100 Pounds Lighter, A Few More to Go
Congratulations to Davesnay who has lost 100 pounds. She used to weigh 330 pounds and now she weighs 230. She explains that tracking everything she eats with Calorie Count is the key to her success. With 30 pounds to go, she doesn’t plan on stopping what she’s doing anytime soon and already has a maintenance plan in mind.
She contacted us through our Share Your Story feature, and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?
I went to the Doctor for my annual physical in May, 2011. After the general exam... he said "lose weight or you're going to get diabetes". He recommended 1500 calories a day and 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. I walked out, talked to my husband and picked a date to start.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I tried going to Curves a few years back, but without dieting, it just didn't work. I never really tried to diet because I didn't feel like I was eating all that much and just chalked it up to inactivity.
3. Please describe how you reached your weight loss goal. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude? Did you implement any other strategies besides Calorie Count? What was the most important change?
I simply used Calorie Count to calculate my calories for the day and utilized my Xbox with Kinect for working out, along with walking and a stationary bike. I started buying lower calorie foods and really paying attention to what I was eating. Added fruits and veggies and started eating breakfast...which I never did before. Once I started, I found it to be pretty easy to keep it up and never let bad days get to me.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Words can't express how happy I was to find Calorie Count. I love getting graded for my daily meals and seeing what areas of nutrition I needed to work on. I log on daily from home and plan my meals a day in advance, so I know exactly what I will be having. I tend to eat the same things, so it was nice to have that information right there under the corresponding meals. I downloaded the app on my phone in case of an emergency, so that even on the go, I can keep track. I could not have done this without Calorie Count.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
The hardest part was dealing with the hunger pangs. I just decided that I would say "fat cells are dying" when I felt hungry and it made it ok. Also, going out to eat was hard, but I planned ahead. If I am going out for dinner, I will have a salad for lunch.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
It didn't take long actually...lost about 10 lbs in the first 3 weeks or so. I was down 50 lbs in just over 2 months and 75 within 5 months...for me, success was almost immediate, which I know is rare.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
For the first 3 months, it was plain old commitment. Just kept it in my head that I DID NOT want to deal with diabetes. Then we went on vacation and I had a "free week". I didn't input my calories but watched what I ate and spent a lot of time in the pool. When I saw that it didn't hurt me too much, I gave myself a "free" weekend once a month.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I have more energy, I enjoy doing things I couldn't before...like walking and exercise. I have sleep apnea and was able to get rid of my O2 tank and lower my pressure by half. Hoping to be off my machine by the time I'm done.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I am still losing but I already have a maintenance plan in mind. I will continue to use Calorie Count, but will up my calories to 2000. If I see that I am gaining, I will reduce them back to 1500. I will always have to count calories, I'm ok with that.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Log EVERYTHING you eat.
- Stay focused.
- Exercise is addictive once you start doing it routinely.
- Surround yourself with people who will support you.
- Be creative in your food planning.
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