Putting Myself First
Having battled with a binge eating disorder and watching her weight go up, Eeyore444 joined Calorie Count to finally lose her weight in a healthy and sustainable manner. Her weight loss to date is 70lbs.
She 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 put on a lot of weight after my children were born, and being depressed about it, I spiraled out of control. I developed a binge eating disorder and after a long time of complaining about it, I suddenly realized I had heard myself say the same thing time after time after time and I was sick of it.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I tried starvation, Slimfast, Dexatrim, Slimquick, and Weight Watchers, all of which worked for a minute, but never stuck, mostly because almost all of them were unhealthy.
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?
I started with joining OA (Overeaters Anonymous). With my binge eating controlled, I dropped the first 35 lbs. Then I joined a gym and Calorie Count. I've been on CC since the beginning of this year, and it's helped me choose the best foods to get the most to eat for the least calories, so I will always feel full. Now I eat fruits and veggies, lean protein, nuts, and lots of organic foods from Trader Joe's (my favorite store). Before my diet was heavy on McDonald's and the like. Also, whereas I was pretty sedentary before, now I workout almost every day.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
CC helped me realize what was in the foods I was eating, and not just the calories. I love the "analysis" feature because I can find out what vitamins I'm missing and I can monitor my sodium, which is so important in those water weight pounds!
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Once I straightened out my eating disorder and began this healthy path, I have not had a lot of trouble. I have lost about 2 lbs each week, although I've gotten stuck a few times, like everyone. Usually bumping UP my calories helped to start the loss again.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
After the first 3 months and 35 lbs down, I felt SO different. I had so much more energy and felt sexier already. As the compliments continue to come in, it just buoys my spirit more. Although the most important success would be that I've gone off 2 of my medications, one that was for acid reflux (I'm guessing a better diet solved that), and also that my high triglyceride levels have dropped to one point away from normal.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
Taking things one day at a time, simple as that.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I feel healthy and beautiful, and I am infinitely more comfortable in my own skin.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I still would like to drop 13 lbs, so I haven't "maintained" yet, but even if I don't shed those last pounds, I am satisfied with what I have done.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Drink lots of water.
- Read the ingredients. If you don't find it in nature, you probably shouldn't put it in your body
- You must add exercise. You can definitely be thin but not fit, and being fit feels really good.
- If you think you have an eating disorder, join a support group - please!
- Eat enough calories.
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