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How did I get to be more than 100 pounds overweight?

Posted Sep 12 2008 3:43am

I have been dieting for over a year now. During this time, I have experienced substantial weight loss. As I near my goal, I am contemplating maintenance plans. To figure out what maintenance plan would work best for me, I thought that I should ask myself, "How did I get more than 100 pounds overweight?" I think that I need to answer this question in order to insure that it doesn't happen again.

  1. Ballooned in 2005 and 2006 due to eating large dinners after 8:30 PM and then going directly to my hotel to sleep.
  2. Used vending machine snacks to boost energy during work day. The fatter I became, the more I needed sugar and starches to wake me up.
  3. Moved away from diet soda and started drinking regular Coke and Pepsi.
  4. Lunches usually came from fast food restaurants. French fries and sandwich buns became a staple in my diet.
  5. Had pizza for dinner more than once a week. Leftovers usually became breakfast.
  6. Had bread or pasta with just about every meal.
  7. Love to cook desserts and cookies. Loved eating them even more. The more sweets I ate, the more I craved.
  8. Often ordered dessert following dinner.
  9. Periods of depression did not necessarily result in eating heavier but definitely caused my metabolism to slow down.
  10. Especially on weekdays, I had little to no exercise (still true).
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