Exactly How I Lost 62 lbs (all the baby weight + 20 lbs!)

I just signed up for a friend’s 40 day fitness/health challenge and she’d asked us to take “before” pictures so I did.  Then I started looking at my actual “before” pictures from 10 months ago and it made me realize how far I’ve come and how much my focus and dedication has really paid off.  Here is where I started: I’d just had my third baby and I didn’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe because I really like the clothes I have, so I knew I needed to do something to lose the weight and keep it off. And it had to be easy, because I’ve tried the hard way in the past, and I knew I couldn’t do that again.

It took me 10 months, but I lost 62 lbs and went down multiple clothes sizes (so my clothes fit again!) – I know that if I was able to lose the weight, you can do it too.  Here is the strategy that I used this to lose all the baby weight and an extra 20 lbs:

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Revolutionize What You’re Eating Right Now| 100 days of real food

Here’s what I’ve learned about healthy eating:   You can always do just a little bit better.

What I noticed about my family’s healthy eating – we were slacking.  We’ve gotten pretty busy with our jobs, our activities and our hobbies.  By the time we’d get home each night, we were exhausted and wanted something easy and fast.  That didn’t always mean it was healthy. So in our minds, we were still healthy eaters, but in reality, we’d really taken a turn for the worse.  Time to get back on track.

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I’m very good at reading labels and looking through ingredients, but I’ve been reading two books that really changed my perspective on the food we’d been eating: In Defense Of Food and 100 Days of Real Food (although, I read the 100 days of real food blog first – I’m now reading the book).  Stop looking at the nutrients in food – many of these have been processed back in.  Look at the ingredient list and go for the real food with real ingredients.  Changing my focus back to the food I was eating instead of the nutrients in the food really shifted my perspective.  I read 200 blog posts in two days – I finally felt energized again with what I was eating and I knew that our family could make these changes too.

Our family is spending the next 100 days moving back to real food – and we’re pretty excited about it.  Here’s what we’ve learned in our first few days:

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