Doing It For Myself
Phatcat75’s weight related health problems are now a thing of the past as she works towards attaining her goal weight. Being more nutrition-conscious, watching food portions, exercising, and keeping herself motivated have helped her lose 65lbs.
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 lot of health problems I had triglycerides over 700, Cholesterol around 240, diabetes, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, high blood pressure and had renal failure in November of 2009. My health started going downhill in my mid 20's and I just gave up and became depressed. It was late August of 2010 I just said to myself I am tired of being overweight and miserable and feeling so sloppy all the time. I could barely walk to mailbox without getting tired or I would be in pain. I was also on about 12 different medications.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have tried weight watchers and curves and it helped for a short time but then I just could not afford to go to meetings anymore and I slacked off.
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 first joined a gym and decided my first step is to get active and I have stuck with working out 6 days a week sometimes 2 or 3 times a day, and I also ride my bike and walk in spare time. I also eliminated red meat, soda, sweets, fried foods and fast foods. I still do occasionally go out to a restaurant but not every other day like I was. I also quit smoking 2 weeks ago and hoping that will help me lose these last 30 lbs. Also as of last Friday April 1, 2011 my Dr has actually removed me from all medications I was taking.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Count has helped me see what I was missing and what I was eating too much of in my diet. I love seeing the values of the foods I am putting in my body. Also, the inspirational stories and articles are great. I share these articles with facebook friends hoping to motivate and inspire them as well.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
I hit a couple plateaus but I did not let it discourage me I just changed up my routine and what I ate, I am still losing between .5 to 2lbs a week so hoping to reach my goal weight very soon.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I saw results within the first couple weeks but I knew I was a success when I could shop in regular size section of the store not the plus size, when my Doctor took me off all my medications and when I was able to quit smoking and still continue to lose weight.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I stay dedicated to my workout schedule and I educate myself as much as possible on what my body needs to stay healthy, I am always looking for new exciting things to eat and I stick with fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats like ground turkey and chicken.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I had an eye opener, I did not realize that the way I was living my life had affected my children, I feel not only has this weight loss saved my life but it made me aware the unhealthy lifestyle I passed on to my children so I am currently working on adjusting their diets and making sure they are eating healthier and that they are getting exercise, my son is now a member of the gym I go to and for my daughter I got us family YMCA passes.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I am still losing and have been losing since September 2010 so I have managed to maintain my weight loss thus far.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Get Active and stay active.
- Do it for yourself.
- You will not see good results if you become active and still eat unhealthy, you must make some changes to your diet.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Stay focused no matter what, do not get discouraged.
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