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I Chose To Live And Lost 227 Pounds


By Sheila on Sep 20, 2010 10:00 AM in Success Stories

Spnicander weighed 600 pounds was bed-ridden with several health problems.  Realizing his weight was slowly killing him, he chose to seek professional help.  He has lost 227 pounds and well on his way to his goal weight of 240lbs.

He 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 "Aha!" moment?

I had become bed-ridden with severe neuropathy, arthritis and back pain. I checked into the hospital last year and it was there that I had my "Aha!" moment, realizing that there were only two ways to go with this - LIVE or DIE! I chose the former.

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

I've tried almost every diet, pills (over the counter & prescription), Weight Watchers, Deal-a-Meal, Grapefruit Diet, South Beach, Bomb Soup, ect. You name it! I've done it... So many it makes your head spin.

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

Well after about 150 hours of research on many trusted websites and after reading many teachings by famous Doctors, I drew a parallel between all the information and decided to first try all the things that everyone of those people kept emphasizing... drastically reduce the Big 3 (Fats, Sugars and Sodium), cut out all "white" foods and all "white flour" products... drink ungodly amounts of water (I prefer sparkling non-caloric flavors like DeerPark), start eating as much fiber from various food sources, especially veggies, fruits, raw nuts, hard unleavened bread like the Scandinavian varieties, and eat a BIG salad with raw veggies, organic greens, spinach, baby carrots, etc. EVERYDAY and then start moving and at first it was just in my recliner by turning on music and using my legs and arms, then I bought some ankle/wrist weights and a 3.5lb & 10 lb dumbbell and used them. This dramatically raised my heart rate and the sweating began and I was able to finally stand and march in place to the music!

Then with the use of a walker I started to walk small distances. After several months I was able to move better and my arthritis pain started to dwindle, this was the sign to me that the exercise was the KEY!  After watching the Biggest Loser workout sessions on YouTube and other exercise tips from other sources, I created a plan to fit my limitations and very soon I was able to keep increasing reps and adding different methods. Next I added resistance tubing and could start to duplicate some of the stuff you would do at a real gym, which by the way I cannot afford, with the first 3 month weigh in coming in at a whopping 154 lb LOST! It was all I needed to boost my confidence, and since then I have not looked back.  I am now biking 10 miles on a recumbent bike and will shortly join the YMCA (pool & gym) and take it to the next level - yeah baby!

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

Calorie Count was the most important online tool I have utilized!  It not only gives you the exact count of everything you put in your mouth, but then breaks it all down into categories so you can see if you are meeting all your daily required values on everything including vitamins, minerals ect. It keeps the products you input in memory (food list) which makes it easy to track calories and nutrients. This was essential for me because I wanted to drastically reduce the fat, sugar and sodium and over time it also teaches you the calorie counts, so that when you dine out you can easily assess the amount you would consume in a restaurant. In addition, they now have a cell phone feature which enables you to input on the go and receive totals anywhere you get reception. Priceless! I highly commend the creators of this site because they have enabled anyone to self teach themselves about what and how to eat the right foods.

5. What was most challenging about losing weight?

Of course the exercise! That's what everyone hates, but it's the key to success! I'm not going to lie to you - anyone my size is going to experience pain but that begins to subside the more and the longer you keep it up.

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

After only 3 month's, people! This is possible! If I can do it, anyone can!

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

After the first weigh-in when seeing the results, I knew that the only thing standing between me and optimum health was time... that's it.

8. How do you prevent relapse?

I close my eyes and keep envisioning the way I WANT to look like and keep that in my head. As I work out I use that as a motivator and also I suggest getting involved with a social networking site where you might be able to get support from friends and others... I know that it has helped me tremendously... to get those daily affirmations, it keeps your fire stoked so to speak!

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

It's still ongoing but I have improved 200% in just a year so I know once I have conquered this... I can do anything I put my mind to!

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

  • Drink water a lot and just when you think you can't drink anymore... keep drinking! It sounds weird but it absolutely works.
  • Drastically reduce those Big 3 (Fats, Sugars and Sodium).
  • Become an avid label reader. Yes I know it takes a little more time, but if you are serious about losing, it is essential to do this.
  • Try to, if you can, eliminate all "white flour" and white foods in general (rice, potatoes, noodles, breads, cereals, etc).
  • Get movin' people!! Turn on the tunes and start today! You can do this! I am living proof!

 

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



Comments


Such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story. Hard work and determination go a long way!



Fantastic!! Thank you for sharing your story! Laughing



Wow, your story is so impressive!  Honestly, what you have gone through to achieve weight loss gives me a whole new perspective on everyone's ability to lose weight!   I wish you good health and would love to see another story on this site when you reach your goal!! God bless you!!



Awesome job!  A good reminder to do what I can when I feel like I can't do any significant exercise.  Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your story!



you are amazing

such an inspiration

thank you for sharing your story



When my husband had stomach cancer and the resultant surgery he weighed 425 pounds.  He lost 125 pounds, not because he was determined to do so, but because of the surgery.

I asked the doctor what is his prognosis after his 1 year cancer check up.  The doctor said "He's added at least 15 years to his life just losing weight!"

It does change your life and your prospects for the future.  You've saved your life.  Congratulations.

Texmom



Your story is the definition of courage.  You changed everything about your life, that's not an easy thing to do.  Thanks so much for sharing your story.



I know I am merely repeating what others have said. I just wanted to say how amazing you are. You are truly an inspiration for us all. I don't think I shall be able to look at myself with such self pity anymore. Just by sharing your story, you showed that with the right amount of will power and determination anything can be achieved. Thank you for having the courage to share with everyone. I know that you will continue on to amazing things.



All I have to lose is 15 pounds and I seem to have every mental block there is. You helped me realize it. Please keep at it. Im happy for you.



Absolutely fantastic motivator!  Thank you for sharing your story.  I just got the kick in the pants I needed to keep going.  Reading the other comments, I believe a lot of people share in that.  Off to exercise, thanks again!



Dance the pounds away!!!  :)  I love the feedback that you close your eyes and think of the way you want to look.  That's a great tool to not get caught up in the current situation and always think ahead of what one can be.  Thanks for sharing and best of luck as you move forward!!



I totally had 'Eye of the Tiger' in my head as I read your story - WAY TO GO!! You are already a success to all of us for the amazing, inspirational story you have written, and that's just so far! There is no doubt in my mind you'll achieve your goal weight and never look back. Congrats and keep it up! Laughing



Thank you for sharing your story, it's incredible, when I begin feeling sorry for my self I will think of you and know I can do this.

Congrats!

Raising Cain (100 lbs to loose)



You are amazing. You are awesome. And nothing can stop you now! You make me want to live :-)



Wow.  I am amazed at your determination.  I love where you said you first started in a recliner just moving your arms and legs.  It sounded so like my mantra, "Just move."  I was so sad at my heaviest weight.  Not only because I was big, but because I wasn't moving.  Literally and figuratively.  I have since lost sixty pounds and am down to my last twenty.  Life isn't perfect, but it always feels best when I'm on the move.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.



What an inspiration you are!  And you should be so full of pride because of what you have accomplished. It is so true that once you prove to yourself what you are capable of, you realize that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. That, in my opinion, is the greatest gift anyone can receive. Its so wonderful that you are giving as well as receiving; you have just given everyone who reads your story the gifts of motivations and inspiration.

Kudos and thank you for sharing!



Holy cow!!  Beyond impressive - way to go!!



I hope you'll update us, from time to time, on how you're doing. You now have a fan club.



FANTASTIC!  What an inspiration you are to all who are trying to lose weight.  If you can do it, so can I.  You have encouraged me to keep on going and doing what I need to continue to lose the weight.  As difficult as it is in the beginning, I know that your story has truly inspired me.  Keep up the great work and I will be anxious to hear back from you soon.  Great job!



I am so happy for you.  This is what it's all about - doing the things you need to do to be able to live the life you want.  Keep it up, the sky's the limit!



You have inspired me.  Just by saying if I can do it you can do it.  Congratulations and thank you for your story.



Amazing! You're proof that people at any size, age, gender...can achieve success with a little determination (or an "ah-ha" moment).

Way to go! :)



Wonderful story! Inspirational.  I think your comments about visualization are key.  Our subconscious minds cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined.  So, plant those new and positive thoughts, reinforce them with actions and they will become the new reality.  Thanks for sharing!



You are amazing!  May you continue to be blessed in reaching your goal!  Sheer inspiration!!!!



Wow man that's awesome.  Great story please keep us updated!  Keep it up it's not easy but worth it!!!!



AMAZING grace!!!! I am so proud of you as well!!! You are very inspiring! I too thought maybe you had a lap band but it is so much more meaningful to read that YOU did it... which means we all can do it!!1 Keep on the awesome work and enjoy the unfolding of your new life!!! have fun and keep us posted!!!



So proud to say that this is my brother!!!!!!!!! GO STEVE!!!!! Cool



Find him on Facebook and show your support!!! .... http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=139514339421021&ref=ts



Thanks for choosing to live and inspiring us all to keep going! These are the stories that cause us readers to make complete 180's in our own lives. Thank you!!!!



You are really inspiring and I admire your persistance.  I know it is hard.  Hang in there!



Awesome! Thanks for sharing your story and the amazing inspiration! ~God Bless you!



One word...AWSOME!!!!!Laughing



You are amazing!!!! Keep it up and good luck to you on shedding those extra pounds, I know you can do it!!! Laughing



WOW! CONGRATULATIONS!! You are truly an inspiration! Keep up the great work! May God continue to bless you on your journey!



You are AMAZING!!!!  Innocent



I can only imagine how hard it must have been for you in the beginning, not being able to move other than your arms and legs in a recliner.

And then starting to exercise needing a walker.

Man, you are a mountain of determination, gritted teeth and sheer, dogged WILL to live!

What an amazing turnaround you've made of yourself. Your family and friends must be so, so proud. I know we all are!

Keep going. You can see your goal, and you will get there!



Awesome .... keep it going :)



God Bless You.... What a great job... Keep up the good work...  I need to loose at least 200 lbs... You showed me it can be done...



You are an incredible role model. I would love to hear more of your story.  Great tips, by the way, especially about how to just get moving.  



great job!!



Incredible!!!  Great job, you are doing an amazing thing for your life and by sharing your story you are inspiring thousands of others (myself included!!!!).  Thank you for sharing!!! Determination is the key!!!



Congratulations, your story is an amazing, inspirational one. It's absolutely wonderful you were able to accomplish that. It makes me smile to know you got that far. Congratulations! Smile



Unbelieveable!!! Way to go!!!



Original Post by: sweetandhot

Go Dude! Fantastic. You look so sad with that cake.

I was feeling low and I read your story and saw how much weight you've lost. Awesome. It lifted my spirits and gave me motivation to get moving. MWAH. Best Wishes.

Jane


Join my Facebook group: Steve's Massive Weight Loss Fan page and help me get the word outabout the overall health of this country!! This country needs a new voice to speak up and also stand up for the average people who want to eat more healthy but simply cannot afford to do so. Maybe by me getting a national spotlight and relaying this message among others, we might be able to save someone's life and inspire a nation to better Health !! YES WE CAN DO THIS!!Be Well ~ Steve Nicander  a.k.a. The Human SharPei



Join my Facebook group: Steve's Massive Weight Loss Fan page and help me get the word outabout the overall health of this country!! This country needs a new voice to speak up and also stand up for the average people who want to eat more healthy but simply cannot afford to do so. Maybe by me getting a national spotlight and relaying this message among others, we might be able to save someone's life and inspire a nation to better Health !! YES WE CAN DO THIS!!Be Well ~ Steve Nicander  a.k.a. The Human SharPei



Original Post by: roseheart2

FANTASTIC!  What an inspiration you are to all who are trying to lose weight.  If you can do it, so can I.  You have encouraged me to keep on going and doing what I need to continue to lose the weight.  As difficult as it is in the beginning, I know that your story has truly inspired me.  Keep up the great work and I will be anxious to hear back from you soon.  Great job!


Join my Facebook group: Steve's Massive Weight Loss Fan page and help me get the word outabout the overall health of this country!! This country needs a new voice to speak up and also stand up for the average people who want to eat more healthy but simply cannot afford to do so. Maybe by me getting a national spotlight and relaying this message among others, we might be able to save someone's life and inspire a nation to better Health !! YES WE CAN DO THIS!!Be Well ~ Steve Nicander  a.k.a. The Human SharPei



Cry THNK YOU 4 ALL UR KIND COMMENTS !!! i SIT HERE TYPING, CRYING TEARS OF JOY THAT YOU ALL SEE THAT AS LONG AS YOU STAY FOCUSED AND USING VISUALIZATION OF THE "YOU" THAT u WANT TO LOOK LIKE AND FOLLOW BASIC RULES AND PRINCIPLES, THAT SUCCESS IS ATTAINABLE @ ANY LEVEL, SMALL OR GREAT !! MY LOCAL NBC NEWS STATION HERE IN CHARLOTTE,NC IS RUNNING A STORY TOMORROW COINCIDING WITH THE PREMIERE OF THE NEW SEASON OF THE BIGGEST LOSER FEATURING MY SUCCESS SO FAR ... I AM PRESENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF CONTACTING EVERY SHOW I CAN THINK OF IN HOPES THAT I CAN GET A NATIONAL FORUM !! IF ANYONE OUT HERE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE JOIN MY OPEN FACEBOOK GROUP:

STEVE'S MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS FAN PAGE .... BEING ON DISABILITY MEANS I HAVE NO MEANS TO PAY FOR THE TOTAL BODY LIFT PROCEDURES THAT I WILL REQUIRE ... BY TRYING TO GET A 100,000 PPL TO JOIN MY PAGE MAYBE THE ATTENTION WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF AND I WILL BE ABLE TO REACH NUMBERS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE NEAR OR TEETERING ON THE BRINK OF MORTALITY .... I NOW KNOW THAT I HAD TO GO THROUGH WHAT I HAVE IN MY LIFE TO GET TO WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW .... TYPING TO YOU AND HOPEFULLY IN THE FUTURE ADDRESSING THIS UNBELIEVABLE EPIDEMIC OF OBESITY IN AMERICA ... UNTIL WE GET THE GOVT. TO HELP REDUCE THE COSTS OF HEALTHY ORGANIC FOOD AND GET IT ON AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD WITH THE NEUROTOXIN PRODUCING FAT,SUGAR&SODIUM LADEN FOODS THAT THIS COUNTRY PRODUCES WE WILL ALL PAY THE PRICE IN THE LONG RUN .... WE NEED TO TAKE BACK THE HEALTH IN AMERICA ... AND I MIGHT JUST BE THE NEW VOICE AND EXAMPLE OF HOW PEOPLE CAN ULTIMATELY CHANGE THEIR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT ME ... I WANT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ON THIS SITE AND HUNDREDS JUST LIKE IT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR JOURNEY TO OPTIMUM HEALTH !! BY STARTING A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT, I HOPE TO EVENTUALLY CREATE A N.P.O.(NON-PROFIT-ORGANIZATION) TO ADDRESS THESE NEEDS AND SHOW THAT THE MULTI-BILLION $ INDUSTRY OF DIET IS A THING OF THE PAST ... ITS ABOUT A COMMITMENT TO A HEALTHY OVERALL LIFESTYLE .... i AM SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING WRITING A BOOK AS WELL AND LET YOU HEAR MY ENTIRE STORY FROM THE BEGINNING ... IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY, LAUGH, THINK AND REALIZE THAT WE AS A NATION MUST START OWNING THIS EPIDEMIC AND FIND A WAY TO SET IN MOTION PLANS TO RECLAIM OUR RIGHTFUL PLACE AS NOT ONLY THE STRONGEST OF NATIONS BUT AS ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST AS WELL .... MAY YOU ALL BE WELL AND JUST KEEP THINKING OF ME BECAUSE I KNOW THAT I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU .... AGAIN PLEASE JOIN MR IN THIS FIGHT.... JOIN MY ARMY AGAINST OBESITY AND WE WILL ALL REAP ITS FINEST REWARDS!!!!!!!

Join my Facebook group: Steve's Massive Weight Loss Fan page and help me get the word outabout the overall health of this country!! This country needs a new voice to speak up and also stand up for the average people who want to eat more healthy but simply cannot afford to do so. Maybe by me getting a national spotlight and relaying this message among others, we might be able to save someone's life and inspire a nation to better Health !! YES WE CAN DO THIS!!Be Well ~

Steve Nicander  a.k.a. The Human SharPei



Congratulations, you are such an inspiration...



Amazing story! You are doing great!



Congratulations!  I am so glad you chose to LIVE. 



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