It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint!
The title is one tip that our this week's featured member, Caedmonshymn, would like to share with you. She has lost over 77 pounds by logging her foods and incorporating daily exercise. She 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 "Ah Ha!" moment?
My "ah ha" moment came while I was sitting in the doctor's office after two years of weird health symptoms. I was afraid the tests were going to tell me I had diabetes at the age of 30. When the results came back with Insulin Resistance which effects can be reversed, I decided then and there I wasn't going to get sicker.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I tried Weight Watchers twice and briefly tried South Beach.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I cut way back on my calorie intake and I learned really fast how much I was consuming when I did that. I also changed my diet to the low end of the glycemic index - it's what people with insulin resistance need to do. I began working out an hour a day for 6 days a week, and I took the medication the doctor prescribed. The most important change was my attitude - never once did fear or doubt come in, even when I realized that being successful meant losing almost 100 pounds.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
Calorie Count has been one of the two most useful tools in this entire journey. I use it for every meal I consume, I keep track of everything that goes in my mouth, and it also gave me the support I needed with the groups and advice concerning diet and exercise.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The emotional and mental baggage that comes with losing weight. We don't get overweight by accident, our outside reflects the inside. The groups on Calorie Count help give you the support you need because the hardest part is dealing with the inside.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
By a month and a half my pants were really loose and I could see my face was slimming down. The scale reflected results from the very first week, but I really remember noticing physical decisions by a month and a half.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I haven't yet. Again, the emotional turmoil is overwhelming. I have been the fat girl for years, that doesn't change in 7 months because I lost weight. I get glimpses of my own success, but I won't feel completely successful for a while. I think that's pretty natural. I think people who try to lose weight expect not only to see results quickly, but also to feel them - and when that instant gratification doesn't come, they give up. I think that's why so many try and fail. Calorie Count helped me track my progress, so when I felt unsuccessful I could still look at data and see that I am successful.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
Again, it's a mental thing - I keep an old pair of pants around, and I also look at pictures of myself where I thought I looked terrible. I constantly ask myself, "Will eating this food or not doing this exercise make me feel as good as I will feel if I stay healthy?" The answer is always no, so I don't eat the food or I do the workout, and I am always glad that I stuck to my guns.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
My quality of life is a billion times better. It's all about self discovery - I have learned the reasons I got fat, I have learned how the body actually works, and I have learned what it means to be healthy. I walk up my three flights of stairs to my apartment and don't get winded, I run with my dog and don't feel like dying. I smile more. My life is completely new.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Find some support and a tool that will really help, for instance
- Research - you'll be surprised how much you don't know about your
- Don't get frustrated. Even if you gave in and took the day off or
ate the cake, there is a reset button on the next meal or next day. It's never too late to start over.
- Losing weight is a marathon, not a sprint - so be realistic. Not everyone has the ability to focus only on losing weight, so if you aren't seeing as big results as everyone else, don't worry. As long as you are maintaining
or losing anything, then you are headed in the right decision.
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