52 Pounds Lighter with Portion Control
The Jenny Craig program along with Calorie Count has been helping Kdub10s rethink her way of eating as well as monitoring the type of foods she eats. This, along with a positive mindset has helped her lose 52 lbs, and she is now focusing on maintaining her weight loss.
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 play a lot of tennis and was tired of never being able to move around on the court. I was also outgrowing my clothes. Plus, I was determined not to go over 200 pounds.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutri-System
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 joined Jenny Craig, because I needed the portion control and I'm not much of a cook. It kept me in check and the weekly one-on-one weigh-ins kept me "honest." Then my son introduced me to Calorie Count and it's really changed everything.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Tracking everything I put in my mouth has really made me re-think my eating. I'm a "bored eater." I love food, but the idea that I had to record that momentary lapse has really kept me from falling off the wagon, so to speak.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
I'm 51 and I started this weight loss when I was 50. My metabolism has slowed WAY down. In my past weight loss pursuits, little slips wouldn't show up on the scale. Not so much now. Hitting plateaus was very discouraging, but I tried to stick to my goal and not pay attention to that.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
It took months and was tough because nobody noticed for a long time. My weight came off very slowly. Finally in June, I felt like I was starting to succeed.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
Using Calorie Count! My goal has changed. My new goal is to maintain my healthy weight. That's everything. Plus, I hired a personal trainer, which I absolutely LOVE. I have another new goal to become more fit and defined. Stay tuned!
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Well, shopping for clothes is a major rush. I feel like I have a new toy - my new body. I'm honestly speechless when I look in the mirror. It's just incredible.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
About 2 months, but, as I said, my new goal is to maintain. I've lost so much weight so many times in the past and made the mistake of thinking that I was "done." I'm teaching myself to understand that I am never, ever done.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Track EVERYTHING you eat. BE HONEST. You're only cheating yourself when you lie.
- Look for opportunities to move - walk, run, work out, play sports.
- Consider weight training. It's an amazing motivator.
- Make long-term maintenance your goal so you don't go off the rails when you hit your weight goal.
- Don't get discouraged when people stop noticing your weight loss. It just means that they're used to the new you. Don't make THAT your goal.
- EAT VEGGIES AND FRUITS and DRINK WATER. Make sure your calories are quality calories.
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