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Fourth Year on Plan

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A lot has changed since I began my new low carbohydrate way of eating four years ago. I was 48 years old and after fighting my weight my entire adult life, I became so disgusted with myself that I became desperate once again. I needed to find a program I could follow where I did not have to give up anything and I remembered a book I followed several years earlier called The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program also referred to as CALP. I knew that once I got started I could follow it because the first time I tried it, I was successful. The only reason I stopped was due to my impatience with the speed of my weight loss efforts. I began following Atkins and did not realize the restrictions I would have to make by giving up CALP and found that I could not continue to follow this particular low carbohydrate weight loss program. Instead of going back to CALP, I resumed my old way of eating and watched my weight creep back up.

I don't know my actual weight when I began four years ago, but I do know that I was close to the highest weight I have ever seen on my scale because I could not fit into my clothes. I am one of those stubborn people that refuses to buy jeans in a size larger than an 18W and the one pair that I owned were too small. My wardrobe consisted of stretch pants and men's XXL t-shirts before I finally figured out what program I could adapt to my life.

CALP worked out perfectly for me. I was allowed to eat three meals a day, and if I became hungry, I could have another mini meal. I have never been one to eat breakfast and following CALP meant I did not have to. My first meal was limited to protein and vegetables and I looked forward to my second meal which would include carbohydrates. I found that I could eat any carbohydrates that I wanted as long as they were balanced with the rest of my meal. A perfect example would be to divide a plate into thirds and add an equal amount of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates to it. This meal is limited to an hour and I always began with two cups of salad. It was so easy, if I wanted more all I had to do was keep my protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates balanced. I found that I did not ever feel deprived and the best part was that I was not hungry in between meals. I settled into eating two meals a day but there have been days where I have had up to three meals and as little as one, depending on circumstances.

I adapted well to CALP and it did not take me long to get into my size 18W jeans again. I had jeans ranging from size 18 to size 12 in my closet. I went from a size 18W jeans, to 16W, to 14W, and then I reach the smallest pair I had in my closet, size 12. I was shrinking and I was so confident in my program that I began shopping at thrift stores for smaller sizes knowing I could go buy new clothes when I became the size I wanted.

I continue to eat two meals a day most of the time, and I am now choosing to include carbohydrates as a part of my noon meal. I wanted to eat my larger meal in the afternoon and limiting my evening meal to protein and vegetables is working out well for me. I have become much more health conscious and believe I am adapting well to my new wheat and gluten free way of eating.

My scale has been hovering around the same weight for the last few months and that may be because I have not been exercising on a regular basis. I started an exercise challenge to help me get started and I am hoping it will keep me motivated because the only person I will be letting down will be myself.

I will be 53 years old in a couple of months and I am in better shape than I was in high school. My clothing size has dropped to a size 4 jeans and I can wear a small to medium size top. My weight registers at the top of the normal range for my age and height for the first time in over twenty five years, and I will be forever grateful that I found this way of eating. My limitations come from balancing my food and limiting my carbohydrates to once a day. In my mind, these restrictions are nothing compared to not being allowed to eat the foods that I love. I choose the meals I eat, I am still shrinking, and I am getting closer to reaching my goal of becoming fit and healthy.

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About LowCarbForLife

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About me

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

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