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Losing 119 Pounds Without Surgery


By Sheila on Sep 03, 2012 10:00 AM in Success Stories

Many weight loss strategies didn't do much at all for Chend57 and the results she wanted were realized when she took matters into her own hands. A quick fix isn't always the best way, that losing weight involves so much more than just shedding excess pounds. Losing 119lbs, she shares with us the difficulties she experienced at first, and some words of wisdom on having a health-oriented attitude.

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?

My husband and I adopted our 2nd grandchild and I had a gastric bypass surgery scheduled but with only 2 hours notice before our 2nd grandchild came to live with us, I had to cancel the surgery because he was under 2 and I wouldn't even have been able to carry him after surgery. I decided that if I wanted to live to raise my grandchildren that now call me mom, I needed to get healthy.

2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?

I had tried everything from low calorie, low fat, grapefruit, Weight Watchers, catkins and the list goes on and on.

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 am not at goal weight yet but the way I have lost these 119 lbs was to increase my exercise, start eating clean and watching my portion size. I have recently signed up for Calorie Count's Premium Services because I had came to a standstill and knew I needed to refine my intake and Calorie Count has such a great program that I can see weaknesses and strengths.

4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.

I am using Calorie Count and making those adjustments that I need to my diet to make the next transition of my weight loss program. I believe Calorie Count is going to allow me to reach my goal.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?

Plateaus are hard for me. I think my biggest problem is I like the scale too much. Some days it's motivational and some days it is a downer for my motivation.

6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?

It still do a double take in the mirror. I used to hate the mirror and still have to force myself to look in the mirror but when I do look, I love what I see.

7. How do you prevent relapse?

Every day is a new day. I allow myself to have a bad choice without having that attitude of "screw it"; I messed up so let's keep messing up and have a piece of cheesecake!

8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?

I am more active and I can sit on a plane without worrying. I tried water skiing again. I go hiking for miles with my kids. I'm enjoying life with my children now!

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?

I am still losing. I continue to make baby steps but it is harder now.

10. What tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Eat breakfast.
  • Choose healthy food 80% of the time.
  • Give up the diet Pepsi and drink more water.
  • Don't deprive yourself. It has to be a life change that you can live with.
  • Find an exercise that you enjoy. I'm a huge spin fan. I couldn't do it for 5 minutes at first but now I can really kick that class's butt!

 

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Comments


oh my gosh, what an amazing story yours is!

Thank you for sharing, and you should be so so proud. Never let that pride down! Well done!



Wow! You have really reached a tough goal.....way to go!

Regards,

Shine Shoukkathali

www.shines.co.nr



Amazing, What a wonderful thing you are doing for your kids.



This is a fake story. By any chance if this is true story, then I would like to know when this member gets in reversal mode. And that will be sooner than any body would think.

Then I would like to know. May be then I have done some work. I am also on a mission.

I would like to share as soon as I get there.

 



And for sure I am not on calorie count. This is most absurd and useless program.



rbha I don't understand why you think it's fake and she will reverse. sounds like sour grapes to me.

Shelia, I am pretty much in your previous situation weight wise at least and am doing what you did. Glad it worked since it gives me hope! I'm on a mini plateau ( like only moving down in tiny under lb increments) right now but it will move eventually if I stick with it I'm sure. I've lost about 30-40( not sure where I started  but over 2 sizes, going from "really too tight but I am squeezing into it" to "fits well" 2 sizes lower so probably closer to 3 sizes lol) with a bunch more to go but I am pleased with how far I have come. Imo you are right , it's a lifestyle change not a temporary fix.



Reminds me of that other great weight-loss tip:  avoid negative people



Congrats! I have about the same to lose. Always nice to see it can be done :-) keep up the good work and focus on the the positive!!!


rbha- I was taught a very important lesson at a young age. If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. I think it's time you learn this lesson too!


CONGRATULATIONS!!!  Love your tips, and the last post that added "Avoid Negative People!" (LOL)  SOOOO TRUE!

I'm starting a new day, today, after slipping rather badly over the weekend! Stories like yours give me the motivation to keep going!

I know what you mean by being a scaleS junkie -- but I'd be lost without mine! Even when it's got "bad news" for me, I know it will smile at me when I've reached my goal -- mainly from keeping motivated by wonderful stroies like yours!

THANKS, and KEEP ON 'LOSING', YOU BIG WINNER YOU!Laughing



This is a great story!  I can relate because I have lost 115 pounds over 18 months with 40 more to go.  I also used Calorie Count as a tool and added exercise, which I had never done before.  I went from walking (slowly) to running (completed Couch to 5K program) and now I've joined a gym.  I want to try spin classes, but have been a little nervous that I could not keep up as they seem pretty intense.  You have inspired me to just get in there and give it a try.  Thanks!



I think that is wonderful and congrats to you because that is not an easy battle to fight.  Some say smoking is hard, well I did that without too much difficulty but weight loss that's another story.



Thank you!  I'm new to Calorie Count but I'm loving it because it actually is making me look at my nutrition, not just at how much energy I'm consuming - plus it's a community, not just a diet tool!



I really appreciated you sharing and I am very happy for you.  I hope my day will come.                                             



Thank you so much for all your positive comments (rbha this is a true story and trust me I am not fake! Lol. I don't believe I will ever go into reversal mode because I have worked so hard to get here.). I have learned baby steps are going to get me to my goal and I have about 35 more pounds to go. Calorie count is allowing me to refine my diet for those last hard to lose pounds but get there I will with all of these success stories to guide me. Thanks everyone!


You look amazing. From one dieter to another, I would like to say I am proud. I hope I can have a success story of my own one day.



Sounds like rbha could use some work on their social skills.......I love how you say you 'allow' yourself to screw up, meaning it is a conscious decision,,,,,mindful eating is half the battle.  I do this also, then I feel guilty and throw in a few extra exercises or extra time on the cardio so I really don't hurt my program too bad by 'allowing' myself to screw up.  You look absolutely terrific and you should be SO  proud of your accomplishment.  But don't let the scale dictate your program.  Do you do strength training?  If not maybe that could be considered also,,,,your muscles are fat burners when you are sedentary.



:) So proud of you!!!! 

This is most definitely a TRUE STORY!!!!! I was there at the beginning of her journey! I watched it all happen!!! It did not happen over night. She worked hard and was determined to make it happen!!!

I am happy for you!!! You are a true inspiration! I am glad you had to cancel your surgery!!!! They are so risky and unhealthy!!!! You have a great testimony because of the love you have for your family!!!! <3

Keep up the good work!!! Thank you for sharing your story and please do not listen to the haters.... Jealousy can make people bitter.

You are one of the most amazing women I know. You give a lot of yourself to the community as well!!! A hero and role model... Those that know you know it is true!!! Those kids are lucky to get to call you mom!!!

Good luck with your last weight loss goal!!!  

S



Great job, keep up the good work.  And you will reach your goal weight. Please do share. I have lost 25, by making a lifestyle change. Since June I now excersie 5 to 6 times per week and I eat 75% raw foods (plenty of fruits,veggies,nuts & seeds); my remaining meal, 25%, I eat whatever I want (cooked or uncooked). I feel so much better. My recent blood pressure was 117/71. Again thanks for sharing.


You are an inspiration to many.  It takes a lot of strength, determination, hard work and a lot of tears to do what you have done.  Be proud of your accomplishments and walk tall.

One step at a time and one bite at a time.  Congratulations!

 



You look fantastic and your story is truly inspirational. To lose weight while caring for your grandkids (especially a toddler) is awesome. I also love that you don't let the strange negative commentor get you down!



I am inspired by your story.  I have been struggling to lose 55lbs for over 10 years.  I go up and down. I too have tried all the programs, Jenny Craig, WW, everything you name it I tried it.  I have a problem with committment to a gym I keep telling myself I could use the money for other things but I'm so unhappy I just don't know why I can't committ to joining it is only 45 dollars monthly and they have a pool and so many other things.  It is a great gym but I keep telling myself its a waste of money "you won't go" If anyone has any helpful suggestions as to why I keep doing this please feel free to let me know



Original Post by: winterpaige

I am inspired by your story.  I have been struggling to lose 55lbs for over 10 years.  I go up and down. I too have tried all the programs, Jenny Craig, WW, everything you name it I tried it.  I have a problem with committment to a gym I keep telling myself I could use the money for other things but I'm so unhappy I just don't know why I can't committ to joining it is only 45 dollars monthly and they have a pool and so many other things.  It is a great gym but I keep telling myself its a waste of money "you won't go" If anyone has any helpful suggestions as to why I keep doing this please feel free to let me know


$45 a month for a gym is a waste of money if you don't go!  Just having a gym membership will not make you go and work out, you have to want to go.  I had a membership that I paid for monthly for over 2 years without setting foot in the place.  I stubbornly would not cancel because i knew I needed it - at that time I needed to lose over 100 pounds - yet still I did not go.  Finally, I gave in and cancelled my membership. 

About 6 months after I started using Calorie Count to understand and track my input and lost 50 pounds, I realized I needed to increase my output through exercise.  I started with walking DVDs at home (that I could barely finish) and then walking outside, finally moving on to the Couch to 5k program (walking and running outside).  Once I began to feel the "need" to exercise and weather made exercising outside difficult, I went back to the gym and re-joined.  Now I love having a choice of exercising outside or going to the gym and working out there.

The bottom line is you need to find what it takes inside yourself to motivate you to start exercising.  The gym is a great place to facilitate that, but just "joining" the gym won't make it happen.  What I will tell you is that I realized for myself that I will never "love" to exercise, but I do LOVE how I feel when I have finished and accomplished my work out.  It makes me feel strong and "righteous".  That I love!   Here's hoping you will find something that motivates you and gives you that feeling.  Don't worry about starting small - the important thing is to start.



MOTIVATION is a key component to weight loss.

Sheila became motivated by feeling the need to pick up her 2-year-old grandchild and avoiding surgery that would prohibit her from being able to
pick him up. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL component--Many of us won’t do something for
ourselves, BUT we will do something for others. 

Heck… whatever it takes… If you won’t do something good for
yourself, then DO IT for someone you care about!! 

WIN-WIN!!   Your intention is to do something good for someone else,
and the goodness all comes back to you!   

SETTING an EXAMPLE—Sheila is now setting a wonderful EXAMPLE
for her grandchildren.  They are watching her eat healthy and exercise. 

Her grandchildren are likely to adopt that healthy behavior they are watching their grandmother do. 
You have become a positive ROLE MODEL for your family and for others,
and you feel and look great now, too! 
Thanks for sharing your story.  It inspires me to keep working at doing the same things you found worked for you!!  



Way to go, Mary, I am so happy for you.  



Good for you. It is tough going some days. Ihave found calorie count works great for me. I started using it 3 months ago and still have 17 lbs to go go. I will never go back to eating like I used to, I feel much better and look much better. I recommend  calorie count to everyone



If you're not a member, you could join and see all of the great benefits; It's free You can track your food (voice, scan, type) to see calories or nutritional factors you may want to track You can share your successes and or set backs and others can celebrate with you and or give tips that might help in your journey You can challenge yourself and others or you can watch and learn from the sidelines You never know where your next great bit of wisdom or motivation will come from. You took the time to read the success story and took the trouble to comment. Your comments make you seem like you're very sad. Stick around this group - you'll find support, encouragement, and maybe even a tad bit of joy!


That's right change everything! My friend asked me this morning how I was going to maintenance my weight loss (79 lbs since March of this year). I told her this isn't about a diet. This is about changing my life and the way I view food. Salads every morning, a mile walk as fast as my feet will carry me (20 minute) bought a nutri bullett and I drink my dinner before 5 pm and NOTHING after 5 pm!

 

Drink a lot of water and pray

 



I'm stumped as to why you would assume this is a fake story.  Why?  Success can come for you too Smile



i love it when other share there story,

u go girl ,keep up the good work

 



Congratulations. You look wonderful. I too lost 105 pounds  and have kept it off for four years.  After awhile, eating healthy becomes a habit.  Keep up the good work.



So excited for you as I too am 'there' (with 15 more to go)  This week is my official one year and I have lost 125lbs. which is right on target with my initial goals.  I am pushing the last 15 (still within my target weight) but on a slower pace.  I made my one year goal, now to ease into maintenance.

It is EXCITING to be thinner, but like you I catch myself in the mirror and have to take a second look.  That big girl (in my head) hasn't figured out that she is really gone . . . 

Congratulations on your accomplishment!   Losing the rest of your weight, should be a cinch!!!  Those grand babies will make sure of it!! ;)

Isn't it fun just to feel normal? 

 



Original Post by: hackerk

This is a great story!  I can relate because I have lost 115 pounds over 18 months with 40 more to go.  I also used Calorie Count as a tool and added exercise, which I had never done before.  I went from walking (slowly) to running (completed Couch to 5K program) and now I've joined a gym.  I want to try spin classes, but have been a little nervous that I could not keep up as they seem pretty intense.  You have inspired me to just get in there and give it a try.  Thanks!


Good job! Spinning is a great class! I was very intimidated but once I got in I went at my own pace and just kept improving. Keep it up!


Original Post by: pcoo750452863

So excited for you as I too am 'there' (with 15 more to go)  This week is my official one year and I have lost 125lbs. which is right on target with my initial goals.  I am pushing the last 15 (still within my target weight) but on a slower pace.  I made my one year goal, now to ease into maintenance.

It is EXCITING to be thinner, but like you I catch myself in the mirror and have to take a second look.  That big girl (in my head) hasn't figured out that she is really gone . . . 

Congratulations on your accomplishment!   Losing the rest of your weight, should be a cinch!!!  Those grand babies will make sure of it!! ;)

Isn't it fun just to feel normal? 

 


Good job!! I took almost two years to date but happy with my results so far. It is so great to feel normal. Every day I experience the little things that only very over weight people understand that lose weight. It is great!!


Original Post by: cav50

MOTIVATION is a key component to weight loss.

Sheila became motivated by feeling the need to pick up her 2-year-old grandchild and avoiding surgery that would prohibit her from being able to
pick him up. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL component--Many of us won’t do something for
ourselves, BUT we will do something for others. 

Heck… whatever it takes… If you won’t do something good for
yourself, then DO IT for someone you care about!! 

WIN-WIN!!   Your intention is to do something good for someone else,
and the goodness all comes back to you!   

SETTING an EXAMPLE—Sheila is now setting a wonderful EXAMPLE
for her grandchildren.  They are watching her eat healthy and exercise. 

Her grandchildren are likely to adopt that healthy behavior they are watching their grandmother do. 
You have become a positive ROLE MODEL for your family and for others,
and you feel and look great now, too! 
Thanks for sharing your story.  It inspires me to keep working at doing the same things you found worked for you!!  


Thank you so much for your words!


Original Post by: ogabes

Congratulations. You look wonderful. I too lost 105 pounds  and have kept it off for four years.  After awhile, eating healthy becomes a habit.  Keep up the good work.


Comgratulations to you also!!


Original Post by: sabrinapc

:) So proud of you!!!! 

This is most definitely a TRUE STORY!!!!! I was there at the beginning of her journey! I watched it all happen!!! It did not happen over night. She worked hard and was determined to make it happen!!!

I am happy for you!!! You are a true inspiration! I am glad you had to cancel your surgery!!!! They are so risky and unhealthy!!!! You have a great testimony because of the love you have for your family!!!! <3

Keep up the good work!!! Thank you for sharing your story and please do not listen to the haters.... Jealousy can make people bitter.

You are one of the most amazing women I know. You give a lot of yourself to the community as well!!! A hero and role model... Those that know you know it is true!!! Those kids are lucky to get to call you mom!!!

Good luck with your last weight loss goal!!!  

S


I am not sure who you are by your sign on name but thank you so much for your words! They were so nice! Thank you!!


Original Post by: sabrinapc

:) So proud of you!!!! 

This is most definitely a TRUE STORY!!!!! I was there at the beginning of her journey! I watched it all happen!!! It did not happen over night. She worked hard and was determined to make it happen!!!

I am happy for you!!! You are a true inspiration! I am glad you had to cancel your surgery!!!! They are so risky and unhealthy!!!! You have a great testimony because of the love you have for your family!!!! <3

Keep up the good work!!! Thank you for sharing your story and please do not listen to the haters.... Jealousy can make people bitter.

You are one of the most amazing women I know. You give a lot of yourself to the community as well!!! A hero and role model... Those that know you know it is true!!! Those kids are lucky to get to call you mom!!!

Good luck with your last weight loss goal!!!  

S


I am not sure who you are by your sign on name but thank you so much for your words! They were so nice! Thank you!!


I don't know why anyone would be so negative and say that this story is fake. Is that because you have not been able to be successful, so that means no one else can be?

I have been doing weight watchers now since January, 2011 and have lost 65 lbs, with 20 to get to goal. I have always said one thing about WW, it may be counting points, but it really is a calorie diet, just in another format. I learned many years ago, when I was doing research for a project for my Master's degree, where I was designing a diet therapy for teenagers, that your body burns a certain number of calories, and you have to eat 3500 calories less than that to lose each pound. There is no magic. Exercise is great, and helps you stay healthy, but no one can exercise enough to lose a significant amount of weight without cutting portion size and eating healthier foods. When I need a default to figuring out how many points something is, I use 40 calories, because I know that will be pretty close to what it is. If you add the 40x26 points, adding calories for 2 fruits and the number of vegetable you eat each day, you will come to the 1250-1400 calories that you need to eat to lose. When people ask me what got me motivated this time, I joke that it was the "free fruit", but the reality is this, no one gets fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables, but you also can't go around eating a whole watermelon a day and think you are going to lose.

Anyone who has been on a weight loss journey knows that it is true that they might backtrack, and that their life now has to turn into something where they are always aware of exactly what they eat, but we have to hope that we can re-program ourselves to make this our way of life.



Original Post by: Robinsilver

I don't know why anyone would be so negative and say that this story is fake. Is that because you have not been able to be successful, so that means no one else can be?

I have been doing weight watchers now since January, 2011 and have lost 65 lbs, with 20 to get to goal. I have always said one thing about WW, it may be counting points, but it really is a calorie diet, just in another format. I learned many years ago, when I was doing research for a project for my Master's degree, where I was designing a diet therapy for teenagers, that your body burns a certain number of calories, and you have to eat 3500 calories less than that to lose each pound. There is no magic. Exercise is great, and helps you stay healthy, but no one can exercise enough to lose a significant amount of weight without cutting portion size and eating healthier foods. When I need a default to figuring out how many points something is, I use 40 calories, because I know that will be pretty close to what it is. If you add the 40x26 points, adding calories for 2 fruits and the number of vegetable you eat each day, you will come to the 1250-1400 calories that you need to eat to lose. When people ask me what got me motivated this time, I joke that it was the "free fruit", but the reality is this, no one gets fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables, but you also can't go around eating a whole watermelon a day and think you are going to lose.

Anyone who has been on a weight loss journey knows that it is true that they might backtrack, and that their life now has to turn into something where they are always aware of exactly what they eat, but we have to hope that we can re-program ourselves to make this our way of life.


Well Said!!



Congratulations on your success! I know it's hard and sometimes difficult, but I also know for a fact that it can be done! I've watched my son lose 100 pounds, his wife 50 and myself 50! No surgery, just eating better and exercising. Funny thing is I also said you would never hear me say that I love going to the gym, but let me miss a few days now! I had both knees replaced 7 years ago and my doctor kept telling me to lose weight. Like so many others, I felt like he was nagging me. I must say, I feel better and am in better shape than I was in my 30's. And as for negative people? I love when someone tells me I can't do this, never accomplish that, etc. Those type of people motivate me so WHEN I do accomplish my goals, I get to say "Now what were you saying?" Keep up the good work and know that you can accomplish anything!!!



Original Post by: ogabes

Congratulations. You look wonderful. I too lost 105 pounds  and have kept it off for four years.  After awhile, eating healthy becomes a habit.  Keep up the good work.


Excellent!  Keep it up the good work also!!



Original Post by: Ladydree

Congratulations on your success! I know it's hard and sometimes difficult, but I also know for a fact that it can be done! I've watched my son lose 100 pounds, his wife 50 and myself 50! No surgery, just eating better and exercising. Funny thing is I also said you would never hear me say that I love going to the gym, but let me miss a few days now! I had both knees replaced 7 years ago and my doctor kept telling me to lose weight. Like so many others, I felt like he was nagging me. I must say, I feel better and am in better shape than I was in my 30's. And as for negative people? I love when someone tells me I can't do this, never accomplish that, etc. Those type of people motivate me so WHEN I do accomplish my goals, I get to say "Now what were you saying?" Keep up the good work and know that you can accomplish anything!!!


Good job you and your son!!  Thanks and I agree.  I don't like the gym but oh my goodness if I don't go for a couple of days, I feel terrible!



Original Post by: ogabes

Congratulations. You look wonderful. I too lost 105 pounds  and have kept it off for four years.  After awhile, eating healthy becomes a habit.  Keep up the good work.


Good to hear!! Thanks!



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Original Post by: chend57

Original Post by: Robinsilver

I don't know why anyone would be so negative and say that this story is fake. Is that because you have not been able to be successful, so that means no one else can be?

I have been doing weight watchers now since January, 2011 and have lost 65 lbs, with 20 to get to goal. I have always said one thing about WW, it may be counting points, but it really is a calorie diet, just in another format. I learned many years ago, when I was doing research for a project for my Master's degree, where I was designing a diet therapy for teenagers, that your body burns a certain number of calories, and you have to eat 3500 calories less than that to lose each pound. There is no magic. Exercise is great, and helps you stay healthy, but no one can exercise enough to lose a significant amount of weight without cutting portion size and eating healthier foods. When I need a default to figuring out how many points something is, I use 40 calories, because I know that will be pretty close to what it is. If you add the 40x26 points, adding calories for 2 fruits and the number of vegetable you eat each day, you will come to the 1250-1400 calories that you need to eat to lose. When people ask me what got me motivated this time, I joke that it was the "free fruit", but the reality is this, no one gets fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables, but you also can't go around eating a whole watermelon a day and think you are going to lose.

Anyone who has been on a weight loss journey knows that it is true that they might backtrack, and that their life now has to turn into something where they are always aware of exactly what they eat, but we have to hope that we can re-program ourselves to make this our way of life.


Well Said!!


I'm questioning why anyone believes this, so I understand the doubts. the person in question doesn't have an account. While i agree that you can use calorie count without an account, the person even claims to have gone a step further to get the premium account. not to mention the person that chimed in who is supposedlu supporting her created the account same day as posting. how do you follow and support another without an account? 

I dunno. I'm not here to hate at all and I wish this to be a happy ending success story! i'm just here to justify to others why sone people don't believe it's real. I wish they would clarify in these stories whether the person had an account or not and how they managed to be so successful without the actual account, so they wouldn't be set up for an attack. 

if they post unbelievable stories, many will doubt the credibility here. I don't want that! I believe in the idea of calorie count.

if its true, I applaud the biggest loser here! :)

- jen


Original Post by: jennyw1337

Original Post by: chend57

Original Post by: Robinsilver

I don't know why anyone would be so negative and say that this story is fake. Is that because you have not been able to be successful, so that means no one else can be?

I have been doing weight watchers now since January, 2011 and have lost 65 lbs, with 20 to get to goal. I have always said one thing about WW, it may be counting points, but it really is a calorie diet, just in another format. I learned many years ago, when I was doing research for a project for my Master's degree, where I was designing a diet therapy for teenagers, that your body burns a certain number of calories, and you have to eat 3500 calories less than that to lose each pound. There is no magic. Exercise is great, and helps you stay healthy, but no one can exercise enough to lose a significant amount of weight without cutting portion size and eating healthier foods. When I need a default to figuring out how many points something is, I use 40 calories, because I know that will be pretty close to what it is. If you add the 40x26 points, adding calories for 2 fruits and the number of vegetable you eat each day, you will come to the 1250-1400 calories that you need to eat to lose. When people ask me what got me motivated this time, I joke that it was the "free fruit", but the reality is this, no one gets fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables, but you also can't go around eating a whole watermelon a day and think you are going to lose.

Anyone who has been on a weight loss journey knows that it is true that they might backtrack, and that their life now has to turn into something where they are always aware of exactly what they eat, but we have to hope that we can re-program ourselves to make this our way of life.


Well Said!!


I'm questioning why anyone believes this, so I understand the doubts. the person in question doesn't have an account. While i agree that you can use calorie count without an account, the person even claims to have gone a step further to get the premium account. not to mention the person that chimed in who is supposedlu supporting her created the account same day as posting. how do you follow and support another without an account? 

I dunno. I'm not here to hate at all and I wish this to be a happy ending success story! i'm just here to justify to others why sone people don't believe it's real. I wish they would clarify in these stories whether the person had an account or not and how they managed to be so successful without the actual account, so they wouldn't be set up for an attack. 

if they post unbelievable stories, many will doubt the credibility here. I don't want that! I believe in the idea of calorie count.

if its true, I applaud the biggest loser here! :)

- jen

silly me! I was viewing the wrong member for the owner of the success story. well then, along with the rest of you, I'm stumped as to why there were negative vibes this time. although I can understand it with other posted stories, for the reasons I mentioned above. 

my apologies and I hope there are no hard feelings. and congrats on your continued journey! keep proving us skeptics wrong! :)


Original Post by: jennyw1337

Original Post by: jennyw1337

Original Post by: chend57

Original Post by: Robinsilver

I don't know why anyone would be so negative and say that this story is fake. Is that because you have not been able to be successful, so that means no one else can be?

I have been doing weight watchers now since January, 2011 and have lost 65 lbs, with 20 to get to goal. I have always said one thing about WW, it may be counting points, but it really is a calorie diet, just in another format. I learned many years ago, when I was doing research for a project for my Master's degree, where I was designing a diet therapy for teenagers, that your body burns a certain number of calories, and you have to eat 3500 calories less than that to lose each pound. There is no magic. Exercise is great, and helps you stay healthy, but no one can exercise enough to lose a significant amount of weight without cutting portion size and eating healthier foods. When I need a default to figuring out how many points something is, I use 40 calories, because I know that will be pretty close to what it is. If you add the 40x26 points, adding calories for 2 fruits and the number of vegetable you eat each day, you will come to the 1250-1400 calories that you need to eat to lose. When people ask me what got me motivated this time, I joke that it was the "free fruit", but the reality is this, no one gets fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables, but you also can't go around eating a whole watermelon a day and think you are going to lose.

Anyone who has been on a weight loss journey knows that it is true that they might backtrack, and that their life now has to turn into something where they are always aware of exactly what they eat, but we have to hope that we can re-program ourselves to make this our way of life.


Well Said!!


I'm questioning why anyone believes this, so I understand the doubts. the person in question doesn't have an account. While i agree that you can use calorie count without an account, the person even claims to have gone a step further to get the premium account. not to mention the person that chimed in who is supposedlu supporting her created the account same day as posting. how do you follow and support another without an account? 

I dunno. I'm not here to hate at all and I wish this to be a happy ending success story! i'm just here to justify to others why sone people don't believe it's real. I wish they would clarify in these stories whether the person had an account or not and how they managed to be so successful without the actual account, so they wouldn't be set up for an attack. 

if they post unbelievable stories, many will doubt the credibility here. I don't want that! I believe in the idea of calorie count.

if its true, I applaud the biggest loser here! :)

- jen

silly me! I was viewing the wrong member for the owner of the success story. well then, along with the rest of you, I'm stumped as to why there were negative vibes this time. although I can understand it with other posted stories, for the reasons I mentioned above. 

my apologies and I hope there are no hard feelings. and congrats on your continued journey! keep proving us skeptics wrong! :)

Well Jen not sure what all this discussion is even about. I do have an account and I do pay for the weekly discussion with the nutritionist so not sure what the deal is. I continue to do well and I have now lost 126 lbs. I am 32 lbs away from goal.


rbha589436460 Good luck to you. You will find it is better to encourage others than to squash them. We all need support and your words and actions which are negative is not really necessary. All the best. Remember you can always count on your Calorie count members here for support. Unless, of course they want to be mean and negative.

 

Best to you. Remember it is only hard work and a positive attitude that can bring you to success.

I hope you will also have the courage to share your success story when you have reached your goal. 

I know I will!!! ;)

 



So happy for you! Stories such as this one are true! I have watched my son go from 426 to 313 in about a year's time. He is 6'4 and you would never guess he weighs that much now. He works at a bank. One day a customer told him "I see you had that surgery". He told them all he did was change his eating habits and started working out. He actually did the Mini Marathon last year which is 13 miles! He still wants to lose at least 30 more pounds. As for myself, I've lost over 50 with another 50 to 60 to go. It can be done and at any age!


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