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From Disability to Mobility: 265 lbs Gone!


By Sheila on Mar 30, 2009 11:00 AM in Success Stories

This week we would like to profile sun123 who has lost an incredible amount of weight and has turned her overall health around.  Her story is so inspirational we just had to share it with you.

1.  What made you decide to lose weight this time?  Did you have an "Ah Ha!" moment?

My extreme obesity handicapped me from the most basic activities requiring standing or minimal walking.  Reversing it felt overwhelming and hopeless so I hadn't pursued it.  A caring but persistent friend intervened.  My "Ah Ha!" moment was realizing that the time required to lose the weight would pass anyway.  After it passed, I could be unhappily the same size, or I could use the time to reclaim my life.

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

I had not dieted for many years.  Previously, I'd lost weight with Slim Fast, Weight Watchers and general calorie reduction plans only to regain it and more.  I was later diagnosed as insulin resistance due to PCOS.  My doctor recommended South Beach, which steadied my blood sugar and controlled my hunger.

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

The most significant change was my attitude.  I didn't want or hope to lose weight.  I was going to lose the weight  With that decided, I changed the diet, activity and lifestyle.  My insulin resistance caused processed carbs to cause havoc on my appetite, so they were replaced with good carbs.  I switched to sugar free and fat free food versions when available.  I incorporated healthy fats via nuts and salmon into my diet.  I found or made opportunities to walk.  I removed the conveniences that allowed me to be less active.  I stopped hiding, and instead proactively reconnected with friends.  New and healthier habits became part of who I am.

4.  What was the most important change?

The most important change was my mindset.  Not only could I find my way back, but there was a smaller, healthier "me" just waiting for my arrival.  I didn't have to do anything overwhelming or even outstanding.  I just had to commit.  The rest would fall into place - and it did.  The losses accumulated.  The fleeting experience of eating certain types or amounts of food didn't outrank the priority of removing my excess weight.  I stopped my denial and acknowledged that the temporary gratification of overeating clearly was not worth the resulting long-term feelings of being defeated and unhappy.

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

It has been a major factor in my success in numerous ways.  The most obvious for me is by providing a community of like-minded members who have turned their dreams into goals.  In addition, I have learned from the site and its members.

6.  Did you rely on particular features or social connections?

The weight log and forums have been especially helpful.

7.  If so, please describe them and tell us about any lessons you learned.

The weight log is very rewarding, allowing me to "see" my progress.  More importantly, there are also the forums of like-minded members determined to improve their lives, which provides mutual support.  By observing other members' fluctuations and plateaus, I've learned not to get caught up in my own and continue making good choices, allowing the numbers to work themselves out.  I've also been educated about not sabotaging my weight loss by under eating.

8.  What was most challenging about losing weight?

I have been very fortunate.  I had long felt I could not turn my situation around so when I realized I could, there was little that was going to get in my way. Being consistent with exercise was one challenge.  Another challenge has been binges, which thankfully have been rare.  My participation and accountability in on-going threads has fortunately helped me rein them in and get back on track.

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

Because I started 300 lbs overweight and wore loose, oversized dresses, my weight loss took longer than normal to be noticed by others. I personally felt the change almost immediately due to my changed mindset and the new sense of empowerment. I felt better about myself than I had at much lighter weights when eating was out of control and I was gaining. From a physical perspective, each small improvement meant a lot as well, since it made my life less of a challenge.

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

At my first weigh-in.  My biggest challenge was overcoming the false, self-imposed belief I couldn't lose the weight.  I had to use a special physician scale able to weigh myself after being driven to the hospital and helped through the hallways to the scale.  When I saw that first loss, I knew that was success.  I just had to do today what I did yesterday and repeat it tomorrow.  This would get me to my goal and there would be successes all along the way.

11.  How do you prevent relapse? 

I use a calendar to list several weekly expected weigh-in goals in advance.  I aim just under my expected losses to allow for plateaus along the way.  The upcoming goal each week has been an effective reminder that if I were to relapse how much more difficult it would be to catch-up and get back on schedule.

I also use goals.  For short term, I hang a clothes item in my office of what I want to be able to fit into next.  For long term, I schedule trips with expected weight goals so nothing in between is more important than how I'll feel during my trip being at my weight goal.

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

I am no longer handicapped.  I don't have to second-guess everything I do that requires movement.  I can stand and walk without counting down the minutes I will last.  I don't even think about it.  I just do it.

I also am genuinely happy.  Problems haven't disappeared, but their effect is minimized because I'm so incredibly grateful to have my life back.  I am no longer mistreating my body.  Before my weight loss, positive moments were burdened with the consistent unhappiness resulting from my overeating.  Now frustrations are counteracted by my strong appreciation of how my overall life is improved.

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

  1. Be aware in your history what's worked (as long as it's healthy) and what hasn't to increase your odds of succeeding.
  2. Find and surround yourself with peers who have a similar, positive health attitude that will hopefully reinforce your own.
  3. Keep a steady stream of highly rewarding goals to keep you focused and get you past temptations.
  4. Schedule in advance reasonable expected weekly weigh-in goals to avoid setbacks.
  5. Do not minimalize your progress and praise yourself for all achievements - big and small.

Have you achieved success with Calorie Count for weight loss and better health?  Share your tips, challenges and inspiration.



Comments


Wow that's truly super!



Beautiful!



Congrats.  Sticking to the program is the hardest thing for most of us, I think.   You did a terrific job so far and can be very proud of yourself.



I am inspired by your strength! You go with your awesome self! You are an inspiration and will, in effect, touch many lives! God bless you and keep you strong!



You are such a great inspiration for everyone trying to succeed in dieting. I have lost 20 lbs. but I have been slacking off lately. I have to get back on track and continue loosing. You look GREAT!!  Congratulations!!  Laughing



Congratulations!!! 

You truly are an inspriation and should be very proud! Good luck and happiness you look wonderful!!

 



The temporary gratification of overeating clearly was not worth the resulting long-term feelings of being defeated and unhappy.Thanks for sharing these words to live by. I will do my best to keep these words true to myself. I find myself doing the exact thing, then having the dreaded feeling of oh no what did I do AGAIN! Congrats on getting your life back you are truly an inspiration.



Your quote, "My "Ah Ha!" moment was realizing that the time required to lose the weight would pass anyway.  After it passed, I could be unhappily the same size, or I could use the time to reclaim my life." is the single most inspirational message regarding weight loss I have heard.

Thank you for your story and congrats!



Great Job!!  Did you have RNY surgery??



I agree... your post is most inspiring and motivational!.  The same quotes from the others are the ones that stood out to me and really struck a chord.  I have printed them and taped them to my desk top as a daily remider. WAY TO GO!  congratulations! 



That story is wonderful and is truly an inspiration to others, including myself, who feel overwhelmed.  Thanks so much!



Great Job! You are going to be the inspiration for me to drop 125 lbs. It always helps to hear "real" peoples stories. I can do it to.. I've just made up my mind to do it, I quit smoking a year ago, now it's time to drop the weight that is killing me!  Thanks for your story.



You are a true inspiration.  I am almost 50 and I have been half heartedly trying to lose weight since I was 16.   I wasn't overweight then but my perception of myself was.   I am truly overweight now.   For the last, 10 years, I have pretended to be trying to lose weight.   I say pretending because when you truly make that decision, like you did, it happens.   Thank you for your story.  Thank you for your success.  You have helped more than just yourself by success and sharing it with the community.  God Bless You



You are a true inspiration.  Your "Ah Ha" moment is the best quote I have heard.  Keep on rocking with your gorgeous self and thanks for being a great inspiration!!Money mouth



Congratulations!  Your words "The most significant change was my attitude.  I didn't want or hope to lose weight.  I was going to lose the weight " has given me new strength!
I have lost nearly 50 lbs, (Will know tomorrow, when I go for my weigh-in) with many more to go(am obese mom to one teenage girl, and am in my 40's).

I  hide myself in baggy clothes.   Family and a few close friends know of my lifestyle change (I attend a WLC).  Physically I have begun to notice the weight loss. My knees don't scream out at me so much to 'get off us'.  I have been slowly pushing myself to take a few extra steps, I put the garbage out now..LOL...yet for long mobility i still rely on my power wheelchair.  One day, I WILL be wheels-free!

You have given me knew hope!  Thankyou!

And again, Congratulations!!



wow...great story...you just gave me a ray of light and lots of hope now...thanks again for the great story !



Wow.... Thank you for sharing your story a great story to be told, you have helped me see beyond my self.

I happy that you have your life back in order and style.

God Bless you and keep up the good work.....



When you were handi-capped, to varying degrees your family and friends lost your participation in thier lives and now that is back. So really, your improvement in your life has improved many lives. That is definately another reason to be happy and proud of yourself.

Congratulations, what awesome results.



Congratulations to you doing such hard work for yourself!  You deserve it you are a beautiful child of God!  Keep treating yourself well and enjoying life.  You are an inspiration to me.  I have lost 24lb and have 45 more to go.  Thanks for your experience, if I just keep doing what I did yesterday, do it today and do it tomorrow, I will get there. 



You are awesome,...i am so proud of the fact that you knew you had to do it for you,! It takes a winner to lose....and you are that winner, keep up the hard work and you look great!!!



Sun, I think you are wonderful, you have achieved so much that we aspire to. I know you are passionate about helping people and asm so glad you set up the 300+ club on Calorie Counters, http://caloriecount.about.com/club-counting-down-jan-ft12451 2.

We are all so proud of you.

Live long and prosper. Wink 

Wobbly



Congratulations!!!

I am just astarting my journey and I am thankful for your words and thoughts.  I will keep them in mind as I travel through my own wieght loss journey.

Kevin



What a wonderful story. It's so inspiring and important. You have literally saved your own life, and by sharing your experiences, you will help others save theirs. God bless you!



Congratulations, that took a lot of determination, when the road gets rough for me I am going to remember your line to do today what I did yesterday and repeat it again tomorrow.  I to will get there.  I can hardly wait.  Thank you for sharing.



Congratulations.  You are amazing to have acheived this!



Its me, sun/jayne EmbarassedCool

I very much appreciate your kind words! Know that your replies are very motivating for me as well.  I have been inspired during my 20 months at Calorie Count by many others and continue to be.  Reading that something Ive said or done helps someone is rewarding in such a personal way. 

Because it was asked, I was declined gastric surgery but found a diet plan that worked for me although I respect that the procedure has helped many too.

Best wishes to all on their way to a healthier weight, knowing  you hang in there and youll arrive at your goals.  Thanks again for your comments - Im reading every one and am touched by them.



Oh, and I am a she and not that handsome man on my avatar Wink



AWESOME!  You must be so proud! Keep up the good work!



AMAZING!!!!  A true inspiration!



Fantastic!!!



Congratulations and you should be proud of your accomplishment! The couple of statements others have quoted also struck me as good words of wisdom. And you are right that attitude and mindset make all the difference in this challenge. You can tell when you have it or you don't. Unfortunately, at the moment I don't and am trying to regain it since I still have many pounds to go. Your success and story make just be the impetus I need to get back 'in the zone'.  Thanks and continued success.



Congratulations on the road to success.  I like many others was inspired by your comments of Realizing the time would pass anyway......... And you chose wisely.  Your story will help many and for those of us with just a few measly pounds in comparison it still provides simple wisdom for all.   Thank you and best wishes on continued motivation and success!



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Wow you look GREAT!! Your story is so inspiring. You changed your life and can smile every day for it. Your mind-set to do so is amazing. You should be extremely proud of yourself and pat yourself on the back every day! Great job!!



I think what you have lost is awesome.  I pray everyday that I can find a way to start losing the weight again.  I have lost and gained a million times but this time I can't even get things started.  I just order the South Beach Diet Book since you were successful with that plan.  Pray that I am able to make it work for me like you did.



I'm only in my first week of using CC, your story is inspirational and gives me a stronger sense of belief that I too can do this. Thank you!



AMAZING!  What an inspiration!  Thank you for sharing your journey!Laughing



You are an inspiration. You have certainly taken your life back. I have about 30 lbs total to lose and even I feel the unhealthy effect of this extra weight (breathlessness and lack of energy). I feel the struggle everyday with trying not to give in to bad habits. You have good advice for all of us. thank you.



Congratulations. You are truly an inspiration!Smile



You go girl!

I especially loved your 'aha' comment too! I have a friend that is over 300 pounds (actually, she won't tell me her weight, but I guessed) and is pretending to diet too. I told her about this website, but I think she is embarrased.

I must point her to what you've done and let her know that there is nothing to be embarrased about....just do it!

You are truly an amazing woman and an inspiration to us all ... thank you for being here and sharing your story :)



What an inspiring story, Sun!  Your strength is amazing.  It is so hard to lose weight, but you made it sound easy.  I have weight to lose, and I promise I will get on track, your success is my success.

Best of luck.  You look fantastic



Awesome!!



Wow....Im super happy for you.  I think that the feeling of having control again is what gives you the confidence to stay at it.  Great job!



I am here to say it can be done. i have lost a total of 236 pounds and i am keeping it off i am 23 years old and i started this journey 2 and a half years ago. i am doing the weight watchers point system and i joined a local gym i am very happy with my results i am staying committed to my new lifestlye. and no i have had no surgery help  i have done it by setting a goal and reaching that goal. good luck everyone



I feel exactly the same as all the other comments, you are truely an inspiration. i have the same problem with my inner voice goading me, your words have inspired me and i have printed them out to keep with me to help me through the bad times, well done and congratulations for getting your life back. wishing you all happiness for the future.



Well done I wish you well



Congratulations on your weight loss and continuing to pursue your goals. I have always found that I am motivated in my personal affairs; work and school yet when it comes to giving up food I have the hardest time. I even quit smoking 3 months ago (cold turkey) and have no desire to return yet with food I am so very weak. I believe stories like your own and others will help me overcome this and I too will be victorious in my weight loss. I think I'm an emotional eater!Frown



YOU GO GIRL !!!!!!!!

 



Congrats. You truly are an inspiration! Keep it up, you look great!



That's awesome!!!! I love the idea of putting projected losses on a calendar, I may do that right now.  I've lost 50 pounds since July and I can totally understand the thoughts that the time will pass whether I improve or not and no one wants to think back about how they were miserable and they're STILL miserable.  Great story glad to read about things like this, they keep the fire under me to keep going!!!!



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