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It is very inspiring and encouraging! Both are going to be a bit more pricey than Nutrisystem, but sound like they could be a better fit. I was able to lose 30 pounds with Nutrisystem, and have been able to keep it off by making simple lifestyle changes. I recently decided I needed to sign up again after packing on an extra 10 pounds around the holidays. This is something I can do- I could try it for one week.
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I tracked my calories on SparkPeople. Seeing those results on the scale at the end of the week was enough encouragement for me to stick with it! The first, and probably most important thing- I switched to drinking only water.
Since June 1st, I have had nothing to drink but water. Honestly, this was probably the hardest thing I did. Now I absolutely hate, hate, hate taking pills. Especially those giant horse pills they call multi-vitamins. And especially every day! They taste like the sweet, chewy fruit snacks of my youth. My favorite is the sour gummies. And I can definitely tell- they have made a huge difference.
I used to be really bad about getting busy during the day and forgetting to eat- and then eating all my calories at night. And I still get to eat all the foods I enjoy. We spent a week at the beach this summer and I ate what I wanted. It was indulgent and delicious, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Check out comments 23 and for some of my answers to your questions!
If you enjoyed this post, follow us day-to-day on Instagram kevinandamanda! Tag your recipes and travels with kevinandamanda. We'd love to see what you're sharing! Darn girl…you are looking so good! Ive lost a total of 45 lbs just by making better food choices got another 45 before I get all excited…but good job!!! You look so happy too!!! I am so inspired that you did this. I definitely need to get on a program and this seems easy enough.
Can I start after the holidays? You look really good! The writer says that sugar is our No 1 enemy, we are actually addicted to it. And she also says that counting calories is wrong. You can take a look at her site if you want: But, in order to make the first step, I gave up sweets until xmas.
Though decision to make! What an awesome accomplishment! Way to go, you look great. I just want to thank you for your tutorials. I have been able to personalize my blog thanks to your help. That is something I could easily do when I am done with my 2nd baby! Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for your help, tips, and freebies. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I appreciate you posting this! It really does make it sound more simple. I really need to lose a few pounds 30 would be great! Thanks for the inspiration!! Amanda, thank you for such a detailed description of what has made you successful!
This is so do-able. And I have exactly 30 pounds to lose, as well! Congratulations, what a great story! This is the way I want to lose weight! Just eating regular food, in moderation and exercising! You should feel as proud as you look!!! Congratulations to you on the sweet success brought on by all of your hard work. You are an inspiration. I really want to lose weight too!
I appreciate the tips. I can definitely use them! I am also a long time reader. You and I have exchanged a few emails back and forth. I am ready to print your blog entry and hang it on my fridge. Can I ask you ONE question though? What are your thoughts on exercise? Did you exercise at all? Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is very inspiring and encouraging! Huge congrats to you! You look amazing, as always!
Amanda — I was one of those Jenny Craig girls. I lost 50 lbs in and promptly got pregnant with twins! However, I just could not justify the expense. Your plan sounds absolutely doable and a great alternative to Jenny Craig. One thing I did learn while on the Jenny plan was to use vegetables when you need a snack.
My favorite snack was carrots, celery and salsa! I did not really follow a regimented exercise program- I do have the dogs, so I take them outside to play, or go for walks and hikes- and I also have a stationary bike that I like to ride while watching TV.
She will kick your fanny! We also have Wii Fit love the yoga and hula hoop game! But I do credit the weight loss more to my diet changes rather than the exercise- cause I had been doing that all along! My ob-gyn even went so far as to say, you can spend an hour on the elliptical machine and burn enough calories to make up for a single serving bag of chips. You look fantastic, by the way!
Way to go Amanda! So enjoyed this blog. Blessings to you this Thanksgiving season! You look great and you have inspired me. I have gradually put on quite a bit of weight over the last few years. I have had a terrible time trying to lose it. I was going to a gym and working really hard, but losing very little. I am going to try what you did. I need something that I can fit into my very crazy, busy life. What a blessing that you sent this out!
Thanks so much for sharing. First off, I want to say congratulations! I think this is truly amazing! I am very glad you shared this. There was a lot that I actually learned from this blog post. You look truly amazing! I am fortunately thin, but unfortunately not that healthy. This has inspired me to talk to my hubby as well and become more of a healthier couple: Thanks for sharing hon! I look forward to many more posts! Thank you for the inspiration! I know it is all about diet and exercise but sometimes when those cravings hit, it is hard to remember.
Thank you again — keep it up! Way to go, you have inspired me to get motivated and get healthy!!! Thanks, Amanda… your blog never fails to amaze! Amanda, you are awesome!
If I could even get down 5 lbs by Christmas, I would be thrilled! Thanks for the inspiration Sister! Water intake…still working on that one. Heard it makes a HUGE difference though! That is great Amanda. I bet you crave the water now that is what happened to me. I did Weight Watchers and went from an 18 to a 2 was a 0 when I started dating my husband…guess that was a shocker for him — hee hee. Kept it off for over 7 years… I recently gained lbs.
Amanda — you look wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration. I may try to get back into that. It makes counting calories so much easier. Thanks for the motivation! Keep up the great work! I think I just need to start paying attention to what I am doing and this made it so simple! I think it is something we all know — but just needed someone to remind us that it can be done! You look so happy and healthy.
I have some special days coming up early next year, and I have time to get on this before those arrive! We just LOVE you and all the creative spirit and energy you share with all of us! Lisa put this so well! Such a gracious hostess, even from afar. Oh my goodness you are looking fabulous!!! Hopefully he will come home to a svelte new wife!! Thank you for sharing this amazing and inspiring story!! Well, I have to say first off that this is incredibly inspirational. Thank you for sharing this with us!
I really do appreciate you sharing this with us. I hope to hear you post more about your journey? Amanada, I must say…. I lost my job a year or so ago and I am still unemployed! I have been depressed, I have isolated myself, and as I said, I physically feel uncomfortable. I think everyone is different. Thank you for sharing!!
That is very inspiring! I do wonder though, what did you drink before switching over to water entirely? Thank you so much for sharing the details of your weight loss. It is so hard to do it on you own, but your specifics really create a light at the end of the tunnel. I am totally inspired! I started something similar to this but I let it slip by. I stuck with it for about a week and a half and then just went back to my normal routine.
Thank you for this. I am going to the store after work and I am buying those VitaCraves! I can give you my secret for weight loss. Oh, and when the second child comes along, see if you have time to eat for yourself! Plus, running after them too!
You look awesome…way to go. Wow…you really motivated me! One question though, regarding your water intake…is it just straight-up water or do you mix it with Crystal Light or something? I love my Diet Coke, but I am trying to switch to water…what worked for you in this area? Congrats to both of you on your weight loss. Thanks so much for your tips. You can never get too many tips on weight loss.
So any tips you want to share would be great. Thanks again and Congrats: What a great, inspiring post! I have cut out fast food for the past three months yay! That alone has helped, I think! I may have to try getting pre-made foods to try to help. We also eat a llot of fresh raw fruits and veg, and steamed when possible. First I want to say Congratulations!! I thought you looked just fine before, but now you look like an even better version of yourself!
Second, this is my first post on your site and I really wanted to say thank you for posting how you have lost the weight. So thank you again for generously sharing your success story, and you deserve to brag about it!!
Congrats to you and your hubby! Choosing water over chemical-laden diet sodas was one of the best things you did. Research shows that when people munch on nuts, they automatically eat less at later meals. Skip the apple juice and the applesauce and opt instead for a crunchy apple.
One reason is that raw fruit has more fiber. A Harvard study followed more than , people for a decade or longer. Yogurt, of all the foods that were tracked, was most closely linked to weight loss. Yes, grapefruit really can help you shed pounds, especially if you are at risk for diabetes.
Drinking grapefruit juice had the same results. But grapefruit juice doesn't have any proven "fat-burning" properties -- it may just have helped people feel full. You cannot have grapefruit or grapefruit juice if you are on certain medications, so check the label on all your prescriptions , or ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Load your shopping cart with lots of lean protein, fresh veggies, fruit, and whole grains, says food scientist Joy Dubost, PhD, RD. The most important thing, when it comes to lasting weight loss, is the big picture of what you eat, not specific foods.
Delicious foods that help you diet? It sounds too good to be true. So take this list when you go to the supermarket: Beans Inexpensive, filling, and versatile, beans are a great source of protein. Soup Start a meal with a cup of soup, and you may end up eating less.
Dark Chocolate Want to enjoy chocolate between meals? Eggs and Sausage A protein-rich breakfast may help you resist snack attacks throughout the day. Nuts For a great snack on the run, take a small handful of almonds, peanuts, walnuts, or pecans. Apples Skip the apple juice and the applesauce and opt instead for a crunchy apple. Yogurt Whether you prefer Greek or traditional, yogurt can be good for your waistline.
That doesn't prove that yogurt caused weight loss, but it stood out among other foods.