Monday, August 3, 2009

As Promised

The DressAfter


It's a little late, but as promised I'm posting the results of my journey with U Weightloss. I reached my goal to lose 25 lbs. in 12 weeks, which was just in time for the dreaded bridesmaid dress to arrive. The dress, which was snug when I ordered it, had to be drastically taken in. I'm now back to the weight I was when I got married 15 years ago. I'm 5'7" and weigh a comfortable 140 lbs.

I'm not going to take this for granted. It was a few stressful years with work and young children that contributed to my weight gain. I've learned that eating healthy, regular exercise and taking care of myself benefits everyone. It's been a long time that I've felt so good physically and mentally.

I was really disappointed with myself before I started this and I didn't know how I could reach my goal. I'm glad I had the help of UWeightloss because I don't think I could have done it in the time period I needed on my own. However, now I have changed my lifestyle enough that I know I can keep with it. The program involved regular exercise and a hormonally balanced diet that is based on the diet of Dr. Natasha Turner. It involves eating meals that are balanced between 40% protein 30% carbs and 30% good fat and then switching after a month or so to 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% good fat. I found that my body really responded to this way of eating. I feel very comfortable throughout the day because it keeps the blood sugar even. I lost 5 inches around my middle which is where I had packed on the pounds.

This journey has shown me that I can reach a goal. If I set my mind to something, make a plan and follow it, the results will happen. I think in life, we get lost in the muddle and although we have dreams, we don't make the conscious and practical effort to realize them. Sometimes, we don't even really know what we want. I have found that I am very goal oriented. Once I get started, and invest time and money in something, I keep going. I guess that's the accountant in me.


Happy said...

Good for you, Ruth! The dress looks stunning, and you are beautiful in it. I am glad for you that it was such a positive experience, and that you're feeling holistically better about yourself. I have yet to find a system that works for me long-term; I may try this one! :)

Erin said...

Congratulations, Ruth! You look wonderful!

I have to admit I'm jealous...I've been waging a battle since March and am only down 12. I know it's different for me with the diabetes...but it's frustrating.

Ruth said...

Thanks guys for cheering me on!! I'm on my own now without the weekly support coaches asking me what I ate and how much I excercised so I'm a little worried about sticking to it. It's amazing what some accountability and the fear of getting up in front of people in a spagetti strap dress will do.

Congratulations to you to Erin! Keep with it. I totally plateaud at 15 pounds and it was hard to get over the hump.

Livingsword said...

WOW I have always wondered what you look like! ;)

CG and I have always thought you look great! Perceptions eh?


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Ruth said...

HI LS - thanks for the reminder, I finished the book so I will pop in next week for the discussion.

More blogs? You are a busy beaver aren't you?

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I am impressed and you look fantastic! I feel inspired. I have lost weight eating 40/30/30 in the past and think I will give it a go again and this time make it a lifestyle change!

Ruth said...

Thanks Barbara for stopping by and for the enouragement. I encourage you to go for it. I really feel so much better now that I have changed my eating. I also took Chromium and Green Tea supplements for a metabolism boost.

Christy said...

That's impressive! I desperately need to change my eating habits and that of my family. We eat way too much fast food and such. We've joined a gym, but it doesn't do much good when we come home and eat chili dogs for dinner. =(

Ruth said...

HI Christy - yes I know what you mean about getting the family on board - it's not that easy. I had to just worry about myself for a while.