12 Sizes Smaller
Losing weight can be a tough feat and even tougher if you’re battling depression. That’s when Deirdra985 took matters into her own hands by prescribing herself an exercise plan. She has gone from a size 22 to a size 10 after losing 75lbs.
She contacted us through our Share Your Story feature, and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?
I was really depressed for a couple of weeks with no end in sight. I'd heard that exercising released endorphins, so I ran out to the gym and joined. I began taking classes 5 days per week for about a month. I moved across country and when I got here I realized that my clothes were all very loose. I thought to myself, "Wow, I bet if I start watching what I eat I can lose even more weight" and so I did. I continued working out 5-6 days per week and eating very healthy. So far I have lost 75 pounds (although 3 have come back because I was away from the gym for a week and a half) and I keep pushing on. It's very difficult for me because I hate exercise and I love food. While it's coming off much slower now, I have gone from a 22 to a 10 and I'm thrilled with the results!
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
None. I was always very comfortable in my own skin. I was raised with the notion that it's what's on the inside that counts and I have always looked at myself, as well as others, that way.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I went from no exercise what so ever to doing 4 miles a day on the elliptical at a high incline and a high resistance. I upped my game by doing some weight training every other day and that seemed to help when I had "plateaued". As for food, I changed just about everything. All of the foods that I love are now special treats and I have them every so often. I don't deprive myself of anything entirely; I just save them for when I'm wanting them most or a special occasion.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I really only ever read the newsletters but I have signed on to track exercise and food intake and I have high hopes that it will help me lose faster than I have been as of late.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Getting up at 4am every day to go to the gym is definitely the worst part.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
One month before I realized that my self-prescription for depression was also making me shrink.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
When I reached a size 10 from a 22.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I make myself go to the gym each day because I'm of the mindset that if I skip just one day (other than Sunday) I will think it's "OK" to skip other days. At which point I can see myself slacking and subsequently telling myself it's OK to eat junk all the time, too. So, I guess, I just nip it in the bud.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Sadly, I'm more accepted by and welcomed from people (strangers). It makes me so sad to see just how shallow we are as a race. I'm the same person I was before, only thinner and healthier.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Exercise almost daily. I mean sweat, not just a walk around the neighborhood.
- Cut out whites. Whole grain breads, pastas, crackers, etc. It's OK to eat carbs, just make sure they're in the form of grains/wheats.
- Portion control.
- Never deprive yourself of anything entirely. You're sure to fall off the wagon that way.
- Have a "goal treat". When I reach my goal, you can be sure I'm going to sit down with a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup and bask in all of its glory!
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