During the 6 weeks of SFS I lost 9 pounds, 2 inches from my hips and 1.5 inch from my waist and dropped a dress size.
I have two amazing daughters, an incredibly supportive husband, and work full time as a college professor. I have always been in good shape. After rowing crew in college I have continued to run, do step aerobics (this dates me), lift weights, ride my bike, do circuit training, pilates, yoga, hike… in other words lots of different types of exercise. We have always eaten very well in my house. I even cut out most of the sugar and white flour from my diet two years ago.
Despite this my weight steadily increased. I would periodically try to eat less, cut back more, or even double the exercise, but could not really see the scale move. I started dressing in lots of black. I had honestly given up.
I only joined Liz’s group at the urging of Ann Smith, my high school roommate. I know she is a smart, well-grounded, healthy person, in fact a health professional, so if she promised it was worth it I should give it a try. I was very reluctant to join the Facebook group talks, I sort of hate sharing and have always felt militantly independent. I felt like I knew what I needed to do to lose weight, so it was embarrassing that I could not figure it out on my own.
But I slowly warmed to the whole process and found I really looked forward to checking in each day with my new online buddies. It was fun to post pictures of our challenges, to hear about everyone’s ups and downs, and to plot together how to manage challenging social events. And low and behold the weight began to slip off… and that is what it felt like.
My big “come to mama moment” was realizing that despite the ardent advice of my trainers, I did not need to eat as much animal protein as I had been. Since I had been so focused on eating more meat and no flour, I found that I had actually stopped eating all grains. Putting complex grains back into my diet and eating much more greens was a key switch in my diet… that and saying goodbye to nightly goblets of wine… oh right, and no cheese. So there are definitely a few sacrifices to be made!
The weight loss has been amazing, I am dressing better (although I still like black), my blood pressure is down, my knees hurt less, fewer headaches, no insomnia, my rings don’t feel too tight. I have been able to maintain the weight loss since over the past 2 months.
And while I have all the tools to keep losing on my own, I am finding it hard to keep motivated. It is too easy to slip into old habits. So I will definitely be joining the next SFS program to see if I can reach my goal weight… another ten pounds are still doggedly following me around.