My Dad Talks About His 50 Pound WEIGHT LOSS and HEALTHY LIFESTYLE Journey
Updated: May 10
The numbers on the scale continued to register higher and higher until the numbers strained to 260 pounds. It is difficult to describe how disappointed I was in myself. How did I let this weight gain get so out of control?
Years of indulging in foods that added to an unhealthy lifestyle and ignoring the fact that I was shortening my life was a true slap in the face. A real life wake up call. As I investigated how I could improve my health and reverse my weight gain, I decided to join Weight Watchers.
Let me be clear, the goal of losing weight was not a case of vanity, but to embark on a lifestyle that will extend my life. Each day was a struggle trying my best to meet my goals and staying away from foods that I always enjoyed.
Using the Weight Watchers app with their food point system, portion control and daily exercise allowed me each week to achieve my health goals. After six months, I am pleased to say I now weigh 210 pounds and I still continue to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
As I said, the Weight Watchers program works on a food point program and I was allowed 26 points a day to achieve my goal of losing 50 pounds in 6 months. The foods included in the program range from 0 points (skinless chicken, turkey breast, shellfish, vegetables, grapes) and other foods ranging from 2 - 6 points. Some examples of 2 point foods would be avocados, a slice of bread, cottage cheese, a slice of turkey. Some examples of 6 point foods include: 1 glass of orange juice, small bowl of cooked brown rice, whole wheat pasta, baked potato. Check out Weight Watchers website for more information. I have linked it below.
Walking is an important component of my success, so I made sure I walk between 10 to 15 thousand steps a day which I recorded on my Fitbit. Before, I moved back to New Jersey, I lived in Orlando, Florida and my walking routine consisted of getting my steps in at The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. I actually enjoy walking as a meditation tool, so it is a win, win.
My daily routine includes the following:
I start the day with a breakfast that consisted of: Coconut Yogurt (Harmless Harvest), Cereal (Lovebird) + a cup of Organic Green Tea (PIQUE). On other mornings, I would alternate + make a smoothie which consisted of: strawberries, blueberries, banana + spinach. I would also alternate on other mornings + have 1 egg white (Vital Farms - pasture raised) with a slice of toasted bread (Silver Hills Bakery "Mack's Flax"Sprouted Wheat Bread).
Lunch consisted of an Amy's low fat, low calorie frozen lunch entree or Amy's Soup - low sodium + a tuna wrap or turkey wrap or avocado toast with a side of sliced apples. Other days, I might have a salad with grilled chicken (with a squeeze of lemon), tomatoes, garbanzo beans + avocado. I alternate dressings + use Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Balsamic Vinaigrette or their non-dairy Ranch Dressing.