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A New Milestone: 40 Pounds Down!

May 6th, 2008 · 15 Comments

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A photo of me at around 215 pounds

A photo of me at 163

(To see more photos of my transition, click here.  As a side note, I’m a big proponent of the “embrace what God gave you” philosophy, so the above photo of me with straight hair is only the third time in my life I’ve let someone straighten it.  But what can I say–I was feeling a bit bored with myself that day!)

It’s been slow-going with my weight loss lately; I’ve spent a lot of time (as happens sometimes in weight loss) bouncing back and forth in a 2-pound range.  But this past week, my weight finally tipped down and stayed there (I weigh nearly daily) so that on Saturday, I weighed in at 163.6.  That brings me to exactly a 40-lb. loss from my Jan. 1, 2007 weight of 203.6 and a 60-plus-pound loss from my highest weight of around 225.

Ya think giving up all dairy starting last week might have had something to do with this downward nudge? I sure do.  Cheese—delicious, delicious cheese—averages about 100 calories and 6-9 grams of fat per ounce.  Do you realize how big an ounce of cheese is? Strictly speaking, it depends on the density of the cheese, but start with a single die for really dense cheese (cheddar, pecorino), and expand a little from that (2 dice) for cheeses that are less dense (mozzarella).  I knew this measurement—learned it many years ago in a bout of WW membership—and have utilized the knowledge to be careful about how much cheese I add to foods in the last year and a half.  However, the size of my cheese servings has crept up over time, I must admit.  And instead of utilizing a small amount of cheese as an occasional high-fat, high-calorie treat, I had started to indulge a bit too often purely based on calories/fat/cholesterol/etc., even if you discount the other dairy issues I have.  Obviously, that won’t be an issue now!

Everyone has to find what works for him/her, but if you want to read a bit more about dairy and how much of a role it should play in your diet/life, check these links.

As far as my general outlook on weight loss and myself at this point, I’m really in such a happy place with how I handle food.  My diet isn’t perfect (and I don’t aim for perfection these days), but I generally eat healthfully.  I have occasional indulgences and eat a small bit of dessert (an ounce of chocolate, a 2″ cookie—something like that) about every other day.  I pay attention to how I feel when I’m eating, and I usually stop when I feel the first nudge from my brain that says I’ve reached the satiety point, whether that means leaving half the food on my plate, leaving two bites on my plate, or finishing the whole meal (which only happens if I’m careful with portion sizes—even now, it’s easy to heap my plate too high!).  If I don’t stop when I hit that point, I regret it almost immediately when I grow stuffed and uncomfortable, and I keep that regret in mind when I am tempted to eat more than I actually want and need.   I still have to watch my relationship with food to make sure I don’t start relying on it to try to fill needs that are entirely unrelated to food (and which food can’t fill, anyway) while still enjoying—while thoroughly relishing, to be more exact—what I can have.  That involves making healthy food that’s fresh (almost always organic and often local), flavorful, and fun.  It involves moving my body on a regular basis.  It involves taking care of myself emotionally and physically to the best of my ability—of listening to myself.  I read an article a few months ago where the author, who had lost a chunk of weight, said that she knew that the more slowly it came off, the easier it would be to keep off.  That is aligned with my philosophy, as well; if I can’t live with how I’m eating forever, then losing weight utilizing it won’t help me in the long run.  And the skills and pleasures and growth related to this whole process have meant a lot more to me than just weight loss; they’ve meant becoming more of a self-actualized person.

Tags: fruits of my labor

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cherie // May 6, 2008 at 8:16 am

    It makes sense that you would feel magnificent and drop weight when cutting the animal milks out of your diet. A calf gains about 50 lbs/week, and while you may not consume as much (or the same, from a teet) as a calf, I think that number is telling! You are looking great! Nothing wrong with straightening your hair or doing what you like as a treat. Yay! 🙂

  • 2 Ricki // May 6, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Makes total sense, Sally–and CONGRATULATIONS! Terrific milestone. I’ve been applying the “eating mindfully” rule since I started this Total Health course I’m in, and it does make you more aware of when you’re full and how much you are actually eating.

    And BTW, I only WISH I had your hair!!

  • 3 Cory // May 6, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Looking good! You’re quite the inspiration!

  • 4 grumpy chair // May 7, 2008 at 4:34 am

    Sally, you look incredible!

    I think Marilu Henner is dairy free and I also think she looks great (she may have nipped but if she was, it is very subtle.)

  • 5 Fatinah // May 7, 2008 at 6:52 am

    you’re very pretty at all your weights – but you look especially pretty now.

    You look so healthy and happy.

  • 6 Kristen // May 7, 2008 at 6:55 am

    you look fantastic!

  • 7 Meg Wolff // May 7, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Wow!! Looking great Sally! Taking care of yourself is paying off big time … you glow! XXOO

  • 8 Ashley // May 7, 2008 at 7:23 am

    congrats! You look fantastic.

    I don’t straighten my hair, either. Too much work. :o)

  • 9 Arlene // May 7, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    You are looking GREAT!!! Mega congratulations. You’ve been working for it.

  • 10 Jenn // May 7, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    You look fabulous! Congratulations!

    (I’ve only straightened my hair once, when I let someone else do it. It was fun, but I love my curly hair and I don’t see how anyone spends that much time with a flattening iron every morning!)

  • 11 ross@gladtobegluten-free.com // May 7, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Hi, and thanks so much for your blog. I googled looking for gluten free bread recipes and somehow ended up on your great blog.

    Glad I did as I have bookmarked and will return.

    With every tummy upset I have, she is getting closer to her wish. Thanks again for the great blog.

    Regards, Ross.

  • 12 Kay // May 8, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Wow, Carrie! You look great! Good for you!

    With humidity rising, there won’t be many more chances for straight hair (that stays straight) until fall. So I hope you enjoyed your hair that day.

  • 13 Lynn Barry // May 9, 2008 at 5:46 am


  • 14 Becky // May 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    You look fantastic !

    And who needs cheese anyways ! LOL !

  • 15 elizabeth // Dec 11, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I have never been diagnosed with anything specific but have had food sensitivities diagnosed that are identical to yours. Do you have a book I can buy that outlines your system. Or something that I can download. I do know that whenever I eat bread I just ‘blow up’. Thanks so much.

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