A New Zest for Life
Having a stroke was the health scare that inspired mdb47374 to lose his weight. He has lost 72lbs with only 5lbs left to reach his goal weight. His story is an inspiration to all of us and demonstrates how dramatically we can all improve our health, fitness and enjoyment of life with the right approach and the right attitude.
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?
I was hospitalized with a stroke in April and found out at that time I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which was something I never paid attention to all my life. When I was released, I decided then I wanted to be around to see my first grandchild who was just born before the stroke, to grow up.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I had tried the Slim Fast Diet about 24 years ago and lost weight then but as soon as I stopped taking the products, all the weight plus a few lbs came back on.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
The biggest change was my eating habits which to some may be drastic, but I was determined to lose the weight and keep it off. I stopped drinking soda and changed to water, or to crystal light packet with only 5 calories. I stopped eating anything that had sugar additives or that I needed to place sugar in. If I wanted something sweet, I ate what was naturally sweet such as fruit. I stopped eating red meat and pork, fried foods and no fast foods at all. The last was the biggest change. When I came to CC and looked up what I was eating, I found out I was eating almost 2700 calories a day at McDonald's, and that was just in two meals or what I considered to be a snack.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
It allowed me to check the calories of the food I was going to eat, monitor my weight and activities, and the forums were great with all the encouragements from the current members and the successes from the others. If they could do it so could I.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Actually, this time there was no challenge. I had the support of my family and friends (though they decided not to take this journey with me). I was determined to come off the blood pressure medication and cholesterol medication as well, and part of doing that was losing weight (by the way, the doctor has taken me off all medications saying my blood pressure is better now then when I was on the medication).
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I noticed the results after the second week. Seeing those results I knew it was game on and there was no turning back.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
Every week. Every time I stepped on the scale. In the past I had talked about losing weight, but never took the necessary steps to do it. This time after the first week, I knew this was going to happen.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I am still working on this one. When I get to my goal I plan to continue to do what I have been doing, and living now a more active lifestyle I don't think that it will happen. Since the weight loss, I have found myself to have more energy than ever. I guess it makes sense, because I have lost the equivalence of another person I had been carrying around with me forever.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I am more active, which is not what I was initially looking for, but it's another success that came with the journey. I started riding my bike again after 10 years, I am roller skating again, and dare I say that my wife of 26 years has that twinkle in her eye again. I just feel better about myself all together going from a 40 waist down to a 32.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Don't look at this as a diet - this is a life change because everything in your life has to change if you are serious about losing weight.
- If you have a burning desire to succeed you will, and when you have a bad week it is not a failure but another success because you didn't give up.
- Log on CC everyday and read the posts.
- Make friends on here with others in the same place you are and
you will realize that you are not alone, which makes everything easier. I was doing this alone at home, but my CC family was going through the same challenges I was and together we can and will succeed.
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