How to Lose 100 Pounds

December 2014 Update: I'm maintaining and continuing to tone and refine my body. Here's an updated side-by-side! I'll be producing a new progress video in January 2015 as well. It's an annual tradition! 🙂

Updated Progress Photo: The photo on the right was taken Dec. 2014.

Updated Progress Photo: The photo on the right was taken Dec. 2014.

See a Full Updated Progress Report from Jan. 2014

While there are plenty of folks who know how to lose 100 pounds, not all of them are writers and not all of them are happy to share their secrets!

As part of my own Project Blissful, I've managed to take off 100 pounds. I still have a few to go, and I'd like to invite you to join me on my journey.

My name is Angela Atkinson, but you can call me Angie.

I'm a writer and editor (by trade and nature) and have always found blogging to be somewhat therapeutic--in fact, it's part of the way I managed to get where I am today.

And don't worry--I'm always thrilled to share the tips, tricks and general information that makes my own life easier. It's kind of a pay-it-forward thing.

How to Lose 100 Pounds

Since I had my first child, I found myself struggling to keep my weight under control. After many, many fad diets (some that worked, some that didn't--none that produced lasting results) and gaining and losing the same few pounds over and over again, I finally GOT IT.

I've learned a few important things along the way.

1. I am not capable of starving myself and I like food. So, one of my rules is to never eat anything I don't LOVE. (And, for the record,

there are plenty of ways to do that without going crazy.)

2. I am not a fan of big, sweeping changes. So, I made one small change at a time to create more lasting results. It is TOTALLY working for me.

3. Lasting weight loss does not happen overnight. Like many diet gurus have said, it took more than a week to put the weight on, and it'll take more than a week to take it off.

4. It's ok to go slowly when you're getting healthy. Even though I was losing weight more slowly than the people in some of my weight loss groups, the weight kept coming off. And even when I plateaued, I never gained more than a pound or two. Those who got into the fad diets and tried to be too restrictive are still at or near their starting weights, a year or more later.

5. My weight was a symptom of some things that I needed to deal with personally. I was literally "wearing my pain" on the outside. After a lot of soul-searching and internal work, the outside of me began to catch up with the inside--and I know that I'm not alone in those circumstances. That's why I created Project Blissful. I want to help other people discover and resolve their own issues and learn to be truly happy.

6. I hate to be the one to burst anyone's bubble--but there really is no "magic pill" or formula when it comes to losing weight. You have to eat less and move more--it's a fact. However, it doesn't have to suck. And, in fact, once you get going, it can make you feel pretty dang powerful.

7. I never eat mayonnaise, sour cream (unless it's reduced fat) or any other condiments that add fat/calories. I also skip the cheese most of the time. You would not believe the difference this small change makes.

8. Wearing "big shoes" as I call them (I prefer platform wedges, but anything will do) visually takes off ten pounds. Honest.

Here's my progress through Jan. 2014!

And my progress through Jan. 2014, below!

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