Be Kind To Yourself
The Shift program along with Calorie Count has been helping Janecwolfe rethink her way of eating as well as monitoring the type of foods she eats. This, along with a positive mindset has helped her lose 38 lbs, and she is close to achieving her goal weight.
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
I was shocked when I hit 200 pounds and my size 18 clothes no longer fit. I couldn't believe what happens after you outgrow size 18... Fashion is dead in those big clothes. I couldn't find anything I liked. When I saw pictures of myself, I was equally shocked. Who was that big lady?
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you
tried in the past?
I tried Weight Watchers and NutriSystem at various times. I had an exercise coach several years ago and although I saw him once a week, did aerobic exercise 3 times a week, did weight training 2x a week, and walked 6 times a week, I only released 2 pounds.
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?
Several friends recommended the Shift program, which combines self hypnosis and teaches weight management skills for permanent weight release. The most important change was tracking the calories in and out. The second most important change was creating an inner coach who got me through the tough times. What also helped was the coaching along the way, through the Shift program, your blogs, reading lots of information on getting healthy.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight
I loved reading your blogs and stories. I know that we have individual stories and I realize how powerful it is to encourage and support each other along the way.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
I gained 50 pounds after I married my husband and this is the first time in 10 years that I will weigh about what I weighed (or less) on our anniversary. As I get older, my metabolism has slowed. I am a bit challenged exercise-wise because of knee and back issues. Overall, the difficulties were just staying with a program--calorie counting and exercise--even when the scale didn't show changes. It really is about consistency rather than perfection.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I released 25 pounds in the first 6 months. It took me almost 7 months to release the last ten pounds. I realized I was a success last summer when I went swim suit shopping and actually felt good about getting a swim suit 3 sizes smaller than the previous year. I tried it on recently and that one is now too big. In a few months, I'll get another as I plan to do a lot of swimming this summer.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I consider the life changes as the way I live. I went to a wedding and celebrated Valentine's Day this year with higher caloric intakes than usual. On Monday, I was 2 pounds heavier. However, I kept on with the program and in a week the scale showed even less than before the big celebrations. I will show up as consistent--not perfect--with managing my health rather than "dieting".
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I'm more confident in being with others. I have a short sassy haircut and feel sexy again (something that really pleases my husband). I live with a lot less pain--after knee surgery, extra weight is really hard to bear day in and out.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I'm still releasing as I head for my target weight. This month I released another 4 pounds. I have about 8 left to go.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Be kind to yourself.
- Don't accept anyone else's judgment about what is good for your body.
- Experiment. Find out what foods you want to eat and that nurture your health.
- Then take control. Pay as much attention to what goes in your mouth (count calories, eliminate trigger foods, eat only what you need) as you do everything else in your life.
- Have a big vision that keeps you motivated for the long run. I want to dance a wild jig at my 50th anniversary so I aim to stay healthy!
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