I have about 30 pounds to lose until I reach a healthy weight, but frankly, I will stop losing weight when my body stops losing weight. By that I mean I will continue to eat when my appetite dictates and eat as much as it takes to feel satisfied. I will not count calories or fat or practice portion control. I will listen to my body and follow it's innate wisdom.
There is one caveat--the food I eat must be real food, or my weight will increase and my health will decrease. Fortunately, once I released myself from the grips of processed, industrialized foods, I no longer craved those foods that were making me fat and sick.
I have sweet treats every week. I eat my favorite foods daily. It couldn't be simpler.
I will always love to prepare and eat food. I have not suffered one moment in this real food way of life. I have watched the weight melt away and my health issues disappear.
I hope my story will encourage others to experience the same!
UPDATE (April 7, 2013): This post was written 6 months ago when I had a total weight loss of about 35 pounds. Since then total weight loss has become 43 pounds. I have not consciously or purposefully 'dieted' at any point in the last year and I have yet to implement any type of scheduled or planned exercise into my practice of a healthy lifestyle. It has been incredible over this past year to watch my body change and to see curves and muscles that I had forgotten I'd ever had! I had to step on the scale for the purpose of writing this update, but frankly, I don't think about weighing myself until I notice that my pants are looser and I'm curious to see if I'd dropped another pound or two.
I have found freedom from the scale, from dieting and from self-loathing through a real food diet!
I still have about 10 pounds to lose before I will be in the "normal weight range" in terms of my BMI, but I don't put much stock in that number. I plan to continue to eat real food, have a naturally active lifestyle and love my body at the weight that it decides to settle into as I nourish it through real food and a mindful and present-in-the-moment way of life.