Tuesday, March 22, 2005

From Simcha to Simcha

I've lost hundreds upon hundreds of pounds on Weight Watchers. Of those hundreds, 48.8 pounds haven't come back. I used to look like this...

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I now look like this...

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Ok, so I don't always look like that... I need a professional makeup artist, a personal shopper at Bloomingdales (thanks, Cara), and about 2 hours lead time. But you know what I mean. The first picture was taken at our wedding in October, 2002. The second, at my brother in law's wedding in October, 2004.

From simcha to simcha- hazak hazak, v'nithazek!

19 Comments:

At 4:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just come across your blog - a real mazal-tov. As a 55-yr old male, I have just lost over 30lb in a year (probably gained a few lb in muscle). No ww - just eat different, eat less, exercise more (10,000 steps 3-4 x per week, plus some weights). My pedometer just turned 1,000 km. It's a good feeling! Biggest challenge - Shabbat and chagim.

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger Eh... Not so much said...

Lookin' good, kid! :)

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Esther said...

What a transformation. Inspiring, truly. IYH by the rest of us who are struggling...

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger Mindy said...

Lovely photos! You don't know how much I needed this inspiration lately. Fell off the WW wagon a while back and have been really struggling to climb back on it. Thanks for posting, and you should be very proud of yourself :)

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger Another meshugannah mommy said...

You look terrific! Mazal Tov, and thatnks for serving as an inspiration for those of us struggling to get there!

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why have you stopped posting?

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger mrsclark said...

you sure are looking good.I need to lose weight myself
robyn http://mrschubby0.diaryland.com

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Bob's Your Uncle said...

>hazak hazak, v'nithazek!

Are you Sephardic?

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger Semgirl said...

Becky thats really awesome. Lots of nachas.

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger It's A Bug's Life said...

I love your blog.. Very nice.I am to on Weight Watchers.

Later,
Lynne

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger It's A Bug's Life said...

Oh my blog is http://buglady.blogdrive.com

 
At 6:52 AM, Blogger Lagos Girls said...

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At 12:52 PM, Blogger fsgsf said...

Congratulations! You look great! Keep up ( or down) the good work!

Peace!

NJ from NJ

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger stefani said...

Congrats! You look great!

 
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At 6:20 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

That's awesome! Great job! I myself am trying to lose all my baby weight and am having a very hard time. You are quite an inspiration.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Mary Crawford said...

Shavua tov, Becky: Mazal tov on your success. I'm not sure how long ago you reached your goal but I'd like to offer you this eating system so you won't have to think about a lifelong maintenance program.

This system does 3 things: it stops compulsive eating / binge eating; it gets rid of food cravings; it prevents weight gain or regain. It takes 21 days to do these things because that's how long it takes to change a habit. It requires some effort but it isn't Hard Work.

The system is safe to use if you are in good health; check with your physician before you use it.

1. However many hours you sleep, divide the remaining hours into 3 sections. Then, divide your daily allowance into 3 sections; say, 20% breakfast, 30% lunch, 50% dinner, or however you wish. (Having one meal of 50% lets you eat anywhere---at a simcha, say---without worrying about falling off the wagon.) If you want snacks between meals, take them from the previous meal's allowance.

2. Always eat at the same times every day, with no more than an hour's lee way. This trains your body when to be hungry, so your mind isn't constantly glued on food.

3. Most important: Don't change what you eat, unless you truly want to stop eating a particular type of food forever. The best way to get rid of a food craving is to plan to indulge it regularly. With this system, you won't stop liking your favourite foods; you'll just stop craving them---a very big difference.

Think in terms of type of food: animal or vegetable protein, fruit, vegetables, dessert, snack food, dairy food. Before you start, write down a model breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, each with the types of food you like. That way, you won't have to reinvent the wheel every day. And unless your physician insists on it, never eat anything you don't like, no matter how good it's supposed to be for you.

4. The kicker: Every OTHER day, for 21 consecutive days, eat EXACTLY HALF of whatever you usually eat. If you usually have a sandwich and a bowl of soup for lunch, eat half a sandwich and half a bowl of soup. Eat half of whatever you usually have for a snack. Do the same with all your other meals and snacks, every other day for 21 consecutive days. Not 19 days, not 20---21.

Note:If you were using this system for permanent weight loss, the correct number of calories on both days would take you to your weight goal. You would have only one plateau of 17 days (one day less than chai), starting on Day 16 and ending on Day 33. (I haven't spoken to a rav about this yet but I probably should.) After the plateau, you would lose 2 lbs a week until you got to your goal.

No one even has to know you're doing this. If someone says, "Let's do lunch" on a "half" day, ask for a rain-check for "tomorrow, or 3 days or a week from today". After all, every other day is a "whole" day. Arrange your start so that any major special occasions will fall on whole days. Minor occasions that fall on a half day can be honoured the day before. May I suggest, as you are frum, that you begin the system on a Monday or a Wednesday? That way, only one Shabbat in the 21-day period will be a half day.

5. On Day 22, drop the "half" day. You will notice many changes in your eating habits, in how you feel about food, and---best of all---in how you feel about yourself. You can find a list of these changes ("How You Will Know You're Hooked on Normal Eating") in Post 5 of my blog site at http://enjoyablediet.blogsource.com/

Kol tuv, Becky.

 

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