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I went from 240 to 150 by radically changing my eating habits. I dropped my cholesterol almost 100 points!!!! And I've kept the weight off for over 13 years now.

Before I made the decision to change, a typical dinner was a Domino's large bacon double cheeseburger pizza. And of course no meal was complete without dessert. Nothing quite like a nice chocolate covered donut to polish off a pizza. Lunch was usually something like a Big Mac and fries. Breakfast would often be round and honey glazed! My doctor was on me for several years to lose weight, but it fell on deaf ears. Nothing worked until I truly decided to make a change. Then I went cold turkey on the junk food and concentrated on severly reducing fat. At work when people would bring in donuts I would walk over to the box, inhale the tasty fragrance and literally say "No!". It was my way of self-motivating - telling the donuts that they would not beat me.

Now I find that I don't even want donuts anymore.

One keystone of my diet is consistency. For breakfast I enjoy a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, a tasty yogurt and a banana. During the week I tend to graze all day, rather than eat lunch. For dinner I'll have an omelette, pasta, chili or whatever I'm in the mood for. I mainly drink Diet Pepsi. The cool thing is that at the end of the day I generally feel full when I've hit about 1800 calories. And I record EVERYTHING in SparkPeople. I’ve been doing that for over 10 years.

The toughest thing is trying to maintain healthy eating at restaurants. I have become very picky about how my foods are prepared. I specifically request that my foods NOT be cooked in butter or oil. It really burns me when you order a low cal/low fat meal and it comes out dripping in butter. On the few occasions where they won't/can't do that, I have either eaten nothing or left with my party and gone elsewhere. To ensure that the waiter or waitress takes me seriously, I tell them that I have heart problems and I am on a cardiac diet. I also will request healthier side dishes. Many restaurants allow you to have fruit, baked potato or rice in lieu of french fries or onion rings.

In general I feel that one of the biggest secrets to maintain a healthy weight is to watch the little things. Take the roll off of your chicken sandwhich. Skip the mayonaise. Eat an apple instead of that cookie. Switch to low fat/fat free alternatives. Eat leaner meats. Trade in your regular potato chips for baked chips or fat free ones. Eat a pretzel instead of a candy bar. Eat a bite of cake instead of the whole piece. Cut down on alcohol intake. Record your intake with something like SparkPeople. Be aware of what you put into your body, it's the only one you've got!

Member Since: 12/25/2006

Fitness Minutes: 54,718

My Goals:
Maintain my healthy eating habits and increase my exercising.

My Program:
I follow something like my own Weight Watchers program.

My intake is low on calories and especially low on fats.

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    4040 days ago
  • v BEUGEL
    Hi Marc. Congratulations on your weight loss! I would love to read more on your page about the radical change you spoke of. What an inspiration for others! I too have radically changed my eating...and my fitness. I'm doing things now I never thought I'd do in a million years. Best wishes for continued good health!
    4097 days ago