Beginning My 4th Year…

As of June 1, 2016, I have begun my fourth year of writing a weekly newsletter “Weights and Balances” which is focused on weight loss and good health.  To date, that means I have written 156 articles on various weight loss and health-related topics! (not including blog articles)  The newsletter has been a great learning tool for me and for my readers.  I can’t believe all the reading I have done about various health concerns and weight loss topics and all the information I have learned. This has helped me to understand my personal journey a bit more clearly too.

I have received many positive emails through the last three years about the information I have been sharing and how it has helped them in some way.  Those emails and comments make my day/week/month!  THANK YOU!

Recently my reading and research has been focused on learning about the overconsumption of sugar, its effects on our bodies and metabolic issues.  This research has been eye-opening to say the least!   I cannot believe the wealth of information out there on sugar and it’s effects!  What started out to be one article easily turned into SEVEN! I have written the first five articles  and have written the last one, so just one more to go!  I now better understand why Weight Watchers has heavily pointed foods with sugars in them; but in my opinion, they need to take it one step further and more heavily weight added sugars!

This last year I have brought greater organization and planning to my list of article topics.  I am currently in the process of writing a series of  articles on sugar.  To date there are seven articles in the series and I have listed them below along with their tentative titles and publication dates in parentheses.

The History of Sugar:
Part 1 : How Sweet it is NOT! (June 15th)
Part 2:  White Gold, the Explorers and the New World (June 29th)
Sugar Addiction:  
Part 1:  The Basic Information (July 6th)
Part 2:  Overcoming Sugar Addiction (July 13th)
Sugar: Sweet and Innocent or Toxic and Deadly? (July 27th)
Sugar: Cancer’s Food (August 31st)
Sugar:  Natural or Refined, What’s the Difference? (October 26th)

During this fourth year, I will celebrate my second year of being at or below my Weight Watchers goal weight! YAY ME!  I do not recall my weight EVER being as stable as it has been these last two years! I recall losing the weight in one year and almost a year later I would have regained all the weight I had lost and then some!

I am looking forward to sharing more information, more success stories, more updates and more personal struggles and successes with you my readers.  Thank you for reading my newsletters and my blogs!  Topic suggestions for my newsletter and blog are always welcome!

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Happy Weight Watchers Anniversary to me!

Dear Me,

Today marks my 52nd weigh in and I have lost 88.6 lbs to date and I am only 32 lbs. from my goal weight!

I lost 88

I feel very blessed, very happy and thrilled with the progress I have been able to make online.  This time last year I was headed for a heart attack for certain!  No energy, always out of breath walking up one flight of stairs and wanted to do nothing other than sleep all the time!  As they say, what a difference a year makes! Last year this time, I did not even think any further ahead than losing 5 pounds at a time and that is still how I maintain my focus.  I know my next mini-milestone is 90 lbs and I am 1.4 lbs from that now!  So I need to push hard this week to reach that next Wednesday!

I have been asked for tips.  Here is what I have put together.  I think there are some foundations that I try to not vary from no matter what is going on around me.

  1. Drink lots and lots of water (more than the suggest 8 – 8 oz. glasses at day) I add fresh lemon slices to mine or fresh cucumber slices (which are natural diuretics and help eliminate fluid retention).
  2. Keep a daily journal of everything you eat and drink and all your movement for the day. (consistency is a key)
  3. Measure and weigh your portions.
  4. Use a salad plate and not a dinner plate this will make you feel you are getting more food and not make you feel you are on a “diet”
  5. Try to get in at least 6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
  6. Try to get in at least 2 dairy servings a day
  7. Try to get in at least 2 healthy oil servings a day
  8. Take a multi-vitamin each day
  9. Get in at least 30 minutes of activity/movement five times a week. (i.e., walking the dog, walking, gym, weight training, Zumba, elliptical, etc.) log what you do and for how long, to ensure you get your 30 minutes 5 x a week J (I try to get a little each day)
  10. Try to get at least 6-8 hours of rest a day.
  11. Indulge in some favorite foods each week, within reason!
  12. Study restaurant menus for healthier choices; go outside your “normal” choices (many restaurant menus are online so you can study them before you get there)
  13. Set realistic short-term goals.  Such as focusing on losing  five pounds at a time.
  14. Make small changes each week.
  15. Try a new food/recipe each week to help eliminate boredom from your menu.
  16. Try to eat more whole unprocessed foods. (whole grains, veggies, fruits and lean protein sources)
  17. Be forgiving, if you make some unwise food choices, get back on track the very next meal/snack.  Everyone has slip ups! Don’t let one poor meal choice snowball into a bad day/week/month, etc!
  18. Accept there will be some weight gains along the way and no not let them discourage you.
  19. Plan your meals where possible.
  20. Eat something every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism revved up!

Happy One Year Weight Watchers Anniversary to me!

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