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60 + Pounds Lost - VeeVee's Success Story


By Sheila on Apr 13, 2009 12:00 PM in Success Stories

Our Calorie Count member of the week is VeeVee, who has been a member since June 2006 and has lost over 60 lbs. She says that the key to her success was counting calories and leaning on her CC friends for support.  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?  Did you have an "Ah Ha!" moment?

My "Ah Ha" moment came when I was at the gastric doctors and my weight had shot up to 284 lbs.  I could see 300 lbs staring me in the face and I would rather have died than become that heavy.

2.  What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?

You name it, I've done it.  I have tried every diet imaginable; some under doctor's care, some on my own. One year I was on prescription diet medicine and under strict doctor's care and didn't lose any weight.  My husband, his boss and I did Atkins for a year together;  I never cheated and they did.  They lost about 100 lbs each and I didn't lose an ounce.  The story goes on and on as you can well imagine.

3.  What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?

I am now working with a team of people who specialize in working with pre-diabetic and diabetic people to get their sugars balanced and the weight off.  They have been very successful with all their patients.  They have promised me that, with their help, I will lose weight and get my sugars under control.

Having the team of doctors and professionals behind me has been great as they keep track of what I am doing.  However, the most important aspect of this journey has been the community here at Calorie Count.  I could not have done any of this without the love, support, care and concern of my friends here at CC.

4.  How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?

Again, it has been the community and support of loving members here that has kept me going.  Logging my food and weight has also been extremely important, but the support is the most important factor in succeeding.

5.  What was most challenging about losing weight?

Extremely slow metabolism.  The slow to non-existent weight loss and, even worse, the weight gains.  When I would get in a slump over this, I could always count on my CC family to boost me up and make me see I had come too far to accept defeat and quit.

6.  How long did it take you to see results? 

First loss recorded was 5/13/2008, one month after the "Big One" at the gastric doctor's office.

7.  When did you realize that you were a success?

Just this past weekend when we took "after" pictures.  We found a picture taken before the all time high weight and it is gross.  These pictures as well as my recorded weight log are in my photo gallery here.  I still have a long way to go, but I really do feel like a success even now.

8.  How do you prevent relapse? 

Keep logging and logging.  You have to see what is happening every day or you will lose track and the weight will slip back up on you.  As I mentioned, I have a long way to go, but even after I reach my goal weight, logging will always be a daily part of my life.  The other thing is, don't lose track of the support system you have put together, this is a lifetime commitment for you and them; they need your support as much as you need them.

9.  How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?

Less weight on my body has meant less pressure on my bad knees and less pain.  I move better and faster and I do not have as many medical challenges as I had a year ago.  I have actually cut my prescription medications down to less than half of what I was taking a year ago and I am actually healthier.

10.  What five tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Get a good support system in place, here on Calorie Count, at home, at work, at church, wherever you socialize.
  • Log every bite that goes into your mouth, the good and the bad.  Log your weight, and keep track of your stats in your journal (blood pressure, lab test results, measurements).
  • Journal - this has been a hard one for me.  I have started journaling in the past and never even made it a week.  Here, I journal most every day; the reason is I view it as a report to my support system.
  • Don't get discouraged.  You will have plateaus, and bounces, it is part of the process.  Just keep on plugging away at what you are doing.
  • Lean on your friends and support system.  They are here for you and they truly care and want to help.

 

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If you would like us to feature your success story, you can submit it hereThe most insightful stories will be featured on this blog and in the weekly "Success Stories" newsletter.



Comments


Congratulations!  I share your enthusiasm.  I am at 60 lbs off also and your story provides me with encouragement.   Keep it up.  I will also.



That's amazing. I'm so happy for you, and I feel proud.


Congratulations!! :)



That is really a motivating story.  I've done all kinds of diets and tried to lose weight, but have had the same plateaus even when others around me are eating worse and losing more.  It is very frustrating.  I'm trying to find ways to get the first 5 off and haven't gotten there yet.

the fact that you've made it that far already is so inspiring to me! the health benefits alone are motivation (I have bad knees and hips too - the weight is totally not helping) Thank you very much for sharing your story and congratulations so far!

*standing ovation*



congratulations!!!!!!   You are motivation for me....thank you!



congrats im stuck at 50lb



I AM JUST STARTING OUT & YOU ARE OF GREAT MOTIVATION TO ME.  I AM AT 255 RIGHT NOW I WENT TO THE DR. AT 271 & I WAS JUST LIKE YOU I WOULD HAVE RATHER DIED THAN TO SEE 300.  I HAVE TRYED EVERYTHING OUT THERE BUT THIS SEEMS TO BE WORKING.  CONGRATULATIONS & I HOPE TO BE ONE OF CC'S SUCCESS STORIES IN THE FUTURE.



Good one, congrats.

I joined cc only on 22nd April 2009 and to this date have lost 5kg. I was 90kg before I started. I used to exercise at least 3 to 5 times weekly but I tend to consume more food without realising that I was getting nowhere, eventhough it was only vege and fruits  that I was consuming. But now it is a total different story, I tend to count all food intake if possible n when there aren't any guide then I use the worst scenario. I keep my calorie below the level I am supposed to consume and I exercise by going for regular walks at least 5 times a week an hour each time.   



Sorry, I joined cc on 22nd March and not 22nd April.



Cool  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.  YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO MANY PEOPLE.



Thank you so much for sharing your story, Vee Vee! You look great! I know you still want to lose more, but you should be so incredibly proud of yourself for how far you've come already! I just had a similar "aha" moment (over 290..yuck!) and you are truly an inspiration to me to persevere!

Keep up the great work!

Beth



You inspire me.  I've just drunk a tall glass of water as I read your story and marvelled at your grit.  Together is the only way to go.  Congrats!!!  I'm delighted that your health is responding.  I look forward to hearing from you- always makes my day to get a comment from you.   Happy Day to you, V. 



You may not have hit goal but you are certainly a success story and inspiration as well.  What great strides youve taken!  Hope you are super proud- youve done awesome!



Congratuations!  You are such an inspiration!!!!! 



High virtual five to you!  Keep going!



I'm so happy for you , You really are a inspiration. I just started a diet the 3rd of Dec. 2008 and have lost 22.4 lbs. so far and  I intend to keep on going especially after reading stories like yours. I have been overweight for a long time and Just lost my baby sister in March and she was only 34 yrs. and really overweight and had a massive heart attack, so this has been a ah hah moment for me cause I'll be 50 next week so I feel like this is my last chance to get healthy and finally get this weight off before it kills me. Thanks again for your words of wisdom and best of luck on your journey!!!



Reading your story sounds just like me. I have tried so many diets and have failed. I have health problems and I know if I dont get the weight off I am going to die. I have come here to get support and lose weight. How did you get the support on here? I have been on other sites and was never able to really connect with people. Most people are there with a buddy and have their little groups and I just felt that no one really cared.



congratulations for doing it and you are an inspiring for us all. thank you for sharing your story and your pictures. I read you have continuing goals...me too...I look forward to reading more as you are a great testimonial that even in the face of previous attempts not working for you that you stuck with it till you found something that worked.



Veevee, you've helped so many of us to move forward.  All the physical challenges you faced have been an ongoing inspiration for me.  You help me keep going.  Thank you.



Veevee, you look awesome - keep up the good work! 

I have been on a diet for years!!!  Today is the 2nd day on calorie count - I hope it helps me the way it helped you!  I am so excited that I found this site!

I hope to have an inspirational story to tell to all by my goal date!

One of my biggest problems is that I eat emotionally.  Happy I eat - sad i eat - mad I eat.  I would love some advice if any one has any.

 



Hi I am also an emotional eater and suffer the same way as you said. I just went through a bad weekend doing the very same thing , you will get so much support from here the people are wonderful on here. You could also check out sparkpeople.com it is also  a good support tool and so much info on dieting , recipes and support and interesting articles to read.



Thanks for support TrueBlue - I am going to need it!  When I have a good warning that things are going to be bad - I try to jump on the treadmill to remind myself about my diet and exercise.  Sometimes it helps me with my stress too! 



You are such an inspiration! thank you for sharing your story to those of us in the battle. I am new to this and know that the support of those on this site family and friends will be the thing to help me keep it going. Thanks again for sharing your success with us



Keep strong, you can do it !!!!  You already have a great idea by doing exercise when you are in the mood to eat , wish I was that strong. I gained two lbs. last week and yesterday was my Birthday and I was pretty good but I'm in a bad frame of mind and I want something chocolate and have not been satisfied yet. Hope you have a great day Embarassed



I used to be an emotional eater and I suffered the exact same way that you did. But now I am better and it feels great to be myself again  and to now always be eating because I am happy or sad or frustrated. I just go for a jog or even a walk now, it is wonderful. You should try it some time. Cool



You are truly an inspiration!!  You have endured the plateaus, not losing weight for long periods of time and still you keep on keepin' on!!!

BRAVO!!!!  You look great!!  Keep up the good work!!!

 

Janice :)



THIS IS MY FIRST DAY AND YOUR STORY REALLY MAKES ME BELIEVE I CAN DO THIS Smile



Okay, so I'm late on this, I have a habit of keeping emails way too long.  But I must say what inspired me is the fact that you didn't see any results for over a year, but kept going.

I've been working on this so long, with no results, and then it becomes unimportant.  But deep inside I know better, and must become more diligent about logging my food and journaling.  I have read time and time again that makes a difference, but that is also a wagon I fall off of too often.

Wish me luck on that one!



Thanks for the inspiration.  I too struggle with low metabolism (due to thyroid disease) and it is good to hear from someone who was successful.  How do I get involved with the community support part of CC?



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