The Rich Life On a Budget

My Weight Loss

Some  of you have noticed that I have lost weight…and you’re right. I have. One reader asked how I’ve gone about it and I promised to explain in a post.

But first, let’s go back three years to the summer of 2009 when I was 41-years-old. This photo was taken at my brother’s home in Las Vegas.

I’m not sure how much I weighed in this photo. I recall getting as high as 194 pounds before I stopped weighing myself.  At 6′ 2″, I was about a size 14 and a BMI of 24.9. I was nudging up against the “overweight” BMI category which is 25 – 29.9.

Many of my clothes weren’t fitting properly and I felt pretty down about my appearance. I had low energy, terrible PMS, and I thought about food around the clock.

I pulled back on the portions and snacking and slowly dropped about 10 pounds over the course of a year. I hovered around the 180 – 185 range mark right around the time I started my blog in June of 2010.

I discovered Mindless Eating a few months into blogging and read it from cover to cover. I recommend this book to anyone trying to shed a few pounds regardless of their way of eating. It helped me to adopt some great eating habits which led me to lose another several pounds until I settled into the high 170′s.

I didn’t move much from that weight for a long, long time. And that was fine with me. At about 177, I was a size 10/12 and a BMI of 22.7 – well within the healthy weight range for my height.

But I feel my best at a lower weight, but not skinny; skinny is never a goal of mine. I look and feel my best at around 162 -168 pounds, a BMI of about 21+. Currently, I weigh 165 pounds.

Last November, my husband Bill and I cut out almost all sugar and carbohydrates. We are essentially on a modified Atkins diet. Modified because we don’t count carbs, we just consistently choose low carb foods, and we did not do the initial induction part where you consume 20 carbs a day for two or more weeks. If I had to guess how many carbs I eat in one day, it would range from 30 – 50 grams.

Many of the foods we eat are organic and whole foods, but I do eat low carb bars twice a week or more and I treat myself to a sugar free candy or ice cream bar every now and then. I enjoy low carb tortillas and low carb flax bread and we even eat low carb pasta once in a great while.

Rebekah of Cupcake Caramel also follows a low carb regimen.  She and I started a blog last year about the way we eat called Sugarless, Flourless and Fabulous. On it, you will find recipes, tips on how to prepare yourself for traveling or just being on the go, book recommendations and a bit about our personal experiences with low carb eating.

Low carb diets are NOT for everyone*. Some people don’t do well on a low carb diet and actually gain weight. And for others, it’s just too strict a program to adhere to.

We are all different; there is no cookie-cutter diet that suits all of us. But it is a lifestyle that works well for me. And not just because it keeps me at the weight I like. I have other reasons, too:

~ Bloating used to be a regular occurrence for me. Now, it only happens occasionally and it’s either hormonal or it’s because I ate something with hidden sugar or grains.

~ PMS is less dramatic, but not gone altogether thanks to peri-menopause. It has lessened since I cut out the sugar and carbs and this makes me and my family very happy.

~ Break outs around my jaw and chin areas used to be an everyday thing. No more. My skin is very clear.

~ Because I am married to a man who is connected to not one, but two fire departments, a good night’s sleep is rare. When I do sleep, I sleep soundly. My sleep issues are now due to outside disruptions, not spikes in my blood sugar before bed.

~ I have a clearer mind and don’t get brain fog the way I used to.

~ I don’t think about food ALL the time like I do when I eat a steady diet of sugar and flour. I have changed from a live-to-eat person to an eat-to-live. Cravings are not part of my world so I don’t have to play games with myself to avoid temptation.

~ Buy less food and better food. I buy organic whenever I can and I shop the periphery of the store (produce, meats, dairy), except for a few items like canned salmon, tuna, tomatoes, and the like and a few frozen vegetables.

~ No afternoon crashes that used to call for cups of coffee or pots of tea to get me through until dinner.

A very slow weight loss using a combination of behavioral changes I learned from Mindless Eating, and choosing foods that my body does best with  - minimal sugar and low carbohydrates –  has gotten me to my ideal weight. Almost 30 pounds have been shed since 2009.

April 2, 2012

In case you are curious to know, my husband has also lost weight along with me. He is down about 15 pounds since November and he looks great!

Valentine’s Day, 2o12

The weight loss phase is over as I don’t want to lose any more weight. 165 pounds is a great, healthy number for me. Now, I am just maintaining it and enjoying adding in more low sugar fruits to my diet.

Next, I am planning to incorporate regular exercise to my routine. I have been very bad about making exercise part of my life and that needs to change in order to keep my body strong and my heart healthy as I age.

XO, 
Adrienne 



*I am in no way a nutritionist or a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor before you begin a low carb diet to make sure it’s right for you.

104 thoughts on “My Weight Loss

  1. Suburban Princess

    You look amazing! As always ;o)

    I think the problem with low carb diets for many is that they do it all of a sudden. I tried it once with husband and thought i was going to die…I could barely move and was lying on the couch for the 4th day when he insisted I eat some cereal. He loved it and was feeling great. I realize my mistake was jumping in with both feet…I tend to do better with it if I gradually cut things out rather than go cold turkey.

    Also…if someone doesnt get enough fibre and water they will gain weight.

    Anyhoo…I’m heading to the land of sugar in a few hours so I am sure I will need to detox when I get home lol!

  2. nicole

    You look amazing! Congratulations! Your advice is very good — people should lose weight to be healthier, not to look like someone else or to meet society’s demands. Kudos!!!

  3. catherine

    I always think you look fantastic. I myself am on a weight loss journey so it was interesting to here this part of your life. My husband does well with low carb but i do best with WW. The biggest obstacle for me is mental. When my Gyn told me i was post menopausal, my whole attitude about myself changed…in a good way. I dont feel like im ‘dieting’ but rather adjusting my lifestyle. Im down 20lbs with 15 more to go. I feel so much better, but like you, have not committed myself to fitness. With a big chunk of weight gone, i feel ready to take on that challenge now, too. Again, you look GREAT!

  4. lovesjetlag

    Adrienne you did really great! I have a question, you mentioned the outbreaks on chin and jaw, Why? Are they caused by a too high quantity of carbs in one’s diet? Thanks
    I have outbreaks on both chin and jaw more or less the week before period and the a few days after…

  5. Anonymous

    I am the anonymous reader that asked you about your weight loss. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I am so dense because I never considered all the sugar in what I eat/drink until I read this post. I never had issues with my weight until recently. I have blamed this weight on menopause, but I now realize that I am consistently choosing high carb/high sugar foods…not a good choice for my 55 year old body. I think I do it craving “energy” as I do not sleep well anymore since menopause. Thank you for this post…talk about your “Aha” moment. I am going to be more mindful of the “hidden” and not so hidden sugars and carbs in what I eat and drink. Hopefully, I will see the slow but long lasting results you have accomplished. Well done! You look gorgeous. Hey, your Hubby is quite a hottie, too.

    Debbie

  6. Michelle Roebuck

    You are stunning and I FREAKIN’ LOVE IT that you know that you are healthy at 165 lbs. because of your height!!! It took me FOREVER to understand that, because I’m 5’10″ with an athletic build that I really wouldn’t ever be 110 (a number that got stuck in my head sometime during puberty) and that 135 on me is VERY thin (like, a small size 5). 145-155 is what I’m shooting for, which will mean a weight loss of about 40 lbs. from my current weight. (Heehee – in many ways, I bear a striking resemblance to your 2009 photo.)

    Since I’ve found myself VERY drawn to vegetables lately (though, interestingly, not fruit so much), I’m learning more about vegetarian and vegan cooking, raw foods and ayurvedic diets. Though I’ve been a confirmed cheese-aholic for most of my life, that (and other dairy) are slowly phasing out, too. I would’ve thought that impossible at one time and would’ve raised cain about it if I had ever been forced to give it up, but now it seems very natural.

    Thank you for sharing your experience – helps us all find our own paths to good health.

  7. Jessica D'Amico

    Thank you so much for posting your very inspirational and real-life story. I will definitely look that book up and purchase a copy for my reference library. Love your blog and your style! Keep up the great work on this blog.

  8. Adrienne Shubin

    @Suburban Princess I know what you mean about jumping in with two feet. For most of us, it’s best to do things like this gradually…wean yourself off the sugar and carbs. For instance, I started eating only half the bread on a burger or sandwich…then graduated to eating no bun, and no sandwiches – just the insides.

    VERY important to get the water and the fiber. The tortillas I eat and the lc bread both have loads of fiber.

    Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your sugary treats!

  9. Linda

    Adrienne, congratulations!
    “Slow and steady wins the race.”
    “Life style change” Not a diet = permanent success

    I saw today on NBC’s Today a bit of advice from Joy’s Fit Club I now want to take for myself regarding exercise:
    She advises setting a 6 month calendar with a public 5K event each month (that we plan to walk). This way we don’t let ourselves down by not having a real and attainable goal of/for daily exercise.

    Now I just need to find a couple of partners to team up with me – I am not good alone! Give your Bill a big hug for being there for both of you. :-)

    Cheers!

  10. Adrienne Shubin

    @nicole So true. I used to work hard to lose weight to be “skinny”. No matter what my weight was, I was never happy.

    I think I look older when my face gets thin and a lower weight is too hard to maintain for me. Even five pounds lighter is really hard to do..and not worth it.

  11. Adrienne Shubin

    @catherine Congratulations! I have heard wonderful things about WW. I tried it once but didn’t really stick to it. I think a lot of success with weight loss depends on your personality.
    Exercise…sigh. My biggest challenge. Why oh why can’t I just make myself do it? I always find a an excuse. Let me know if you find the secret!

  12. Adrienne Shubin

    @lovesjetlag I think the jaw/chin breakouts are hormonal..and think my hormones are less out of control with no sugar in my diet. That is my theory. I also stopped using fruit based acids on my face – which has nothing to do with my diet. That seemed to help decrease breakouts, too.

  13. Old Married Lady

    Adrienne,
    This is great information. I tried low carb (South Beach diet) recently after struggling with just plain old calorie counting and nothing happening. How could I not be losing weight on 1400 calories a day? After analyzing, I realized that so much of my day was refined flour and sugar…and once I eliminated those things the weight started to melt off. Sugar affects me just as you described–once I start I want more and my appetite is insatiable. You look great. I have a question though… what about alcohol? Did you enjoy wine while following your low carb regimen?
    http://oldmarriedlady.com

  14. lowcarbhighstyle

    I totally agree with you about it not just being about skinny, but about how you feel. I can’t believe what a different person I am in so many ways after adopting low carb/Paleo. I wasn’t even really overweight, but there I was 25 years ols with no energy to stay out with my husband on a Saturday night, swollen feet after dinner out (which doesn’t happen unless I eat gluten I’ve realized), and knowing I really could look better. I didn’t really exercise for a long itme either while I was losing weight, I believe that body composition is mostly diet. But exercise certainly is good, so I suggest finding something to do that you really love. I HATE the gym. I don’t even want to think about how much money I ended up giving them for the 3 times a month I would show up over the years. I did find a ballet class I did for awhile that I really enjoyed until I found Crossfit which I’ve now become addicted to – I never thought I would say that! I say try out some classes different places and such that aren’t just at “the gym” and see if you find something you really enjoy! Thanks for sharing this, you and your husband look fabulously happy and healthy!

  15. Adrienne Shubin

    @Anonymous Oh, I am so glad you came back! And that you are pleased with the post. I wasn’t sure how little or how much info you wanted.

    I spent a lot of time educating myself about what foods have the highest sugars – both whole foods and processed. Many hours were spent combing through carb count books and reading labels at the market. It’s sort of like a project at first. It does get easier the longer you stay on it.

  16. Adrienne Shubin

    @Michelle Roebuck There is no right way to eat that suits everyone across the board. You have to find what works for you. I tried being a vegetarian but found that I was eating too much and hungry all the time. The fat I eat now keeps me satiated for long periods of time so that I don’t really think about food until I really am hungry.

    When I was a teenager, I was 6 feet tall and weighed 123 pounds. I had no hips and a tiny bust back then. For years, I thought that was a weight I could achieve as an adult but soon realized I would be a skeleton at that weight now that I have matured.

    165 suits me just fine. I don’t want to be a size 2 or 4. An 8 or 6 is great for me. And I was okay with being a 10/12, too. Just feel better – sleeker – with that extra 10 pounds off me.

    By the way, I am a cheese-aholic (hard core) and proud of it. I don’t have any dairy issues that many people have – so I eat lots of cheese.

  17. Adrienne Shubin

    @Linda Slow and steady is right…and lifestyle changes rather than quick and temporary fixes. That is what works.

    As far as exercise goes, that is a good idea to sign up for 5Ks and such. I used to run 10ks back when I was really into exercising. I don’t do well alone either. Need to find a partner. You don’t happen to live in Sonoma county, do you Linda?

  18. Adrienne Shubin

    @Old Married Lady For me, sugar begets more sugar. Once I get started on it, I find it hard to stop wanting it.

    I drink wine – red and white, both dry. Hard alcohol has no carbs but I rarely drink it. When you aren’t eating carbs, the alcohol goes straight into your bloodstream with no bread, pasta, etc. to soak it up. So I stick to win which does have carbs so I try to watch it.

  19. Adrienne Shubin

    @lowcarbhighstyle I used to love the gym…went 6 days a week and eventually became a personal trainer. I think I burned out on the gym because I really don’t like the traditional “workout” routine. I do need to find something I really enjoy doing…some friends have told me about places they like that are more studios than gyms. I really need to check them out.

    You look great, Amy. So healthy and fit. I am glad you’re like me in that the goal is not to be skinny…but rather to feel great. There is a big difference!

  20. Jon R. Patrick

    Wow.
    As a 40 (something) married man, let me just say – wow.
    You look amazing. Really beautiful, and I’m enjoying the blog.
    Most people struggle with their weight, and it’s pretty easy to lose weight in the short term. It’s harder to keep it off. That’s why so many ‘diets’ fail by making you buy expensive meals, count points, drink shakes, etc.
    I had success with Visi weight loss pills. They kill the cravings, but gave me the control to bridge those days I was too busy to eat regular and not feel the need to give in to knawing hunger.

  21. Jodie (aka mummaducka)

    Well said Adrienne! low carb works well for me. I can only dream of being your current weight. I have lost 28 pounds since early January. The terrible indigestion and swollen feet when I travelled frightened me, so I did what worked for me in the past. i’d just like to get to 187 pounds which I know suits my heavy bones and 5 foot 8 inch height. I too have no desire to be too thin. I haven’t started exercising yet as I wanted to get some weight off before submitting my joints to it. I’m thinking I am ready today to get on the dreadmill.

    What do you think of having one meal a week that’s high carb or a dessert once a week in order to trick the body?
    A bodybuilder recommended that to me. I’m a bit worried I’d go on a bender for a week!

  22. kathy peck

    First off – you were very thoughtful to show your before photo. Not everyone would do that. You look absolutely spectacular, healthy, fit, and actually younger than when you were 41. Thanks to you, I have been doing low carb for about a month, and I do look and feel better. Those blood sugar ups and downs are terrible, and I do feel way more “even” eating this way.
    Congratulations on achieving your goal. I hadn’t realized it was a 3 year journey, but it’s the best way and the only way to keep it off. I’m so done with fad diets, and I know that changing the way I eat is by far the best and most successful way. Thank you. xo

  23. Terri

    In one of the papers I’ve graded this week, a student wrote that people who eat lots of sugar and starch tend to eat and eat and eat because the food is nutrient poor. This gradual weight loss of yours is the kind that lasts. And you BOTH look great.

  24. Stephanie

    I love this post. You are so right about low-carb not being for everyone. I happen to be one of those people as i gained almost 10kg on a low carb diet and i am now trying to shake that off :)

    I also believe in the slow and steady approach. I am going to try and see if i can find mindless eating on kindle. I wonder is there’s a book on procrastination as well…

    xo Stephanie

  25. Celia M.

    Adrienne, just been catching up on your posts and this one was one I needed to read. I’m in the middle of so much at the moment … and weight gain is high on my list of things I need to deal with. I love your honesty and as you say … low carb may not be for everyone … but your post is inspiring , to keep trying different things – and maybe some modifications may be needed. The important thing like you re-inforced it has to be a lifestyle change (not just a “temporary” daily diet) …

    Adrienne, congratulations on achieving your feel good weight goal!! You look fabulous!!! xo HHL

    P.S. loved the photos of you in Hunter boots in the garden…xo

  26. hostess of the humble bungalow

    What a wonderful journey to wellness.
    You look fabulous, congratulations!

    I have been more mindful of my eating and do feel better but the scale is slow to move. Thinking about a 3 year time frame is encouraging.
    I am off to check out mindless eating!

  27. Monkey

    I was NEVER an exercise person until I started Bar Method. I felt like I saw improvements in tone and flexibility very quickly and I also really like not getting sweaty during the workout (despite it being very intense). Never thought I’d be a group exercise sort of person but it’s awesome having the instructor check my form and call out encouragement and I love the camaderie of all the other women in the class. Anyway, I think you look fantastic already but as you said, exercise is so great for your health! For me, it really had to be something I loved doing.

  28. Vanessa@Luxuria

    Wow! what an incredible difference. You look fab. I bought the book Mindless Eating when you first recommended it. A great blog reminder to go back and remind myself of the principles ;-) Congratulations!!!!

  29. Tabitha

    You are a beauty at both weights.
    I gained on Atkins but I’ve just had some gene testing carried out and now know why, fat makes me fat even in the near absence of carbs, pah! Low fat it will have to be for me.

  30. Michelle Roebuck

    I know I already commented, but… I really love reading all the different styles and approaches everyone has tried, what’s worked, what hasn’t and, best of all, that just about all the comments are very upbeat and positive. That’s a testament to you, Adrienne, that you’ve built such a supportive community. Thank you!!

  31. Coach Julie Butts

    Fantastic! You look great, and I know you feel great, too. What I like most about your post is you didn’t blindly follow a diet. You modified to fit what worked for you. As a health coach who specializes in weight management (http://lifestylehealthcoaching.com),I talk about a concept called bio-individuality which basically means every person is different. I help clients learn to question and experiment to find a way of eating, exercise, and lifestyle that works for them. It’s fantastic that you’ve found what works for you. I’m cheering for you and all your readers.

  32. lovesjetlag

    I would like to ask those who are on a low carb diet, how do you replace foods containing carbohydrates in the US?I am asking this because I think Diet is also “culture specific”..in Italy we don’t have low fat or low carb products, just tons of food, maybe not very processed but still we don’t eat really healthily.. alas…do you eat wholegrain bread? or wholegrain pasta? What about rice? God, If I had to give up rice I’d be dead…can you pls advise? I would like to cut carb consumption in my diet to….thanks!

  33. Love Local Food

    As a dietitian, I agree, Mindless Eating by Wansink is an EXCELLENT book and one of two I recommend most often. The second is “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. These two books have helped many, many people achieve healthy relationships with food and weight without dieting…I don’t believe in dieting or any kind of food restriction at all. It just backfired and is what causes people to think about food all of the time. Thanks for your post.

  34. Rebekah Bonde

    Adrienne, my low-carb soul sister and secret sororital twin:

    You look amazing! Thanks for posting this on your blog. A couple thoughts for the other commenters:

    1. The breakouts on chin are hormonal related, but wheat and dairy are big triggers of this. BIG! Cut out the wheat and you will see amazing differences in your skin.

    2. @lovesjetlag – the best way to cut out carbs is to concentrate on eating the following: good quality protein with a little fat (cold-water fish, chicken thighs, grass-fed beef and pork, eggs), unlimited vegetables – especially anything green, modest enjoyment of low-glycemic fruit (lots of berries, some melons, watch the citrus), modest enjoyment of full-fat dairy (butter, cream, full-fat greek yogurt). As for rice, the only good rice is wild rice, and it should be consumed in 1/2 cup portions if you really insist on having it. With all of the gorgeous food markets in Italy, eating lots of veggies and fish shouldn’t be a challenge!

    3. @ Jodie – NO to the high-carb meal; it will send your blood sugar sky high, you will be dealing with cravings for days afterwards, and you are just setting yourself up for sabotage. With my little cheats here and there, I can tell you the pain is not worth it, and the weight loss gets super-stalled. Would your trainer similarly advise an alcoholic to go dry all week and then hit the bars on Friday night? Better to plan for a highER carb meal with full-fat yogurt and raspberries, a wheat-free pumpkin muffin (I’ll be posting next week), or a putanesca with shirataki noodles.

  35. LRS4AMANDA

    Adrienne,

    What a difference in the “before” picture, you look amazing now and I love that picture of you and Bill. He looks great too!

    Amanda is on a strict weight training program right now and she has to adhere to less than 78 grams of carbs per day and she thinks THAT is hard! I try to watch my carb intake but find it difficult because so many foods have them. Just curious, what do you eat when you are hungry between meals? I find that the most challenging.

    Tony’s nephew recently dropped 70 lbs. and looks wonderful. Aside from going to the gym every day now, he was a big soda drinker and has cut it out of his diet completely.

    Given your height, I think that weight is perfect for you. Congrats on losing 30 lbs., that is quite an accomplishment!

    Linda
    xo

  36. Anonymous

    Loved your post today! I’m just chiming in to add that when I gave up wheat a couple of years ago, the skin breakouts I’ve had my entire life and into my 60′s have almost ceased. And I LOVE wheat, but my body must be slightly allergic.

  37. Adrienne Shubin

    @Jon R. Patrick Thanks for the recommendation, Jon. I don’t take pills to lose weight. In fact, I rarely take any pill for anything except the occasional Advil and a daily aspirin.
    The thing with being on a low carb diet is that I don’t have cravings to begin with – maybe once in a great while – but generally, I eat because I have to eat to feel good.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  38. Adrienne Shubin

    @Jodie (aka mummaducka) That is GREAT Jodie! Good for you! And also good for you for realizing your ideal weight for you. We always have to take into consideration our build…again, we are not all cookie cutter shaped.

    As far as an occasional high carb meal, I have heard of this trick before – think I remember reading about it in an Atkins book a long time ago. For people who have problems plateauing for long periods, it might help them to have a high carb meal to jumpstart weight loss – but you must go right back to low carb. And I think it might be a once in a long while thing to do.
    So I am conflicted about it. One one hand I think, why not try it and see if it works for you and on the other hand I think, what if that propels you back into the world of sugar and carbs? Also, what would it do to your insulin levels and metabolism? One time certainly wouldn’t do much, would it?

    As you can tell, I don’t really know the answer. If you find out more about it or try it yourself, please let us know. It’s an interesting concept!

  39. Adrienne Shubin

    @kathy peck I NEVER thought that photo would end up on my blog. The only reason it survived deletion is because I am sitting with my mother and brother – don’t have very many photos with the three of us together since we all live so far apart.
    I am very glad I held on to it, though. It’s proof that, at least for me, low carb, mindful eating habits and a slow and steady weight loss really work. Now my challenge is keeping it off.
    I am so glad you are also eating sugar-free and low carb. It’s been great supporting each other over the last couple of months.
    xoxo, A

  40. Adrienne Shubin

    @Stephanie As Tabitha mentioned later on in the comments, there is a DNA test you can take to find out if you’re someone who loses weight on a low carb or on a low fat diet.
    But if you’ve already gained weight on low carb, then you probably already know it’s not right for your body’s composition.
    I find all of this so fascinating! We are all human, but oh so very different even in the way we can lose or gain weight.
    If you find a great book about procrastination, let me know! I am the worst about certain things (house chores, exercise)
    xo

  41. Adrienne Shubin

    @Celia M. I think trying different ways to eat is a great way to see what works for you. I tried vegetarianism for a month and gained weight, felt lousy and was bored with food. But that’s just me! Someone else would have lots of energy, love the food selection and lose weight.
    I think behavioral changes and having more awareness – mindfulness – is so key. You might not even need to really diet if you can change a few behaviors.
    And slow is really the way to go. Slow sticks. Fast does not.
    I love my Hunter boots – wish it would rain more often so I could wear them frequently.
    xoxo, A

  42. Adrienne Shubin

    @Monkey I have had a couple of other people suggest the bar method to me. I will have to see if there is a class in my area. I do miss the camaraderie of a group class. I met lots of great women when I participated in a 3xs per week aerobics class many years ago.
    Thank you for recommending bar method to me. I will check it out!

  43. Adrienne Shubin

    @Vanessa@Luxuria Mindless Eating really is the main reason I was able to lose – slowly and steadily. The low carb diet helps, too. But getting your mind to be mindful and change your behaviors are truly the hardest parts of weight loss. Mindful Eating changed the way I think about food and about my behaviors around eating.

  44. Anonymous

    Do you have any advice about how to approach a low-carb diet that is also vegetarian or vegan? While I really want to be thinner, I just couldn’t do it at the expense of animals. And the vast majority of meat and dairy on the market involves animals living tortured lives until they get to my plate.

    I certainly wouldn’t have a problem getting enough fats on a vegan diet – avocado, hemp seeds, flax, nuts, etc. And there are plenty of healthy vegan/vegetarian protein options. Not sure about the carb part and reducing it, especially since I like to eat lots of fruits.

  45. Anonymous

    This was a fantastic post and very informative.

    I’d love to hear a typical day’s menu…especially what you eat for breakfast since that seems to be my most challenging meal (I love carbs).

  46. Carrie Teal

    Wow, Adrienne I have always thought you have looked great but what a great story for people who are always wanting to loose weight . You definitely went the healthy way and didn’t loose weight to fast and are able to maintain it. I love reading each of your post, I love the way you write.

  47. what's her bucket

    Great post Adrienne. Thanks for being so honest and even posting actual numbers. That is brave! You look great. I recently lost weight but mine was stress induced weight loss, not the healthiest way to lose weight. I have realized that smaller portions are the way to go for me. xo

  48. Ping

    What a fantastic post Adrienne! Love how honest you were and you’re right about eating low carb foods. It does help eliminate a lot of what you mentioned above because I had to myself. Thank you and keep it up! Love from LA!

  49. Adrienne Shubin

    @Tabitha Thank you, Tabitha. I did hear once or twice that there was a genetic test one could take to determine whether low fat or low carb is right for you. It’s just more proof that we are all so different from one another in our biological and physiological make up.

    I tried low fat for years and vegetarian briefly – I just gained and gained. And I remember that you tried low carb and also gained weight. I think it would be interesting to take that genetic test – but I am pretty sure what the results would be!

  50. Adrienne Shubin

    @Coach Julie Butts I took a look at your website and am very intrigued! I like that you don’t have a set diet for all of your clients and that you address so many other issues besides the food part of dieting…so much of what goes on with weight gain is behavioral and emotional.
    Thank you for stopping by!

  51. Adrienne Shubin

    @lovesjetlag I think Rebekah of Cupcake Caramel did a great job of answering your comment/questions. But I would add that as far as rice is concerned, I only eat cauliflower rice. I grate a raw, clean cauliflower like I would a block of cheese, cover it with plastic wrap and microwave it for about 5-7 minutes for whole head. Of course, it’s not the exact same as rice, but it sure works well as a substitute when you make a stir fry or Indian food. I have also used it as a substitute for risotto.

    Also, there are many recipes, especially on Pinterest, for low carb homemade breads. I can live without any bread, tortillas, pasta…but it is nice that I can find them here so readily. The low carb pasta is something I only eat once in a long while.

    Hope that helps a little!

  52. lovesjetlag

    cauliflower rice! I had never thought of it!Thanks it’s a great idea, too bad now here they are out of season! Went to the market this morning and bought a huge bag of green beans..you know Adrienne during the week weather has been nice but guess what? It’s raining in the we, the weather has been following this pattern for weeks!It’s making people crazy! Garden and plants seem to be very happy though, everything is in bloom.
    Thanks for the suggestion to look on pinterest for low carb bread recipies, lucky you you can live without rice and bread! I am obsessed by bread and I live in an area where local bread is among the best in the country..oh my!
    What a wonderful blog this is, I willl never get tired to say it!
    Have a nice day!

  53. Adrienne Shubin

    @Rebekah Bonde Thank you, Rebekah, for your insight on these great questions from readers.

    I, too, have heard of the high carb meal being a way to recharge weight loss. It might be worth a try – just to experiment with it, but I wonder if it messes with metabolism too much.

  54. Adrienne Shubin

    @Rebekah Bonde And regarding the chin/jaw breakouts. My take on it is that it’s firstly hormonal. But reacts well to a wheat-free, sugar-free diet because hormones stay more even. less crazy, without wheat and sugar. I also attribute my clearer skin to using more simple products that don’t contain fruit acids…my skin + fruit acids = zit face.

  55. Adrienne Shubin

    @LRS4AMANDA When you’re used to eating a lot of carbs, eating only 78 a day is hard! I wonder how that number was decided upon…seems very precise.

    When I am hungry between meals, I like to eat a handful of raw walnuts or almonds or a mix of both, some organic celery with organic PB, or a string cheese. Or, if I am really hungry, I will have a small quesadilla with sharp cheddar, salsa and sour cream (full fat, organic). I use La Tortilla Factory’s low carb tortillas.

    I don’t really snack that much. The meals I eat are very satiating so I find that I make it through the day just eating my three meals – but usually I will have walnuts in the afternoon no matter what.

    That is great news about Tony’s friend. It just goes to show how much weight sugary soda drinkers put on just by drinking that stuff.
    xo, A

  56. Adrienne Shubin

    @Anonymous That’s great! Isn’t it wonderful to not have any pimples on your face? I thought I would be stuck with mine for the duration…seemed as soon a a few went away a whole new batch would show up. It was very frustrating.

    I love wheat, too. In my perfect world, I would probably be a vegetarian because I really love carbs but I love dairy too and wouldn’t enjoy being vegan. But wheat doesn’t love me back. I don’t have any stomach issues (not gluten intolerant) but I do react in some ways to wheat – mostly hormonally – and that is reason enough to mostly give it up…I still have wheat in the form of certain low carb products, but it’s minimal.

  57. Adrienne Shubin

    @LR @ Magnificent or Egregious Hmm…I don’t know if that is stress related or not. My guess is it’s hormonal. Often, break outs around your chin and/or jaw are signs of hormones going wild.
    But, I am not a medical professional, of course. Maybe it could just be stress…perhaps ask your doctor about it next time you’re in for a visit.

  58. Adrienne Shubin

    @Anonymous I do struggle with the animal suffering part of my diet. In my ideal world, I would be a vegetarian. But my body does not do well on a vegetarian diet – I feel terrible, act terrible and I gain weight.

    I do think it’s possible for vegetarians to do low carb. I don’t like eggs or tofu – at all – so it would be very hard for me. My food choices would be so limited.

    Like you said, there are lots of great vegetarian protein options out there. It’s definitely doable to eat low carb without the meat – not really very easy, but doable. I often eat meals that have no meat – but dairy is a food group I rely heavily upon.

  59. Adrienne Shubin

    @Anonymous Breakfast is my hardest meal of the day. I don’t like eggs very much. I have to be in the mood and they have to be scrambled and buried in lots of cheese and vegetables.
    I usually have a low sugar plain yogurt like Siggs or Fage with stevia extract, a squeeze of lemon, and ground flaxseeds. When strawberries are in season, I have about 4 berries cut up with the yogurt, too.

    I also eat Alvarado Street flax bread which is low carb (6.5 carbs per slice) with organic PB and sugar free jam (Smuckers makes a pretty decent sugar free jam).

    Some mornings I don’t have much of an appetite so I will just have an Atkins shake or a small bowl of full-fat cottage cheese.

    There are lots of recipes online – especially on Pinterest – for low carb pancakes and even bagels. I have tried the pancakes before and they are okay, not great. I would rather have yogurt or low carb toast. Tastes better and it less work!

  60. Adrienne Shubin

    @lovesjetlag I love green beans..could eat them daily.
    This weather situation is making it hard to pack! I have a black rain trench that is sort of heavy. I keep going back and forth about whether to bring it or not. It’s bulky and takes up so much room in my luggage! What do you think? Bring it or risk the weather?

    I would have a hard time giving up the wonderful breads, pastas and gelatos of your country…very hard! Maybe just try cutting back instead of giving up entirely??

    I am so glad you are enjoying the blog. I wish there was a way for us to meet while I am over there. Maybe someday?
    xo, A

  61. Donna

    Again, just wanted to say I love your blog. I believe I am to the point you where 3 years ago. I have cut back and trying low fat, more fiber in my diet. I have lost roughly 10 pounds. My goal weight is 140-145. I think my depression and stress had a lot to do with my weight gain. As I approach my 40th birthday this year, I know it will be harder to lose the pounds I want. I am beginning yoga which I do enjoy. Hoping that helps with my stress. Again, Thank you for blogging. I look forward to your post.

    Donna

  62. lovesjetlag

    Dear Adrienne,
    I hope this catches you before you leave, the weather here has become unpredictable, it rains rather heavily sometimes, just thinkls that this we we are expecting hail!! But it is not cold, it’s humid (min. temp. 16 degrees celsius) so I guess you ‘ll need a light jacket with hood, good waterproof shoes to walk in the flooded street (por maintenaince of sewers…) and a couple of light sweaters..Enjoy your trio Adrienne..I’ve sent you a mail too!
    Baci,
    B.

  63. Diane Cayton-Hakey

    Love this post! So proud of you for losing the weight, but most of all for ridding your life of sugars/ bad carbs. You look amazing! I recently lost 12 pounds. I am 5’8″ and was around 172. Now at 160 and want to lose another 8-10 pounds. I just cut most bad carbs out of my diet and also most red meats. Also, smaller portions.

    xox

  64. Tracyandkids

    Wow! You are just so beautiful!! I just found you on twitter! I too am tall, 6 ft with a very short mom, who never really understood. I piled more and more weight on in the past 12 years, and am determined to get it off.

    You have truly inspired me!! Take care!! Tracy

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