Eat To Live Instead of Living To Eat
The title is one of the tips that this week's featured member, Aghollie would like to share with you. She tells us about how being in the right mindset and not using fad diets has helped her lose 32lbs.
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?
I decided to lose weight this time because I was really tired of telling myself I wanted to be at 125 pounds and the procrastination was unbearable. I wanted to feel better about myself and I knew I had the determination to do what I wanted. I felt my health was below my standards. I wanted to be healthy, smaller and happier. I had lots of clothes that were brand new and that I could not wear. I kept them for a reason and now I am proud I did. I can also say my family history is a motivator for me when deciding to live healthier and maintaining my weight because of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I've tried in the past “The Lemon Diet”, “The Seven Day Diet”, a low carbohydrate diet, liquid diet with fruit juices and water, and a no meat diet. Most of the time, I attempted those diets with an exercise program that included aerobics, cardio and weight lifting. I signed up for numerous club memberships and being in the military I also indulged in physical training at least twice a day.
When I was in my teens I took Dexatrim. I have even tried other products such as Green Tea Extract and many laxatives. Over the years, nothing seem to work for a long period of time. The one thing I have tried and was successful with was attempting to be a vegetarian. It helped me put some thought into nutrition and learn about the daily nutrient requirements.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
First, I had to decide that I wanted to lose weight and to find something that would assist in maintaining motivation and a positive attitude for a period of time. My usual diet is generally pretty healthy, but the amount of my daily food intake prevented me from losing weight in the past. I also realized that I had to increase my physical activity to lose weight. My lifestyle changes began with quitting smoking, staying away from negative influences and committing to better myself.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
The Calorie Count website played an important role in my success by assisting me with counting calories and helping me understand the basics of nutrition. The area on the site I tend to value most is the analysis. In addition to analyzing your intake, it also provides a listing of the foods that can improve your nutrition. This area especially helped me achieve my success by making me aware of what I needed to improve.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging aspect of losing weight was the fact I live in Korea and it was very hard to find the right foods. The gym that I had to access to was also not available as often as I would have liked it to be; the area where I live has very limited running and walking areas, and safety is an issue there as well; and finally just sticking to my plan to lose weight when I had to deal with many negative things there were going on in my life at the same time.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
It took me about three months to reach my target weight. I lost 32 pounds and went down from 155 to 123 pounds. I went from wearing clothes that were large to those that were small and from size 10 to 6. I have not felt this good about myself in a long time. The results were also noticed by other people immediately and the compliments were outstanding.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I realized I was successful only when I looked at the scale and it displayed 123 pounds. I can now wear clothes I have never worn before. Before my success, the scale remained at 155 for over a year and I thought I would never lose the extra weight. The most remembered comment I keep in mind from other people is, “You look like a million dollars”. People also tell me I look really young even though I am 50 years old. The scale at the gym has now become a very good friend to me and my motivation has heightened tremendously.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I prevent relapse by reminding myself of what it took for me to get where I am. I attempt to never let negativity get in my way when I am discouraged; when I “think” that I do not want to work out and when I “think” I want to eat something that is not on my listing of foods to consume. I love the way I look now and I never want to go back to feeling uncomfortable in my clothes or see the fat I saw before. Calorie Count is still a big help with maintaining my weight and helping me keep track of my calories, physical activities and nutrition.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
My life has changed for the better because there is nothing greater when it comes to eating healthy, feeling good about yourself or just knowing you are successful with what you set out to accomplish. The weight loss has improved my confidence level and self-esteem.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Never quit - Stay motivated and positive.
- Eat to live, instead of living to eat.
- Exercise regularly.
- Seek education on improving your lifestyle change for continued success.
- Stay away from negativity. Never allow anyone or anything alter your success.
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