10 Tips for Long Term Weight Loss

I have been on a weight loss journey for about 10 years now. After some medical issues, hypothyroidism and hormone imbalance, my weight became out of control. It didn’t seem to matter what I did or tried, there was no losing the weight. Once I entered my 50’s it seemed to make situations even worse; Menopause kicked in and all hope seemed to be lost. I had 60 lbs. to lose and a lifetime of experience on how to do it. I just needed to implement a plan into action. I was on a serious plateau and I needed to kick myself off.

Plateaus can happen to anyone no matter how active you are. Kicking yourself off the plateau can be a series of trial and error. If you are not sure what a plateau is or if you have reached one; let me elaborate. It is pretty basic, if you are working out, watching your calories and taking in less than you are expending but still have not seen any changes in a month, chances are you are at a plateau.

If you still have more weight to lose, like I do, it can be frustrating. Through using the tips below, I have now lost 40 lbs. of the 60 lbs., I still have 20 lbs. to go. I always use these techniques to lose, maintain and kick myself off of a plateau. Here are the tips I have used and found to work for me in maintaining long-term weight loss:

Workout Tip #1: When putting away clean clothes, take small stacks to increase your trips back and forth. Short on time and think you need to take fewer trips? Increase your pace, even with more trips you will get done faster and get your heart rate up.

REMEMBER: The more steps you take, the closer you will be to 10,000 steps a day.

Workout Tip #2: Use your arm weights while loading the dishes, dirty laundry, folding clothing or making/changing the beds. You choose your weight based on your physical level. The goal is to make it all the way through the activity with them on. If you can’t make it to the end go down in weight, likewise if you feel nothing pick it up the weight. I have found the Velcro arm weights in 1, 2, and 3 lbs. increments per arm.

Workout Tip #3: Are you sitting at a desk, driving, or otherwise not moving as much as you need to? There are things you can do to help offset your work day. Isometric exercises, the act of holding your muscles tight for 10 to 15 seconds and then releasing, can be done any time anywhere. While sitting at a desk or in a car just pull in your core (stomach and butt). You will know you are doing it right when it feels like your belly button is being pulled into your back. Just squeeze your buttocks together at the same time as your stomach. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and release. Start out with 3 sets of 10, you will feel the burn. Do the same thing while you’re driving, just keep your eyes and mind on the road, no getting lost in counting to 15…

If you are in a more private area, home or private office, you can also try doing some of your seated work on your feet marching in place. Use your arm weights while reading the computer screen or studying. Do overhead arm presses (arms out at sides, level with breasts, then pull them up over your head touching your palms. Simple curls; arms at sides and curl them up so that hands touch your shoulders. You should do them in sets of 10 and start out with 3 sets of each type. If you work in an office or any time take the stairs when it makes sense. Every extra step is one step closer to your 10,000 steps a day. 10,000 steps are the equivalent to about 5 miles.

Workout Tip #4: Folding clothes with arm weights is in itself extra but I have added a few extra lift moves to increase the results. I have lost 1″ doing this on my arms. All you need to do is to take the item you are folding with your arm weights on (2, 3 or 5 lbs. weights) and lift the item over your head, bring it down in front of you pull your item to the right keeping both your arms straight and then pull it too your left keeping both arms straight. Now fold the item and start again. You will feel the burn and this should tone up the skin under your arm. After you are comfortable with that routine add an overhead curl by raising your arms over your head and make sure your arms touch your ears and try to keep your wrist and elbows as close together as possible. Now bend your arm over your head towards your back. Do this movement 10 times and then start to fold again. Only do this movement 3 sets of 10 or a total of 30 movements. This should really start to tone up your arms.

Don’t forget to do isometric squeezes any place you can, hold for the count of 10 and then release. Car, desk, shopping… The more you pull in your core the better your posture, stronger your stomach muscles are and it will become habit to stand up tall and hold in your stomach.

Eating Tip #1: Never avoid a craving! If some food items seem like it would be more fun to have then a spa vacation with girlfriends then, by all means, don’t deny yourself that! If that double fudge chocolate cake is calling you have some but make it a celebration. Pull out a nice china plate, make your favorite cup of tea or coffee (or whatever you think sounds perfect with it). As you are getting ready to eat it enjoy the process of preparing. Turn on some nice music, favorite show, sit out in the garden (again, make it special do something that you enjoy). Then enjoy your 1/2 a slice of cake slowly, taking in the entire experience; never feel guilty for eating it, enjoying yourself and your craving. Keep in mind everything in moderation, don’t do this every day, try once or twice a month.

Food for thought: If you make your craving a positive experience that takes time and thought to prepare you should not need to overindulge or hide your actions of eating it. Guilt and shame cause stress… Stress increases hormone levels that cause you to retain fat, mainly around the mid-section. If you lessen the guilt around eating, your body will be able to process your food better. Don’t forget all the extra movement and exercise you are doing will take care of one little piece of double fudge chocolate cake. Stressing over it will just make it worse.

Eating tip #2: Your goal with eating is to eat fewer calories than you burn. I know it sounds obvious but it really is that easy, who knew! Another challenge is to make the calories that you eat good ones that are easy to burn. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your food it just means that you don’t want to spend your whole day eating fast food, highly processed and packaged, 15% fat in any one meal and never in every meal, and high sugar content all day. Can you have some of these things? Absolutely, it is more about being aware of what you put into your mouth and why. That is what the 2-week journal is for. Once you are aware of what is going into your mouth/body you can start to balance that with movement and activities. Not to mention begin to moderate the amount you eat.

Food for thought: Every 500 calories less you eat a day vs. burn a day will equal a pound a week. Does that mean you eat 1000 fewer calories a day to get to 2 lbs. a week? Possibly, but most likely you would not stick with it. The best way to achieve a long-term lifestyle change is to make it as easy as you can; take off 500 calories a day (if you need to) and increase your activity level by 500 calories a day. The difference is 1000 calories and you really may not even notice it.

Eating Tip #3: We must all get in our daily water consumption. Warm water with lemon in it helps cleans you and keep you running smoothly, try it in the morning. A big glass of water before any meal helps you control your portions. If you are feeling particularly hungry drink a glass of water and wait 10 to 20 min and see if your hunger subsides (you may have just been thirsty). Even if you are still hungry and need to eat the water will help you from overeating. Everyone knows that we need our 8ish glasses of water a day. Try keeping a 64oz or more juice container full of water in your fridge. It helps to monitor what you are drinking. If you don’t like water try adding lemon, lime or tea.

Medical tip #1: Any new routine with eating and activity should be approved by a doctor, at the bare minimum you should have a physical before you start and mention to the doctor what you are planning on doing. Let them know you are going to start walking 3 days a week for 30 min (or whatever activity you have chosen). Mention that you are going to try to eat in a European fashion, no deprivation but moderation, more whole foods, and fewer chemicals/packaged foods when possible. I’m sure you will get approval but everyone has a different chemical make-up and any change in lifestyle should always be run by your Doctor/PA.

Side note: If you are being seen by a doctor for any chronic issue, thyroid, diabetes, depression, IBS, food allergies… You must have your blood checked and make sure you are at healthy levels of vitamins (especially B’s and D), hormones (Thyroid, T3 and T4, Cortisol (stress, age, and excess alcohol can raise those levels and affect fat storage especially around the midsection) and other metabolic chemistry that might affect the outcome of all your hard work. Even if your liver is not working right it can affect your ability to process food and see full effects of your new lifestyle. (Ask a doctor if you can take Milk Thistle, found in most health food or vitamin stores, for overall liver health and function. You must ask, some people should not take it due to medical reasons, ASK!!)

If you are already being seen regularly it should be easy enough to get these levels checked. Also, if you notice after one to two month of doing any routine faithfully and not cheating and there is no change at all, you may want to consult with your doctor to make sure that all your metabolic and endocrine levels are good. If your body is not functioning properly it will stop progress from ever happening.

Medical Tip #2: Stress is a big component of storing fat; not to mention bad for your body in general. Stress has been linked to contributing to a laundry list of illness and general breakdown of your body. Reducing stress in your life is better for you in too many ways to list. It is not realistic to think you can remove stress from your life (unless you are planning to join a monastery in Tibet) and a little stress is good for you, keeps you on your toes. The stress you want to avoid is the stress that makes you feel out of control, lost and helpless. This is harmful stress and needs to be removed or controlled depending on the situation.

Remember, stress produces Cortisol, a hormone that will cause you to retain fat over time. The right amount of Cortisol is good, too much has you retaining fat through your midsection and hip area. As we age this is harder to fight off. Obvious ways to reduce stress is avoidance. If you are feeling overstressed remove yourself from the situation, take a walk, sit under a tree or relax in a chair. Outside is best but any place you will not be disturbed for about 5 min or more. Take deep cleansing breaths, feel the air in your lungs and mentally move in through your body as you exhale. Let your body relax with each breath you take. If you can listen to music while you do this that is helpful too. When you feel back in control rejoin the situation and breath.

If you find a particular situation continually stressful see if you can try to avoid it as much as possible. If you are in a situation and you feel control slipping away try the breathing right where you are. Slowing your body’s reaction to bad stress and relaxing can go a long way in keeping yourself healthy and fit. Exercise is also another way to help reduce stress, just getting out of the element of stress and losing yourself in an activity is a good resource for stress reduction.

Turning a bad situation into something good will also help with stress. If you have to do a chore or project that is particularly stressful for you, break it into steps. Walk away and do something you enjoy and then come back for more. It may take you longer to finish but if the task is causing you bad stress that will hurt you, nothing is worth the damage. Take the extra time to protect your body and mind.

Final Tip: Remember, nothing is a miracle cure and anything worth doing is going to take time and effort. The goal is to make it as enjoyable as possible. It is my opinion, if you can create an environment that is supportive and pleasant, potentially by implementing some of the steps I have listed above, you will have an easier time achieving your weight and body image goals. Hide your workouts within your daily routine. Eat as close to clean and whole as you can, read labels and take out chemicals/preservatives and you will be surprised how your body will change without feeling overworked and deprived. Let yourself be human, no one is perfect, if you fall back, pick yourself up and keep on going forward. Any loss is a good loss and maintaining is still a success. Don’t psych yourself out, put yourself down or quit before you start! We can all do it; we just have to stick with it and never say, “I can’t”. It’s only, “I won’t”; and that is a choice, not a verdict.

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Whole 30 Start and Setup

We are starting on the Whole30 Challenge; we would love for you to follow us here on the Blog, on YouTube and Instagram for support, inspiration, and information. You can watch the video on starting the: Whole30 Challenge on my YouTube Channel, Embellish Life . The information here is limited by YouTube, for complete details please see the blog post. Thank you so much for supporting me here on YouTube. I appreciate you following, liking and commenting on my videos. Don’t forget my other social media platforms for more and different content.

Here are some of the links mentioned in the video:

Whole 30
Trader Joe’s Whole 30 shopping list
Wired to Eat, Robb Wolf


Weight to Hips Ratio:

      Excellent     Good        Average             At Risk

Male less .85 .85-.89 .90-.95 greater .95
Female less .75 .75-.79 .80-.86 greater .86

Here are our measurements. Our eldest son, Drake, is also doing the Challenge with us.


Measurement and Ratio Chart:


Weight Waists Hips Ratio
Peter 178 lbs. 34” 38” .90
Heidi 167 lbs. 34” 41” .83
Drake 173 lbs. 36” 40” .90

The setup is not that difficult. The thing that is going to be hard is taking out all sugar since sugar is included in all most all pre-mixed foods. We decided to remove all the items that are not allowed during Whole 30; that way we will not be tempted. I think it will also be good for morale if you only have food that is acceptable, we will not feel as deprived or at least that is what I’m hopping. I have enclosed some photos of our fridge after we removed all the “non-appropriate” foods.

Good Fridge with all Whole 30 approved food

Bad Fridge with all food we can’t eat during Whole 30

Pantry Whole 30 approved

I hope you join us in our quest for health, weight loss, detox, and well-being. Follow me here to get updates and information on our Whole 30 Challenge. Instagram is a great place for inspiration and to check out how we are doing. Don’t forget to follow me on YouTube as well, that way you can see the changes and get more personal information on our Whole 30 journey.

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Chicken Bone Broth-Chicken Stock

brothHere is the staple of all my soups and much of my cooking… I make a homemade Chicken Stock which goes into many of my recipes, soup and so much more. If you are interested in healthy, whole food cooking/eating you will need this base for so many tasty and good for you meals. This soup is quick and easy to prepare and you don’t have to be a master chef to make it… Obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t be making it, LOL!!!
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Chicken Bone Broth Heidi’s Adaptation Recipe

Whole organic chicken carcass (I usually roast a chicken for dinner and make the bone broth the next
day after the bird is all done.)
All the giblets, liver and stuff in the bag of the whole chicken (save in Ziploc bag until ready to make)
Carrots cut in chunks
Onions cut in chunks
Spinach
3 tlbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Bay Leaves
Sea Salt & Pepper
3 cloves or tsp. minced garlic
Water

Original Recipe
Chicken Necks & Feet
Carrots cut in chunks
Onions cut in chunks
Spinach
3 tlbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Bay Leaves
Sea Salt & Pepper
Water

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients with enough water to completely cover chicken parts. Cook on high and allow to simmer for 20 hours. Check half way through to make sure you have enough water in the pot. Strain, Cool, transfer into air tight storage containers and chill or freeze. I use freezer bags.

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My Weightloss Saga

flowerIn 2012 I posted about my Challenge to myself to get back to my “fighting weight”.  My goal was to feel like myself again and bottom line to be more healthy, i.e. blood pressure down, cholesterol lower and weight down to take off pressure on my bad knees…  This is my weight loss saga, how I got there and now how I am slowing getting back to where I want to be.

So, what helped me and what did I do?  Well yes, eating right and I did find out that I had IBS and needed to go gluten-free, didn’t lose weight just felt better. Watching my calories did take off a few pounds, I am personally good at 1500 a day.  I love the apps on your phone that help you tract your calories and your activities.  I like My Fitness Pal.  I found that really helped.  I also have had some notable success with the Green Coffee Been Extract that Doctor Oz talked about on his TV show.  Here is the link to that segment and all the information on the amount of extract you should have in the supplement you take, Dr Oz, Green Coffee Bean.  Dr. Oz does not recommend any one brand but does recommend doses and lists those on his official site.  He also warns not to believe any site that says he is recommending their product because he doesn’t endorse any product.  I found a Green Coffee Bean Extract supplement at my local compounding pharmacy that also has 5-HTP and Glucomannan two supplements that I was already taking that are good for energy, joints and mood.  I choose that brand because it had the doses that Dr. Oz recommended and it also had the additional products I was already taking so that allowed me to take 2 less pills.

The results I gained from taking the supplement was a loss of about 5 pounds initially.  I have subsequently loss 20 pounds but it has not been only due to the green coffee bean so I don’t want anyone to have false hope that you could lose 20 pounds from it.  I don’t know maybe you could, if you combined exercise and a smart diet with it.  I suffer from Migraines and my neurologist switched my medicine to Topamax which is one of the components in the new weight loss drugs, Qsymia, that the FDA just approved that should be available in early 2013.  It is my guess that since weight loss is a side effect of Topamax that when I switch my migraine medication to Topamax and I saw my weight loss jump start to the fast tract, it was the Topamax that facilitated that.  That is not to take away from the first 5 pounds I lost with the Green Coffee Bean Extract, before I made the medication switch, I just want to be accurate on when and how I lost my weight.

I also want to add, I have not ever tried Qsymia, I am taking migraine medication that has one of the components of Qsymia (Topamax) and it has weight loss as a side effect. I am sure this is one of the reasons that they are using Topamax in Qsymia.  I also want to mention that it does work really well for about 15 to 20% of your body weight loss and for me that was about 20 pounds.  Now I have slowed down in my rapid weight loss with no exercise and little diet.  If I want to continue to lose weight I am going to have to do what everyone else has to do; I will have to eat a well-balanced diet and keep active.  The one nice thing about both the Green Coffee Extract and what I have experienced with Topamax, and can then assume the same will hold true with Qsymia, is that for those of us that seem to be struggling with stubborn weight loss this kick starts that and really motivates you to keep going.  Well, the Green Coffee Been seems to help lessen the effort needed to see results. It also really helps with appetite suppression. I also get an even bigger result from my healthy eating and increased activity now that I am taking Topamax; so again, I would imagine that if you are a candidate to take Qsymia you would also find it helpful.

I don’t think any diet medication or supplement is a “magic cure” for weight loss.  I think that the only true fix for being overweight is lifestyle change.  I think finding an eating/exercise and size that works for you is probably one of if not the most personal plan anyone can ever have.  What keeps your body at its ideal weight, your mind at its happy place, your organs at their health state, and your physique at its best shape is different for every person.  It always dumbfounds me why doctors just don’t seem to get that and always want to lump us into averages and groups like little sheep.  I get there has to be a “general norm” for a starting point; but if you are not working and you still fall into the “norm” then it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that is clearly not your “norm” and something is wrong!  But more times than not, it seems to me, doctors are clearly far below the genius level, because they don’t get it, and they pat you on the head, send you on your way, and tell you that you are just find…   Then 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 hours later you are rushed to the ER with a catastrophic issue stemming from that same concern you had and they come in with a big dumb look on their face and an apologetic “Ooops”.

OK, I digress, you can tell I have issues with doctors that run a lot deeper than them passing my rapid 60 pound weight gain as an unfortunate side effect of my medical issues that they couldn’t seem to reverse and since I “looked OK” in their minds they didn’t care to figure it out.  Even after high blood pressure, serious knee issues, starting of heart disease (family history), and all my other medical issues that brought on the weight gain, none of them thought to focus on helping me loose except to say eat less and exercise.  I was eating 900 calories a day and working out 6 days a week for 2 to 3 hours a day and still not losing and they still didn’t think anything was wrong???  I was 42 when it started and 47 when it started to change back.  The entire time I told every last doctor I had I thought it was chemical, my hormones.  They said I was nowhere near Menopause that I was too regular and I guess structurally very fertile but if you ask me, I still, to this day, think I was out of whack metabolically.  All my life I had been very slender, around 120 pounds and just under 5’ 8” tall; my entire family is slender.  In a very short period of time, about 6 months, with no lifestyle change, I gained 60 pounds.  Even after they put me on thyroid medication I never lost a pound.  Then as suddenly as it came on, about midway into my 47th year I started to lose, with the help of the Green Coffee Bean Extract and Topamax, I also started to feel like myself again.  Can’t really explain it other than; I was back, more alert, more energy, more alive, if that makes sense?

I still have 20 to 30 pounds to lose.  I am really going more by the way I feel and how I fit in my clothes more than my weight because that seems to have redistributed now that I am older.  I weigh more but I still fit into the size I want to and look the way I want to so I really am not going to get hung up on “how much I weigh” and focus more on how I feel and how I look.  If my muscle mass is good, blood pressure is low and I am fit I really don’t care if I weigh 140 pounds instead of my normal 123 pounds of the first 42 years of my life.  It’s just a number, right!  Just like your age it is all about how you feel and how you act.  If I look awesome at 48 and weigh 140 pounds then I will celebrate that and be happy that I am healthy and doing all the right things to keep myself that way.  So, that is my story; not the worst weight loss story in the world but it sure was a long one and it is mine.