I live in Portland, Oregon and am trying to live life to the fullest!  Follow me on my journey of eating healthfully (withouth breaking the bank), getting the most out of my workouts, and putting my all into my relationships with the people who mean the most to me.  Oh, and by the way, I love apples!  I eat one, sometimes even two a day.

At my heaviest, I weighed about 30 pounds more than what I currently weigh; that was about 10 years ago.  I was disappointed with life in general, and began doing a lot of mindless eating.  Some people refer to it as “emotional eating”.  Whatever it was, I realized I needed to cut it out.  So, I made some serious life changes.  I changed the way I ate and excercised, and the weight fell off.  I never want to go back to that unhappy and heavy place.  I felt like my appearance did not match my inner beauty.  Life is too short to be unhappy, and when you have the power to change your life by making some lifestyle changes, there’s no reason to continue the misery.

So, here are my weight loss secrets.  OK–they really aren’t secrets.  It’s actually pretty simple.

-I eliminated processed and empty calorie foods (chips, sweets, crackers, sugar cereal). 

-I incorporated LOTS of veggies and fruits.  Instead of eating crackers as a snack, I eat a plateful of veggies.  It’s amazing how filling and satisfying vegetables can be!

-Eliminated alcohol from my life.  Alcohol has tons of empty calories and zero nutritional value.  I realized that all those calories add up; not to mention the late night munchies and NEXT day munchies.  Drinking alcohol also disrupted my excercise; I just didn’t feel like getting up and working out after going out and drinking the night before.

-Increased phsyical activity.  Instead of working out inconsistently, I work out almost every day, for about 2 hours per day.  I use my heart rate monitor so I can see how many calories I burn.  This is my reward, after all my blood, sweat, and tears.

-I weigh myself every day, first thing in the morning.  This is how I keep my weight in check.  It’s much easier for me to lose a pound than it is to lose 10 pounds that creep up, which could happen if I did not use my scale every single day.

That’s it!  Simple, right?  It’s weird, because this is part of my life now.  It’s not a diet; it’s just a lifestyle change.

At some point, I’ll post some before pictures.  I’m not quite ready to do that yet.  Why?  Because looking at photos of my old self make me cringe.  They actually make my stomach turn, and I’m not quite ready to share those pictures with the world.  Eventually, I’ll get over it, and will post them…with time.


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