Thursday, March 01, 2007

How Did You Do It?

Thanks all for the many encouraging comments on my last post. A few of you wanted to know how I lost 50 lbs. It happened at first not by design. I wish I could tell you that I did this diet or that diet and it worked miracles. That is not the case.

About six months ago I was going through a very hard time. The things of life were difficult. I wrote Functionally Depressed out of my difficulty. It helped to put into words what I was feeling. My acid reflux during this time period was in overdrive. For about three weeks food was not my friend. Unfortunately I lost about 20 lbs in that period of time. I say unfortunately because I don’t recommend losing weight this way. I’m in a very good place now and it’s because of God’s healing touch in many areas of my life.

I wasn’t excited about the weight lost at first because I figured when my stomach healed I would gain it all back and then some. Instead when I started to eat normally I ate much smaller portions. I found that I could eat what I wanted without gaining weight back. The weight comes off much slower this way. I feel better, I move better and I’m not as tired. I want to lose more weight but I’m in no big rush.

I’ve struggled with my weight all my life. I’ve been really thin and really large. Through it all I’ve been with Tom. I have to tell you that he has never treated me any different in spite of the scale. He always showed and told me that I was beautiful and he loved me. I knew he meant it. It doesn’t matter to him now that I’ve lost weight. He’s proud of me and for him the issue is that I’m happier about myself. He’s a very good man and it’s one of many reasons I adore him.

My cell phone ringer plays a special song when Tom calls. It’s the chorus from Martina McBride’s song, My Baby Loves Me.

He thinks I’m pretty, he thinks I’m smart
He likes my nerve and he loves my heart
He’s always sayin’ he’s my biggest fan
My baby loves me just the way that I am
My baby loves me just the way that I am

© Nadine Z. 2007


Tom Zawacki said...

I do indeed love you just the way that you are... (maybe a little more passionately with the red shoes on) but just the way you are for sure!


Art said...

That's Great! I've had the same problems. As an adult my weight has ranged from 180 to 280 lbs (I'm tall) and I'm somewhere in between now. There's no great secret, eat less and you will lose weight. Maybe easier said than done though. Still, it sounds like Mr. Tom has it right: we are who we are and our physical attributes are only a shell around our true selves.

Elle*Bee said...

I love that song! I've been struggling with my weight since I was about 27. I managed to keep my weight around 100 up until that point. It seems in the past few years, I've gained 10-15 lbs per year. I'm 5'1 and small framed so it looks like a lot. I don't want to get back to my wedding dress weight (100), but I'd like to get back to around 115-120. I managed it a few years back with the South Beach diet but I'm not a cook. I'm sort of doing Weight Watchers now - counting points but not attending meetings (I have the current materials). My metabolism is different now that I'm in my 40's and I think I need more protein and less carbs. Eventually, I'll find the right balance, I'm sure. I struggle with early GERD (actually the added weight around my mid section is more an issue than my diet in that regard) and hope to get things under control soon.... Although my approach may be different, you are an inspiration.

marykathryn said...

Well that is wonderful...It sounds like you are in a really great place right now. You are so right about losing the weight slowly...much healthier for you and it tends to stay off.
Sounds like your hubby is a very loving man who adores you no matter what, and I think that is how it should be!!!!

meNmykids said...

Beautiful that your husband loves you whatever. You are truly blessed. Congrats on the weight, I lost about 40 pounds quickly last year, it also had to do with life and dealing with it. I've kept it off for a year now and I'm ready to start taking off more.

Yokooso said...

So fun! I love that song!!! And when my husband calls my phone rings a Rod Stewart song: "If you want my body and you think I'm sexy come on sugar let me know...If you really need me just reach out and come on honey tell me so babe..." Ya I've actually heard of many people doing this to lose weight (eating smaller portions and eating whatever you want.) It also takes ALOT of self-control and THAT is something I need to work on!

Drama Div@ said...

i love to eat
i love good food
i love to eat the unhealthy food
i go to the gym
my weight maintain and
very hard to loose weight

i*maginate said...

Good on you!

LOL @ drama div@ -- me too .. eat.. gym.. no weight loss lol

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness that is one of the sweetest posts ever! What a great man you have! =) A true blessing.

Way to go on losing the weight AND learning how to keep it off. You deserve a huge pat on the back!

Joy said...

You and Tom are so cute... *sigh*... Love you :)

palmtreefanatic said...

I been trying to excersize more now, trying to loose a few, only because it really does make one feel better! Good for you, Isn't it amazing how the lbs fall off easier when you don't try to? I have gone through a similar situation and know what it is like!

your hubby sounds wonderful! like a real keeper:)
have a great weekend!

Flawed & Disorderly said...

Aw! You and Tom are so cute! I'm glad God has been doing his marvelous works in your life!

Lala's world said...

I was at wallmart yesterday and my girls saw the shoes you just got and held them up for me, they said look mom you will so pretty in these shoes!! hehe so cute had to share that with you!
and my hubby is so great about what weight I am at too, he has seen me from a size 7-14! and loves me just the same! we have good men!

Trina said...

Your posts are so uplifting and such a good example of love and how to enjoy life. Thanks for all your encouragements on my posts, and your prayers. I can always use all the prayers I can get!

By the way, Congratulations on your weight loss! Wow! You deserve those red shoes too...hehehe

Shionge said...

Nadine, thank you for sharing and yes being healthy is more important than anything else and it is so great to know that you are so positive now :D

I am happy just by reading about your well-being :D

tigerfish said...

I wish to lose my weight, esp. after the blog party. Thanks for visitng my blog :)

sognatrice said...

What a beautiful, honest post! I came here from the Ultimate Blog Party, and I look forward to getting to know you better :)

~CRYSTAL~ said...

Thanks for sharing your "secret" even though it didn't start out not by design.

I've struggled with weight issues my entire life. And I too have a husband that has never seen my outward appearance. He loves me & not the body. What a true blessing that is.

yours truly B said...

You have a wonderful man. I am struggling with my weight and I am having no luck losing any of it. the ring on my phone is Patsy Cline stand by your man...old fashioned huh? anyway I really enjoy reading your posts and I will be back.

Anonymous said...

i was here, you are a delight-julie