From The “Chubbies” Section to Running 5K Races
A dreaded picture prompted Lorriconnor to dust off the treadmill. She has lost a fantastic 54lbs by counting calories, eating smaller meals and taking up running. Read on for more of her weight loss tips, all taken from her own experiences.
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 started my journey by deciding that I no longer wanted to be a size 18-20. I no longer wanted to shop in plus size stores. I actually took a picture of myself naked and got very depressed because I knew I did not want to look like that anymore. It was a decision I had to make for myself and I am so happy that I did.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I didn't try any other programs but I was a frequent "dieter". I was always on a diet. I was raised in a family that loves to eat. We plan our holidays, birthdays or any occasion around what we are going to eat, so I was constantly dieting to make up for me overeating, and in essence I was hurting myself.
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 by utilizing the dusty treadmill I have in my garage. I also became more active with my children. I started walking about 2-3 miles and then would go to the YMCA during the day and attend exercise classes (pump and burn, abs, kickboxing). I eventually started running a little at the time. I also began to count my calories, eating more small meals throughout the day and cut off eating after 7 p.m. I also had a cheat day which helped me a lot so that I didn't feel I was hurting myself and I didn't want to splurge later because I knew I could eat what I wanted on that one day.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Count was very instrumental because it made me accountable for my loss. I was more keyed in to what I was eating and how much to make sure I was always meeting my goals for the day. It was also helpful for me to see what I had been eating over time and how my weight fluctuated because of it.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
I didn't experience any major difficulties until recently. I have hit a plateau and I have been at the same weight for a few months now. I am still trying to lose and additional 15 pounds but seem to have hit a wall.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I saw results after the first 20 pounds. It was very satisfying to buy smaller clothes. I realized I was a success when after about 30 pounds I went in to a plus size store and EVERYTHING was too big. That was a good day.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I prevent relapse by constantly reminding myself that I do not want to be that size ever again. I get excited about working out and I get excited about being active for my children. When I was bigger I would get tired from doing simple things, now I have the energy to be active with them.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
My life has changed tremendously. I can now shop where I want to shop. I ran my first 5K and completed it successfully in 33 minutes. I plan on running another one in a few weeks and hope to do it in less than 30 minutes. I also feel sexy. Even though my husband never teased or got on me about my weight, I notice that our relationship has changed for the better
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have maintained my current weight for about 6 months now.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Have a cheat day....don't deprive yourself.
- Working out doesn't have to be punishment. Find something you love to do and do it.
- Utilize your iPod or MP3. I have a playlist for everything. I can't work out without music.
- Schedule a cut off time everyday to stop eating and stick to it.
- Cut out the sodas. Diet and regular are no good.
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