I'm Now Loving Life
High blood pressure and a recent driver's license picture prompted Jpbk to start his weight loss journey. He attributes his fantastic success at losing 106 lbs by using Calorie Count's tools and learning portion control. With just 15 lbs to go, we think he needs a new picture for his driver’s license!
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?
I remember getting my driver's license renewed and when I got it in the mail I did not recognize myself. My blood pressure was through the roof and I just had one of those feelings that if I do not do something soon it wouldn't be pretty.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I guess I never tried a diet before. I did things like, I won't eat after 7 at night or tried to watch what I ate. In the long run I ended up eating more than before.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I got out and started walking and counting my calories. My most important change was self control. I also started making my lunches and portioning everything I ate.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I could not have done it without Calorie Count. I started counting everything from a piece of gum to drinking water or having dinner. This site gave me confidence to know what I was eating and also watching my vitamins and other nutrients that we need. I log everything before I even eat it now and it has worked out great for me. The thing is to do it every time every day and do not make excuses you just have to do it.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Portion control was my biggest thing. I grew up with the motto finish everything on your plate. My issue was I would do that and then eat what everyone else had left too. Getting motivated was another problem, I was so big and out of shape that just going up the stairs I thought I was going to die. I jog 3 miles 3 times a week now and I never would have thought that was going to happen.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I would say the weight came off fast, the first week I did not see much but after that the pounds have been falling off. After a month I had lost almost 20 pounds and was shocked. Then my face started to slim down and my pants went from a size 46 to a 44 then 42 now I am down to a 36 comfortably.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
The biggest thing I wanted was my blood pressure to come down. Like I said it was really high I averaged 180/110 (yea not good). I went in to see my doctor after I had lost about 50 pounds and it was down to 130/90 they could not believe it and neither could I. It was such a relief, now I am at 115/70 and never felt better. I remember putting in my goal weight and thinking yea right if I could lose maybe 30 pounds or even just get under 300 I would be happy. My start weight was 315 and my goal weight was 220, I am 221 and a pound away from my original goal weight. My new goal is to get down to 200 and stick with it.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I continue to count everything I eat and plan to do so from now on. Exercise at least twice a week for 45 min. This is not a diet it is a lifestyle change and once you get that in your head the easier it will be for you. I portion everything and never go over on my daily calorie count. I am not one of those people who have a cheat day, the way I see it you are only cheating yourself if you eat things you shouldn't. You can still eat burgers and fries just not from fast food restaurants or anything like it. Be creative with new recipes at home, it can be fun and allot better for you as well.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I jog 3 miles 3 times a week now. When I started I could not even get around my block without having to stop 3 times to catch my breath or stop my legs from cramping. This past Christmas was the first time in 6 years that I could go out and play basketball and football with friends and family, plus I have a whole lot more energy to do those types of things now. I have a lot more confidence now to go out and it is fun to be back in the dating game again because I did not feel good enough about myself to go out much. I'm now loving life.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Count everything you put in your mouth. (Yes everything)
- Get up and move.
- Drink lots of water.
- Fiber is very helpful with losing weight as well.
- Portion control, I spend about 2 hours every Sunday to get snacks and
things packed and portioned for the week.
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