How Lifestyle Changes Helped Me Lose 175 Pounds
Viewing her weight loss journey as a change in lifestyle rather than a diet has helped Lankfordc lose over 175lbs. By using Calorie Count, she found new ways to control her calorie intake and learn more about nutrition. She now really enjoys teaching her whole family about proper health and nutrition.
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?
What prompted me to begin this weight loss journey and lifestyle change was my family's history of cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. In the past 10 years, I've lost many family members to these illnesses. This made me realize that if I didn't change my lifestyle, I could be next.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I've done diet pills and liquid diets. Actually, I was successful in losing the weight (over a hundred pounds); however after the weight loss I stopped exercising and gained the weight back. I didn't realize I needed a complete lifestyle change. I figured once I lost the weight, then I'm done. I could just pick back up to where I left before I lost the weight and eat like I did before.
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?
I'm very spiritual. My faith in God has no measurement. This started with a simple prayer, "Dear God, Please give me what I need to lose this weight and keep it off." After saying that prayer my job had a 'Biggest Loser' contest. This was the perfect opportunity to get started. Not only did I start this journey, but I convinced my family to start with me. My family and I did research on healthy foods and learnt how to observe the ingredients and nutritional values. We always check the nutritional value on Calorie Count's website. We exercise or workout Monday through Friday. My daily calorie intake is 1500. We actively play sports with each other. One of our biggest changes was no more eating before going to sleep.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Count has been my daily motivation. I read the articles of other members and their weight loss journeys. I'm always checking nutritional values of my foods on the website. Knowing that there's someone out there who I can relate to during this journey really gives me comfort in knowing I can do this. Calorie Count helped change my life.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
My biggest difficulty in losing weight was proportion sizes. Learning how to change and adjust to the right proportion size of food had been a struggle. My eyes have always been bigger than my stomach. This definitely contributed to me being overweight in the past.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I started seeing results after a few weeks. With a starting weight of 329 lbs, the first few weeks I lost about 30 lbs (mostly water weight).
7. How do you prevent relapse?
To prevent myself from relapsing, I don't totally deprive myself from the foods I once enjoyed. I substitute foods I once enjoyed with foods that are healthier, yet somewhat taste the same. My family and I go out to eat on weekends, yet we order healthier entrées. I weigh myself daily to make sure I am within my 5 pound radius.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I FEEL AMAZING!!! I sleep well. I have more energy. I feel like the energizer bunny; I keep going and going and going!!
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have maintained my current weight of 153 for about 3 months. This journey started 2 1/2 years ago. My initial goal was 175. I maintained that weight for about 8 months. In January of this year I decided I wanted to lose 20 more pounds, so I increased my workouts and decreased my 2000 daily calories to 1500 calories.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Treat this as a lifestyle change, not a diet.
- Research foods and their nutritional values.
- Create an exercise routine daily with music. Avoid allowing yourself becoming comfortable by not exercising.
- Get a partner or family member to join you.
- Pay attention to how your body responds to exercising and eating the right foods or not exercising and eating the wrong foods.
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