Believing In Myself
By turning her back on diet pills, dutchess85 has lost 53bs and is approaching her goal weight. She learned that doing it "the old fashioned way" is the answer to weight loss, and that she had to change her eating habits and add exercise in order to succeed.
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?
Growing up I never weighed more than 125lbs. I stayed in shape and never thought I would be overweight. When I was finally out on my own I ate out all the time and didn't work out. This went on for years untill I was at 215lbs. I went to the doctor's and had my blood level tested. My iron levels were very low and I was overweight. I told myself I could not keep doing this to myself, it was time to make a change. I knew I wanted to have children and it was time to lose weight and get healthy.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I tried tons of diet pills like stackers, and acia berry weight loss pills. It just wasn't for me. I wasn't losing any weight. I never tried any diets because I liked to eat.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
Some changes that I made to my diet were cutting out soda, eating smaller portions of food, drinking more water, and having more fresh veggies and fruits. I stopped eating out and cooking at home. I've always loved healthy foods so it wasn't hard for me.
I began working out every night for an hour and half in my room. I also would go to the park and walk around the track. We had bought a WII for Christmas and I was always up playing all the sports games on it. I had a long driveway so I would walk up and down it several times a day as well.
I live with people that aren't too keen on eating healthy so I knew I had to count on only me. They would make comments on my weight loss and try to find other excuses for my weight loss like not eating or taking diet pills (which at the time I wasn't). I was doing it the old fashioned way, eating right and working out.
The most important change I made was believing in myself and making sure to do this for myself and no one else. When I would do it for the wrong reasons I would give up.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
When I joined Calorie Count I was 199lbs and I desperate for support. I joined a forum called "Girls in their 20's who want to lose a 100lbs". The girls on that forum are extremely motivational and supportive. We set up challenges and share workout tips and recipes. They don't brush you off if you fall off the wagon. We are a tight nit group and welcome all.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging thing about losing weight has been learning to accept myself and loving myself for who I am. I may never be a size zero so I need to love who I am. Every person no matter how big/small they are sees flaws in themselves. If you learn to love yourself it really makes life a lot easier. Hold your head up high and be confident in your own skin.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I saw results in the first week. I had lost a total of 4lbs. It makes me happy so I continued to work out and eat right. I found it helpful to weigh myself every day. I didn't get mad if I didn't see or loss or even if I had gained some. By Christmas of 2009 I was down to 185lbs from 199lbs. By the end of February I was at 175lbs. I slacked off for a while but didn't gain any weight back. I got back on track and I am now down to 162lbs. So it's been a year and a half and I've lost 53lbs.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I realized I was a success when I could do things without getting out of breath. I started to feel better about myself and my clothes were getting too big for me.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I prevent a relapse by not over doing it. I still eat the foods I like but in moderation. I think that giving up all the "bad" foods you enjoy will make you fail in your weight loss journey. For me, it was too much of a temptation to know that I couldn't have something that I liked, so if I wanted it, I ate it. If I ate it, I would do an extra rep of something which would even it out.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Since losing weight I've become stronger, confident and energized. I have learned to accept myself and I now know that if I put my mind to it I can accomplish anything. I hold my head up high when I am out and about. I don't hide behind clothes. I also am currently expecting my first child and plan to stay on track with my weight loss and healthy eating.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Find a support group or person that you can check in with because they can be very helpful.
- Don't cut out ALL the foods you love, just eat them in moderation.
- Start out slowly by adding in any kind of workout where ever you can fit it in.
- Don't get discouraged if you don't see results right away. It takes time.
- Set mini goals that are realistic. If you set a goal to high and you don't reach it you might be setting yourself up for failure.
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