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How I Maintained my 100 Pound Weight Loss for One Year

Today marks one year of maintaining my 100+ pound weight loss as well as three years of my start date from attempting to lose weight. 

I'd say that attempt was pretty successful!

On January 15th of 2014 I took these before photos and then on January 16th I dove head first into weight loss: I started working out every single day and counting calories using the My Fitness Pal app and decided that at my heaviest EVER weight of 246 pounds, it was time to make a change and stick with it.

I blogged monthly throughout my first year of weight loss which is organized here so you can read those post to see how I lost the weight in more detail.  If you don't have time I'll give you the cliff notes version: I ate healthy 80% of the time, worked out, and decided to never give up no matter how many bad weekends or cheat meals or screw ups I had.  THAT'S REALLY ALL THERE IS TO IT! There is no secret to weight loss: it honestly just takes work and dedication.  If you stay committed and consistent long enough you will see result! On my first year weight loss anniversary in 2015 I had lost 78 pounds!

I continued working hard in 2015 and saw more and more pounds drop.  I hit a plateau at around 90 pounds down and was stuck there for awhile until I really started to feel motivated to hit 100 pounds down and started to really buckle down.  Along my whole journey I ALWAYS would give myself some time off on the weekends to relax my diet a bit and have around two cheat meals: it honestly kept me sane and able to stay focused during the week! But I actually cut most of those cheat meals out after being stuck at my plateau for so long and was able to make it down to 95 pounds down...and then got stuck AGAIN.

I was happy with my body but frustrated.  When you get soooo close to losing 100 pounds...you just want to reach it gosh darn it!!! I also couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong: I was eating really healthy and exercising (still having some cheats with wine!!!) but the scale would not budge.

Finally, I decided it was time to switch things up.  I switched from solely counting calories to the If It Fits Your Macros diet plan where you track proteins, carbs, and fats. I started to lose weight IMMEDIATELY because I realized my body needed much more protein than I had been eating before, and less carbs and fats.  Suddenly after being stuck for months, after only one week tracking macros I hit my 100 pound weight loss goal ON MY TWO YEAR FITNESS ANNIVERSARY! On January 16th of 2016 I woke up and weighed in to see that I had gone from 246 pounds to 146 pounds in exactly two years.

Thus began another year of staying dedicated to my health and fitness...but instead of actively trying to lose weight my goal was now to just maintain which in some ways is easier, and in some ways is a COMPLETELY different game.

At 146 pounds and 5 foot 6 feet tall, my BMI is 23.6 or in the "normal weight" range of 18.5-24.9. Ultimately, I just want to be healthy.  I don't need to be a model, I don't want to train for a figure competition, I don't want to run a full marathon (at least I don't think so as of now!) I just want to be a normal, healthy girl who can live her life! So my mindset throughout this past year has mostly just to been to continue what I'm doing to maintain this 100 pound loss.

So: how exactly am I doing it? How have I went a full year maintaining my loss? Well I'll tell you first and foremost that mostly I'm doing the same thing I've been doing all along! You can't reach your goal weight and then just STOP and go back to your old ways or the pounds will creep back on in no time.  One of the biggest things that has not changed for me is my exercise routine: I still workout pretty much everyday!

Your Whims Wednesday #289 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

I loved all of the healthy meals that were linked up from last week's party; here are some of my favorites!

Avocado, Egg and Potato Breakfast Bowl Recipe by All Because She Saved
Looking for healthy breakfast options? This Avocado, Egg, and Potato Breakfast Bowl Recipe is an easy and delicious choice for moms on the go!

Healthy Loaded Sweet Potatoes By The Chef Next Door
Healthy Loaded Sweet Potatoes | The Chef Next Door

Pear and Pomegranate Salad by Pink Heels Pink Truck
Looking for some food inspiration? Look no further than this yummy & healthy Pear and Pomegranate Salad from PHPT Contributor Cherry Blossom Kitchen.

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps by Delightful E Made
Do you pack your lunch for work? Bring these amazingly healthy, delicious Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps! The flavorful Pineapple Mango Salsa along with the Spicy Verde Grilled Chicken make for a tasty, healthy, and filling meal! Low carb, Paleo friendly, gluten free and only 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points!

Clean Eating Turkey Meatloaf by To Simply Inspire
Turkey Meatloaf

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
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Healthy Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt

Mixing chicken salad ingredients with greek yogurt instead of the traditional condiment of mayonnaise cuts down on the fat and ups the protein in this yummy and healthy meal packed with fruit and flavor!

When I was heavy I made chicken salad almost every week for dinner.  I LOVED it!!! I would mix up chicken, onion, grapes, a few different seasoning, and a few big gobs of mayonnaise and spread it all on two big hoagie rolls and call it dinner. Yikes! No wonder I had to keep buying larger and larger pant sizes!!!

Chicken salad can be a very healthy meal...or very UNHEALTHY depending on how you make it and what you serve it on.  Today I have a super healthy way to share with you that still tastes great too!

This recipe gets lots of flavor from sweet fruit,  raw onions and a few seasonings so that it still tastes great mixed with just plain old greek yogurt.

Healthy High Protein Bagel Sandwich with Whipped Feta

This everything bagel sandwich is packed full of creamy whipped feta, caramelized onions and oven roasted turkey breast that will leave your taste buds begging for more while still allowing your waistline to thank you: one sandwich packs over 50 grams of protein and is less than 450 calories!

Bagel Sandwiches. What ISN'T there to like about a bagel sandwich??? You get all the benefits of a bagel: soft and chewy carby deliciousness, and then get to pick whatever ingredients you are feeling that day to shove in between two halves of said delicious bagel to make a rocking sandwich that can either be breakfast...lunch...brunch...I mean really bagels are good any time of the day.

Unfortunately...bagels and bagel sandwiches are not always the most healthy option.  While I don't think carbs are bad for you bagels are obviously high in carbs and since I stick to a high protein diet I always have to be careful to make sure that I can get my protein in without going over my carb limit.

That's why I was SO EXCITED to find out that Western Bagel makes"Perfect 10" Bagels that are much lower in carbs and fats than a traditional bagel AND packs 19g of protein per bagel.  One bagel is 160 calories with 21 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fat and 19g of protein.  And really: just look at that bagel.  It IS perfect! The texture is soft and taste is spot on, I love the everything flavor and it also comes in a plain "healthy grain" flavor.

Your Whims Wednesday #288 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party!

Sprinkle Cupcake Toppers by Simply Designing
Sprinkle Cupcake Toppers - such a simple way to top cupcakes with a pretty handmade sprinkle topper

Urban Safari by To Be Bright

Sparkling Champagne Cookie-wiches by Frugal Foodie Mama
A rich champagne buttercream is sandwiched between two thick & soft sparkling sugared cookies in these Sparkling Champagne Cookie-wiches

DIY Rustic Faux Pallet Picture Frames by Wife in Progress

Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Martini by Sparkle Living Blog
Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Martini

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
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