As I got older, and my metabolism changed, I started gaining weight. I tried exercising but it only made me hungrier. I ate more calories than I lost exercising. It seemed my only alternative was to starve myself and skip meals. That also made me hungrier and the next meal I added more calories than I had skipped.
A friend recommended a weight loss coach. I met with him and he sold me on his very, successful but expensive program. I checked out his many testimonials He planned to meet with me once a week, weigh me, and measure me. He started me off on an app called, “My Fitness Pal”. I was supposed to enter everything that went into my mouth into the app, which tracked calories, protein, carbs, and fat. It was a big pain in the “you know what”, but I did it.
The next week, he reduced my calories by 200 per day. It seemed challenging and I fought it tooth and nail. I didn’t lose even half a pound.
The following week, I was to reduce calories again, which seemed impossible. But I attempted it half-heartedly. Again, I didn’t lose a pound. By this time I was extremely frustrated and thinking about quitting.
In the 4th week, I discovered a book by some lady who made a million bucks by helping women lose weight. I can’t even remember her name or the name of the book. All it said was to make a decision that you were going to lose weight, PERIOD! It was all about the commitment. Of course, I have heard this success lesson about making a definite decision many times before.
I struggled along for another couple of weeks. I was not losing any weight and was so upset about the money I had spent. So I called up the coach and told him I wanted to quit and was requesting a refund. He rejected this idea completely!
It was then, that I realized I didn’t want to be a quitter because quitters never win! It was then that everything started to change because now I was beginning my commitment.
About 3 months into this, which seemed like a lifetime, my body adjusted to the new calorie count and I was feeling satiated enough. Finally, the weight started coming off.
I continue to use “My Fitness Pal” as it reveals to me the foods that are high in calories. Before I was baking muffins with almond flour, thinking it was higher in fiber and better than wheat flour, but it has 2X the calories. I ended up dropping muffins altogether because they were high in calories and didn’t fill me up unless I ate 4 of them! That was a losing proposition.
Now I feel young again with my girlish figure back. I had felt before like I was living in someone else’s body. And the best news is that I have no trouble at all maintaining my new weight!