I'm Not The "Fat Guy" Anymore!
At 320 pounds, Bigbrett22 was tired of being the "fat guy". Here's how he lost 135 pounds, took control of his life and regained his self confidence.
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time? Did you have an "Ah Ha!" moment?
I was just getting sick of being the "fat guy" in life. At work, with my friends, my family, I was the "fat guy" and I didn't want to be that anymore. It's funny that people always mention the "ah ha" moment, but I didn't really have one. I just decided one Sunday that I had about 10 months until my 25th birthday, so I was going to start the next day. And sure enough, it stuck.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I had lost 80 pounds about 5 years ago, but then gained it all back. I really was unhealthy and starved myself to lose those 80. That's why I couldn't keep it off.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I stopped eating fast food and all soda and juice. I also made sure to input EVERYTHING I ate into the food log to make sure I wasn't eating too much. As for working out, I started going to the gym at least 3-4 times a week and did what I could. The biggest change for me was the mentality. I realized that eating didn't need to be about pleasure anymore. It was simply something I had to do to keep myself nourished and energized. The old eat to live instead of live to eat.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I found Calorie Count about a week into my new eating habits. I had been writing down all my calories on paper everyday until I found Calorie Count. The tools on this website are incredible and I honestly owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to everyone that makes this site possible. It has changed my life.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Telling my friends and family that I didn't want anything to eat. Every time I used to go out to eat or head to someone's house for dinner, I would always eat way too much. When you are 320 pounds, people expect you to eat a lot. So as I started to change my habits, people would try to push food on me all the time because they weren't used to me not eating. And that was very difficult to turn down food.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
Within the first week I had lost 11 pounds and I knew it was going to stick this time. Clothes started being too loose within a month and I was able to do a lot more in the gym as time passed as well.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
Whenever I would see someone I hadn't seen since the weight loss. I remember going to my cousin's high school graduation and I had seen my aunt and uncle in almost a year. When they showed up, they walked right past me to say hello to the rest of the family. It felt good.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I don't let a bad meal, day, or week get me down. And I weigh myself every day to make sure things don't get out of hand. I know that if I gain a few pounds, I can take them off within a few days. I just try to get used to this new lifestyle.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I am a completely different person. I have more confidence, self worth, and energy. I can play sports with my friends and actually keep up. I am not ashamed of the way I look and don't feel out of place when I am with a group of thin people. It feels amazing to not be the 'fat guy' anymore.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it.
- Time is going to pass whether or not you change, so you might as well change. Why wait? Start now!
- A bad meal, bad day, bad week can be overturned very quickly with a bit of will power. Don't let those get you down.
- Make a set of short term and long term goals. When you reach them, feel good about it. And treat yourself to something nice. It helps.
- Log into Calorie Count multiple times a day and read other people's stories, successes, and failures. You'll be amazed how many people are going through the same exact thing you are.
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