Determined to Get Healthy
Ahealthiergirl lost 69 lbs and is now thrilled with her new figure. Here she tells us how she made lifestyle changes that included regular exercise, portion control and eating healthier - all of which helped her shed those unwanted pounds.
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 made plans several different times. I always promised myself that I was going to wake up the next day and do this. I even made meal plans and signed up for Calorie Count, but the next day I didn't think for a second about my meal plan or Calorie Count. I just ate what I wanted. I got thinking about how I was only 15 and weighed 200 pounds. I knew that if I continued to walk the path that I was on, it could have severe consequences. I thought to myself, "This time will pass no matter what, why not better my health while it is?"
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I never tried any other diets before joining Calorie Count.
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 eating more. I ate healthier and that allowed me to eat more, and more frequently. I was still consuming way less calories than ever before. I also bought an exercise bike and started swimming a lot. I got a treadmill and started using it as well. I had motivation; I wanted to lose the weight. I wanted to be healthy and I was determined that I could do it. The most important change for me was truly becoming determined that I could do it. Without that determination I would have never even tried.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
I used Calorie Count throughout my whole journey. I used it to log all of my foods. It's interesting to me that I can go back and see what I had for breakfast five months ago! I think that using Calorie Count really helped me because I could see my progress and it was really easy to use. The food log is a great way to see how many calories you have consumed and how many you have left. I love all of the tools here and I don't think I could ever thank Calorie Count enough.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
After I had lost about 30 pounds, my weight loss seemed to come to a stop. I was not happy with this at all but I knew that if I just kept going that I would continue losing weight and I knew I had to try not to be discouraged.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I think that just losing a pound made me realize I was a success, because I was finally doing it and I knew I would stick to it. I didn't start noticing results until I lost about 30 lbs. but others said they seen results much sooner. I can definitely see a big difference now.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
Although I don't rely on Calorie Count as much to count my calories any more, I still keep track of what I've eaten with the calculator on my phone and log my weight. This helps me to see if there's a problem that I need to correct and keeps me from going calorie crazy.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Well, I can shop in stores now instead of ordering extended sizes online. I'm not embarrassed to go shopping, I actually enjoy it. I can fit into a size 8 now, and I was a size 18! I'm no longer wearing horrendous baggy clothes (t-shirt and sweats) to hide under, but I'm wearing clothes that fit me. I feel better and I'm more confident. The most rewarding of all though is that I am capable of doing more things, and I'm healthier.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I've maintained my current weight for about 5 months.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Get motivated. What's your inspiration? For me, I watched videos on YouTube of successful weight loss.
- Stick to it. Do you want to lose weight? That's not enough. You have to really want it. Anybody can do it.
- Don't get discouraged. If you gain a pound or two, or if you stop losing weight for a while. Do not get discouraged. If you slip up do not get discouraged. Being discouraged can lead you off of the path to success.
- Find someone going through the same thing. They can do this with you. Be each other's support. If you can't find someone, go to Calorie Count's Community tab.
- Don't rush it. Lasting results are the ones you work for. It's surprisingly easy once you get started. Be sure to exercise.
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