How I Lost 25 Pounds in 2 Months

UPDATE: Read my new book, Hotel Sweet Home, for a thorough list of the healthy items I eat in hotels. All my meals are simple, delicious, and nutritious!

Today I am celebrating 2 months of great weight loss success eating a plant-based diet. I have lost 25 pounds, have more energy, and feel healthier than ever.  Amazingly, I achieved this weight loss while travelling and living in hotels full-time!

In the past 2 months, I have gone from 154 pounds (size 10) to 129 pounds (size 4) — 25 pounds lost! 

The weight loss has been rapid and dramatic, despite also gaining muscle mass through exercise.  I enjoy walking outdoors 1-3 hours/day everyday, and I do some weight training and light yoga 3-5 times/week.  I don’t do anything too intense… just activities that I enjoy.

I am a 43 year-old, 5’9″ woman. At 129 pounds, I have reached my weight loss goals, and I going to continue to eat sensibly to see where I end up.

Last week I bought I size 4 pair of pants.  I haven’t been a size 4 since junior high school, 30 years ago! The previous pair of pants I bought was size 12.

My meals consist only of whole grains, beans, and vegetables. I eat slowly, and I eat as much as I want until I am comfortably full.  I also eat 1-3 servings of fruit everyday. To optimize my weight loss, I don’t eat meat, bread, dairy, oil, avocado, nuts, or processed food.

My typical meals are:

  • steel cut oatmeal with berries
  • big salad with all my favorite veggies, with oil-free hummus or beans
  • steamed greens with beans or veggie chili
  • sweet potatoes with broccoli and pico de gallo

Because my daily menu is so simple and enjoyable, I am easily able to follow this way of eating while travelling and living in hotels 100% of the time! (Check out my book, Hotel Sweet Home, for many more healthy meals you can easily eat while travelling or staying in hotels.)

Woman Eating berries
Eating oatmeal with berries and cinnamon via my hotel’s complimentary breakfast

21 comments

  1. You are so clear about what you eat, I want to be like you! I’m tired carrying about 30lbs excess weight, no wonder I feel tired all the time! Also, I don’t have diabetes yet but I’m an open invitation to it😪 I will be following your blog!

    • Thank you for your note. I share my story in hopes it will help others. I’m glad my success has inspired you, and thanks for following. My weight declined most significantly when I gave up all oil and extra fat. I wish you great success, Marian! You can do it!

  2. Hi! Congratulations on your great success! I’m also following dr Mcdougall max weight loss guidelines but didn’t get that much success. I still Have 10 lbs to lose. One qs i have is are you completely Salt free? Thanks

    • Hi Sherry. Thank you!
      I don’t add any salt to my food. However, one of my favorite grocery items, Engine 2 Firehouse Chili, has salt. I usually eat a serving (1/2 the box) twice a week. I also make my own veggie soup using low-sodium broth, and I eat that 3-4 times a week.

      • I am trying to learn more about Diabetes and understand the difference between 1 & 2. However, are you managing type 1 completely insulin free? If so, that is AMAZING. Thank you for sharing your story.

        • Hi Sherri, thanks for your note! I removed the information about diabetes because it was ambiguous. A couple months after this weight loss, I was finally diagnosed correctly with Type 1 diabetes, which means that I must inject insulin for the rest of my life. Still, being thin and healthy helps me minimize the amount of insulin I need, and it helps me with better blood sugar control.

  3. You look great Libby! And you look like you feel great! I am working on doing the same thing. I have cut all processed foods from my diet along with dairy and red meat. This week, I have eaten strictly vegetables and fruit. I did make an exception on Tuesday night and had 6 small shrimp and today at lunch, I had a slice of white meat turkey breast. I have not added any oils to my food either. I did eat some pecans this morning though, and I intended to still eat avocados. I’m considering cutting those out to you after seeing your success! Please keep sharing your plethora of information! It’s inspirational to those of us trying to follow the same path!

  4. Thank you for Sharing your story. You have inspired me. I am a few years older and I struggle with my weight but you have given me hope that I can do it too.
    Congratulations on your success and road to better health! I would love ❤️ to follow your blog.
    Will you be posting recipes and photos of sample meals? Seeing that helps and makes it feel more manageable. 🥗🥙🌽🍅🌶🍉🍐🥕🍒🍑🍐🍊🍋🍓🍇🍍🥒🍠👍🏻👏😀

    • Thanks for your note Cheryl. You can do it! I am happy to help by posting sample meals. I will share more soon. To our health! 🥗🥔🍉🍋🍚🍌🍅🍒😊

  5. Congrats! 🙂 you make it look easy, and inspire me to try…I will look more into this ‘diet’ (even though I don’t like diets)…

  6. Congrats to you! We started a vegan, whole-foods, plant-based diet as well on Jan 6th. I honestly don’t know that I’d believe the results if I hadn’t experienced them myself! I am down 38 pounds in 5 months. We are so happy with this new lifestyle change!

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