YES, you got that right – this amazing woman, Diane Naylor, lost 225 lbs at age 63. This is really amazing, right?! This is how the story goes – four years ago, she moved from Fresno to Oakhurst, California, and was excited about all of the new activities her new location afforded her: hiking paths, biking trails in Yosemite and a great climate for being outdoors. But, there was just one BIG problem – Diane weighed more than 400 pounds and didn’t want to go outside. She felt miserable and depressed, because of her weight. But, she didn’t give up and the next month, she started her weight-loss journey and hasn’t looked back since. Here, she recounts the steps she took to lose 225 pounds, and offers advice for people in similar situations:
- You should start NOW.
“Don’t put it off. No one gets any younger, and the younger you are, the easier it is. I started at 59, which proves anyone can do it. Why start six months from now? Start today!”
- Small changes matter.
You can start with walking. In the beginning, going to the mailbox was a challenge for her. But, when she lost 20 pounds (thanks to walking and a new eating plan), she started riding an indoor bike and taking longer walks around her neighborhood. And today, this amazing woman hikes 4-mile trails and does 20-30-mile bike rides with her niece. She doesn’t stop moving until she hits 10,000 steps a day. Naylor stressed it’s all about starting small, and increasing your movement as you feel stronger.
- You should find a support network.
She lost 50 lbs on her own and then she joined the Taking Off Pounds Sensibly club, better known as TOPS. The club provides accountability and constant support. Naylor attends meetings every Monday, and received calls, emails and letters of encouragement from other members when she first started.
“The Monday meetings help me keep myself in check during the weekends, when I’d be most likely to cheat. If you don’t have access to a similar group — start one yourself! Find similar-minded people who will understand and support you.”
- Try to eat something new.
“I learned how to eat fish. I didn’t care for it before, but I bought an air fryer which helped me cook it without the grease and I actually like the way it tastes.”
- Don’t go on a “diet.”
Diane also mentioned that before she joined TOPS, she had tried everything to lose weight, from Weight Watchers to Jenny Craig, and she always gained it back. So, she started eating more veggies, less junk and walked every day.
- Stick with it.
This is very important for you to understand – you will hit weight-loss plateaus along the way! YES, it’s inevitable. But, as long as you stick with it, you will continue to lose weight.
- Take it one meal at a time.
Staying healthy is a constant, every day decision. Sometimes, that can feel overwhelming, but she suggests looking at it as just one decision, one meal at a time, and stresses that you need to be consistent.
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