How I lost 30 pounds in 2 months

I wish I had a before and after picture to show my progress. The truth is, I can't find one picture of myself at my heaviest. I tossed every picture that I had. I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything. I was consumed with how I thought others saw me and how I saw myself.

My weight gain started in 2001 after going on Paxil for anxiety. In a period of a few months I gained almost 50 pounds. I went from a size 4 to a size 12. Even after switching anxiety medication, it was a constant struggle trying to keep weight off. I eventually dropped 20 pounds and have kept that off for 15 years.

Everything I read indicated diet and exercise play a big part in mental and physical health.  I knew in order to be healthy I had to start with what I put into my body. I wanted a change that would last. Within two months of a lifestyle change, I dropped the remaining 30 pounds. I felt incredibly empowered, self-confident and free. 

How I lost the weight:

1. I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app on my phone to track EVERYTHING I ate.

2. Exercised five times per week for about 20-30 minutes. This included riding my stationary bike and light weight resistance training. Exercise also has been shown to increase serotonin production which I feel helped with my withdrawals.

3. Limited my calorie intake to 1200 while I was in the weight loss period. I now have increased this amount to maintain my weight.

4. Watched my sugar intake. Absolutely no cookies, cakes, ice cream, candy, muffins or donuts! I did eat a lot of fruit daily. 

4. I began eating more vegetables. I learned that I actually love asparagus! Lettuce is low in calories so I ate a lot of salads! And, learned to like it without dressing.

5. Increased my protein intake by adding more chicken,eggs, nuts and tuna. 

6. I did eat bread and pasta but in small portions sizes and only whole wheat. I also ate a lot of rolled oats, flaxseed meal and chia seeds.

Other changes to my diet that I don't think contributed to my weight loss, but helped to become healthier include eating organic fruits and vegetables when I can, eating cage-free or organic eggs, staying away from corn, and eating antibiotic free meat. 

I hope this helps anyone who is interested in losing some of the extra weight or who is looking to become more mindful of what is put into the body. I would recommend talking to your doctor regarding any lifestyle change that affects your health.