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What’s Your Routine?

October 5, 2015

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It really is possible to lose weight naturally, just by using motivation and modification as your main guidelines. Just ask Iris Salsman.

The 68-year-old has battled weight issues for years, saying she could always lose weight but never keep it off. “In 2012, I decided I was tired of going up and down and I was going to do it my way,” she says. “I figured out that I was setting unrealistic goals and not changing my habits for good.” When Salsman devised a program that had her eating healthy and exercising regularly, she lost 135 pounds in about 14 months. “I went to a couple of nutritionists and did a lot of research,” she explains. “I focused on reducing bad carbs because they can be counterproductive and have a lot of calories. So I allotted myself a set amount at each meal (45 grams for breakfast and lunch, 60 grams for dinner) and for two snacks a day (30 grams). As time went on, I realized I didn’t even need that many.”

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300 pounds knocked, and she slammed the door in its face

August 08, 2015 2:13 pm  •  By Harry Jackson

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The scale stared public relations executive Iris Salsman in the face and said 264 pounds. That meant that knock on the door was 300 pounds beckoning with bags of fast food and soft drinks promising stress relief.

But, “There was no way I was going to be 300 pounds,” Salsman, 68, said. “But if I’d have kept going ...”

Today, she’s 125 pounds, plus or minus a couple of pounds now and then. “I lost more than what I weigh now,” she said. She did it without trying to lose weight, she said, with changes, instead, to fix her life. The weight loss was a byproduct.

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  • Besides being a great role model, Iris is my weight loss coach and friend. My eating restrictions and exercise limitations are complicated because of illnesses I've had and the medications I'm on. For instance, I cant eat gluten, soy, corn and dairy. My exercise is restricted by peripheral neuropathy and Lymphedema. Iris helps me shop for food that I can eat and that I like and find activities that I can do, like water aerobics. Read More
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