My Year Long Journey Toward Healthy Weight Loss

Last year at about this time I ended up in the emergency room with crazy high blood pressure (225/115 at one point), since then I haven’t talked about it publicly much, but I’ve completely overhauled my life and the way I think about food and exercise.

Now I’m happy to say I’m off my blood pressure medicine completely, and I feel great! Another great benefit to my change in life style were the 60 pounds and several clothes sizes I dropped. I usually dread summer short and swimsuit season, but this year I’m looking forward to it more than I have in a long time!

We actually just got back from a trip to Cancun a couple weeks ago, and I was excited to head out to the beach.

Am I perfect? Oh heck no! The scales are still going down slowly, so I still have a few pounds to lose, but I feel 100% better than I did a year ago at this time!

Here are a few of the lifestyle changes I’ve made over the last year to get healthy and lose the pounds:

  1. I work out or exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. I usually do more than that, but if I’m having an off  or hectic day I tell myself I just have to do 20 minutes. Once I get started I usually go at least 30. If I can squeeze it in some days I’ll do a second workout, or take a class (like Zumba). I haven’t missed a day since last May!
  2. I make my meals about the fruits and vegetables, with other foods in supporting roles. I usually have at least one big salad every day, and try to incorporate as many raw fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet as I can. I fill my plate with fruits and vegetables, then add in some protein or grains. I also try to find ways to incorporate more vegetables in my recipes.
  3. Drink plenty of water! I gave up coffee, and for the most part tea when I started this adventure. Now I think I feel better without them. I usually opt for water now, even when I’m on the go.
  4. Get plenty of sleep! I used to stay up late at night writing, because that was the quiet time when I could think. Then I would get up early to take my son to school, and work all day. Rinse, wash, repeat daily. When I’m tired I start stuffing food in my mouth, and I don’t mean healthy food! I’ve learned I have less resistance to junk food when my brain is on autopilot from lack of sleep. Now I go to bed with the rest of my family, the late night toll on my body just isn’t worth it in the long run!
  5. Rely less on processed foods. This was a hard one for our family on the go. I enjoy cooking and working in the kitchen, but some weeks are just hectic! I’ve learned how to prepare things ahead when I get time, and how to make many things from scratch using whole food unprocessed ingredients.

This is what has worked for me and I plan to continue for life! Hopefully it will help others. I just wasn’t ready to be on any kind of medication so I had to fight back!

I like to make as much as I can from scratch these days, but when I can’t it’s nice to know there are healthy alternatives out there to choose from.

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Weight Watchers Smart Ones and received a promotional item and coupons to facilitate my review.”

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