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Losing Weight for Better Health


By Sheila on Apr 19, 2010 12:00 PM in Success Stories

Patience and hard work helped Badbombur lose 150lbs.  18 months ago he received a wake-up call from his doctor regarding his high blood pressure.  At almost 40, Badbombur knew it was time to make a change with his lifestyle.  He has been maintaining his weight since last December and couldn't be any happier.

He 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 "Aha!" moment?

No real moment, the doctor threatened to put me on high blood pressure medicine. I was going to turn 40 that year and decided it was time to make a change. So I arranged to visit a Dietitian and started using Calorie Count that very day. I wish I new what the "Aha!" moment was that made me decide this time to lose weight. I wish I would have had that moment when I was 25 or 30 or 35.

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

No serious or formal programs like this time. When I had success losing weight before it was because of an increase in activity level, either through exercise or work.

3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?

Everything. Before I was eating chicken wings three times a week, pizza at least once a week. Eating heavy dinners a couple times a week and fast food nearly every day for lunch. Now it is all about fruits, vegetables, lean meats and healthy carbs. I started exercising about a month into the change and continued with 4-6 hours of cardio a week. The start of this year I began running, which I have found I enjoy. As far as my attitude, nothing has really changed in my life. I feel better about myself, but I am prone to say nothing has changed in my life except I had to buy a new wardrobe.

4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?

Couldn't have done it without the site. Logging your food makes all the difference in the world, it allows you to see where you are at and where you need to be to get where you want to go.

5. What was most challenging about losing weight?

Dragging myself to the gym four or five times a week. I didn't like exercising.

6. How long did it take you to see results?

I lost 11 pounds the first two weeks which really energized me and shocked me at the same time!

7. When did you realize that you were a success?

About 4 months in I realized that I would do this, and that it was just a matter of time.

8. How do you prevent relapse?

I am still working on that. Maintaining seems to be harder than losing, because you don't get that positive feedback at the scales week after week watching the number fall.

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

I had to buy new clothes, my blood pressure is great, my health has improved. No more blood pressure medicine!

10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Log everything.
  • Discouragement is part of the process, deal with it.
  • See a Dietitian, professional help is key. This site provides a great supplement to professional advice, but we are all different and a Dietitian can provide individualized programs.
  • Don't try to lose too much too fast, realize that this is a long term process. I looked at it like when I went back to graduate school: it will take a couple years, but it will be worth it in the long run.
  • Be diligent. If I can do this, anyone can!

 

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


"Discouragement is part of the process. deal with it." So true but thank you for saying it. For most of us this is such a hard road. I see my weight see-saw little bit up, little bit down and am tempted to give up. Thanks for reminding me it is just part of the process. You look great!



Congratulations on your success!!  And as iammarian said thank you for reminding us that discouragement is part of the process.  I was just feeling that yesterday.  Thank you for giving me the hope that I can do this, that its not impossible.  And I second immarian..you look great! (and probably feel a whole lot better too!!)



Congrats on your success! You are truly an inspiration! Keep up the great work!



Congratulations, BadbomburSmile!

 



Great story! Thanks for sharing.



Congratulations! reading your success stories is what keeps me going. Thanks for sharing.



Thanks for sharing....I was having my very own pity party....

Discouragement is part of the process, deal with it.

Love it!....snapped me out of it and stopped me from handing out the punch.



great job! You are such an inspiration. I started losing weight when my blood pressure was high too.



You are such an inspiration. When one has to loose 100 lbs and more, it can seem so far in the future and discouraging. I started in 12/27/09 with 100 lbs to loose and have lost 27.5 to date!! I do have a long way to go but hey I would be exactly the same age if I hadn't started my lifestyle change just fatter!



Congratulations on your diligence!  I love your attitude!

Smile



I relate a lot to your story!  Great job!



Great attitude! 150 pound is amazing!!! AMAZING!!! Gives me a lot of hope and encouragment that I can do it !!

It is a slow, long process when you have a lot of weight to lose (I want to lose about 60 pounds, and have lost 15 so far) but as devinhog just wrote: "I would be exactly the same age, just fatter" if I did not start the eating lifestyle change!

Laura



Had the line "Discouragement is part of the process. Deal with it" come from someone (like a skinny dietitian or an oh-my-gosh-I have-to-lose-4-pounds "buddy"), it would have been worthless. But coming from someone who has walked the walk? Priceless! I'll think of it often and I thank you.



Wow!  I love how you make it seem doable! Nothing high-flown or magical, just a good, common sense approach that you can maintain for the rest of your life. Congratulations!  You are a real inspiration!

http://www.healthy-eating-support.org/diet-food.html



Amazizng job!  Congratulations on your success!



"Don't try to lose too much too fast, realize that this is a long term process. I looked at it like when I went back to graduate school: it will take a couple years, but it will be worth it in the long run". <----- love this piece of advice. 

I totally relate to your story. Thanks for the inspiration. Good job!!

 



Congratulations on your success! Laughing



happy for your success. i agree with you that the most important thing in your life is your health. your great story might help or inspire more people to look at themselves and keep on trying to have the better health. thank you.



The only thing I can say is WOW..Congratulations....you look younger



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Congratulations! on conquering your weight loss goals! you look awesome!Smile



"Maintaining seems to be harder than losing, because you don't get that positive feedback at the scales week after week watching the number fall."

This remark really spoke to me. I'm in the middle of re-losing weight I lost once before - and I am determined to make it stick this time.  Gotta think of ways to get regular kudos for STAYING in shape - not just getting there.

Best wishes and thank you for sharing!

 

 

 

 



Hi... I feel like crying!  I just found this site and it's everything I've been looking for!!!  Congrats on your weight lose Badbombur... and yes...it was my trip to the doctors today (after procrastinating for 3 yrs...knowing he would be on my case about my weight I avoided going)... and guess what... says I am possibly diabetic!!!  HUGE wake up call.  Wish me luck... I know it won't be easy... I'm going to follow yours and others success stories to motivate me.  Thank you.



Original Post by: pork1965

great job! it is not easy when you start out knowing you want to loose over 100 lbs. you are right when you say anyone can do it (I am living proof) but most fail because they want big numbers every week....it just doesn't work that way for most people. give yourself credit for a BIG acomplishment


I am so impressed by your acheivement Badbombur, WTG!

I'm so glad you contributed your comment pork1965.

I am 11 months into losing 95 pounds. So far I have lost 45 of them, at this month weigh in I was feeling really fed up because the last few months have been static. When I weighed myself I have lost 2.2 lbs. Probably every one else would be really pleased with that, my immediate reaction was 'Oh no I really wanted to shift 5 lbs :o('. As my very supportive husband told me 'it's off, not on and is over half a pound a week, you should be pleased'. He's right, over the eleven months I have averaged just under one pound per week, I am aiming for 52 pounds in 52 weeks so wish me luck I have seven to go in a month, perhaps i won't make that but at least what ever I lose will be off not on :o) And this time I am running a marathoin not a sprint and will not give up. Personal stories like Badbombur's help keep me grounded and on track :o)



I am sooo happy for you! I like the tip on comparing the length of time and effort to lose weight with completing graduate school.

 



You know you are very right that maintenance can be a bear because you are not getting that positive scale feedback.  I have struggled with this but I have decided that the scale staying within a certain range (i.e. below a magic number) provides alot of that same stimulus.  I am not going to say I am amazed at your success because I know how well CC works, but I am going to say WAY TO GO.  150 lbs. is ALOT of weight and you should be very proud of yourself!!



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