It’s Never Too Late To Start – Christine’s Weight Loss Journey

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This is my story.  I hope that by sharing my personal weight loss journey, I not only inspire others, but influence people to say, ‘if she can do this, so can I’. 

I am 50 years young. 😁  I live in Freehold, NJ.  I have always been overweight since I was a teenager.  Yes, I tried everything:  Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, going to the gym, etc.  I would lose weight but as with most plans, once you stop following what you have to do, the weight comes back and then some.

In July 2015, I was watching how my husband Dave was losing weight, getting fit and was able to come off his diabetes medication.  I decided to join him on our new health journey.

I joined My Fitness Pal and we joined Planet Fitness.  I started taking Peak Performance Metabolic Packs of patented vitamins, minerals and supplements along with Ultra Performance and Proflex protein shakes, Access bars, Fiberwise, Attain and Simply Fit snacks.  They were the first tools to help me to finally start losing weight at the age of 47.

In 1 1/2 years, I lost about 70 lbs.  In the following year, I was stuck.  I was still watching what I ate and going to the gym, but I plateaued. 😢

I was wondering what can I do other than starve myself??  I had been in a secret weight loss Facebook group and printed the plan and read the posts.  I was skeptical because I used to eat cinnamon oatmeal 4 times a week and a healthy cereal the other 3 days.  Not to mention that I normally would eat just 2 big meals and a snack.  Now for this weight loss plan, I had to eat a protein source first thing and not have oatmeal or cereal in the first two weeks and eat or have a shake 6-7 times a day?  And did I mention, that Dave and I were vegetarians so we don’t eat meat, fish or chicken and we know that is a huge protein source?

Well, I figured I didn’t have anything to lose but my weight so I joined the the weight loss challenge on March 16th of this year. 

I couldn’t believe it!  I not only lost 10 lbs in 6 weeks, but about 17 inches!  I felt great, had more energy and knew that this sensible real life weight loss plan truly worked. 😀  This great weight loss plan was created, developed and copyrighted by an amazing woman with a heart of gold, Susan Torborg.  She has helped thousands of people just like me to lose weight, get rid of inches and the extra flab and feel great!  Even people who don’t have to lose weight, like my husband Dave, followed the plan closely and he lost 10 lbs and inches and what he says is his stubborn flab.  He looks and feels like a new man! 😍

After the 6 week challenge was over, Dave and I would still follow the plan about 75% but knew we could easily go back to following week 1 again if we had a few ‘guilt free’ days and felt ‘fluffy’, as I would say.  Those are the words that Susan Torborg says, ‘you have guilt free meals or days, never cheat meals’.

I did the second challenge in September and even though I just lost 3.4 lbs, again I lost about 17 inches!

To put things in perspective, since starting my weight loss journey in mid July 2015, I lost a total of 91 lbs and 67 1/4 inches.

Since March 16, 2018, when I first started this sensible weight loss plan, I lost 21 lbs, which is 21.5% of my total weight loss.

But, this is where this plan is proof that it works, especially in inches lost. 

Since March 16, 2018, I lost 28 1/4 inches, which is a whopping 42% of my total inches loss!

➡️ 42% of my total inches lost was in 7 months! 😲

I used to be a size 26 and now I wear size 14! I am down 6 sizes!

I used to be the one that if you looked at me, on the outside I would always look happy and cheerful but inside I was sad because of how heavy I was.

Now, I am happy inside and out and truly feel great!  I know I still have more to lose but I will get there. 

I actually now love going to the gym and using the weight strengthening machines and free weights.  I want to be not only healthier, but fit.

With all the tools I have, including this sensible weight loss plan, created by Susan Torborg, I know I have the mindset to continue working on me.

Thank you to God; my wonderful husband, who is my #1 cheering partner; my family and friends and of course Susan Torborg, for having the best weight loss plan around! 

I am so happy now that at my age, 50, I am finally on a wonderful life long healthy journey that I wish I started 30 years ago.  But, at least I started 3 years ago.  I know I have inspired others and hopefully influenced people to start.  That is what my life mission is:  to help others become exactly who they want to be.  ❤ ❤

Please know that I am here to help anyone who wants to be bold to take that first step.  You may email me at christine@4pathstowellness.com

(If you suffer from type 2 diabetes or know anyone who might, or if you prefer to message Dave, you can email him at dave@4pathstowellness.com)

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Don’t Let Life Pass You By Without Starting Your Change Today

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Do you ever think life is just passing you by so who cares, why should I start something now?

Think about it. Five years or even 20 years will come and go. 

One thing that won’t change – you getting older as the years pass by. 

What can change?  You!  You can start today to change how you want to be, look, feel and how healthy you want to be in 5 or 20 years.

You have that power!  You can do something about it.  You can start to do something today and stick with it to be the person you can be: healthy, fit, vibrant and with a positive mindset.

Will it be easy?  I never said starting will be easy.  As the time goes on, you will have your mindset focused on the fact that you *can* and will do this for yourself.

Will it be worth it?  Oh yes! Ask yourself in 5 or 20 years.  The new ‘older’ you will thank you for starting today. 

(Written by Christine Whitmore – co owner of 4 Paths To Wellness®)

Step Off The Yo-Yo Diet Train

 

 

We all know people who keep losing and gaining the same 20, 30 or more pounds.  Maybe this is you.  It’s called yo-yo dieting.  It happens because we go on and off diets, and then back to our old eating habits.  But those old eating habits are what caused us to gain the weight in the first place.  We get caught in a vicious circle with no way out.

Or so it seems.

Losing weight is not complicated.  It looks that way because of all the conflicting advice out there.  Should you go on a low carb diet, or should you fast?  Should you juice?  What about fats and sugar?  Most people who push one diet or another do so because they have something to sell.  Some of kind of miracle weight loss product or weight loss program that they claim is designed to melt the pounds off.  The truth is, you don’t need any complex program or magic pill or potion.  Or any specialized diet plan.

You just need to learn to eat intuitively.

The biggest problem with going on a diet is what happens when you come back off again.  While we diet, we tend to eat a certain way.  We cut out sugar and we eat a lot of salads and vegetables.  Which isn’t a bad thing.   The problem is most of the foods we place on the “bad” list are the things we most love to eat.  It would be next to impossible to cut out those things forever.  And it would drive us crazy to even try.  We will develop cravings for those food items and sooner or later we’ll cave to the crave and start binging on them.

But why go on a diet at all when a simple lifestyle change allows you to eat the food you love and still lose weight?  Portion control and calorie awareness are all you really need.  I’ve lost a total of 70 pounds and I didn’t have to give up a single thing.

We have this tendency to see things in black and white.  When we go on a diet, we put labels on food items.

This food is bad, I should avoid.

This food is good, I should eat all the time.

The reality is there’s no food item so bad that we can’t have it from time to time.  Obviously, there are some things we should eat more of; some items we should eat less off.  But, again, there is no food item so bad that we can’t eat it from time to time.  As long as it’s eaten in moderation.

And there’s the key.

Moderation.

This is where calorie awareness comes in.  There are so many apps out there designed to help you track your calorie intake.  My app of choice is MyFitnessPal.  Using this app was a game changer for me.  It has played a big part in my weight loss.

I know you’re rolling your eyes right now.  I also know what you’re thinking.  I don’t want to spend the rest of my life counting calories.  I don’t want to be that obsessive.

I get it.  But I also believe that calorie awareness is the key to not only losing weight with less effort, but also to keeping it off.  Most people have no idea how many calories they’re supposed to eat each day to lose weight, or to maintain a healthy weight.

More importantly, most people have no idea how many calories they actually are eating on a daily basis.  I’m sure the vast majority are seriously underestimating how many calories they are consuming.  Especially when it comes to eating out.  MyFitnessPal has a food database with tens of thousands of food items on it, listing their calorie content as well as how many carbs, proteins and sugar.  It even lists most of the chain restaurants and coffee shops like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.  Just tracking your calories for a six week period will give you a greater awareness of your calorie intake and give you the tools to lose weight or to maintain your weight.  You certainly don’t need to count calories forever.

Using an app like MyFitnessPal you can give up giving up your favorite foods.  You can step off the yo-yo diet train and face your future with confidence that you can maintain a healthy weight for life.

Successful Weight Loss Tips

There are two key elements to successful weight loss.  Losing the weight and keeping it off.  There are so many fad diets out there.  There are juice / smoothie diets; there are expensive programs like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem.  All of them will probably help you lose the weight.  Most of them will also probably lighten the load in your bank account, too.

But what about when you come off your diet?  Will you just go back to your old eating habits?  Isn’t that what led to your gaining weight in the first place?  That’s the whole essence of yo-yo dieting.  Making the same mistakes over and over until you (hopefully) finally learn. 

It’s about a healthy lifestyle change.  It’s about making healthy choices.  It’s about portion control.  It isn’t about denying yourself the sweet treats.  It’s about limiting those treats until they are just that.  Treats that you enjoy on occasion, not on a daily basis.  If I want a donut, I’ll have a donut.  I just haven’t wanted one for a long while because there are so many other nutritious choices out there that taste better and make me feel better. 

It’s a funny thing about eating healthy:  Your taste buds change.  You find yourself craving the sugary snacks less.  Sugar is an addiction.  The more you distance yourself from it the less control it has over you.  Good food, real food tastes so much better than sugary food does. 

The better you eat, the better you feel.

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You Are Stronger Than You Think!

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The beautiful thing about fitness is how good you feel about yourself on your journey.  It’s not just about the better health you gain along the way.  It’s the things you learn about yourself.  Like you realize you are stronger than you ever imagined you could be.  I just ran five miles.  That’s something I could never have imagined doing two years ago.  For some it might be just a short run.  But for me it’s a reminder of how far I have come and that I can never go back to who I used to be.  And nor will I ever want to.

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Why Not Just Start Today?

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We know that it isn’t easy to start something or if you start something to actually stick with it.  Believe us, we know.  We have been there, tried it and failed.  Yes.  Failed.  So many times we would say, “oh, one day I will try again.”  But, you know what?  Don’t just try.  Just start.  Just do it.  Grab a partner or friend and do this together.  Stick with it.  This isn’t lose 50 lbs in a month quickly.  This is a health journey and it is for life.  It doesn’t matter when you start, it matters that you do.  Remember, the years will be passing by.  The question is: will you be healthier in five years or at the same weight and fitness level that you are now, (or worse)?  We are continuing on our health journey and would love to take you with us!20431268_10155099919073853_1005647030163866610_n

I Am Proud Of Me!

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This is a big moment for me.  This is how proud I am of myself.  Yesterday, I bought a new bathing suit. I haven’t bought one in about 10 years and the last time I wore one was about 5 years ago.  I would never like showing a photo of myself in one.  Of course, it would be a one piece with the ‘skirt like’ bottom.

Yesterday, I bought a two piece. Ok, it isn’t a bikini and it has the ‘skirt like’ bottom.  But, today, I am baring my soul because I took a photo, (actually to show my mom on Sunday), and compared it to the old me.  I know I still have more to lose, but I am proud of myself that I did lose 75 lbs and went down 5 pant sizes.  I am proud of me.

With Inspiration And Determination You Can Get Results

15940461_10154478448933853_3879399576321855286_nHello everyone!  As you can see, this is a blog from me, Christine, Dave’s wife.  I know you have been reading about Dave’s journey into his health, fitness and taking up running.  I promise, he will be getting back to writing.

It’s been about a year since I wrote about my  journey.  I have struggled with my weight since my teenage years.  I have tried everything.  Some worked but as soon as you stop having a focus, guess what, the weight slowly starts creeping up again.  Sure, people always saw me as ‘the life of the party’ as I was always an extrovert.  But, deep down inside I knew what I really looked like.  I mean, I would hate to look at myself in the mirror.  I would wear baggy clothes.  Heck, when you are a size 26-28, I think all clothes are made baggy.

My inspiration, always first to God, is my wonderful loving husband, Dave.  You know his story.  He took up running, watched what he ate and was able to lose a lot of weight, get fit and be off his diabetes medication!

I saw how focus and determined he was.  And he kept sticking to it.  I first joined My Fitness Pal in June 2015 and started logging everything I ate and drank and the exercise I did.  Hey, walking counts!  I realized, it is about portion control.  You can eat almost what you like, as long as you don’t go over the calories they say you should have daily.  (You would think that because I have been a vegetarian for 25 years that I would weigh 100 lbs!  No, that isn’t the case!)  Then, in mid July 2015, we joined Planet Fitness.  Guess what?  I fell ‘in love’ with the weight strengthening machines.  At that Planet Fitness, I worked out on 16 machines.  We joined a new PF where we moved to and I do 18 machines.  I started with being able to do 20-25 lbs on the machines and now, I average 150 lbs!!  I also have a love/hate relationship with the darn Elliptical machine.

I do try to walk whenever I can.  In the winter, when it is too cold to go out, you will find me jogging in place watching a TV show or dancing around.  I hope no one is watching me through the windows!

It has been a struggle during the last 1 1/2 years.  Sure, frustration kicks in when you are staying at the same weight, or you might fluctuate between 2-3 lbs like a yo-yo.  Then, Dave took my photo last week, (the one on the right), and I actually really liked how I looked!  I realized the frustrations are all well worth it!

Sometimes, I still look at myself in the mirror and I guess I might see a glimpse of who I was.  I remind myself, that the only thing that changed is me on the outside.  I am still the nice and extroverted person on the inside.

The photo on the left is from Oct 2005.  The one on the right was from last week.  That’s 75 lbs lost, numerous inches, and a total of 5 -6 pant sizes down!!  And I lost 60 lbs and 4 pant sizes just in the last 1 1/2 years.  It took a lot of determination, sweat, patience and my husband Dave, who was my inspiration!

It doesn’t matter how old you are to finally do something and stick to it!  (Can you believe I just turned 49!  I feel like I am 29 years old.)  I am still on my journey.  I want to inspire others, especially women who struggle with their weight.  Lets do this and get healthy!