When I got married I was a respectable 128lbs. I stayed about that, give or take a few until I had my third child when I put on another 7 or 8 pounds.
From then on my weight fluctuated up and down. Sometimes more, sometimes less but overall the trend was more up than down.
When I hit my late 40s the pounds just kept coming and coming. I tried more diets, I tried walking, I tried swimming, I tried the gym. Nothing worked. The pounds just piled on.
I know that some of the weight gain was due to the stress of losing both my mother and mother-in-law within a year of one another. The emotional stress of looking after them and grief of losing them led me to the fridge. Comfort eating was a way of coping with my feelings.
By the time I was 50 I was well overweight, in fact I was now classed as obese. Until a year ago I was a whopping 190 pounds! My back hurt, my knees ached, I felt bloated and lethargic. I was in a sedentary job, so I sat a lot. I wasn't getting much exercise and I knew that I was eating way too much. And did I mention that my back was killing me?
I had to do something.
I'd tried various diet plans over the year. Rosemary Conley, Slimming World, low fat, Atkins, you name it. I'd lose a few pounds but then they'd come back.
Then I found the Fast Diet. Eat 500 calories or less twice a week and eat normally with moderation on the other five days.
I started on this last February and to date I've lost 39 pounds. My back doesn't hurt any more, nor do my knees. I have energy and I'm not bloated. Eating lots of salad and other raw foods, live yogurt and fresh fruit has made a total difference in the way that I feel.
I've made other changes too. I stand up and work on my laptop instead of sitting in a chair all day. I do short bursts of aerobic exercise throughout the day so I don't get stiff and keep my metabolism moving.
I know this won't work for everyone but I've found it to be the easiest way ever to both lose weight AND keep it off.