I would like to invite you to join me on my weight loss journey! I would like to lose an extra 20 pounds, I’m not sure if my body will let me, as it seems pretty happy at my current weight. Remember, I have lost over 200 pounds and have maintained my current weight for the past 2 years. If you need to lose 20 pounds or 2oo pounds this formula works. Success requires a desire for change, a little planning and persistence.
If you are starting a diet or making changes to your lifestyle, always consult with your doctor before beginning the new routine.
I will share with you my daily food dairy and exercise log over the next week, so that you can see my diet and my exercise routine. In addition, you will find posted below my diet recommendations for losing weight and keeping it off.
Rules of safe weight loss and weight management.
1.) Never eat less than 1200 calories per day unless you are under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
2.) Never aim to lose more than 2 pounds per week.
3.) Eat 6 times per day, 3 snacks and 3 meals.
4.) Crowd out the unhealthy foods in your life by eating the healthy nutritious ones first. If you add 2 servings of fruits and 3 or more servings of veggies to your daily diet routine, you are not going to have room for the unhealthy foods. In addition, it will gradually get rid of your cravings. Do not start out trying to eat like me. Start by adding more vegetables and healthy foods to you daily routine. Eventually the bad foods will disappear if you make the choice to follow this guide.
5.) Know your energy requirements. This is critical! You can’t manage something, if you do not know what is required.
6.) Exercise at least 6 days per week. Do different types of exercise: interval, aerobic and strength training. If you are just beginning an exercise program, consult with an exercise professional to insure your safety. Do not think that you can lose weight and then keep it off with out exercising. It will not happen. Plus the whole idea of losing weight is to improve your health. Exercise partnered with a nutritious dietary routine builds health
7.) Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of water per day. If you weight 200 lbs, you need at least 100 ounces of water per day. Water is required in the metabolic pathway to burn fat and to create energy. A 2% drop in body hydration can cause up to a 30% drop in available energy.
8.) Get plenty of rest and relaxation. A lack of sleep and mismanaged stress will stop weight loss and even cause weight gain. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sound sleep per night. Practice stress reducing methods, get into a great book, get a massage, listen to soft music etc…. Turn your problems over to God.
9.) Make vegetative foods the majority of your food choices. They are low in calories, they alkaline the body, they cleanse the body, they help control blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels and they offer a wide array of nutrients that promote health.
10.) Limit your intake of simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates promote cravings by causing blood sugar spikes. Eat lower glycemic foods. This does not mean you should eat a high protein diet. Select complex carbohydrates. Your brain and central nervous system (CNS) only burn glucose (sugar) for fuel. The average person need 100 to 125 grams of carbohydrates to fuel the brain and CNS. Sugar, glucose and glycogen (stored glucose) are made from dietary carbohydrates.
11.) Quit smoking, limit the intake of caffeine and alcohol and watch your salt intake.
12.) Do not weigh yourself more than once every 2 weeks. The best time to weigh is first thing in the morning upon waking and after you go to the bathroom. Weigh the same time each day. Your weight is just a by-product of your particular lifestyle. Change your lifestyle and your weight will change.
13) Never deprive yourself of any food. If you want it, eat it. Just don’t go crazy and eat the whole container of Oreo’s. When this happens, give your self credit for having the will power to control the amount you ate. At the next snack or meal time exercise control and make healthy selections.
14.) Keep a food journal.
My Diet Selections
I am a flexitarian. That means I eat a vegetarian diet. However, I occasionally feel a need for animal protein. I typically go 1 to 2 weeks before I have that craving for salmon or chicken. I do not eat red meat, pork or dairy. Studies show a primarily vegetarian diet promotes better health by reducing the risk of major diseases and health conditions.
At least 75% of my diet is raw vegetables. Raw vegetables provide a wide array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients. When vegetables are cooked some of the vitamins are destroyed and all the enzymes are killed. However you do need some cooked vegetables. Leafy green vegetables contain a compound called oxalic acid. Oxalic acid binds with some minerals and interferes with their absorption. Cooking neutralizes most of the oxalic acid allowing more mineral absorption. Carrots provide more bio-available beta carotene when cooked. Tomatoes give more lycopene when cooked. A good ratio is 75% raw and 25% cooked.
If I eat out, I make wise selections and ask for variations on the menu. Most restaurants will be happy to make changes for you. For example; when ordering a salad, ask them to leave off the honey or sugar glazed pecans and dried fruit, save a couple of hundred calories, order the dressing on the side and dip your fork in the dressing before picking up the bite, you will use less dressing this way.
Avoid or limit refined and processed foods as much as possible and don’t eat fried foods.
Understanding your calorie requirements is critical to weight loss and weight management. Read this blog to better understand your energy budget. As you lose weight you will need to adjust your calorie intake.
Understanding How Much of What to Eat
Vegetables; you can eat these in unlimited amounts, aim for at least 5 servings daily. Eat raw, steamed, grilled, sautéed or broiled. Do not fry
Serving sizes; Cooked vegetables 1/2 cup, Chopped, raw vegetables 1/2 cup, Raw, leafy vegetables 1 cup, Vegetable juice 3/4 cup
- Bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Collard greens
- Cayenne Pepper
- Fennel bulb
- Green beans
- Green peas
- Mushrooms, Crimini
- Mushrooms, Shiitake
- Mushrooms, Portobello
- Mustard greens
- Romaine lettuce
- Sea vegetables
- Squash, summer; yellow, zucchini
- Squash, winter; butternut, spaghetti, delicate, sweet dumpling
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Swiss chard
- Tomato, fresh
- Turnip Greens
Root Vegetables (for potatoes and yams the total should not exceed 2 servings total combined per week)
- Beets up to 1 cup per day
- Carrots up to 1 cup per day
- Potatoes 1 medium (5”) baked per week
- Sweet potato, with skin 2 medium (5”) baked per week
- Yam 2 medium (5”) baked per week
Fish & Seafood 1 serving 3 times per week. Prepare by grilling, baking and broiling. Do not fry. Do not eat farm raised fish of any kind.
Serving size is 4 ounces
Fruits 2 servings per day is the limit, a serving is 1 medium fruit, ½ cup juice or ¼ cup dried. Dried fruit is coated with sugar so avoid it. Avoid fruit juices, they are also very high in sugar content.
- Banana select with green tips and bright yellow skin without spots
- Kiwi fruit
- Lemon and Limes
- Pear, Bartlett
- Pineapple (high in sugar)
- Raisins high in sugar
Low Fat Dairy I do not recommend dairy products. If you must have them, goat or sheep is a better choice. I use almond breeze sugar free almond milk and rice cheeses.
Eggs, hen If you have high cholesterol limit to 1 per week otherwise 1 per day is ok. Eggs should be poached, scrambled or boiled, not fried. Select free range, organic eggs.
Beans & Legumes; eat what you want, just do not go over your daily calorie limit
Serving size is 1 cup cooked
- Black beans
- Blackeyed peas
- Crowder peas
- Dried peas
- Garbanzo beans or chick peas
- Kidney beans
- Lima bean
- Navy beans
- Northern beans
- Pinto beans
Poultry & Lean Meats – limit to 4 ounces per serving, 3 times per week. 4 ounces is about the size of a deck of cards. I do not recommend eating red meats or pork, however, if you do, limit your intake to 1 serving per week. Prepare by grilling, baking or broiling. Do not fry.
- Chicken; grill, bake or broil the breast without the skin
- Turkey, roast; grill, bake or broil the breast without the skin
Nuts & Seeds Limit to 1 to 2 ounces per day due to high calorie content. Studies show people who consume 1 oz. of nuts daily lose weight and keep it off. In addition, they may cut their risk of heart disease by up to 45%.
- Chia seeds
- Olive oil
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
Grains Limit to 4 to 6 servings per day, depending on calorie requirements. Whole grains provide complex carbohydrates that are important for energy needs. Your cells prefer glucose for fuel. Glucose is provided by carbohydrates. To keep your blood sugar balanced, avoid simple carbohydrates and go for whole grains.
- Bread 1 slice
- Tortilla, roll, or muffin 1
- Bagel, English muffin or hamburger bun ½
- Brown rice, pasta, oatmeal, cooked cereal, 1/2 cup
- Ready-to-eat cereal 1 ounce (flakes or round)
- Pancake, waffle 1 (4″ diameter)
I use olive oil and balsamic vinegar; Good Seasons Balsamic with olive oil or Good Seasons Greek Vinaigrette; Serving Size 2 Tablespoons, serve on side of plate, dip fork into dressing, then into bite of salad. Or you can make your own.
I use and recommend Smart Balance Heart Healthy lite. It’s 45 calories per serving, 1.5 grams of saturated fat and zero cholesterol and taste like butter.
Spices & Herbs; herbs are naturally very high in antioxidant power
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Chili Pepper, Red, dried
- Cinnamon, ground
- Coriander seeds
- Cumin seeds
- Dill weed, dried
- Mustard seeds
- Peppermint leaves, fresh
- Thyme, ground
- Turmeric, ground
Dark Chocolate; I eat dark chocolate every day. Only 100% dark raw chocolate is recommended. Limit to 1.5 ounces per day. Dark Chocolate has the highest antioxidant value of any food.
Natural Sweeteners; Serving Size 1 Tablespoon
Use sparingly if diabetic
- Blackstrap molasses a good source of B6, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium
- Cane juice
- Honey; if possible, get local raw unpasteurized and unfiltered honey, it will have more nutritional value.
- Maple syrup
Use as needed
- Stevia; this is my choice of sweetener. Truvia is the best commercial choice. Stevia in the Raw has sugar in it.
- Xylitol is another of my favorites. I usually use ½ stevia and ½ xylitol due to the after taste of the stevia.
Moderation is the key in your diet. If you want something, eat it but try to limit the amount. Consistency is the other very important factor. If you eat healthy 80% of the time, you will give your body the opportunity to build health. We are what we eat. Eat junk and have a junk body, eat healthy and have a healthy body!
Wally Bishop C.N.C.
The contents of this blog is not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.
11 thoughts on “My Formula for Losing Over 200 Pounds, Join Me In My Weight Loss Journey! Weight Loss Part II”
AMAZING! Thank you Wally for sharing your knowledge with the world. You have such a wonderful mission to help others achieve their LIFE back and God is opening many doors for you to do this! Not only are you sharing your personal life, but ALL the research and Links that you have added (in all your blogs) are so packed full of great information. You are miracle and God will surly use you to help others!
That’s amazing! You gave me inspiration to start dieting. I am 350 lbs and im 20 years old. I have been this way for long time. This site has given me hope for my better future. A healthier one! thank you.
Marissa if I can be of help in any way please let me know. I will be your biggest cheerleader!! You can do it. Do not focus on the weight, focus instead on living healthy, the weight will take car of itself. Friend me on Facebook I post a lot of info on there as well. search for Wallace Bishop in Greenville SC
I like to check out your blog a couple times a week for new readings. I was questioning when you have any other topics you write about? You are a really fascinating writer!
WOW, so motivating. I just weighed in at my highest weight ever and never ever thought that I could end up this way : ( I’m overwhelmed by the amount I have to loose. My weight today was 375lb. HOW did this happen? I feel like all I do is diet. Thank you for the tips. How do you stay so motivated? Have you felt like just giving up? You didn’t have surgery correct?
Debbie, thanks for the post. When I started this new adventure I was in the same place you are today. I weighed almost 450 pounds and was miserable. I asked the same questions. Why, how, what now? There is no real good answer. The question is , are you ready to make a positive change? If you are there is hope.
Be realistic, it is going to take time. It took me 2 1/2 years to get the weight off. Stop weighing everyday. Once every two weeks at most. When you do weigh do it first thing in the morning after waking and right after peeing.
The weight isn’t the problem, its a symptom of other problems. Most likely your lifestyle. I had to change my lifestyle. It starts with how, what and when you eat. A diet does not work. The changes you make must be forever.
Set you weight goals in 10 pound chunks. Never set a time limit. It takes what it takes. The important part is not the weight, it is the lifestyle. If you eat right, exercise and reduce your stress the weight will begin to take care of itself.
You must exercise. for the first 1 1/2 years I only walked. However I walked for miles everyday. My first walk was only about 300 feet and back. I was in really bad shape. I increased the distance everyday. By the end of a couple of weeks I was able to walk a mile. My knees killed me but I did it. After a few weeks the pain in my knee started to get better. No its not a problem.
Drink plenty of water. You cannot burn fat for energy without water.
Stay away from sugar. Stick to complex carbohydrates. Notice I did not say a low carbohydrate high protein diet. You need balance. Our body loves carbohydrates for energy.
The motivation is life. I want to live! I was headed to an early grave. Now I can by clothes of the rack at any store!, Sit in any chair at any restaurant, even booths! I can go on hikes for miles. I have my life back.
The first 6 months are the struggle. It takes this much time to get into a healthy lifestyle routine. The rest is just living life in a healthy way. The weight and other health issue will normally take care of themselves.
I am here to help you anyway I can. Just let me know how I can help you. I counsel people all over this wonderful world, so don’t let distance get in your way.
No surgery!! I did it naturally.
Wally Bishop C.N.C.
I have about 200 pounds maybe a bit more to lose. Been on a diet, it
seems, almost my whole life. I feel, at the end of my rope as far as inspiration
and motivation. I live, alone, don’t work, and don’t have a social network.
I know the right things to eat its just a matter of excercising & keeping the mom
entum. However do I start this journey that seems impossible to me?
It sounds as though you do not have much support from friends or have a social network. Is this due to it being your choice or just life? I would strongly encourage you to seek out others in your community that also are needing and wanting to lose weight. Correspond with others like you are with me to feed your support. In my case I was just so tired of being obese I made a determined effort to get my life back. It is a long journey but don’t look at it as a single but as a life style. It is easy to get discouraged when the pounds don’t come off or when we slip and eat things we shouldn’t. If you eat healthy most of the times and move a little more, the weight will come off. You just have to be patient. This really isn’t about losing weight, it’s about getting healthy! I have just finished writing an eBook that I think will help you. Give me your email address and I will give you the eBook. Stay in touch. I really want to help you.
Thank you so much this site has given me an actual reason to actually try. I ask myself everyday how can I try I even wanted to try going anorexic that is the whole reason I looked up this thank you soooo much!
Elizabeth I am here to support you. Never ever, give up. If I can do this you can. You will lose this weight. I am going to email you a link to my new eBook “Maximize Your Life” This book will teach you how to lose the weight the exact way I did. It is a step by step process I have laid out for you. You will have my email shortly and I want you to communicate with me often so I can coach you.
Will you let me help you?
I’m so happy to have stumbled across your blog. I recently started blogging about my journey to lose 200 pounds (http://curdsnweigh.blogspot.com) It’s an incredibly lonely rode…not many people understand what it is to be morbidly obese…constantly in pain…don’t fit into seats!!! Thank you for your inspiration and sharing what you’ve learned along the way.