My Slimming Secrets To 46
Pound Weight Loss
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It may not make a memorable country music
song, but Debbie H. stands by her plan. And that's music to our ears because we
know the eDiets program is both effective and economical.
up with eDiets last May, the 40-year-old mom-of-two has taken a major load
off her mind... and her body. Over the past eight months, she's shed a whopping
46 pounds from her 57" frame, going from 188 pounds to 142 pounds.
Looking back now, Debbie says it was by far
her easiest win at the grueling weight loss game.
Although she had lost 35 pounds a couple of
years ago, it didnt take her long to fall back in step with her old
habits of eating all the wrong foods (READ: garlic bread, potatoes and other
fattening starches) and avoiding all the right foods (like salads, fruits and
The extra poundage became an issue for
Debbie following the birth of her two children. Melissa is now 10, and Malia,
7... but the baby weight refused to cut the cord -- it clung to mom like a
The pregnancy induced weight gain was slow
but steady. Being tall, Debbie says she carried her weight well... so well that
most people never noticed she was battling the bulge. But Debbie knew and it
Being overweight depressed me," she
tells eDiets. "It made me feel bad about myself. I looked a little plump but
not bad. Some people would even say I didnt need to lose weight, but
theyre not me."
When Debbie first heard about
eDiets through a friend who was
following the popular program, she was skeptical of doing an internet diet. But
the more progress her buddy made, the more appealing the leading online weight
loss program became to the Washington state resident. Already knowing someone
on the plan, Debbie knew she would not be alone in her journey. So, she joined
and the rest (all 46 pounds) is history.
The meal plan and the shopping list were the
ultimate diet tools for determined Debbie. Since poor planning was one of her
biggest downfalls, having all her meals laid out a week ahead of time became
the secret to her success. If there was a dish she didnt like, she would simply
swap it out for another eDiets recipe.
I would take the shopping list for
seven days and get all the food I needed," she says. "Once I had gotten the
food, I would tell myself I had to eat it. That helped me stay on the plan. I
wouldnt waver so much if I already had the food.
Debbies perfect planning paid off.
For lunch, she dines on frozen entrees. When it comes to dinner, this lucky
lady has her own personal chef. Husband Doua prepares dinner most nights. Even
if it means making eDiets for Debbie and something different for the children,
hes happy to oblige. That in itself has been a lifesaver for Debbie,
especially since shes constantly crunched for time between family, work,
church and exercise.
Following the meal plan has meant big
changes for Debbie, who once couldnt stand the thought of chopping up
Before, I didnt ever make
salads for my family but now I crave my green salad just full of veggies," she
notes. "I am working on getting the kids to like them too. So, far they are
sold on broccoli, mushrooms and carrots... that's a start!
For Debbie, the biggest challenge has been
fitting fitness into her busy schedule. While Doua makes dinner, Debbie does
workouts! Prior to joining eDiets, exercise was a monthly thing, as in she
would work out once a month. But with the guidance of myfitness, eDiets
fitness tool, she became more consistent, going so far as to mark it on her
Her five days of cardio include step
aerobics videos and walking. Meanwhile, she does the toning exercises provided
by eDiets three days a week. Being able to do everything in the comfort of her
own home eliminates the time she would spend driving to and from the gym.
The hardest thing is finding the time
to exercise," Debbie says. "The house may be a mess or you may have to
sacrifice something else to exercise, but you have to fit it in your schedule.
You have to make the time. Thats all there is to it. Its a matter
of your health.
In addition to a regular exercise program,
eDiets led Debbie to water... and got her to drink.
Although she had never been a big
drinker in the past (water, soda or any beverage, for that matter), Debbie now
consumes upwards of 120 ounces of water a day. Thats nearly twice the
So, what has kept this driven dieter moving
in the light direction all this time? Its more than just the meal plan
and the exercise guidance. Its also the support and encouragement she
received from her fellow dieters.
Throughout her journey to wellness, Debbie
has never felt alone. Shes been active on the Buddy Board and the
Ultimate Challenge Board, where she competed in various friendly competitions
with her fellow eDieters.
Accountability is a big thing when
you have to report in," raves our slimming superstar. "You want to make sure
you tell them you succeeded. I didnt want to tell them I screwed up, and
I wasnt going to lie. That was part of my drive as well.
"The support boards give you the
accountability. You can simply weigh in but its not the same. Its
the real people out there that you check in with that make the difference.
Its not just weight loss support -- its support in all areas of
your life. Ive made so many friends. Its been great."