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At 16, I stood on the scale in my aunt’s bathroom and my jaw dropped. I was 5’6 and weighed 200 pounds. Then and there, I decided that I couldn’t live like this anymore. With the help of these six habits I gradually implemented, I lost 60 pounds, and have maintained a healthy weight ever since. I’m not saying it was easy, but focusing on making these small changes helped me sustain my weight loss for 15 years now.

  1. I decided to do it.

Some say that change takes a long time, but I never believed that. True change happens the instant you decide to do something. That moment for me was when I stood on the scale in my aunt’s bathroom and could almost hear it gasping for air. I decided then and there that I was going to get fit and eat healthier.


I immediately grabbed a pen and a paper and began to list as many things as I could think of that I could do to contribute to a healthier lifestyle. The simple act of writing it down made it more real, and it fixed my mind upon what I intended to do, rather than where my mind had been previously — probably thinking about cupcakes.

  1. I ditched the junk food.

When I decided to start eating healthier, I raided my cupboards and refrigerator. I threw away the chips, sodas and candy so I would no longer be reminded of processed food every time I got hungry.I knew that eating healthy, whole foods was the only way I was going to lose weight for good.

No quick fixes — I wanted to make changes I could sustain for the rest of my life. On a typical day, I eat a three-egg omelette with spinach for breakfast, an apple with almond butter as a mid-morning snack, grilled chicken and mixed vegetables for lunch, a protein shake for a mid afternoon snack and some other form of lean protein and a salad for dinner with a glass of red wine.

I don’t count calories, and I’ve found if stick to this diet, my weight stays in a healthy and comfortable range.

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This article was republished with permission from Mind Body Green you can find the original article here.

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