Hooked on Exercise
Having been overweight for most of her life, Traineraubs realized she had the power to change her lifestyle. Her weight loss journey began with adopting a very active dog. Then she switched her focus to her eating and exercising habits. In her story she tells us that there were some major emotional obstacles. However, she’s conquered them and successfully lost 111lbs.
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 rescued a dog from animal control and little did I know...he was a demon dog! He was such a bad dog but I didn't have the heart to take him back. I vowed to walk him an hour everyday to help drain some of his energy. I lost about 10 pounds in one month, and at that point I was hooked on exercise!
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
In the past I had tried diets with my mom, including some liquid diets, and one where I ate a lot of chicken and green beans....and not much else.
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 started by walking, just an hour every day. I cut out soda and fast food which was very hard for me, but after about 2 weeks I was feeling much better. I then joined a gym to start doing very basic weight training. Once these changes became just a part of my day I looked more into nutrition and started to count calories and ate about 1500-1600 a day. I wrote down my exercise and calories and planned meals and workouts. I wrote positive quotes on my workout sheets to help motivate me. I can't say that any one change I made was more important than another. I think the most important thing I did is make changes and set goals that were attainable and not drastic.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
I used calorie count to help log calories and it was very helpful. It's hard to know how many calories you are burning but it is very simple to know how many calories you consume if you actually do it!
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
I didn't hit any significant plateaus, but I did become emotionally frustrated throughout my weight loss. After losing the first 50 pounds, I became self conscious about my stretch marks and flab due to the sudden loss of volume. I fortunately had my fiancé to remind me that I had been overweight so long and it was going to take time. He kept me patient. I also had resentment and anger towards my parents because I felt they didn't do enough to model good behavior for me and my brother. I was angry for a long time that they allowed me to be so obese and not try to help. I now see the past as the past and I am an adult now with the capability to learn how to treat my body right. Most of the difficulties I faced during my weight loss were purely emotional.
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 month. After the bulk of my weight was gone and I decided to study to become an ACE Certified personal trainer. I realized that I wasn't the fat girl anymore. I am a fit, healthy, active person.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I prevent relapse by counting calories (not every single little itty bitty calorie, but rather an estimation) I eat a diet mostly consisting of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish, and whole grains. I do not eat much processed foods. I walk daily, do metabolic conditioning and cross training, and lift weights.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
My life has changed in every way. I am now a personal trainer!! The only thing that hasn't changed is the man who has been in my life for this entire journey, my boyfriend then...now fiancé! He has been supporting my new lifestyle from day 1.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have maintained my current weight for a year and a half.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Eat mindfully.
- Don't be afraid of weights.
- Move as often as you can.
- Have fun with everything you do.
- Surround yourself with people who value the goals you've set for yourself.
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