I am NOT on a Diet. I am Working On My Lifestyle.

A "diet" is what you do when you have no intention of changing your lifestyle. It is a temporary fix when your intention is to return to your previous habits as soon as you hit a magical number.

Creating a lifestyle is when you work towards the habits and attitudes that will support your long range health and fitness goals. 

Diets are what I did in my teen and college years. I starved all week. At that point, deprivation meant twisting the point system so that I could get my fill of cookies, crackers, and cheese while staying within my point values. I was hungry all the time. No surprise, I was not consuming fiber or protein.

During the period of time that I  successfully lost a significant amount of weight I learned
...portion control
...to eat all day
...to eat a variety of types of foods
...to enjoy the taste of a juicy, greasy cheeseburger (don't laugh if you see me eating with my eyes

Portions and Accountability
....to recognize when I was out of control
....ask for help and provide help to others

Now, I also have the tools to take what I learned and put it into action . It isn't what will work for everyone, but it is what works for me.

Portion Fix: This nutrition system uses portion control to help me lose a few pounds when they creep up and maintain my weight in maintenance mode. It comes with colored containers that correspond to food groups. Following the program ensures that I eat a variety of food in healthy portions.

Protein Shake: Using a meal substitute once a day allows me to control my calorie intake and hunger. Plus, I like it. It works for me so I do it.

Workouts: I now work out at home for 30 minutes, every day. I follow several different Beachbody programs depending on my current goals. Someone else is telling me what to do and how to do it. I don't fight others at the gym or machines or have to schedule my day around my workout.
My at home support team! James and Molly

Support: Every month I run Challenge Groups. We use a structured fitness and nutrition program, along with a meal replacement to help everybody get on track. We check in with each other every day for accountability. My ultimate goal each month is to develop habits that will allow each person to create a healthier lifestyle.

If you are ready to say goodbye to how you have been living and cultivate something new, fill out the form below. I will contact you with details.

Why I Can't Wait for the New Year to Get Back on Track

Sooo...I have a weight. And when I reach that weight I start freaking out. That weight is 185.

What is my mental block at 185? Before my weight loss, the last time I was 185 was when I was in middle school. I remember looking at the scale and thinking, :"OK, if I just stay this weight and grow a few inches  I can deal with that."

Of course, I didn't stay that weight. I ballooned up  and up.

After losing over 80 pounds, my coach asked me to choose a weight that would trigger an "emergency response". A weight that would mean my number one priority would be losing what I had gained.  Instantly that moment and 185 popped into my head.

At that weight, it is not "muscle" weight. It is fat. It is indulgence. It is ridiculous. It is too close to losing control, but close enough to my goal maintenance weight that I can get back there within weeks.

And I hit it. I hit it the day after Christmas. I sighed. I knew it was coming. I let too many days slide by without measuring. Workouts continued, but my portion fix cups were in a drawer. I skipped protein and went straight for candy.

So Monday, it started. The morning coffee with cream and sugar went away, the portion cups came out, and I am writing down what I am going to eat BEFORE I eat it and (here is the key) I don't eat anything else.  On Monday, I took "before pictures". What a reality check that was.

It means no drinks on New Years and ordering grilled chicken salads when I eat out (IF I eat out). I will do what I need to do to get down to my mainteneance weight.

It also means that in a few weeks, I will be able to indulge without guilt. I will be able to slip on those Friday jeans and not worry about sucking it in or wearing a loose shirt to hide the bulge.

You are about to see a lot of food posts, hunger posts, weight loss posts. They are my accountability. Feel free to scroll past, unfriend me, roll your eyes. I am good with that.

Because the truth is that it has to be my priority or a year from now, I will be back at 260 or higher.