Take Your Time and Reward Yourself
Stephen realized he was out of shape when he struggled to climb a hill at work, and after taking a closer look at his lifestyle, he decided to make a change. He had been active as a kid, but hadn’t paid much attention to his habits as an adult, including the amount of food he was consuming. Stephen went online and found Calorie Count, and after he lost the first 10 pounds, he knew he could keep going. After losing over 80 pounds, he knows this is a lifestyle he can maintain.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?
Yes, I did. I was talking to a co-worker that I thought was much bigger than me, because of his height, and I come to find out my belly measurements were basically the same even though I am about a foot shorter than him. Also, that day I was taking water up to some other co-workers who were working on the A/C and I had to walk up this hill, since I work in an earth contact building, and I could barely make it up there without losing my breath.
I had never really looked at myself as fat or caring about it until I saw photos and realized I had let myself go. I had never cared or paid attention to my eating habits and was probably consuming almost 5000 calories a day without knowing it.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I had never tried any diets as I was a very active kid growing up.
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?
First off, I got on the web and started browsing for knowledge of how weight loss worked and ran across Calorie Count and was intrigued by the Success Stories. So, I downloaded it to my phone and would always keep the tab up at work. I started counting calories and working out slowly but surely. Once I lost the first 10 lbs, I got so excited I started working out every day but Sunday, and the pounds kept coming off. I would have an off week if I was sick or maybe on vacation, but I still tried to do something even if it was just a walk.
Overall, I would have to say the main change was the knowledge of what I was putting into my body and what I was exerting. I never thought some of the things I was eating were that calorie dense. Another main change was I quit fast food altogether (I don’t consider pizza fast food), and that helped me know what I was consuming.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
With Calorie Count, I was able to log what I was eating and look things up even before I ate them. Also, by logging my workouts, I could see if I did really well, and at the end of the day I could treat myself.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
There was a plateau, but like everyone says, there is always a plateau.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
Once I saw the first 10 pounds, I knew I was on the right track and that it was possible.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I splurge occasionally when needed and I just think about how I don’t want to do it all over again. It’s also a lifestyle change, there are some things I just don’t consume anymore.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I feel better and look better. I have confidence and love the compliments from the people that had seen me at my largest.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
Over a year. Since then, I actually use intermittent fasting which seems to help me maintain my weight without feeling I don’t get to eat my favorite meal of the day, dinner.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
1. It takes time. (You didn’t get big in one week, it won’t come off in one week.)
2. It has to be a lifestyle change, so do what works for you.
3. Give yourself a reward sometimes, but keep it within reason.
4. If you don’t know how many calories are in it, don’t eat it.
5. Prepare meals ahead of time. If going out, stick to basics. If possible, look up the restaurant ahead of time so you already know what you are getting.
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