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My Journey to Wellness


By Sheila on Dec 05, 2011 10:00 AM in Success Stories

For Alittletoomuchtiff, losing weight is more than just dieting. She made a commitment to change her lifestyle to include healthier eating habits, exercise, and the right mindset, which helped her lose 50 pounds.

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 story might be different than most. I suffered from alcohol addiction and soon found my weight and overall health suffering the consequences. Once I got treatment and was sober for a while, I decided it was time to get my weight and health problems due to my alcohol abuse under control. I stepped on the scale and weighed nearly 200 lbs. I had never been that big. For awhile I had decided that "oh well, I'm just a big girl now." Then I had my "Aha!" moment and realized "No!" I didn't have to just accept that I was older and no longer a thin person. I could get my weight under control just like I did my drinking problem.

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

I tried the Southbeach diet, Jenny Craig, and Green Tea diet pills in my past. The Southbeach diet planted the seed for me to want to become educated about what foods were best. The others only have me temporary results, if that.

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 just became focused and highly motivated. I made the experience about getting healthy all around. Not just about being skinny again. I began cooking all of my own foods instead of eating out. I actually began using my gym membership and going 5 days a week. I also started buying fitness magazines to give me workout tips and keep me motivated. The most important change was the way I felt. I was gaining more confidence in myself and my body. It kept me from giving up. Giving up would not only keep me from losing the weight. It felt like I would be giving up on myself.

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

Calorie Count helped keep me accountable!! I logged what I ate and it helped me get a better sense of how I was eating on a daily basis. It also really helped me understand how many calories I needed to burn working out, in relation to how many calories I was taking in. I also loved that graph!! Watching that line decrease every time I entered my weight was the best.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?

Really none. I knew I had to be patient and not put too much pressure on myself. As long as I kept eating as healthy as possible, and pushing myself in the gym. I knew I would continue to see results. When I struggled for the motivation to keep working out, I treated myself to a new workout outfit, or downloaded some new music to keep me on track.

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

I began noticing results about 2 months into the process. My clothes were getting big. I felt comfortable wearing tank tops and showing my arms again. And the people around me really began to react. They all wanted to know what I was doing! That's when I knew I had this. I had a handle on this thing. I could do it.

7. How do you prevent relapse?

I keep in mind that I never want to let moments of weakness undo what I've worked so hard for. I also learned so much about food that if I really wanted something, I usually found a much healthier way to make it at home. Like pizza or even nachos! I also give myself a break from time to time. I can be rigid and hard on myself and I had to learn not to be. If I miss a day at the gym that's ok! If I eat a cookie in the breakroom at work that is too! I know that my overall habits will keep me in the game if I just keep my head on straight and don't deviate from the overall plan.

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

I feel like I look just as good, if not better than I did in my 20's. I actually seek out physical activity now like when I was young. I even bought a bike! I have more confidence in myself obviously, but most importantly I have completely adopted a new lifestyle that I know will make me better in every aspect of my life.

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?

I've maintained the weight now for about a year and a half.

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

  • Learn everything you can about food and sugar. From nutrition to methods of eating that can increase your metabolism.
  • GET MOVING! You can't lose weight without it. Working out is the only thing that will help sculpt your body while losing. Giving you a better overall appearance.
  • Don't use up your calories on drinks! Drink water and green tea without sugar. I never use calories on drinks that I could on food unless I count it as my snack (which you don't want to do often).
  • Don't starve yourself!!! You have to eat in order to keep the muscle that you do have and burn the fat.
  • Get enough sleep. Your body has to have adequate rest. Also you will have the energy you need to exert enough during your workouts.

 

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


You are beautiful woman!

Congratulations on overcoming obstacles. You have so much to be proud of!



Congratulations! Thank you for your courageous and successful life change...I will use your story to help motivate me to lose the 60 pounds I'm going to lose.



Congratulations! Thank you for your courageous and successful life change...I will use your story to help motivate me to lose the 60 pounds I'm going to lose.



Thank you so much for sharing your story. I need to hear from members who are in my age bracket or older. I really respect the fact that you overcame alcohol addiction and used that strength to help you in your wellness journey overall. I can do it too! Thanks for helping me to feel more encouraged about these 60 lbs I have to lose.



You have lost exactly what I am hoping to and I want to thank you for the motivating story. Congratulations on all your successes!



Original Post by: ellektra

You are beautiful woman!

Congratulations on overcoming obstacles. You have so much to be proud of!


I am so proud for you,  you are my Monday morning kick in the pants that I needed this morning,  thanks for sharing your journey with all of us



Way to stick with it!  Congrats!

Chris

Link to my 130lb loss story and blog in my profile



Your strength and courage have inspired me. I have struggled with many of the same things as you and it sure helps to know that I am not alone and a healthier life style is possible.



I am in awe of you. I can just feel the energy and determination resounding off the screen as I read your story is so inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing with us.



This is a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. Having read it I realise that I can do what I've set my mind to. 60lbs down and 60 more to go!



I really, really appreciate you posting this. I recently graduated from college with an AAS in fitness and exercise, and I'm going for my personal training certification. That being said, I, too, have had struggles with alcohol. It's SO horrible because while I work out six days a week and eat nearly perfect 85% of the time, alcohol can throw EVERYTHING off. I'm just relieved that I'm not the only one whose overall goal is to be HEALTHY without alcohol, not just SKINNY.



Congratulations on your lifestyle change! 



You look great AND you're an inspiration to those of us who need to make a change.  We cannot buy into the lie that we cannot change - because it's not impossible... it's just difficult.  Your daily walk to victory over alcohol and towards health is truly inspiring.   Thank you for sharing it.  

I WILL post my own success story, too... I've come this far (down 37 pounds - 60ish more to go) and there's nothing going to stop me now!!  (self-doubt be damned - I'm not buying those lies any more!!)



Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring me to do the same! God bless you!



Sheila I am totally inspired by your story. I lost 40lbs last year and also used calorie count as a tool to help track my calories. This past summer I relapsed and have gained 30lbs back. This past summer was a very depressing summer for me. I worked so hard to lose the weight only to gain it right back because I changed back to the same life style/eating habits that I had before I lost the weight. I am more determined now to not just lose the weight but to also change my life style. Congrats on your success story.



It's great to hear about your success story with your weight loss program! You look fabulous!!!!  Congrats on a job well done!!!Smile  



Original Post by: donnalois

Your strength and courage have inspired me. I have struggled with many of the same things as you and it sure helps to know that I am not alone and a healthier life style is possible.


No WE are definitely not alone. I find that out every time I put myself out there like this. It is very humbling and surreal to hear your and everyones words of kindness. You can do it. Like everything else...one step at a time :)



Way to go!  Your story is truly inspiring and I can relate very much.  Thank you for sharing



WOW!! Shelia! You have hit so very close to home for me! You are awesome & I hope to follow your footsteps! I have very low self-esteem and no self conrol at all! Hopefully I can put myself in your "mind-set"...thanks for sharing your story!!Best of luck to you! Laughing



Shelia,

You story isn't really an success story it's more of you finally deciding to get in shape. But Congrats

 



Congratulations on overcoming your alcohol addiction AND your weight loss achievement.  Stories like yours truly keeps me motivated and inspired to continue.  Thanks for sharing your success with us.

 

 



Original Post by: 4starkimmons

Shelia,

You story isn't really an success story it's more of you finally deciding to get in shape. But Congrats

 


I disagree! Yours is an absolute success story! Maintaining your weight loss for over a year? That alone spells WINNER! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your story. It is an inspiration to those of us who need a reminder that we can influence our own destiny.



Thanks for sharing your story.  These are the inspirations that I need to keep going in that forward positive direction!

 


thanks and continued success and luck!

kathy



Original Post by: hobbbs

Original Post by: 4starkimmons

Shelia,

You story isn't really an success story it's more of you finally deciding to get in shape. But Congrats

 


I disagree! Yours is an absolute success story! Maintaining your weight loss for over a year? That alone spells WINNER! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your story. It is an inspiration to those of us who need a reminder that we can influence our own destiny.


Shelia improved on her overall fitness and health because she had finally had the determination to do so. But If she didn't have that we wouldn't even know shelia existed. But yes you are right she was successful on accomplishing her goals.



Just reading through some of the comments. Thank you to all of you for being so encouraging and supportive!! It means a lot. I know my story isn't much different from many of yours. And yes I feel successful because I have been sober for 2 1/2 years and continue to keep the weight off by eating healthy and hitting the gym eachweek. But it's always work to keep at it. That's why I continue to be a member of CC and other supportive networks and organizations that help me stay on track. Also just want to mention that my name is Tiffany. Sheila is the person from CC that contacted me about my story. Anyone that want to email me please do!! I've made a lot of new friends in the last couple of days Laughing



I am so happy for you!  You  have inspired me to keep on until I reach my goal.  Thank you for sharing your story....success story!

 



Success story indeed its like you killed two birds (being the issues of weight loss and addition) with one stone that (being determination) ....great job ,well done!!!!!! ...thanks for sharing,,,,,Laughing



I sure can relate! 200 lbs and a serious problem with drinking. You are inspiring!!!!!!


Thanks! Have to laugh at the hippo face though. Sounds like you have a good sense of humor. You'll fit right in with the rest of us sober alcoholics. Hope you take care of yourself. Let me know if there's anything at all you ever want to ask me or if you just wanna chat.

Tiffany



Dang. u fine either way!

 



amazing!



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