By Perri O. Blumberg
When Ingrid was pregnant with her third child, she went through some difficult personal issues, turned to food to soothe herself, and watched as the number on the scale went up…and up and up. In all, she gained 100 pounds. “I basically self-medicated with food,” she says.
After giving birth, she vowed to find a sustainable way to lose the pounds. For her, that mean not depriving herself of any one food group, instead eating until she felt satisfied, not stuffed. “I ate three meals a day with small portions,” she explains. “They consisted of mostly lean protein, carbs, healthy fats, and vegetables. And I changed my view of food — from looking at it as a source of pleasure to seeing it as a source of fuel for my body.”
In 3 months, she dropped 40 pounds, and her energy levels and stamina skyrocketed. By the 8-month mark, she’d lost all 100 pounds. “Make vision boards of where you want to be and what you want to look at,” she advises. (Hers contained goal-oriented images: a healthy family, outfits she eventually planned to wear, and beach vacations.) “Looking at these boards on a daily basis trains your mind to see you as that fit, healthy person,” she adds.