Counting Calories Works!
The title is one tip that this week's featured member, Ryewart would like to share with you. She explains that tracking everything she eats with Calorie Count is one of the keys to her success. She has lost 90 lbs and is well on her way to reach her goal weight.
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 had a big "Aha!" moment. I went in for a hysterectomy on Feb 23, 2011. When I weighed in for surgery it was a shocker! I had not set foot on a scale in a long time and to step on it and see that number it made me so upset. Not a good feeling seeing that high of a number and that you had let yourself go that much. I knew I had to do something about it!
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have tried every kind of diet pill (all useless by the way). I wanted an easy and quick fix, which there really isn't. So I had to put in the work.
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 made a total life style change. I cut out milk (I use to drink A LOT of milk) and added LOTS of water. I now workout doing cardio and weights 4-5 times a week. I count calories every day. I have a wonderful support at home and with my friends. I have a bunch of ladies I workout with twice a week and they have pushed me more than I could ever have pushed myself. We have become super close and I love them all like sisters!
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
There is no way I could have got this far without Calorie Count. I love how I can put in all my food and log my activities as well. Then I know where I'm at total wise at the end of the day. It's a wonderful site.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
There are always some difficulties. I had a few. When I first started I was still healing from my hysterectomy, so had to take it slow and work my way up into more intense workouts. I hit a few plateaus as well. They are so frustrating and it just seems so much easier to just give up, but I'm so glad I haven't. Then the newest difficulty, I got diagnosed with Lupus on the 22nd of Feb 2012. It's causing joint pain and making me really tired but I'm GOING to power through it. I have come too far now to just give up and let this disease take over my life!
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
Within the first month I noticed stuff was working for me. I was doing weigh INS ones a week (and still am) so it's nice to see that on the scale. It's nice to feel like I'm actually making a difference in my life.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
So far there is no relapse. I have had many frustrating moments lately were I was tempted to just give up but I had to just sit back and go through old pictures and say, 'yeah I don't want to go back to that!' Also now that I am closer to my goal I am finding it helpful to have one 'cheat' day a week. Then I can still have the foods I crave without feeling guilty over have some of them.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I have so much more energy and strength. I can keep up with my two young kids. It's nice to feel in control of my own life. Now looking back I don't know why I let myself get so out of control and why it took me to so long to realize I was out of control and take control back!
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I am currently still losing. I'm down at least 1lb every week still. So not really maintaining, I'm still losing
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Drink LOTS of water.
- Cardio, cardio and more cardio!
- Muscle weighs more than fat, so don't let the scale run your life.
- Workout with friends, you will push yourself harder.
- Counting calories works!
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.
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