Monday, May 7, 2012

Before and After pictures

 So Tommy and I have been through quite a journey over the past few years.  One of them being we've lost a total 120 pounds combined!  A lot of people we meet now, can't believe we ever were over weight.  And the people we knew when we were overweight want to know what we've been doing to change.  So I thought I'd write a post about the things that have helped us and show some before and after pictures.
 This is us in 2007 at the Cliff dwellers Museum in Colorado right before we moved to Florida (for the first time)
Jen at Royal Gorge in Colorado 2007
 Us in New Hampshire after ice cream sundaes at Friendly's 2009 (at our largest weight 180 and 200+ pounds)

 'In progress' after a few months of jogging I ran my first 5k race in Portsmouth NH 2010
 Tommy aka 'Banana Man' 2012 (about 50 pounds lighter)
Jen at Fern Forest in Florida 2012 (about 60 pounds lighter)

Jen at a recent vegan party (2012) with some cute friends in Miami Beach.
(looking like she did in her early 20s!)

So. There are some pictures. Now on to the details of what we did. 

2009
 is when it all started. 
  We switched to a vegan diet.
 It wasn't necessarily a healthy one but it was better with out all that meat and dairy. (the body has a very hard time digesting meat and dairy. It takes a lot of energy to digest and causes more problems than it's worth!) Read The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
 We started learning about what foods to avoid-sugars, hydrogenated oils, bleached flours, etc.  Jen quite smoking for good.

2010:
Jen started walking on the treadmill one hour a day six days a week. Every couple weeks she upped the speed till she was jogging. She ran a few local races which helped her to stay motivated and be around other healthy people for inspiration. This was the big weight loss year. She lost 50-60 pounds.
Tommy mostly just changed his diet and did a little bit of jogging here and there (most of his weight loss was this year too).  Jen also had a list of affirmations that she read everyday while on the treadmill from the book: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay which deals with the emotional side of obesity and other diseases and how to heal (emotionally).  This is an important step in the weightloss process.  We started taking yoga classes twice a week at a Yoga by Donation place in Portsmouth.  Learned how to and started a meditation practice

2011:
Leveling out and staying consistent with yoga, running and eating healthy. 
Tommy and Jen ran a 5k together! (in the cold New England rain)
Jen started training to run a half marathon
We started to learn how to eat healthier taking our knowledge and diet to a new level.
Jen tried a 10 day fast to cleanse and detox the body called the Master Cleanse. September was Jen's half Marathon!! Read: Fit For Life by Harvey Diamond learning about food combining. 

2012 (till now-May):
Jen started a raw food diet.  Eating mostly raw foods during the week.  Fruits and vegetables! Started learning how to make gourmet raw food dishes and snacks. Read: Raw Food by Ani Phyo  Jen did a 10 juice fast AND had her first colonic.  Learning about detoxing the body and colon.  Went to Hippocrates Institute to learn more about eating raw foods and the program they offer (to stay there for 3 weeks and learn). Learned  a lot from 30 bananas a day siteJogging, yoga and raw diet so far this year. 
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SO that's the gist of everything. 
 During all this we were also reading a lot of spiritual books as well. Here's a list of the books that moved us the most:
The Secret by Rhonda Burns
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer
   Law of Attraction by Ester Hicks


Food books
  Engine Two
   Fit For Life
      Juicing for Life
    500 Vegan Recipes
  The Sugar Blues by William Dufty
                      The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

movies/documetaries:
Food Inc
King Corn
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Super Size Me
30 Day Raw (reversing diabetes)
Forks Over Knives
May I Be Frank
The Secret
The Shift

We feel great and have SO much more energy now. No more droopy eyelids, coffee and afternoon naps needed.
               
Feel free to write us if you have questions or post a comment with your own success stories and things that have worked for you!

1 comment:

  1. Great job guys keep up the good work!

    Crystal

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