My Motivation: To Not Become A Diabetic
Learning that she was pre-diabetic with high blood pressure, Greenlevel decided to take care of her health. At her heaviest she weighed 290 lbs, since finding Calorie Count she has successfully lost 130lbs and is nearing 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?
On May 18-2011, I had an annual physical exam. When the blood work came back, I was pre-diabetic and my blood pressure was high, even with medication.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
Pre-packaged diet meals.
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 started drinking more water. 12-8oz. glasses a day. I started walking two miles a day. I cut out fried foods and fast food. Next I started reading the labels on products and trying to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. The biggest attitude change was to realize I did not have to be fat, even though it seems to run in my family. The most important change was starting to care about what I ate and drank.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Count is a vital resource. I check each day as I am planning my meals to be sure I am not just eating less, but getting the correct nutrition. Smaller doesn't work if you make yourself sick in the process and Calorie Count helps me eat healthy.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Family, work, and church gatherings, where food is not just something to do, but an expression of love by the cook and part of the fellowship.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
When I had another blood test and had dropped back into a normal blood glucose range and was no longer pre-diabetic. About forty pounds down I could see results, but it took around 50 or more before other people started to notice. Buying clothes and getting smaller and smaller sizes was great, but it was when I broke the 200 pound mark that I felt success was in my reach. Then when my blood pressure starting going down it was great. I have a ways to go with that.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
The primary motivation to never be pre-diabetic and have a good blood pressure reading will always be there.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I don't get out of breath walking or climbing stairs. I sleep better. Shopping for clothes is fun and not a chore.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I am still losing but when I do reach my goal, Calorie Count will be a big part of maintaining.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- You are a good person, like yourself because you are worth it. Remember this is your body and your health, don't let anyone through their actions or words stop you.
- Drink lots of water throughout the day.
- Read labels.
- Eat fresh fruit and veggies.
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