Every day someone asks me what I've done to lose so much weight. They've been asking Karin too, and so she asked me to post something on Facebook and on email.
Also, I don't like to talk about it too much. I'd rather talk about faith, and Jesus, and stuff like that....
Anyway, Here it goes.
Back at then end of September last year I had given up trying to lose weight. Those who know me best, know how many different ways I had tried. I've lost the same 25-50 pounds a hundred different times. It is not the fault of those I've worked with before or even the plans I used. It was just me.
One afternoon, I heard Charles D'Angelo on the radio. He's a weight loss coach in St. Louis. You can check out his website charlesdangelo.com. He does free first time consultations. So I met with him, and he got right down to the nitty gritty of why I was the way I was. It was quite an emotional first meeting. At the end he guaranteed that if I did what he told me to do, I would lose all the weight I needed to lose. He has hundreds of success stories, including some famous celebrities, so I believed him and signed up with him.
One thing you should know is that he isn't cheap by any means, and you have to pay everything up front. I think this is part of his plan, as it was the number one motivator at the beginning for me to stick with it and do what he said. As I saw more and more success, my motivator changed of course. You also sign a contract that says that he can fire you if you aren't doing what he tells you to do. And somehow he knows, so you can't lie.
Anyway, I started this weight loss journey with him on October 5, and I can tell you that it was the best money I've ever spent for my health. On Thursday I will have lost 100lbs of fat and gained back about 10-15 years of life. Because of all the protein I consume every day, I've kept most of the muscle mass I had. I have five times the energy I used to have. I don't use a cpap machine anymore. My legs and knees don't hurt at the end of the day anymore, and..... I could go on and on.
But enough about me. You wanted to know what I've done. Please realize that this is very specific to me and my needs. Everyone is different.
I walk on the treadmill and eat the same exact thing every day for two weeks. At the end of two weeks I go and visit Charles and he changes it up a bit here and there, usually adding more to my walk and either adding or taking away a little something from the menu.
Here's what I do and what I eat every day:
First thing in the morning, I get on the treadmill, usually between 5-5:30. I don't do any weight training, because, as Charles explained, you can't lose weight and gain muscle at the same time. You end up shredding your muscles and hurting yourself and your joints, and it also causes you to be too hungry all the time which makes you cheat.
When I started out on October 5, I started walking on the treadmill 30 minutes at a 4 incline at 3.0 mph. Today I'm at 3.8 mph at 8 incline for 55 min. The rule is that You should be sweating hard within 10 minutes. Try to walk hands free from the railing for as long as you can.
What I eat- every day--
Morning-protein shake (I get mine from Charles, but you can get quality protein from lots of different places)
Midmorning- 20 plain almonds
Lunch- Subway six inch Turkey sub on wheat with double Turkey, lettuce, tomato, onions, light mayo, mustard, and a bag of baked chips (or a sandwich with a Flatout flatbread and 4-6 ounces of Boar's Head turkey)
Midafternoon- Dannon light and fit yogurt
Supper- 10 ounces chicken breast or white fish and two cups of broccoli, asparagus, or green beans and two tbsp sauce of choice
Night- Outshine real fruit no sugar added popsicle.
No calorie drinks but as much caffeine as you need. Lots of water, but no set amount.
I started out at 327 and am down to 228.5 in 7 months. I'm a pound and a half short of 100lbs gone. By Thursday I will be at 100.
A key for me has been that when you do and eat the same thing every day it becomes a habit like brushing your teeth and you don't really even think about what you're doing. Another key is to take the emotion out of eating and the only way to do that is to retrain your mind. I am not fantasizing about where I'm gonna go for lunch or what crazy food I'm gonna indulge in for supper. It's also not an afterthought which often caused me to pick the easy fast food choices.
Anyway, if you wanna talk to me more about it PM me and we'll talk. I'd strongly suggest you do what I did first and make an appointment with Charles.