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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Weight Loss Before and After!!!

Last year I decided to change how I approach my eating habits. I did not go on a fad diet. No way. They do not work. What works is to decrease your calories and move your body. Every time. There is no magic to weight loss. I have lost forty-eight pounds thus far. It has been slow by design. I chose Weight Watchers for the first six months. That program is an excellent one. I still follow the principles of the program. I exercise by gardening, cutting grass, painting, taking the stairs, generally taking the longest way to where I am going. I cook all the time using only the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables. I shop at vegetable road stands and farmer’s markets. I still have a long way to go but have given away every garment in my closet and started over. That is an awesome feeling.

These images illustrate the before and after.



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I am linking with Debbiedoos Before and After Party. Thanks

bunches Debbie!


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  1. You are such a doll! BEFORE and AFTER! You approached it the very best way; a lifestyle change, not a diet! Congrats and blessings to you dear one, I bet Joe is following your lead, huh?
    p.s. love your hair color!!!

  2. Kudos to you, Olive!
    You look fantastic!
    And dare I say....YOUNGER???
    One of my very best friends
    {the one who met me in Savannah}
    lost almost as much as you did
    over the last year, on Seattle
    Sutton's plan. She basically
    came to the same conclusion as
    you did about energy in, energy
    out. I really really applaud
    this kind of committment and
    discipline. Way to go!!!
    xx Suzanne

  3. WOW...this is fantastic! I know how good you must feel truly. After my second child I could not take the weight off...finally I went to weight watchers and lost 25lbs...I have never looked back and have managed to maintain within my goal...that was nine years ago. I too love your hair color, it is very becoming on you. Thanks for joining in You look awesome, and must feel it too... go link up and show off some:)

  4. You look great! Congrats on your weight loss!

    Mary Ellen

  5. Congratulations. I need to start eating better and moving more myself. Thanks for sharing your inspirational story.

  6. Olive you should be so very proud of yourself! Losing weight is never easy, and changing your habits and lifestyle will benefit you for the rest of your life! I eat only organic foods but still battle with my weight so I can relate!

    Congrats on a job very well done! You looked marvelous before, but I know you must be so happy with the "after" too!

    Kat :)

  7. Yay Olive! Congratulations on losing wight! You also look younger!

  8. Congrats to you-you look great! I always say the single most important factor to maintaining a healthy weight is to not eat out. Cook for yourself-enjoy!

  9. Good for you! I took the same approach...lost the same amount, but have slipped of late. I have to get back on paying attention to what I am eating!
    You look great, continued success!

  10. You look great! That is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations! I wish I could have the same will power..Christine

  11. That is awesome! My sister lost wuite a bit on Weight Watchers and she has kept it off for over 5 years now. Congratulations!

  12. Congratulations on your weight loss!! As someone who is always struggling with their weight, I truly appreciate your insight and advice. You look beautiful {before AND after}!

    Thanks for popping over!


  13. Miss Olive- you are an inspiration. I have been searching for a different answer lately, and yu just reinforced the truth.

    Thank you for sharing this-

    White Spray Paint

  14. Congratulations!!! You're doing what we should all do!!!

  15. Congratulations to look fantastic. I wish you continued health and happiness. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  16. Good for you! You should be SO very proud of yourself! You look fantastic! :)

  17. Stopping by from debbiedoos party! You go girl!! Keep up the hard work and you look great! It shows in your face how much better you are feeling about yourself!

  18. YOU go Girl!*!*! I'm sooooo proud of YOU! ~ and I bet you are too... Hugs - Jeanine, ChiPPy-SHaBBy!

  19. Beautiful, younger and healthier. I admire you. Hubs and I have both realized the calorie count is the way to go. We too are taking it slow as well. You are now my inspiration!

  20. Give yourself a well earned gold star for being good to yourself. Love this before and after!



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