Does Slim 4 Life Work?
The food you prepare looks like it could be served in a restaurant. December 5, at 3: I have no words except WOW! The three groups were categorized into those who performed exercises only, performed diet only, and both exercised and dieted during the same time period. My husband has lost 20 lbs in 5 weeks.
Slim 4 Life Ingredients
In short, I overhauled my life. A little over a year after I began, I lost pounds. This story—the 20 year lead-up, the weight loss, and the lessons learned long after—is all in my memoir, It Was Me All Along. I read every single comment that comes through here and the kindness, the openness, just blows me away. Other notes about me: Every year, we go on a big trip together to celebrate our best friendship.
My cookbook, Eating in the Middle: Good Morning America, Dr. My blog was recently called the best weight loss blog by Health Magazine Oct issue. Aran Goyoaga of the completely gorgeous Cannelle et Vanille photographed my cookbook, and took almost all of the photos of me that are seen on this site. WOW, I love this sight. You are truly amazing! Thank YOU for sharing your story. It is an inspiration to myself and I am sure to many others! It would really add to your inspirational story.
Great job on the pound loss. I have never been overweight, but I am very conscientious about what goes in my body and healthy eating. Keep up the good work. Tenaya, Thank you for your sweet words! I appreciate your advice. Andrea, I love your blog! I look forward to it everyday and will try your wonderful recipes. So glad you had fun last night, everything looked beautiful. Oh My God, I love you.
Thanks for always supporting and encouraging me. Your chicken piccata recipe was one of the first recipes I made when learning to cook! Hi Andrea, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! You have such an inspirational story, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to reading your blog! Thank you so much for commenting on my blog because it lead me to yours!
What a fantastic story and you are absolutely beautiful. I am adding u to my google reader: Thank you for the comment on my blog. You are a beautiful woman who has an amazing gift for cooking.
I just found your blog…via Eat Move Love and I am hooked! You are an amazing person and I love your story! Way to go on losing the weight and keeping it off. Andrea, thank you for your comment on my blog! You are officially my dose of inspiration for today.
Thanks for commenting on my blog! Yours looks great, and what an amazing success story! Glad I found another CT blogger….. Imagine what my face would look like with those banana muffins. Keep up the goods work you are gainging a fan base. I hope you are so proud of yourself because you really should be. I am always wondering what to make for dinner and now I know where to go to get wonderful, healthy recipes!
Also, I love the step-by-step photos! Your blog is the BEST!! I want to eat all of the food! Your favorite uncle is waiting!!
Bye for now, love, Suzy. I am loving your blog, the passion you have for food really shines through. You always have such great and innovative recipes. You are truly inspirational: Did you just add this section? I feel like I just met the woman behind the recipes…..
You are an inspiration! Congratulations on successfully changing your eating habits and losing so much weight. The food you prepare looks like it could be served in a restaurant. The presentation is beautiful and everything must be so much more enjoyable to eat when such care is taken to prepare it.
I am inspired to follow in your footsteps. I am also excited that you have included the nutrition info for some of your meals. I am trying to lose 15 lbs. Thank you so much for your kind words, Catherine! It really means so much to me. Best of luck with your weight loss! I hope some of these crazy recipes will help!! What a great story.
You have achieved something with your weight loss and maintenance that is extremely difficult. You should be so proud of yourself. I look so forward to reading more of your blog! Hey lady…do you have an email address? Sorry, I should make a little sub page with my contact info. I live in CT too! Wow, amazing job on the weight loss! From my birth to the present sober for a few years, hiding the drinking for a few, now he is out and proud with his drinkin my dad has been a drunk.
I am sure you know what I mean when I say I lived through some truly horrific incidents day in and day out. Your a film production assistant?! Do you love it? I give you props since so much rides on you and time is money! You have such an inspirational story.
You seem so happy now! And your job sounds really exciting too. I found your blog via a recipe you posted for stuffed shells. I, too, am overweight and have tried many different ways to tackle the weight loss. I really want to make a change this time. Keep the awesome posts coming.
Sandy, thank you so much! I know how hard it can be to make lasting changes and lose the weight. You can do it, trust me. What a wonderful story! You really are inspirational. Thanks for your honesty… and your blog! This is my first time visiting your blog, and your story is absolutely amazing. You are so inspiring!! I am very happy to have found your blog as well!!! It is truly my pleasure to have met you!! I love your blog Your story is so inspirational! I love your approach to leading a healthy lifestyle.
Such a great story! You truly are an inspiration to others! Look forward to reading more about your blog! I love your blog. I check it when I can. Your personal story is fascinating and definately inspirational. Your narratives are well written, insightful, informative, and fun. Your recipes are varied, easy to follow, textually interesting, colorful and the food looks absolutely delicious.
The pictures are clear and you have a good eye. Your blog looks like a labor of love. I just came across your blog and am already so inspired! You have such an amazing story and I think it is wonderful and courageous!
You definitely serve as an inspiration! And your recipes look delicious. I love how easy to follow they are. Your story is incredible. Andrea you are such an inspiration and your blog is an amazing account of how strong of a woman you truly are!! I am not saying this just because you are soon to be part of my family, but because I am so proud to be a part of yours. You are inspirational and beautiful!
Katie, Thank you so so much. You are the perfect role model showing how to eat healthy, yet still enjoy certain foods that you love. I really appreciate your honesty and you being an amazing role model to so many people! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your words mean more than you can imagine. I appreciate your sincerity and kindness, every word touched me. Your story is really fantastic and it sounds like we share a similar philosophy regarding food. Congratulations on your weight loss!!! Seriously revealing my madness to the world.
But thank you so much for the support and for your sweet sweet words! Love love LOVE your blog!!! And you look so fab! Thanks so much, Hill! It was so so wonderful meeting you at HLS! I read your blog in woman world. I have been 90 pounds overweight for 33 years and have tried every diet there is, even weight watchers.
Your plan is So easy and simple. I no I can do it, I want to be thin so bad. How long did it take you to lose your weight? Thank you for commenting! It took me about 13 months to lose it all. Trust me when I tell you that you can do it. Best of luck to you! Keep in touch if you ever have any questions! I just bought WW because the cover attrated my attention. I lost my Mom to complications of Diabetes 10 yrs.
So I try each morning to make better choices in my consumption of food, and exercise. I give into temptation, and wind up gaining the lbs I lose. I am so excited to have found your website, and I am very inspired by your journey. I am hoping that I will discover a simular journey for myself: Try not to look at the big picture all the time. I found that just staying present- living fully in each moment of the day- really helped me to make the best decisions and stay with it.
What a fabulous way to exercise! And group classes are fantastic for so many reasons! Thank you so much Andrea: I am trying to fill up on veggies and fruits. Staying away from processed foods would benefit me in more ways then one.
I seem to always feel bloated and sluggish after eating some breads, and I am lactose intolerant. So the fruits and veggies seem to make me feel more energetic and lighter feeling.
I will keep you posted, might check in every so often to let you know my progress. I am following you on twitter: He is very supportive: Andrea… your story is soooo inspirational. I hope your blog helps many others with their food intake. We need a more healthy population. I just found out about this website, and I must say this: I LOVE you already. Well, I adore you. Your English was fantastic! Thank you so much for your kindness! I hope you cook some of these recipes and let me know if you like them!
Love the blog, KerriAnn forwarded it to me. Keep up the good work and will enjoy reading more. I remember your Mom and love the note you blogged about her using the internet and email.
So fantastic to hear from you! I hope all is well with you and the family!! I made a bunch of your egg roll recipes last week. You are absolutely beautiful and inspiring: I am really glad that I found your blog! Will definitely be trying out your recipes soon! Just discovered your blog, and I just have to say it is absolutely beautiful! You really know how to grasp the reader in, and every picture you take of each recipe is gorgeous.
Your blog is so inspiring. You are a wonderful writer. My husband and I are starting the Hunger Challenge today. I really get inspiration and ideas from your postings. Keep up the good work! I LOVE all your recipes and get so excited when you post a new one. I love how open and honest and hilarious you are on here and you are such an inspiration!
Thank you thank you Meagan! Love your story— in the middle of my journey right now— eating healthier, exercising daily and finally seeing myself in the mirror with a smile: Not sure the topic will be helpful in my pursuit of healthy food though!
So I found your blog last night after a friend on facebook posted one of your recipes it was the mini lasagnes, so cute! Anyway, I was up all night, and first thing I did when I dropped the kids at school was come back and read some more!
I am just wondering, do you have any before pictures? I have committed to making at least one thing off your blog each week: I relate so much to your story. I will definitely be checking back!
I was reading through your posts and wanted to comment on how wonderful your blog is…then I saw you live in Seattle! I moved to Seattle almost 2 years ago with my boyfriend, we should get together sometime: I might be your new biggest fan — so glad I found your blog. Keep up the great work! So you are not working in the entertainment industry anymore? I came across your blog tonight and am sitting here on the verge of tears. But your words are wise and so full of inspiration and truth.
I have to do that. That number is just a tool, albeit a powerful one. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of light on the internet. So glad I found your blog. You lost pounds, that is amazing! A friend posted a picture of your coffee cake muffins on her facebook after making them. I asked her what they were and she gave me your link. You are truely amazing and I giggle everytime I start reading. I sent the link to a friend today and told her that your words move me like a well written novel.
I found your blog on Pinterest and I am so psyched to make those buffalo chicken rolls, but more excited to have found your blog. Congrats on your success finding happiness and gaining health. I look forward to interjecting some of your sage advice into my own life and trying some of your recipes!! Hey Andie I just want to say that I love your blog!
Your food always looks delicious and your photos are gorgeous! You are an inspiring woman: What a joy to read your blog. Thanks for sharing your journey and your recipes. Your blog is so inspiring! You are an amazing writer. I look forward to more inspiring words. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I just found your blog.. I stumbled upon your website and see that you lost lbs.
I am currently in the early stages of losing about that much myself. How did you do it? Any tips or suggestions you might want to share? I am really glad to have found your blog, I need inspiration!! Thanks so much for sharing! You inspire me to cook lighter for myself and my family!
Not only do you speak what I feel, but we went to the same college and I think around the same time … so I feel even more connected to you! Kick it up a notch!
So here I am at work and sucked into your blog: What an awesome lady you are! The working yourself to death at the gym is nor was it ever my thing.
So happy to have been connected you! Oh my, I follow you on twitter and know you through foodista, yet now I realize I never knew you. I am so happy to discover your writing and your story. Congratulations on your book! I have to say, your boyfriend is one heck of a lucky guy. I have some buddies coming over this weekend to watch football, and am planning on making the buffalo egg rolls.
Buy her flowers, tell her she is beautiful, and appreciate what you have. Cheers, yah lucky dog! I came to look at the buffalo wraps recipe and found someone like my sisters and me. We have all suffered from emotionally eating, for reasons ranging from raising our younger siblings basicly on our own to sexual abuse to watching a another sister die slowly and painfully.
It is empowering to hear the voice of someone who has found the healthy end of weightloss and is willing to tell the story of the past and not discount it. You are an inspiration: I love your story and your beautiful smile. Looking forward to browsing through more of your blog.
By the way, good luck on your books! I am an Andi as well! And I too am 26yo. Thank you for your blog! I look forward to reading about your experience and getting your tips and maybe a few good recipes?! I gained alot of weight my first year in college and I hated to work out, but I still did it twice a day. I think the stress of having to work out made it hard to lose weight so I gave up the gym and just started cutting portions and walking and the weight all came off.
You have such and incredible story and are an absolutely amazing writer. For the first time, in a very long time, I feel inspired and hopeful.
You are beautiful, then and now…. Happy to hear that you can enjoy a burger now and then, in moderation. Oh, and then walk Green lake of corse! I just came across your blog and am amazed by your weight loss and dedication to staying true to yourself instead of being a slave to the scale and gym.
And now that I read that you only live about 45 minutes north of me, I want you to come to my house and kick my butt into gear and cook me yummy healthy food: Wow, what a lucky day it was for me to happen upon your recipe on Pinterest, which lead me to your incredibly witty and thought provoking blog. Nice to meet you, Andie. I look forward to more of your creativity, humor and wit.
My good friend Lynsay shared it with me and this is what i just shared on my Facebook about you:. Thank you Lynsay Horton for sharing with me! It is incredible how we adapt as we learn about ourselves, our needs, what we can dissolve and what is worth the fight!
Definitely check it out! I stumbled across your awesome blog via Pinterest. I have a 3 year old and gained close to 90 pounds while I was pregnant. Reading your blog has given me new hope! Someone pinned your blog on Pinterest today, so I followed the link.
May I ask what it is you are writing? Do you have a publisher? I always dream of writing for a living — but the process is difficult. BTW, just found your blog and read your exercise history…and cried so hard. I can more than relate. Too much to say…but not the strength to say it now. I give you a lot of Kudos. I myself have gone on the weight loss journey. I have lost pounds but still have around to lose.
I was so proud of myself and what I was able to achieve with a healthy dose of exercise and eating right. I find though the last bit of weight to be very discouraging to lose. It comes off slower, I find it harder to see the end of the tunnel now but about half way through I could see it clearly. I saw your blog posted somewhere….
I can not wait to read more and see what advice I can gain from you! Right now i feel like you back when you joined the YMCA.. Thank you for sharing your story.. I love your blog, your perspective, your word choices, your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. I just discovered it today. I really appreciate your inspiration!
I am so glad I stumbled upon this. Much like you, I grew up in the kitchen. Much like you, I adore good! Much like you, I also have sciatica although I have that nagging pain in my right buttock- not my left. And much like you, I never really enjoyed the gym, although I love being active if that makes sense.
I also just recently moved to Seattle, and I sold my car. This is one of the reasons I left their program. Values for low fat and highly processed items that are not necessarily clean or real food. It always amazes me that people would defend wrong, then attack you for voicing your opinion. The question is not which foods are bad, and why some are okay. They are capitalizing on their name, brand, and goodwill with people who are trying to be healthy.
That trust from the consumers should be respected, not traded in for dollars. Some of their products help people stay fat. Then you purchase more of their products to help you loose the weight gain, and the circle continues. Still want to defend weight watchers because only some of their products are bad?
What makes them different from Monsanto, or Kraft? One drop of poison infects the entire water supply. I agree, that is the reason I just quit WW. People left with armloads. Carol, after tons of research, I have come to the same conclusion as you did. You put it perfectly! I joined WW two months ago and have lost over 15 pounds…. WW has taught me to portion and make healthy food choices.
They have a database full of recipes, and have not once suggested I eat Smart Ones. I think it is more important to clean our bodies of the chemicals and other not so friendly toxins in our food and stick as closely to real food as possible so that while we are trying to lose weight we can also get healthy.
I have been eating organic now for a while and have noticed a world of difference in my health and my weight. Thank you Vani for all of your help. Vani did not say Weight Watchers was evil and trying to kill everyone. She invites consumers to read the ingredient label and investigate. I agree not everyone wants to substitute cheesey comfort food for quinoa salad. But Vani is a health food advocate and these WW ingredients are simply not Healthy.
If you go to the market and look for canned pineapple or applesause you will find just the fruit and real sugar but not the processed bad preservatives. Plenty of receipes on line for kosher cooking. I am most curious though as to why start with Weight Watchers? I totally agree their prepackaged and frozen food is chemical laden. Weight Watchers needs to address that and improve their ingredients.
But maybe frozen and packaged foods is the only hope someone has to lose the weight and learn fresh cooking in the meantime. The program DOES promote healthy eating and cooking fresh and local. They also have a vegetarian program. The Leaders are totally motivational and leave you with a feeling that you can lose the weight for good and maintain it for the rest of your life.
The leaflets they pass out at each meeting are full of healthy recipes, and fitness tips for getting you through the week until the next meeting. Weighing in at each meeting is so powerful and gets you through the week to the next meeting. Please address these facts in an apology to the program. I know this is way off topic, but I had a question. I am considering trying out homemade deodorant and saw that most of the recipes I could find had cornstarch or arrowroot.
Then I saw online that arrowroot is supposedly bad, especially for pregnant women. Do you know if arrowroot really is bad? Also, is cornstarch bad? Weight Watchers did NOT cause you to have your gallbladder removed, that is absolutely insane. I had my gallbladder removed as well, I know the pain you speak of. Yeah I know its simply not fashionable to actually eat less and buy less of your sponsors food products but if you actually went on a crusade to teach to eat healthier and eat right sized meals you would stand a chance of actually making a difference in peoples lives.
Teach that person what an actual portion size LOOKS like for all the things they EAT, tech them that they should not diet but rather change their overeating lifestyle to eat right sized meal and it far less than they think. Teach people to teach themselves to learn about food… Its not so sexy and does not get you sponsor kickbacks quite the same, but if you found 20 or people to take a 12 month learn and reduce challenge you would see amazing differences.
Shut the front door! I have done weight watchers for years and lost lbs! All of my weight loss has been a LIE. Chemicals are minimal compared to the health issues your extra weight would have caused……blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, joint issues to name but a few…good job!
The Benbrook link is not a strong argument because they did not take into account yield. There are other arguments out there, but this one should not be used. I was just perusing your entries and noticed that you teach readers to distrust a lot of specific brands and restaurants. I want to be sceptical when choosing my diet. What kind of experience and qualifications do you have? It was a wonderful program that taught me about a balanced diet and portion control, and to this day I still have the guide and points calculator!
For the past 5 years I have been living in Chile, a country with a great selection of vitamin rich fruits and veggies the food here is actually more nutritious than other parts of the world because of the amazing nutrient rich soils and very little processed food.
What does that mean? It means that correlation was demonstrated when they gave a survey to some people cohort. Anything that comes prepackaged and in the freezer section contains a lot of sodium. I always remember what I learned in school about people at sea for long periods of time, they canned their food but were getting sick because the food would spoil.
Look at a box of Lean Pockets, everything on the label is low…except sodium. Without a preservative food spoils quicker. I think I made sense but probably not lol. Processed food in India is getting more and more in recent times. It is really scary to see the long list of chemicals in the food. Hope they have listed everything. But consumer have a choice — Reject processed food, stick to food as close as possible to the natural form.
Never went for weight watchers but always ate whole grain cereals and fresh fruit , cottage cheese, some honey for my mid day meal and never worried about weight gain.