My New Lifestyle
Fears about his health motivated Jasonrfink to lose weight and adopt a healthy and balanced diet. Not only has he lost 45lbs, but he’s also found renewed inspiration for favorite past time activities.
He 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?
I had chest pains and almost passed out after a weekend with friends. The only medical explanation was I needed to change my lifestyle. I owe a great deal to my family physician who pointed me to this site and for lack of a better way to put it - told me how it is.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
None really. I would try crashing on occasion.
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?
The first thing I did was begin counting calories which led to cutting portions severely. The second thing I did was to take up old recreational past times. When I was young I surfed and skated. I recently moved to New England. I began surfing again, took up snowboarding and now Longboard skating as well. There is a ton of hiking and walking thrown in there too. The third thing I did was simply eliminate certain things from my life - period. No more alcohol for instance.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
It let me see two things. One; that certain foods and portions are just bad period. Two, it helped me see trends. The weight chart versus activity was very illuminating.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Remembering to input my calories. Due to my commute to work sometimes I would botch when/what to eat when I started and would be hungry for a few hours.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
It took 3 months to notice any results at all. I realized I was a success about a month ago.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I'm not addicted to food so this has not really been a problem. The problem I have is simply eating when I am hungry when I am home. To avoid this, I carry a smart phone that I can check in with caloriecount.com to make sure I am not making a mistake.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Immeasurably better. I can high performance board ride, I have done more work on the job more efficiently than ever before, my sex life improved an order of magnitude, blood pressure went down and I no longer have hypertension.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have maintained my weight about 3 months.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Find something to do as an activity that is just for you. Don't force anyone else into it but don't let anyone else stop you either. Make it something fun.
- Buy a smartphone that can access caloriecount.com. Being cut off from the data can be devastating. Information is the key to success.
- Don't emotionally isolate. That feeds addiction. While I am not a food addict, I have been addicted. Leverage friends and family who can help. Jettison or spend less time with those who do not.
- Work with your physician if you can.
- Don't worry about flat lining your losing trend. It happens, sometimes for up to 3 months. Stick with it.
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