Whenever people learn that I've lost a large amount of weight, the first thing they want to know is HOW I did it. So I will dedicate this post to answering that question and get it out of the way now.
Now, if I still have your attention, I'll give you some details.
I am a binge eater, and when I was fat, I ate a LOT of food in one sitting. I ate restaurant food very often, cooked fattening meals at home, and in order to "relax" at night, I would eat large amounts of comfort foods. In August 2009, at 253 pounds, I once again made a decision to lose the weight. I'd made the decision at least a thousand times before, but for some reason, this time I was very determined to stick it out to the end. I wanted to quit so many times, but I persevered and in December 2010, I weighed in at 128 pounds (125 pounds lost). My ultimate goal is to weigh 126 pounds, because that will officially be "half" my size. I am currently sitting at 139 ish pounds, and seeing that gain is scary. I've decided to create this maintenance blog to help me have some accountability and finally get down to my ultimate goal.
As far as the changes I made to my diet? I did not cut out carbs, or eat just fish and broccoli. I didn't live on salads for 16 months. In fact, I only ate maybe two salads the entire time I was losing weight, because I just wasn't a big fan of salad. I cut back on my portions by weighing and measuring my food, and counting the calories/WW points in my food (I did not join WW or join their online program--I just found counting points easier to keep track of in my head). At first, I ate all the usual stuff that I was eating before--I just ate less of it and counted those calories. Over many months, I began to make healthier changes (because I WANTED to, not because I felt like I HAD to). I was eating roughly 1400-1600 calories per day.
I did not exercise until after I'd lost about 60 pounds. Then I began training to walk a half-marathon. I also decided that I wanted to try to RUN a 5k race--something I thought was an impossible goal at the time. I began running 3 times per week (I'll explain how I got started running in another post) and doing a long walk on the weekends to prep for both races at the same time.
I walked the half-marathon in May 2010 and finished in 3:23. In October, I ran my first 5k race and finished in 27:16. I was hooked on running by this point, and I kept at it. I currently run 3-4 days per week, anywhere from 3 to 8 miles usually. It has definitely been helpful in maintaining my weight loss.