Dressing to the Nines
The lack of self-confidence at her brother's wedding gave Swaymyway the motivation to lose over 80lbs, get fitter and feel good about herself.
She contacted us through our Share Your Story feature, and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?
My brother got married and I found it so hard to find an outfit to wear as nothing would fit me and I didn't feel confident in anything. The idea of seeing family members I had not seen for a few years filled me with dread. I kept thinking that I should be excited and happy at my brother's wedding, not dreading it!
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
Slim fast. I lost around 14 lbs, but did not learn anything about calories or portion control or exercise, so as soon as I stopped doing it, the weight went straight back on plus some.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I educated myself about food. Before I started this journey at 27 years old I didn't even know what a calorie was, never mind how many I should be consuming per day. I had no idea what foods were good and what foods were bad, and basically ate whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted to. I practically lived on cheese sandwiches and crisps.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I have learned so much from reading and partaking in the forums. The community here is very friendly and helpful. Whenever I needed advice or opinions this is the first place I ran to.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Learning to love exercise. I used to lead a very sedentary lifestyle previously, and the idea of walking anywhere when I could drive seemed ridiculous to me. I had to literally force myself to work out every day, and I hated every second of it. Two and a half years later, I still have to force myself some days, but I enjoy it a lot more and am always looking for ways to add a little exercise to my daily routine.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I have always been a slow loser, even when I started out. Unlike most people, I didn't get that first month or so when the weight just drops off you - so it was around 6 months before I had lost enough weight for anyone to start noticing, and it wasn't until around a year into it that I could actually see a difference myself.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
Just a short time ago when I weighed in and realized that I had met my initial goal weight of 139lbs, making me the lowest I have ever been since I was a teenager. I changed my main goal around a year ago when I realized that being 139lbs was not going to be enough. But even that first goal seemed so impossible when I first started out.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
Mini goals. I always have at least one mini goal that I am working towards. These range from any thing from dropping the next 5lbs to being able to run non stop for 15 minutes.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I am much more confident than I was. I literally didn't like to leave the house before, but now I love going out and seeing people. I also get to wear trendy clothes for the first time in my life, since I was never confident enough to follow the latest fashions before.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Allow yourself 'naughty' foods sometimes. You don't have to be good 24/7.
- Log everything you eat and count the calories. You'll be amazed
at how all the little bites here and drinks there add up.
- Tell people what you are doing. Having people ask you how you are
getting along and if you met your next goal yet can be really
- Change things up. Don't fall into too much of a routine with your
eating and exercise.
- Celebrate the goals you reach, no matter how small.
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