 42 inch waist. I focused on reducing my fat intake. I did not worry about Carbs and I did not count calories. I change what I ate and how I ate it. I began to eat 5 to 6 times a day. I taught myself to graze and not to eat meals. I stop eating after 6:00 PM. Everything I eat is low in fat. My daily goal was not to eat more than 10 grams of fat a day. By April (after 3 months) I had totally changed my eating habits and lost 30 pounds. I dropped to 250 pounds without excercising at all. The 30 pounds I lost came off because the change in my eating habits and incorporating low fat foods.
In April I began to excercise. I enjoyed running in the past so I took up running again. When I started running I was not very good at it and could not run very far. I kept with it though and stayed true to myself. By July I had lost over 50 pounds and my running had gottten to a point where I was really enjoying it. In July I joined a marathon training club and begain training for a marathon. To date I lost over 80 pounds and 10 inches on my waist. Next Sunday January 19th 2003 I will be participating in a marathon in which I will complete in less than 4 hours. I am a totally diferent person than who I was a year ago.
I said you have to know yourself. Along the way I did make it a point to have cheat days where I could eat whatever I wanted and not worry about the fat grams. The once a week cheat day allowed me to enjoy the foods I knew I could not live without thusly taking away any temptations for my weaknesses.
The key to anything we set out to accomplish is are own behavior. By modifying my eating and excersise behaviors I have become a healthy 36 year old. My conitued behavior will keep me healthy. No product, diet, program, pill or other crazy weight loss scheme can modify your behavior. Only you can do that. To be successful in weight managment you must begin and end with your behavior. Once your behavior is is place counting calories, carbs, or fat grams is easy. Do not pay anyone to help you lose weight. Once you really want to change you will. Your behavoir always follows your heart.