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My Weight Loss: Slow Changes

8:32 AMDollie DeVille

I have had multiple requests for a post on my weight loss, diet and exercise plan. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have noticed that I like to indulge in homemade treats every now and again, but I generally try and eat healthy the rest of the time. I know some people don't like food posts but I love cooking and baking, especially when I can make it healthy, so I like to share it. I have had a few comments that people think I am naturally this size and must just be a health freak to always be worrying about my diet.  I may be somewhat of a health freak, but I am definitely not naturally thin. If you have read my post about my prior weight loss on Weight Watchers you know that I have struggled with my weight. That post was from 2010 after losing 45lbs. It has been almost 5 years that I have been very actively watching my weight. To some people it may seem daunting to "diet" for that many years, but I have come to terms with this being a life-long journey. So I look at it like a lifestyle and not a diet.

I lost my original before photos but was so happy when I found these black and white printed ones. This was after one year on Weight Watchers. 


I initially lost weight for health reasons. I knew I was too young to be so heavy and I needed to get my weight under control sooner rather than later. I come from a family with a history of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I was never taught about nutrition so I set out to learn everything I could about nutrition and the effect of diet on our overall health. I had always been active, but still couldn't lose weight. I was just eating too much and eating the wrong things. I joined Weight Watchers in 2009 and slowly started cutting out curtain foods, adding other foods and watching portions. I lost 45 lbs but still felt that I was not where I wanted to be. I still attend Weight Watchers meeting and am a receptionist for them every once in a while, but I didn't stop my nutritional education there. I started watching documentaries like Food Inc and Supersize Me. I knew that while these Weight Watchers frozen meals, packaged bars and treats where an aid in weight loss, they were just that- an aid, or tool that needed to be a temporary stop on my weight loss journey. No more 100 calorie packs of cookies, chips, or diet soda. No more fake sugar or chemicals disguised as food. No more fast food.



I wanted to cut out most processed foods and learn more about plant-based diets, so in about late 2011 I bought a book from Dr. Fuhram, Eat To Live. At first it seemed daunting to make such a big change to my diet, so I took it slow by reducing my animal product consumption, trying a few new recipes from the book and adding more vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds. For the first time in my life I tried kale, radishes and beets! That year I also watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I went out and bought a Breville juicer and started juicing. I did a week long cleanse of only fruits and veggies and I lost 5 more lbs. 


I still continue to make small changes today. At the beginning of 2013 I cut out most of the white sugar and bleached flower from my diet. I stopped having cream and sugar in my coffee or tea. I also did a 21 day fruit and veggie only cleanse as part of a 12 week fitness challenge. I had lost 18 lbs, some of which was gained back in 2012 around my wedding. 

After (2013) In no way perfect, but a big improvement from 2009. My BMI went from 33.3 to 23.2. While it is a little scary to post unedited, no makeup photos of myself online, I do it because people tell me it is inspiring. When I first started I would have cried if I knew that 5 years later I would still be working on this. But I understand now that fitness is a jorney, not a destination. At this point I hope to be constantly chasing those last 5-10 lbs because that will mean that I didn't give up and gain all the weight back. 

Since there is so much more info to include, I decided to make this a three post series. Stay tuned for the next post!

XOXO
Dollie

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  1. You have done a wonderful job! Congrats!

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  2. Awesome! I am also maintaining a 40 lb. loss for the past 6 years. I have been chasing the last 20 lbs. for a while now, and am starting to accept that my "set point" may be a bit higher than I would ideally like. But better to be down 40 than give up and regain!

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  3. Dollie you are AMAZING!!! This will be a series of posts that I'm sure many of your avid readers will enjoy and take something from. Keep on inspiring! As someone who was fortunate enough to have a relatively fast metabolism and has, not until recently, had to worry about what I eat still finds your journey amazing and an inspiration. I think its so important to learn what our(individual) bodies require to function properly and most importantly keep oneself healthy. So keep up the good work and sharing tips with us on what you learn in your journey!

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  4. You are beautiful inside and out! It is amazing what eating to live instead of living to eat can do to your happiness. Thank you for being brave and sharing your story.

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  5. Thank you for posting this!! I too am really over weight and have been my whole life. It can be depressing and frustrating, but I still hold out hope that after all the personal set backs I've had in the last year, and health issues to top it off, I know I can lose weight. My sister and I found out we're intolerant to gluten, yay, not really. Anyway, this has been just another thing to push me towards eating healthier. I've already cut out so much bread/carb intake I can't believe how much I just feel better. Now if only those numbers would go down on the scale. ;-)

    Way to go, I'll help cheer you on to keep control on your fight. Because it's a forever fight.

    The Fictionista
    {sean-mackenzie.blogspot.com}

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  6. cannot wait for the next post! so proud of you!

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  7. What I appreciate is that you have lost the weight the right way. You didn't cop out and get lipo or plastic surgery. I think it is important to stress that this is a way of life. To be healthier for the long haul, not to just lose a few pounds for Viva. I wish I had the commitment that you do! I am a lazy eater and love sweets and coffee. Hopefully I will learn a thing or two from your posts.

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  8. Dollie you truly are an inspiration. I'm not a heavy person, but my entire life I have always felt that I needed to lose weight. I am 5'7" and I lately weigh between 132-136. I just started working out for an hour a day, dancing to Just Dance by Wii. I was 125 last year and felt so good at that weight but frankly I was too thin. My weight is probably not bad, but I feel too heavy, I want to be in the 120's again. I guess I want to know how do you keep going, and not break down and eat the junk. I eat when I'm not hungry and that is a huge problem for me. I need some tips on staying on track. Thanks, Trina

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  9. I loved this post-What a great job! I am trying to get on the healthy bandwagon and these kinds of things surely inspire me. You look wonderful, miss : )

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  10. Congratulations on all of your hard work! I know how difficult disciplining yourself about food can be (especially when you're a food lover like myself who's married to a cook). I am naturally pretty thin, but healthy eating for the long term benefits is very important to me. I've got a 7 week old baby, and am starting to think again about how much I am eating in particular. I need to wean myself off the pregnancy portions. With about 20 lbs of my baby weight, plus another 5-10 I gained after my husband and I started dating, I have a way to go before I can get back into all of my clothes and retraining myself to pay attention to how much I'm eating and making all of those calories really count is going to be a challenge. Keep up the good work! You look great!

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  11. Am so glad you are doing a series of posts on this topic and yes you should show everyone your pictures because you worked hard to get these results and need to show people what this hard work has achieved for you - am so proud of you for sticking with this! It is no easy feat by any means!

    Have you ventured into reading any other books by Dr. Fuhrman and if so could you please share which ones and your thoughts on the contents?

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  13. thanks Dollie you are fabulous and inspiring. I am in a struggle with my weight and have been since I got Married. I would like to get back down to my pre children pre marriage fighting weight (which would mean losing 60 pounds) I have tried many different things weight watchers a personal trainer. Nothing has been helping I feel frustrated.

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  14. You are stunning before and after, but especially after, knowing all your hard work and the sacrifices (though once you start to live the healthy lifestyle it begins to feel less like sacrifices!). I have had an extra 25 on and off at me throughout the years, which has become especially hard to shed since becoming a mom. Your dedication is so admirable.

    Like you, I am very, very passionate about healthy eating and natural foods. I slip up a little more than I would like, but progress not perfection, right?? Have you read 'Real Food' by Nina Planck? It is my absolute favorite, I suggest it to everyone I meet who shows an interest in changing their diet. I also love Michael Pollan's book (and just him, he is an incredible inspiration) In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.

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  15. You look amazing and you have done a very good job! Congrats!

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  16. Keep the weight loss posts coming if you are able to write them. It's something that's hugely interesting to me and seeing what works for some people. You look FAB.

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  17. Well done Dollie! You look fabulous, and I bet you feel it too! :) I am definitely finding that as I get older it is harder to keep the weight off - and it mostly all goes to my thighs and ass! I eat healthily (although I will admit that I have a very sweet tooth...and a very savoury tooth...heck, I just love food!) but for me I have found that the only way to be in the shape I want to be in, is to exercise. I go through phases of exercise (aside from dancing) however I wish I could get into the habit of exercising regularly (like I used to) without falling out of the routine.

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  18. Dollie, Thank you so much for posting this. It is a true inspiration.

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  19. Amazing and inspiring job! Good for you!

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  20. I lived most of my life as an obese person, with random moments of yo-yo weight loss and gain. In 2010 I finally just decided to live a healthy lifestyle for my kids sake and ended up loosing around 50lbs. Lately I have got off the health wagon with too much beer, icecream, and processed foods and it's crazy how quickly my body gains weight from just a little bit of straying from the path. I am inspired to know that I'm not the only one out there who has to live a lifestyle of conscience "dieting." Sometimes it gets dis-heartening when I spend time with my friends who can eat anything, not work out, and manage to stay thin. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  21. Congratulations! You can tell that all your hard work has paid off :)

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  22. I know this post is from a while ago, but whenever I'm feeling like I am getting no where with my healthy eating and I feel like it's taking FOREVER I look back at this post and I have a renewed motivation. You're the bee's knees Dollie. :-)

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