Why KeepingOff200?

It’s my first post, so I think I should explain a little bit about myself.

My  name is Laina. I am 37 years old, and I stand 5’11” tall. In 1998 I weighed almost 400 pounds. By 2003 I had lost enough weight through diet and exercise alone to make a whole new person – over 200 pounds. I have maintained my new healthier weight ever since.

I often hear people complain that losing weight is one thing, but keeping it off is entirely another, and probably impossible.

I’m here to tell you it is not impossible, it just requires mindfulness and prioritization, every single day. Here, in my new blog, I intend to post  what I did TODAY to keep off those 200 lbs. My hope is that by seeing what it takes – the big decisions and the little choices that get made every day by a weight management expert will help people who are just starting out, bored with their current efforts, or just need a little spark of inspiration to keep on that healthy weight path.

I’ve now been at this effort for 8 years, so I have a LOT of tips and tricks to share!

So, what did I do today to keep off 200 lbs?

I brought a packed lunch to work with me that meets my caloric needs for the day. I brought my gym bag, and I have a 4.5 mile run planned for 5pm today. And I started a blog to keep me mindful every day that, big or small, the choices I make support my healthy weight.

I’m looking forward to sharing my tips and tricks, but also weight management philosophy and mindset that have gotten me to where I am today.

Up next: Pictures – before and after and in between. Coming at you later today, most likely.

In the meantime, though, tell me, what did you do today to support a healthy weight?

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8 Responses to “Why KeepingOff200?”

  1. Tara Jennings Says:

    Hi Laina! We have a mutual friend (JThaler), and I’m also in a weight loss/weight management cycle. I’ve lost around 40 pounds this year, and while I’d like to lose 20 more, I am pretty happy with how I look and feel!

    You are so right about the mental and behavioral changes that are necessary. I can’t spend months on a diet just wishing to go back to how I used to eat/behave. It’s all about moving forward, and making good decisions every day. Just as important to me is forgiving myself when I make bad decisions. As long as it’s just once in a while, it’s ok! I’m human, after all.

    Congratulations on your weight loss!

  2. Tara Jennings Says:

    And now to answer your actual question 🙂

    Packing food for work is very key, for me. It’s way too tempting to go out for lunch, or eat bad-for-me snacks. I also try to have quick, healthy dinners available for those nights I get home from the gym and am way too tired to cook anything more complicated than microwave meals!

  3. Girlie Jeannie Says:

    I brought my lunch! I’m 100% with you on the packing your own lunch thing for weight loss. I slipped slightly in not making my own brekkies, but I was desperate for that extra hour of sleep. McMuffins, if you pull off the top half of the muffin and then really just eat the inside come to maybe 220 calories. That and the low fat soy in my tea gets me going in the morning.

  4. John Schmidt Says:

    I read your blog. Now I need to step it up! –JSchmidt

  5. Vera Says:

    I’m finding these posts really helpful. I’m back on track today, packed breakfast and lunch and snacks, and will walk the dog when I get home. Yesterday all I accomplished was taking the dog for a walk, but I’m looking at it as having done something positive instead of focusing on the negative.


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