Pride in Oneself
For Epiphany, a once popular weight loss supplement didn't bring the results he wanted. He then embarked on a healthy diet and a fitness regimen bringing his weight down by 75lbs and he couldn’t be more thrilled about it! Having the right mindset has given him the physical and psychological benefits that come with following a healthy lifestyle.
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?
While on vacation I used my sister's scale to measure my weight and was shocked to see it saying 235lbs. I had never been that heavy before and always thought I was 215 at the most. This is when I told myself enough is enough. Time to get healthy!
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
A year before I started I tried Hydroxycut with walking 5 miles a day 3 days a week. Big mistake. The Hydroxycut made me sick and I actually gained 20 pounds.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I started eating healthier versions of usually high fat, high calorie foods. For example, instead of deep frying chicken and fries I would bake the chicken and the fries completely cutting out the extra added oil. I started walking 5 miles a day 6 days a week and gradually worked up to running 7 miles a day 4 days a week. Before I started I had the worst outlook on life but now it's like nothing bothers me. I'm always smiling, always trying to make other people laugh and keeping an open mind about things in my life. Anytime someone asks me how I'm doing I always reply "I'm excellent". It's all about the self-fulfilling prophecy you know.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
The tools here on Calorie Count are a godsend. You will almost never reach a goal unless you know how you are progressing towards that goal. I now use Calorie Count to check the nutritional values of every single "new" food I eat so I can be sure I stay well within my daily calorie and nutritional goals. Calorie Count also has some of the most amazing people that share their stories of success and failures that help to motivate others and help them stay on the right track.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Actually I found weight loss to be a very easy thing. It's just that I feel it takes too long. But if I was to say something was challenging I would have to point my finger at the people around me in my life. While losing weight I was constantly put down by people saying I can't do it and I would fail. Even after losing 75 pounds I still have people trying to put me down and telling me I will gain all the weight back and more.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
Looking in the mirror I never saw results. Even up to today I still see the same person I saw a few months ago when I look in the mirror. But after about 2 months and 25 pounds lost I started noticing all my clothes getting bigger and baggy and for some odd reason I started having more energy for my workouts and started running instead of just walking.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I thought "I'm finally succeeding at this" when people started telling me it looks like I'm losing weight. I've had people come up to me and ask me if I was sick or something. I even had a mini intervention from a few people that didn't know I was actively losing weight to address my "drug problem". I've had complete strangers come up to me and ask me how I did it and people stop me while on my road run almost every day to congratulate me.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
My plan to prevent relapse started two years before I even started actively losing weight. I felt that to stick to anything you have to have good training. I trained myself to accept healthier food that I never liked (veggies), I stopped eating fast food and made the change from mostly fried to mostly steamed or baked foods. I did it slowly over the course of two years so my mind and body would become accustomed to this new lifestyle.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
It's amazing the hardships overweight people have to endure. I was constantly made fun of when I was fat. There was nobody in my life that I felt truly close to because everybody focused on my weight, and because of that my attitude was horrible. Now that I'm at a normal weight I've gained more self-esteem, people are much nicer to me and my attitude has made a drastic change for the better.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Respect your body, it's the only one you have.
- If you mess up don't be hard on yourself. The only person that
never made a mistake has not been born yet. We all mess up once in a
while and it's what you do after you realize it that counts.
- Don't call your diet a diet. Call it a new way of life. Diets are temporary. A change of life is permanent.
- Don't be secretive about it. Let others know so that if something
arises because of your changes to life it won't be a shock to them.
- Use your tools!!! By tools I mean Calorie Count. Use the food log,
the weight log, the activity log. Use your journal, read other
people's journals. Read the forums, post messages in the forums, reply
to messages in the forums, and make friends.
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