Successful Weight Loss:
The Amazing Shrinking Leotard
Yes, that's me, modeling my size
22 bathing suit. I lived in the
Lucerne Valley, part of the vast
Mojave Desert. When it's over
100° every day, you'll wear
a bathing suit, no matter what
your size. Despite the seriously
bad hair and super sized body, I was happy.
My main wardrobe, besides the
swim suit, were tights, leotards
and t-shirts. They are comfortable
plus expand and shrink along with
you. I'm still most often found
in stretchy clothes.
Weight Loss Before
22 - Aug. '87--
Live life fully, no
matter your size!
'87 -- Rome wasn't
built in a day and neither
were those thighs.
Watch the amazing
187 pounds & counting.
3 months later (160
lb), using Non-diet
approach, & NLP.
10 months later (140
lb). Same freaky hair!
After Weight Loss: So, How do You Look Today?
People say, "That's nice,
but what do you look like now?"
Well, it's been 22+ years. My 8-week online course One More Bite,
Ending Emotional Eating outlines
the approach I used. I still maintain
my weight from 135 - 140 and my
body fat stays around 20%.
Here are more current weight
loss pictures of how I look
as of April 30, 2004 -- [oops, now that's old. Time flies! ]
I know the day-to-day struggle
of wanting to make a change but
not taking steps to do it. I know
what it's like to start every
day thinking, "Today, I'm
going to start ..." and never
doing anything differently than
the day before or the day before
that. I also know what it feels
like to know that I've made a
real decision to make a change
and following through. You see,
I've done it more than once.
About three years ago I noticed
my weight had crept back on and
I was carrying an extra 15 lbs
or so. Mostly, my clothes were
getting too tight, so I decided
to make a change.
That consisted of noticing what
I was doing habitually, like eating
cookies for lunch instead of something
more nutritious, drinking wine
regularly, eating fast food a
few times a week, deli food several
times a week, Chinese takeout
a few times a week (get the picture?).
I also wasn't getting any exercise.
No bike, no weights, nothing.
I exercised my brain by thinking
about exercising my body.
Just becoming aware and making
some better choices was a good
start. I started making attempts
to get back to exercise. I'd do
great for a week or two, then
slack off. One excuse after another.
You have to really want to change
before you'll do what is necessary.
A year-and-a-half ago I decided
I wanted to reduce my body fat,
and this time I was ready to make
a real decision. I started by
riding my bike about 10 minutes
a day, with a goal of riding five
days a week. I slowly worked myself
up to 48 minutes a day.
I recently added Pilates which
is excellent for anyone but especially
if you have any back injuries,
are very stiff from lack of exercise
or just need to get back in shape.
The gentle movement and expertise
of the instructors can't be beat.
Yoga would be my second choice,
although be careful to ask the
instructor to teach you the beginning
level exercises. You must build
up your underlying muscle strength
before attempting more advanced
In the last 16 months I've dropped
3 inches from my hips, 3 inches
from my waist. My body fat has
gone from 24% to 18%. I've dropped
a dress size or more (that's more
difficult to know because the
majority of my clothes are from
Weekenders and they are stretchy
so are still wearable even when
your body changes!).
is the Key
I maintain my size currently
by consistent exercise (consistency
is key, more so even than type
or amount), eating nutritiously
the majority of the time, and
feeding myself when I'm hungry.
I eat throughout the day, whenever
I'm hungry, usually two or three
meals, with snacks of fruit, bagels,
yogurts, whatever. Everyone's
food choices will depend on their
preferences, lifestyle and other
factors. What I eat, may not work
for you. What is important is
that you do eat. A well fed body
will turn into a healthful body.
I eat chocolate when I want it.
I go out to eat when I want, and
I eat pizza and cookies, and cake
and pie. I eat what I want, but
please realize while I have permission
at any time to gorge myself, I
never seem to have the desire
to do so. I will occasionally
overeat and be overfull. So what?
It's not daily, so it doesn't
hurt me. I may carry a few more
pounds because of it but again,
so what? I'm not trying to be
Ms. Body Perfect, but simply healthy
and happy with myself and my level
of fitness for right now.
I've been more fit at times than
other times. Sometimes I've let
my dietary choices go and eaten
more fast foods, skipped meals
and eaten desserts instead of
more healthful choices. If I do
this consistently, I'll gain 10
- 12 lbs. and that is that. I'm
not a bad person for it, just
making different choices at that
time. I can decide for myself,
and so can you how you want to
live your life.
Right now I'm more interested
in my health again, so I've cleaned
up my diet somewhat (better choices,
more real food, less fast foods
and processed foods), and implemented
a consistent exercise program
that I love. I ride my bike 48
minutes every day (occasionally
I miss a day, so who cares?),
and Pilates classes three times
a week. I've just started adding
weight training at a beginning
level of three times a week, whole
body routine. It takes just over
20 minutes. You never stop growing
in who you are and your health
is never a finished project.
If there is a special treat,
I'll have some. If someone offers
the type of thing I could buy
any day at my local supermarket,
I'll say, "No, thanks, I'm
not hungry," even if I am,
because I'd rather save my splurges
for something "worth it."
I'd rather have a piece of cheese
cake than a soft drink. It's just
making choices. I choose to maintain
my present size.
I could reduce my body fat further,
but it would require an even cleaner
diet and I don't, at this point
in my life, want to be that strict.
At least that's how I feel today.
Maybe I'll change my mind tomorrow.
It doesn't matter, does it? It's
my choice and sometimes I'm okay
being heavier than other times.
I'm not a size 6 and never will
be, so that is that. I like to
eat, and I'm pleased with myself
for who I am. That's what's important.
Make a difference in your own
world. Be who you want to be,
just get your focus off the package
and onto the contents. Your heart
and soul are what's important.
You'll find, when you learn the
non-dieting approach, the more
in-tune you become to your own
body the more you realize that
certain foods and/or drinks make
you feel tired, sluggish, or maybe
bloated and you'll just decide
you'd rather not feel that way.
You can always choose them, you'll
just be more aware.
That's why I say it is a non-diet
approach. I don't follow a conventional
diet. Most weight reduction diets
are not healthful and in fact
usually caution against staying
on them beyond the recommend week
If you'd like to learn my techniques
for overcoming overeating, my
eight week course, One More Bite, Ending
Emotional Eating can be started at any time. It's a self-paced online workshop with all the materials and support you'll need.
Read the Bits-n-Bites, Newsletter
for People who Chew, and learn EFT with The
Daily Bites where I give suggestions
for losing weight using EFT and
NLP plus the tips
I use for successful weight
loss and weight loss maintenance (sometimes considered even more important!).
Take an in
person or telephone workshop,
join an ongoing
class, or read my weight
loss articles and design your
own process. Just take that first
step and decide now to
make a positive change that will
impact your life from this day