Getting My Confidence Back!
Sydpa97 is no stranger to weight loss - he had previously lost over 80lbs. However, while training for a triathlon he suffered a severe knee injury and gained all the weight back. Since joining Calorie Count, Sydpa97 has lost 60lbs by monitoring his calorie intake, adding exercise and removing processed foods from his diet. The only thing he is gaining is self confidence!
He 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
I was completely done with not doing something about it! Having been extremely active and fit up to the point I injured my knee more than a decade ago, the pain of doing nothing took over. I decided even if I couldn't work out the way I would like to initially, I could do something about my daily diet at least.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you
tried in the past?
I trained for triathlons a few years back and lost a great deal of weight. Once I injured my knee worse than it already was though I couldn't keep up that activity level and gained all the weight back.
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 changed so much about my diet it would take too long to list everything. The main things that had the most impact however were counting calories (while maintaining proper nutrient levels), not going out for lunch at work, and cutting out almost entirely, processed food. The less hands that touch my food from the source, the better! My activity picked up only after I had my ACL surgery (after shedding 35-40 pounds by changing my diet). I've had issues with my knee for more than a dozen years and refused to let it be a reason any longer for carrying around the fat. My lifestyle and attitude are pretty much the same.
The most important change without a doubt has been to keep the food I eat "touched" by as few as possible from its natural source. In my experience the less processed the food I consumed was, the better I felt and the quicker the pounds fell away.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight
It provided an easily accessible data base that I utilized as a means of accomplishing the task at hand. It was also a great resource in obtaining ideas to try and is a GREAT place to catalogue recipes!
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Primarily the medical aspects. The knee initially, but now having been diagnosed last week with Hashimoto's (an auto-immune induced hypothyroid disease) clearly it has been both.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
Meaningful results for me took three months. It's been nine months currently since I became actively engaged in the process and couldn't be more pleased!
I felt successful when I truly quit getting hung up on the scale and what BMI charts said was the "correct" weight for me. At 5'10" and 210 pounds I'm still considered obese by the BMI standard. I've never been able to meet the "normal" height weight standard and have been extremely fit in the process. I'm fit right now and will continue to build muscle on top of what I already have, but I truly don't consider myself obese any longer and I don't think the image I see in the mirror reflects an obese person either. I feel great, look fit, and can easily work through the most aggressive work-out routines. I could care less about where I fall on the BMI charts!
7. How do you prevent relapse?
By holding myself accountable to my routine and monitoring what I eat. It's important for me to have a plan or something to anchor myself to, to stay on track when life gets in the way. In my opinion the types of foods we eat and exercises we choose are the only ways to do that in any sustainable fashion. Losing weight is as simple as something can be...it just isn't easy. Your body will tell you when you are eating too much of the wrong things once you know what eating right feels like. Until that point use the food logs (and it doesn't hurt to check in on yourself every now and then either...LOL)
Exercise! I don't move through the day the same way at all when it's a scheduled day off from the gym or I miss a day for whatever reason. Listen to what your body is telling you and don't let anything interfere with doing so. For me that means 5:30 am to get it done; not many things competing for my time at that hour...!
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I'd say my self confidence is back to where it should be. I didn't really know I'd lost any until it was back. It's strange how that works. I was able to coach my twin son's wrestling club this year in their first year of their participating in the sport. I would not have been able to do that 60 pounds ago.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I've been relatively the same weight the last three months. I don't consider myself as "maintaining" at this point though. I'll continue to work my plan, continue to experience body composition changes and likely some additional weight loss in doing so. I estimate things will settle out around 185 pounds.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Aside from the vanity crowd, don't view this as a diet or you will fail (eventually). Rather, view it as an opportunity to transition your mind to a proper paradigm relative to eating and exercise. If your previous one was correct, you wouldn't have the pounds on you that need to be gone.
- Set goals that you need to work hard for. Restrain from setting time limits unless you know that should you not meet your self imposed time constraints, you won't feel defeated and quit.
- Prepare your own food as much as you possibly can and keep track of everything you eat until it becomes more intuitive to do so.
- Construct a work-out routine you can commit to maintaining even after you have lost your weight. You can always scale back on the intensity later, but have that routine structured in such a way that it can become a habit.
- It's o.k. when life happens to take you off your plan here and there, but hold yourself accountable that it will be the exception and not the rule. At the end of the day, it's nobody but you that can do it!
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