I thought, at first, that I was suffering from a hormonal imbalance when I realized — much to my shock — that I was 50 pounds overweight. I immediately sought treatment, and wound up getting a blank stare from my doctor when he told me that physically I was quite healthy. But I was fat, and I was completely bewildered. I asked the doctor if my hormones were fine why, then, was I so overweight? When he countered by asking me how many calories I was eating a day, I had to admit I didn’t know.
That was the very last day I stopped having an answer to that question.
I lost 50 pounds in 10 months. It’s a fast but healthy rate of loss. I did it all the old-fashioned way: by literally counting calories.
As an adult female, the minimum amount of calories I can eat per day and still maintain good health is 1200. Any less than this is considered starving and can lead to anorexia. So for 10 months, I ate no more (or less) than 1200 calories per day.
It was every bit as hard as it sounds. I ate a lot of 10-calorie Jello, learned to love mustard (a zero-calorie condiment), and felt hungry a lot. From February to July I was fairly miserable, in fact, and the very slow progress of the scale did little to soothe the ache in my stomach. But air-popped popcorn, lettuce, 45-calorie bread and drinking gallons of water did help a little, so I kept soldiering on. Those first 6 months, I seriously doubted the wisdom of my choice as I watched thin women peddle various weight loss programs on the TV.
Until one day in July I went to get dressed and discovered that suddenly, all my clothes were too big. I took a good look in the mirror and realized that my plan had worked. I was a lot smaller. It was the motivation I needed to keep going until I hit my target weight (104) in October. At that point, I took my daily caloric intake up to 1500. And yes, I still count every day.
I took a very basic route toward weight loss, a method that’s been out there and been done for decades. But I didn’t just diet to lose the 50 pounds, I also exercised. And for that, I decided to be as modern as possible.
That means using motion-controlled video gaming technology, of course. I began to exercise daily using Just Dance, which is geared toward aerobic activity. I still dance every day, but luckily a new installment in the series is released every year. Traditional dieting and modern workouts still work for me, and I’m going to stick with it.