Putting Myself First
Having previously lost 65lbs only to gain it all back again, Bizman09 was determined to succeed this time by making his weight loss his number one priority. By reducing his calories and adding exercise into his daily routine he has lost an incredible 157lbs.
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?
When I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time on Feb 13th 2010, I was 355.2. Before that, the most I ever weighed was 342, and that in itself is extremely overweight. I knew I had to do something and do something immediately. From that date I set out on my diet plan.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I never tried a particular diet or program. I did go on a very healthy diet back in 2005 and lost 65 pounds (down to 270) but gained it all back. I just ate fruits, vegetables, salads and exercised regularly. This time I was determined not to fail again.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I cut back on my calories a great amount. I eventually started working out, doing weights, cardio and boxing. I made losing weight the number one priority in my life, above ANYTHING else. I had to cut negative people out of my life and only associate with and draw inspiration from those who are truly happy for what I was doing.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I've been using Calorie Count since 2005, my first diet. I come here to check my BMI, how many calories I burn per day (burn meter), and to check the calorie content in certain foods. I would not have had the knowledge or would have known how to do it without the tools on this website.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging thing is just keeping your drive and focus, and never getting discouraged. I leaned on the things I knew I wanted to see improvement in, and how proud I was making my mother to keep pushing on. It's all mental and once you get that part there's no stopping you.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I lost 7 pounds in my first week, so quite immediately. As far as how I felt or looked, I could feel changes once I lost about 30-35 pounds and got down to 320. You're going to gradually feel a little lighter and clothes fit a little better.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I first realized I was a TRUE success on Sept 3rd, 2010 when I weighed in at 232.4. This is the first time I truly felt I MADE IT, and was very HAPPY about what I saw in the mirror. I felt I was a success at 100 pounds lost, and also when I got to 268 (the lowest I had EVER been in my adult life), but nothing felt like September 3rd 2010. It was a special day for me.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I prevent relapse by, not to sound conceited, but looking in the mirror now and then. Reminding myself of all of the improvements I've seen in my life after losing 155+ pounds. You just know that you are 10x happier now than you've ever been in your life, continue to eat smart and exercise now and then, and that everything will be ok.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
It's a very long list, maybe endless... But the first things that jump out are no back pain from simply getting out of bed, no more eyes/forehead burning (from when I used to eat greasy meals), and dropping from a size 48 in pants to a 34. My shirt size was 5x compared to what it is now. I have a ton of more energy than ever, I sweat less, no heavy breathing etc. And probably most blatant change is I used to get called ugly a lot, now I get called handsome and all types of other compliments.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Stay focused, think of the improvements you want to see in your life and remember life is about being happy and any improvements will help towards that.
- Drink a lot of water. Water has no calories and is good for the body as it's vital anyway.
- Keep the positive people in your life close to you and draw encouragement from them. You will have to put negative people on standby or not deal with them at all if they don't have your best interests in mind.
- Only eat when you are hungry. No one has to starve themselves, but you only want to eat when your body is asking for it and don't eat huge meals, just small ones.
- Cut back on alcohol, or cut it out all together. In those weeks when I had a drink or two, I always lost less weight than the week before. Alcohol has empty calories and also stalls your weight loss.
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