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Be Kind To Yourself


By Sheila on Feb 28, 2011 10:00 AM in Success Stories

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
"Aha!" moment?

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
loss.

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!

 

If you would like us to feature your success story, you can submit it here. The most insightful stories will be featured on this blog and in the weekly "Success Stories" newsletter.



Comments


Wow! Good for you! "Releasing" weight rather than "losing" weight is an interesting way of framing it. When I think about it, we release a lot more than just the weight of physical mass when we are mindful of what we eat and how we exercise. Thanks for the new insight!



Original Post by: 2245

Wow! Good for you! "Releasing" weight rather than "losing" weight is an interesting way of framing it. When I think about it, we release a lot more than just the weight of physical mass when we are mindful of what we eat and how we exercise. Thanks for the new insight!


I caught that, too.  'Lose' has negative connotations; people grieve and regret loss, whereas 'release' is something to celebrate and rejoice.  Amazing how little things like words can change your whole frame of mind!

You look fabulous, congrats!



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Original Post by: 2245

Wow! Good for you! "Releasing" weight rather than "losing" weight is an interesting way of framing it. When I think about it, we release a lot more than just the weight of physical mass when we are mindful of what we eat and how we exercise. Thanks for the new insight!


I caught that, too.  'Lose' has negative connotations; people grieve and regret loss, whereas 'release' is something to celebrate and rejoice.  Amazing how little things like words can change your whole frame of mind!

You look fabulous, congrats!


Me as well plus I love the statement 'It really is about consistency rather than perfection'. This resonates for me because i have been on this path for nearly 2 years, I've dropped 5 dress sizes in that period and have another 50 pounds to release. One thing that really works for me are these  success stories. So thank you for sharing you look fantastic!  



Excellent post.  Thank you so much for sharing your story.  In so many ways I can relate--especially about getting older and the metabolism slowing.  I have always exercised and for the most part it allowed me to eat what I wanted (within reason).  Recently, with a trip to the doctor, I weighed myself and was shocked with how much I actually weighed.  Despite continued exercise, I have been gaining weight, and realized I needed to track my calories.  Caloriecount has been awesome so far (I'm only a week in!)

Also, as others have said your mantra of "consistency rather that perfection" really does resonate and make sense.  This in fact allows us to implement your other piece of advice, which is to "be kind to ourselves".

Thank you again, and wishing you continued success in reaching your goal!



What is the Shift program?



Thank you so much for the post, and congrats on ur success Laughing. Sure such success stories are an inspiration and help us be on track.

Thank u once again and have a blessed day n year ahead!



Interesting approach!  Congrats on your success!  I know you will make it all the way and stay there!

 

Chris

(see my profile to a link to my blog and story about losing 130 lbs)



Thanks for the inspiration! After starting my new journey last Monday, I lost 3 whole pounds. I love it. I know it's probaly fluids, but it still is more than I lost previously before I really started paying attention to what I eat.


Original Post by: ligolfmom

What is the Shift program?


The Shift program combines cognitive skills with hypnosis so you get to work on the conscious and unconscious at the same time. You can find out more info at the shift website (www.maketheshiftnow.com). I believe the next program starts on March 26th in LA. If you are not local, they also offer a Shift in A Box. I've done both programs and one supports the other really well--both work separately to support you in learning new skills, empowering your own "inner coach" . The founder, Rita Blacks, is so supportive and informative, a really great coach along the way. The hypnosis was especially helpful--the CD's are like listening to guided meditation and helped me stay in the process powerfully (I did the slow and steady approach... I released about a pound a week over a year's period). 

And I use the word "release" because when I "lose" something, I tend to want to find it again. I don't want to find those extra 35+ pounds again! The Shift program is a Permanent Weight Management System rather than a diet. The skills worked for me and I really appreciated the support I got along the way.



Once last thing, THANKS to all of you for celebrating with  me!



I like "RELEASE"! 

Hadn't heard release used in this way before.  Words are very powerful - thanks for the new perspective. 



I didn't like your comments about there being no fashion above an 18.  Think of the people out there who may never get into a 16, and try not to be so thoughtless



Yes! Release instead of losing... When yo know how important language is in shaping our attitudes, you need to think twice: after all, you will do your best to find what you have lost! Whereas to release implies letting go... of attitudes, behaviours, habits, whatever is keeping you less then you can be.

Well done!!

 



Original Post by: patriciaitalia

I didn't like your comments about there being no fashion above an 18.  Think of the people out there who may never get into a 16, and try not to be so thoughtless


You are right that my words may have sounded thoughtless. I certainly know that FOR ME, shopping where I shop (Marshalls, JC Penney,etc.), I wasn't finding much that I liked to wear. I am sure that if I liked shopping more and had more of a budget for clothing, the clothes may not be as limited as I found them. I'd like to hear from others who have had more success....

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think it's important that we all support each other with our words, ideas, and talents.



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I also love that term "release" the weight - it's like releasing that stored energy back to the universe (I guess my kids watching star wars so much lately has me thinking about "the force" and energy more).  But much more positive - release, let it be "free", than "losing".  Thanks for your inspiration.



i need these success stories to keep me motivated and encouraged. thanks so much for sharing- your approach really appeals to me because it is so gentle yet focused.



I was intrigued by the word "release" also.  I love that you fell sassy with your new haircut, too!! Well done!



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Wow..congratulations on your achievements. I like the term releasing instead of losing...just seems as though u r releasing so much more than just a weight loss but the stress that goes with it. I hope to stay positive and your story is a big help:)Keep up the good work!Well done!



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Congrats on "releasing" 38 lbs. I did too and have 20-25 more to go. I agree with the term losing weight implies that you might want to find it again. I don't want to find those pounds ever again, as I'm sure you don't either. Weight release and maintence is a lifelong journey, enjoy the process!      



Looking and sounding great , Hope more of my friends will do more writing here . I love hearing how all of you are doing .



you look awesome......!



Thank you all for the wonderful feedback you gave me about sharing my story! I encourage you to jump in and share yours as well.



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Very inspirational!  Love the wording and will incorporate this into my journey as well....



Wow, I am going to think "release" from now on. I am an emotional eater so "releasing" is definitely what I need to do! Thank you for the inspiration to a newbie at CC.



Hi my name is Tina and i need some advice.  I am hoping you or someone can help me.  I have reached a stand still and I have been stuck at the same amount of weight for the last almost 3 weeks.  I can't get past these 1-3lbs that keep coming and going.  I even started working out more and nothing has happened. Do you have any advice for me.  I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me.

Thank You,

Tina

 



Here is my advice:

1) keep tracking your calories on EVERYTHING you eat, 2) use a scale to measure portions if you haven't been, 3) Don't give up--eventually the scale will catch up.

I've hit plateaus and know that when this happens, I just keep on doing what I know works. Use your body like a science project... See feels good to eat and what doesn't. If you have shifted a weight a lot, you might need to eat fewer calories than before. Or sometimes I've eaten more, and my weight shifted down.... Just keep experimenting and don't give up. Hope that helps.

 



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