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How Changing My Mindset Helped Me Lose 185 Pounds


By Sheila on Oct 08, 2012 10:00 AM in Success Stories

Satans_lil_sister has lost 185 pounds thanks largely to a mindset change, new eating habits and incorporating daily exercise. The biggest change for her was her mental attitude.  As she states “I went from thinking my size was beyond my control, to refusing to let it be beyond my control”.

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?

The sheer size (pun most definitely intended!) of the task had put me off starting - I thought it was an impossible mountain to climb, and that I was "supposed" to be fat. I finally figured that any loss would be better than none. I didn't plan it at all.

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

None - I'd always refused to let my weight appear too highly on my mental radar.

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 started out not counting calories at all - I simply swapped the pies and crisps for fruit and vegetables, and started eating my evening meal off of a smaller plate. I also made a concerted effort to be more active whilst at home (I was already active at work). The biggest and most important change though, was mental - I went from thinking my size was beyond my control, to refusing to let it be beyond my control.

4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.

I discovered CC about 8 months into the journey. I firmly believe that having good nutrition has been key to keeping my body comfortable with shedding its "stash" of fat, especially as that "stash" has diminished. When I joined up I thought I had good nutrition - CC showed me where I was wrong. Making sure I get all greens, most days, has also giving me a new focus on food, other than just what it tastes like - it's as if because I have a visual representation of the good things the food is doing for me, it makes me WANT to make those healthier choices.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?

None, other than the occasional bout of mental fatigue of constantly having to be aware of what I was eating. To combat that I'd have a day off. But then I'd climb straight back on that wagon! I did have to re-educate some of my nearest and dearest; that getting me edible gifts was something I could do without! I asked for cosmetics and toiletries instead!

6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?

I only bought a scale once my clothes were falling off (about four months in). I was shocked to find I'd lost 70lbs. I started getting comments at work too, about the same time, though they didn't become a daily thing until I'd lost about 120lbs.

7. How do you prevent relapse?

By refusing to let yesterdays hiccups dictate what I do today.

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

I've gone from being hot all the time to being cold all the time, lol. I sleep a lot less. And I've turned into a massive clothes addict! And I finally feel like ME, unhindered and unfettered by a coating of fat!

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?

I only hit my goal weight 3 days ago.

10. What tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Never give up.
  • Don't concern yourself with yesterday or tomorrow - today is the only thing you need to worry about.
  • Listen to the advice of others, but listen to your body too - no-one knows you better than you do.
  • Love yourself - you have to truly believe you are worth the hard work.
  • Don't obsess over the number on the scale - I weigh in daily but I DON'T worry about the ups/downs/lack of changes - I know it's a non-linear process!

 

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Comments


Great job, terrific accomplishment! You really rock the house with your story, and I'm proud to be one of your supporters :-) Keep it going, girl!



wow!! Great job!

Did you lose all that without any serious exercise? Just that you didn't mention it, and just curious.

Amazing job! Congratulations to you!



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Excellent!!! What a great attitude you've developed.Laughing Keep on girl! Enjoy your new inner/outer renaissance!



Thank you for sharing your story. It really is  a mental and a physical battle.



Congrats!  Great Job!!

I love your attitude . . . and I love your saying "refusing to let yesterdays hiccups dictate what I do today."  Getting too focused on "yesterdays hiccups" can certainly derail the best of us.

Thank you for sharing your story . . . it is very inspiring!  Laughing



Congratulations! I am sure that the awesome way you feel now as a fitter, healthier person will be your motivation to continue living a healthy lifestyle for a long time! Cheers and best wishes! 



Don't obsess over the number on the scale - I weigh in daily but I DON'T worry about the ups/downs/lack of changes - I know it's a non-linear process!

 

Loved this ^ line, especially the last bit!



Congratulations for your hard work and focus!  I totally understand the mental aspect behind loosing weight and have also decided that is where I have to focus first.  Thank you for your story and for the motivation you have given me.



Your story inspires me! Thank you for sharing!


Wow--amazing transformation!  It's hard to believe it's the same person in both photos.  Thanks for sharing your story, reading "I went from thinking my size was beyond my control, to refusing to let it be beyond my control" is exactly what I needed to hear today.  I take two separate and very necessary medications that both have the side effect of increased appetite/weight gain and it's been a struggle but I am not giving up!



what a tremendous job! i didn't see it mentioned, but over how long time period did this happen? did you hit any plateaus? what type of exercise did you do when starting out, and how did you change it as you became lighter?


What a great job - congratulations! As you so clearly demonstrate, mind-set is key! Wishing you continued good health and happiness.



YOU ARE VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL !!!Smile



Original Post by: bellaitaliana73

Congratulations for your hard work and focus!  I totally understand the mental aspect behind loosing weight and have also decided that is where I have to focus first.  Thank you for your story and for the motivation you have given me.


I agree with this sentiment! Great job and thank you for sharing your story. It has helped me focus once again. (^.^) Best of the world to you in the future and may your maintenance days be bright.



Thanks everybody. I remain, as ever, absolutely flabbergasted by my own success!

@ellektra - I absolutely hate exercise. I find it dull and tedious. Around May this year I bought an elliptical machine, that I use for about half an hour, on my days off work (and sometimes, if I'm feeling very motivated, on days when I have only a short shift). But that's it. Instead I am very active - I walk everywhere, I am lucky enough to have a job that means being on my feet all day, and I rarely sit still at home any more (that being the biggest deliberate change I made). Simply put, I move my body as much as possible; even whilst sitting down my legs will be "twitching" - this is a habit I deliberately drove myself to adopt from my man - he's constantly "jiggling", and he never puts on weight, despite having a horrendous diet, lol.

@piotr: I don't know the exact day I started, but I know it was sometime in June/July 2011. So it's taken about 16 months. I didn't really hit any serious plateaus - the few times I did get a week-on-week increase/no change were normally due to some laxity on my part -  as soon as I "buckled down" again, the weight started dropping again. I read about the struggles others have and I feel kinda guilty for having had it so easy - my body has been sooo forgiving of my abuses of it! As for exercising - see my response to ellektra, above.

Keep fighting the good fight, folks!



Thanks for replying to me! You are inspirational and I wish you all the continued success! 



Wow what an accomplishment, amazing job. You look great.

Did/do you have any problems with loose skin and if so what did you do to fix the problem?



Great job !...just in case, you can check your iron level ( I was cold al the time and it turned out to be the case ).



wooow nice... but u name Satan's little sister i mean **** who does that.... ?



Original Post by: abznhecairo

wooow nice... but u name Satan's little sister i mean **** who does that.... ?


NYB...jus sayin



Original Post by: ellektra

Original Post by: abznhecairo

wooow nice... but u name Satan's little sister i mean **** who does that.... ?


NYB...jus sayin


You look fantastic and btw your profile name is the coolest I've seen on CC



*chuckles over the name comments*

It's just who I am - a mischievous little devil-girl! No significance there!

@cgeorge57 - well, hellooo tasty morsel! I DO like long hair on a man... *drools a little* Ahem, where was I? Oh, yes, skin. I have, unfortunately been left with rather too much of it. I've been "awarded" a tummy tuck on the NHS (i.e. for free), the rest I'm having to "apply" for the funding for. And if they won't pay, well, it'll be either applying for an extreme makeover type TV show, or a bank loan, lol. But, for me, it's all just one more step in the process of making my outsides match the already-fabulous inside!

@fotoalina - thanks for the tip - according to CC my iron level is ok, sometimes in fact it goes red from being too much! Had a blood test about 6 months ago, that also said it was fine. I think it's just a combination of not having all the "insulation" I'm used to, and I've read that when one restricts calories, the first thing the body does is stop trying to heat itself so much. We shall see what maintaining brings! 

Thanks again, everyone!



omg!

I am going through the same thing with NHS right now to try to get some 'tummy tucking' after all my weight loss! I hope I am 'awarded' too!



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Very Inspiring!!  Thank you for sharing.  Today begins the  journey to more activity and better eating for me and my partner. Laaa!



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