CALP Diet Results and Progress Report - January 2011
There are many diet and weight loss programs out there and what works for me may not necessarily work for someone else. It is really easy to follow a program short term, but the problem with that is, we revert back to our old ways of eating and the weight creeps back on, one pound at a time. I have lost hundreds of pounds over the years but it has always been the same twenty or thirty pounds over and over again. I would be successful in getting started, lose weight, and then I would have to rely on total willpower to keep at it until sticking to it would result in total failure.
I discovered the Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP) ten years earlier, and lost over 50 pounds while on it. I found it to be the easiest weight loss program that I had ever followed and when my weight loss slowed, I started looking for faster ways to lose weight.
I felt so confident with my ability to follow a low carb lifestyle that I decided to give Atkins a try. I was able to get started on Atkins and lose a few more pounds, but it did not take me long to discover that it was too strict for me. I felt so deprived while on Atkins, missing the carbohydrates that I was allowed to eat while following CALP, that I lost complete control, got frustrated with dieting, and failed at another attempt to finally lose my excess weight.
My clothes told the tale
With my weight jumping up and down, my bathroom scale became something to be avoided over the years. I gave up dieting but in order to maintain my weight, I had to deny myself foods because I could not control myself.
When I discovered that the largest pair of jeans in my drawer were too small, I knew it was time for a change. It was not important for me to know my actual weight since I could tell that I was getting heavier based on the clothes that I was able to wear. I had t-shirts in sizes M to XXL and my jeans varied from sizes 14 to 18.
Growing out of the largest clothes that I owned was a good indication that my weight was close to 236 pounds. which was the highest number that I had ever seen on my scale. Since buying clothes in a larger size was just not something that I was willing to do, again, I became determined to find the perfect diet for me.
Looking for a quick fix and coming to my senses
I knew I had a lot of weight to lose and began searching for something that would work fairly fast. My youngest daughter, 19 at the time, had ordered Nutrisystem and I actually considered trying it myself until I saw it. I was becoming so desperate that I even considered purchasing a liquid diet. After about three months of looking for quick fixes, I finally came to my senses and decided that the cost of one of those programs would have a long term negative effect on my bank account and they would definitely not teach me how to eat in the long run. Past experience taught me that the best program for me would be to find one that I could follow for the rest of my life. I was searching for information when I remembered how easy CALP was for me to follow the first time. Since I had already made up my mind that I was going to get started on getting myself into better shape, I was finally ready to give CALP and me another chance.
A new beginning
I began following CALP once again on March 3, 2008. Our kids were becoming young adults when my husband mentioned to me that we were both getting older and remaining active was going to be important to our future. I had been battling my weight for the last twenty four years of my life and I was fortunate that I did not have any major health problems during that time.
The first day of the rest of my life began just like every other one, with two cups of black coffee. I consider coffee my breakfast since hunger never does affect me until late morning or noon. My first meal on CALP was a Complementary Meal that consisted of a two or three egg omelet with plenty of bacon, cheese, mushrooms, & spinach. It was extremely filling and I did not become hungry until it was time for dinner four or five hours later. My Reward Meal began with two cups of lettuce salad that I drizzled with Ranch dressing. I then prepared the bun of my bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, & tomato. Since there was not enough vegetables to balance with the rest of my meal, I also included a side dish of steamed asparagus that I drizzled with mayonnaise. At the end of my first day, I did not feel as if I was dieting in any way and felt as if my future on this program was looking pretty good!
Working out and Getting Fit
Since getting myself into better shape was just as important as getting the excess weight off this time, I introduced the option of exercise into my program. Exercise has never been a steady part of my life and my experience only came from what I have learned over the years. Since I knew that I wanted to begin strength training, my husband and I purchased a Bowflex home gym. Our youngest daughter and son were still living with us at the time and I thought it would be something that could be useful to all of us. I also wanted to begin Walk Away the Pounds so I purchased a couple of DVDs to get started with. I began exercising on April 14, 2008 and established a 6 days a week schedule alternating cardio with strength training.
After two months of following this way of eating, my clothes were becoming too big and I was finally ready to find out what I weighed. When I stepped on the scale on May 6, 2008, I weighed 218 pounds and was feeling pretty good about myself. I was eating healthier by including vegetables and protein in every one of my meals and limiting carbohydrates to only one of them (the 'reward meal' or 'RM') helped to stabilize my insulin levels. From the first day that I started this way of eating, it has felt natural to me.
Ten months after beginning CALP and eight months after including exercise into my program, I began 2009 at 188 lbs. The weight was coming off slowly and I was seeing results by getting into my size 16W jeans. I was extremely pleased with my loss of over thirty pounds the year before and I looked forward to losing more weight in the coming year. I was only twenty pounds away from the lowest weight that I had seen in over twenty four years, and my confidence in following the program remained high.
Staying the course
Following the guidelines of the program continued to be easy for me. My food choices were mine and I made sure to include the foods that I loved. I was eating fresh, delicious, whole foods and did not have to give up the one thing that I never could before, chocolate. I was establishing a way of eating that worked out really well for me and found that eating the right combination of foods helped to keep me hunger free for hours. My exercise program was also working out really well for me and the results were becoming obvious. I introduced Callanetics into my exercise program in November, 2009, and have found that it has been helping to tone and shape my body. It was exciting to be able to get into the smaller clothes that were in my closet and when they all became too big, I was thrilled to have to go out and buy smaller sizes. Since I did not intend on staying in any one size for very long, I began shopping at thrift stores.
Slow and steady
I began 2010 at 164 lbs., with another year and twenty three and a half more pounds gone! I was experiencing weight loss, learning how to eat properly, getting myself into better shape, and dining like a queen! I continued to eat normally by balancing my meals and when the scale would bounce around, I did my best to ignore it. I continued to fit into smaller clothes and thrift store shopping has become an addiction to me. My husband and I spent a week in Hawaii with my sister and her friend and we also took a ten day cruise to Alaska with my folks. I had no problem following my program while traveling and do not believe that it has ever been easier. I am experiencing wonderful results and it is hard for me to believe that I am unrecognizable to friends that I have not seen in awhile.
Nearing my goal
I began 2011 at 150 lbs., another fourteen pounds gone! I am now wearing a size 6 jeans even though I am only 5'3” tall. My upper body is a size M and I was even able able to purchase a couple of larger size fitting blouses in a size S. My eating program continues to be automatic and my exercise program is still on schedule most of the time. I have come to recognize when I am hungry and I make sure to include the foods that I enjoy whenever that time comes. I look and feel so much better and I am proud of the choices that I am making for myself. I eat the foods that I want to eat, exercise, and I hope to live the rest of my life the best that I possibly can.
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I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.
I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.
Here's a link to my Progress Photos.
Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)
Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics