Partnered for Success
Hembroffd attributes his fantastic success at losing 82 lbs by using Calorie Count's tools, being accountable, and having the support of his lovely wife, who herself has lost 35lbs alongside his weight loss journey.
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?
Standing on the doctor's scale and reading 285! That's 15 lbs short of 300 and how could I ever be 300 lbs?
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
Mostly I was able to keep my weight in check by cutting back food for the short term. The military required I maintain certain standards, and when I exceeded the weight, I was always fortunate enough to have a muscular build that allowed me to pass the measurement tests. I did do the low-carb thing about 10 years ago. I lost 50 lbs and then gained half of it back immediately. The rest came on in the 3 years since I retired.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I added exercise every morning - weights and cardio, and logged EVERYTHING I ate. I had to examine why I was eating, and work toward finding healthy ways to keep from "comfort eating" and "stress eating."
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
The daily food log and the accountability were the key. I loved the ability to check on everything BEFORE I ate it and to plan a whole day ahead. It appealed to the "nerd" in me. It was fun to know what my daily burn was and to devise strategies to come in under and still feel full.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging thing was getting started. Finally giving up on the comfortable "fat clothes". The rest was easy, really! It was way easier compared to some of the stuff I've done in the past to lose weight. One pound = 3500 calories. It works every time!
6. How long did it take you to see results?
My wife started seeing them in me before I did, which was about 10-20 pounds in.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
Size 32 waist jeans. Enough said.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
This is a life change. My wife is on board - she lost 35 lbs herself - and we haven't cut out anything - we eat whatever we like, but we watch our portions and we eat for a reason and on purpose.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
People treat you differently when you are fit and look healthy. I really like that. Also, I have a lot less pain. My back was damaged in Iraq and my knees in Afghanistan. They were killing me at 285 lbs. Now, I can place my palms on the floor with straight legs, which is something I could never do before, even in my teens!
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Log every single thing you put in.
- Get busy and move your butt to tune up the machine.
- Find an accountability partner.
- Set reasonable goals, based on the tools from the site.
- Don't sweat the days you forget the above 4 tips - just get back
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