Extending Our Happily Ever After

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What a difference a decision has made…


Since March 19th, 2012 We’ve lost 195 lbs!

This is my husband, Ivan and myself. I’m Marie. We’ve been happily married since 2002. We met online and fell in love (say awwwww!) lol He’s a British man! So, EVERYONE here in America is sooooo impressed with his accent. It’s really quite funny! I don’t quite hear it anymore, neither does my son. Anyway, he and I met and fell in love, married and settled into a lovely life filled with lots of laughter. We do love to eat as well! Our weight was a very big issue and one we battled on a daily basis. We tried diets and failed them… together. Ivan is a meat and potato man and I’m a polite eater. I just eat whatever is put in front of me. Isn’t that polite of me?

Anyway, we climbed up to 377 lbs for me and 284.5 for him (we were probably bigger than that, but when we finally chose to take control of this once and for all, that’s what we weighed in at). I was always on the lookout for a diet that seemed like it would work for us. Found the 17 Day Diet by Dr Mike Moreno in a magazine. It seemed very well balanced. We started it and never looked back. Obviously it’s been quite successful for us or we’ve been very successful on it? Whichever way you look at it, it worked! Another thing happened. It changed how we felt about food. Isn’t that what a diet is supposed to do? Stop becoming a diet and become a lifestyle? That’s what this did for us… and within about two weeks. Seriously!

I had lost about 36 lbs before I even started adding exercise into the mix… and when I did, I chose walking. I had remembered from when I was in Weight Watchers that several people loved using Leslie Sansone Walking Tapes. Lo Impact (I have degenerative arthritis in my lower back and right hip) was the choice for me, plus it seemed the logical choice, as I have no equipment, no gym membership and live in Northeast Pennsylvania where winters last sometimes up to 5-6 months out of the year and I didn’t want to have weather derail a choice of outdoor walking. So, if I chose an indoor exercise plan, then nothing would take me away from that. Smart, huh? I’m no dummy! I have been exercising ever since… 4-5 days a week anywhere from 3-5 miles a day. I’m now starting to add stretching and toning exercises into the mix as well.

I’ve also decided to start a blog as I have been inspiring alot of friends with my weight loss and wanted to share all the things I’ve learned along my journey in the hopes of inspiring and motivating others. I love helping others find the joy of losing weight and getting healthy, too. I feel that I’ve been wearing a permanent smile on my face since March and I feel great. I have truly enjoyed the journey so far and it’s been great getting healthy with the love of my life.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and hope you come back and I promise to bring you as much information as I can that I hope will help you along your path to a healthy life as well. It’s all a learning experience and I’m learning more each and every day, myself!

Author: PennSmiths

We are Marie, 49, and Ivan,58. We used to live on the East Coast and are now living in Southern California. Marie grew up in Southern California and Ivan was born and raised in Kent, England. We met while playing a word game online and Ivan hopped over the pond to marry me. He says that he would have moved to the moon if that was where I resided! We plan on traveling out our days together when we retire... in an RV, but that won't be happening for a while. I have an amazing son, Christopher and he makes me so proud! Our site is www.extendingourhappilyeverafter.com

8 thoughts on “What a difference a decision has made…

  1. I did say, ‘awwww’ in my head when I read that 😉 You have an adorable marriage, one everyone should strive for! Great job on the weight loss, that’s just amazing!

    • Thank you so very much for stopping by! It took me this long to reply because this was my first blog and my first comment, I didn’t know how! LOL I think I just figured it out. I appreciate your comment so very much! I’m going to keep going til I reach my goal! I hope you stick around to see it!

  2. great stuff! Very inspirational..well done!

  3. Beautiful and Exquisetly written!

  4. What a beautiful transformation!

  5. Great job, Marie! You are truly an inspiration and I am so happy for you and your husband. Keep up the great transformation and I look forward to when you make your goal by March!

  6. Congratulations, Marie (and Ivan, too!). Wonder whether you could perhaps give me a few hints of your first few days, please — what did you eat, etc. as I would very much like to ‘take the plunge’ now.
    Look forward to sharing the journey with you.

    • First few days… well, we were pretty rigid with it. I remember we got the plain greek yogurt (bleh) and we got the frozen berries… but I do remember the bonus of that was that it froze up the yogurt quite nicely and it actually took almost an hour or a bit longer to eat it at work. Even my husband quite enjoyed it, as it was more like ice cream (we put the frozen berries in the yogurt). I think we were thinking diet too much, so we did things like tuna from a can and raw vegetables for lunches and turkey burgers and steamable vegetables for dinner. However, those first few days, we dropped POUNDS! We did hard boiled eggs (1 for a snack) Very simple, very plain.

      But, then we would start having salads… grab the oil and vinegar for dressing… eating HUGE amounts of salad… and cutting up a chicken breast and putting it on top…. I remember getting creative on probably the third night and took ground turkey, browned it, added canned tomatoes (low salt), some taco seasoning, some salsa and then took some lettuce and sort of did a taco with lettuce wraps, instead of tortillas… it was amazing… from then on, we sort of just “got it” and had fun. Protein and veg. It really wasn’t all that hard after you get the hang of it… we really didn’t miss the starch and we loved the feeling of the clean eating. I really hope you enjoy it… please let me know how you are feeling on it! Good luck, Kat!

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