Feeling 20 Years Younger
Pork1965 lost more than 100 pounds thanks largely to a change in eating habits and habitual exercise. Weight loss for him is not a temporary goal to be achieved; it involves major lifestyle changes that he's sticking with and aiming for that healthy BMI.
He 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? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?
My "Aha!" moment was when I realized I was getting winded just carrying laundry up the stairs. I started thinking I'm going to be dead before I am 50.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I did Atkins for over a year, I lost 70 or 80 lbs but gained it back and then some. I just couldn't handle low carbs anymore.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I cut out all fast food for the first 2 months. Now I do it once in a while but with moderation. I'm a lot more active, I get out and walk, I do sit ups and lift weights 3 times a week. I still have a long way to go when it comes to my activity level but I am getting there. I feel 100% better than I did last year at this time and I think my attitude on life in general has improved 100%.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I was shocked at how many calories I was eating in a day. Calorie Count made me be accountable for what I eat. I love all the tools. I didn't even know what a BMI was last year and now this is my big focus - I WANT A HEALTHY BMI!
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
It goes so slowly. I'm a "I want it now" kind of guy and that does not happen with weight loss. I have done the fast loss routes and they don't last. I will maintain my weight loss this time because I've learnt how to eat.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I didn't see results for months; my wife saw it on me but I looked the same in the mirror to myself. My weight was dropping and my clothes were falling off and I still couldn't see the loss. The thing that kept me going was I felt so much better after a month. In the last 2 months I can see the weight loss somewhat but I think when you are so used to being overweight your brain can't picture the "thinner" you.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I'm not all the way there yet, since I define success as hitting a healthy BMI. I did, however, feel very successful when I had lost 100lbs.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I'm more active, that helps, but mostly I remember how bad I felt before I started here and that makes me drop the cookie every time.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I have a much better outlook on life. For a while I didn't want to leave the house and I didn't want people to see how much weight I had gained. My body was screaming for me to stop eating all the junk for a long time. I finally listened and I feel 20 years younger.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Log EVERYTHING you eat.
- Get active, walk, heck crawl if you have to.
- Set a realistic goal and stick to it.
- Don't give up, it takes time but you can do it.
- Learn moderation, it is okay to eat a little piece of pie but not
the whole pie.