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How I Turned My Life Around


By +Rachel Berman on May 06, 2013 10:00 AM in Success Stories

Quincy was a fast food addict and one day in the drive-thru, after topping out over 300 pounds, he realized he needed to turn his car and his life around. With the help of Calorie Count and a healthy mindset, he's lost close to 100 pounds.  

QuincyM contacted us through our Share Your Story feature and provided the following answers to our questionnaire. (The photo on the left shows him in May of last year at 300+ pounds, and the photo on the right is Quincy at his high school prom, down four pants sizes and three jacket sizes). 

1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?

I was a fast food addict. Breakfast, lunch, sometimes even dinner I would find myself in the drive thru. It started off as just a burger, a small fry, just something extra to add to my day. But over time, as the addiction took hold, I found that I was eating more and more, until one day I was three hundred pounds. I can remember sitting in a fast food parking lot, staring at the massive meal I had just eaten, when I realized, "I am killing myself", and that's when I decided to change, to really go for it. 

2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?

The big diet that I had always done was low-carb. I could lose twenty pounds in a matter of weeks, but my diet never improved, I would just be eating the same huge amount of food, and when my cravings for carbs came back, I couldn't maintain the diet, and would quickly regain the weight.

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?

Everything, everything had to change. I had never worked out before, never truly paid any true attention to what I was putting in my body, and what that meant. The first strategy, and the most important, was mental. It wasn't a diet, I wasn't dieting, I was changing my lifestyle, I was going to be a healthier person. I started slow, cutting out a few calories here and there, taking a walk. Then I discovered Calorie Count, and everything changed. I was forced to watch every calorie, plan out my day, and get out and exercise. I am now a frequent runner, and am about to finish a season on my school track team.

4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.

Calorie Count truly saved my life. When I first started, I had no idea what I was doing, and discovered how truly bad my diet had gotten. By meticulously logging every food, I learned how to eat healthier, found foods that were better for me, and was able to portion out my meals so that I could still have the foods I wanted, just in a safe amount. Reading the stories and what other people were eating helped me find recipes, ideas for meals, and how to live a different lifestyle, and recently I have gone vegetarian because it was so easy to find tips and tricks for doing it on CC. 

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?

Doubt. It killed me. I was constantly questioning myself. The mental obstacles were far greater than the physical when it came to my weight loss. When people first started noticing it, I thought that my mom had emailed everyone and told them to mention it to me because I couldn't believe that I was doing it, I was losing weight, I was looking good, and feeling good. Another obstacle was the doubt of friends, when I told my "bros" that I was going out for track, I was often met with "you won't make it" or "you can't do that, you'll die". It became not just about finishing track to be healthy, but to prove them, and myself, wrong, because in the beginning, I didn't even think I could do it. Now, next week, I'll have finished the season.

6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?

Around three months in, the first couple comments came in, but never really about my weight. "That shirt looks nice on you" or "are those new pants". But then, all of the sudden, the pants, the shirts, they were all too big. Shirts that used to hug my stomach were now massive, I had to buy a completely new wardrobe. Now, within a week, I'll have lost one hundred pounds total, which is still unbelievable to me.

7. How do you prevent relapse?

It's all about support. My parents, my friends, my coach, and all of the amazing people on Calorie Count. My motivation is not only for myself, but for the people around me who care about me. They all want me to succeed, and when I relapse, I'm not only letting myself down, I'm letting them down. I also love what I eat now. I'm in truth not very restrictive, I enjoy mac and cheese, I love cheez its, I just find better lower fat options, or I have smaller portions.

8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?

I just feel amazing. Girls notice me, my energy is through the roof, and my outlook on the future is all positive. I'm excited now to go to the pool, to go on a date, to meet new people. My weight, it held me back. It kept me from being myself because I felt I had to constantly excuse myself as "the fat kid", but that is gone. Now, I can be confident in who I am.

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?

I am still losing weight. I began losing this past summer, and started using Calorie Count in November at 280 pounds, and am now finishing out April at 200.

10. What tips do you have for other dieters?

  • It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change! Diets end, your lifestyle doesn't. In the beginning, it seems like you're restricting yourself, but soon, the healthy eating sets in, and it feels great!
  • Don't be too restrictive, you have needs. Sometimes YOU NEED A CHEESEBURGER. We've all been there! Portion it out and ENJOY it.
  • Have a support group, ask your friend to help you stay on track.When I first started, my friends helped to make sure I was working out, eating right, and also gave me the support I needed to get it done.
  • Help others! I can't express how much reading stories on CC and commenting and helping has helped myself! 
  • Realize that weight loss takes time, but one day, you will get that compliment, that look, someone will notice, and you'll know that all the hard work is worth it.

 

If you would like us to feature your success story, you can submit it here, or Tweet at Us, or let us know about your progress on Facebook. The most insightful stories will be featured on this blog and in the weekly "Success Stories" newsletter.

 



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Comments


What a cutie!



You're adorable! Good for you, you're a true success with a great attitude!



Thank you for sharing!



You look amazing, and you did it exactly the right way!  I know what you mean by not believing it.  It took me about a  year to accept the new me.  Our mental image of ourself takes a long time to adjust.  Good for you, it took me 50 years to figure it out but you are already on your way to a long and rewarding life with your knowledge of how to maintain your weight!



Well done, keep going and thank you for sharing



You look mah velous dahling!  Your accomplishments are VERY uplifting!



Great job!



What a great story! You've done an amazing job and are a true inspiration!



Ya know... when they say, 'The sky is the limit!' they are talkin' about you!! I am so proud of you for this accomplishment! If you can tackle this, there is NOTHING you can't do! (The devil would like you to believe otherwise... but, as always, it's just a lie!!)

You are definitely my Hero today!! : ) Thank you for sharing!! What a blessing you have been!

Choose to be blessed!! : )



Congratulations -- you are an inspiration and you certainly have the right attitude about it not being a diet but a way of eating for the rest of your life. I wish I had started thinking "your" way when I was your age. I would not then be still struggling with weight at the age of what could be your grandmother (73) since my oldest grandson is a freshman in college.

And since you are so young (and the young are so technically-saavy), I'm hoping you can help me with a web site problem. I have just started logging my meals and am having difficulty with the site which I don't find user friendly at all -- and I am not a "newbie" at the computer. I have a few times accidentally logged on foods twice and can't figure out how to delete them to make my calorie count accurate. I wrote in asking for a solution but so far have not received a response. Do you have an answer for me?

Keep up the good work.

Fuesriane (aka Diane)



thanks for being an inspiration, quincy! i'm so happy for you that you turned your life around when it's early. you have years to enjoy the new healthy you!

it doesn't come often that a youngster has so much experience to advise older people, well done :-)



Quincy you are truly a great inspiration! Congratulations! Well done! Cool



I just want to say "awesome job!" it is hard as a young person to be the fat one in the group. You recognized what the issue was and were smart enough to change. The future you says "thank-you", say good bye to the heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low sexdrive...that would have plagued your adult life.

 

You need to talk to other teens about body image and health, you would be a great inspiration to them.Laughing



Great story and amazing achievement. Congratulations! When  I see overweight teen kids I feel so bad  but when I get to read about people like you, I feel may be situation isn't that bad and can be improved if some effort is put in.

 

You MUST MUST talk to your friends who are not caring about their lifestyle. You will be a true example. VERY WELL DONE KIDO!



Original Post by: fuesriane

Congratulations -- you are an inspiration and you certainly have the right attitude about it not being a diet but a way of eating for the rest of your life. I wish I had started thinking "your" way when I was your age. I would not then be still struggling with weight at the age of what could be your grandmother (73) since my oldest grandson is a freshman in college.

And since you are so young (and the young are so technically-saavy), I'm hoping you can help me with a web site problem. I have just started logging my meals and am having difficulty with the site which I don't find user friendly at all -- and I am not a "newbie" at the computer. I have a few times accidentally logged on foods twice and can't figure out how to delete them to make my calorie count accurate. I wrote in asking for a solution but so far have not received a response. Do you have an answer for me?

Keep up the good work.

Fuesriane (aka Diane)


Hi Diane, I've sent you a private message with instructions on how to delete food items. Let me know if you're having further difficulty!

 



Congratulations!  You are an inspiration to many. I know that I am inspired by your story. Thank you for sharing your story with us.



 

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you for you starting your lifestyle change when you did!!! You have a wonderful healthy future to look forward to!!!!  I wish you well in all your new adventures Laughing



Wow, you have done amazing and you are inspirational indeed!



Congratulation! You look fabulous!Cool

 



Congratulations! I am inspired by what you've shared.



What an awesome and inspiring person you are.  With your attitude and habits, you can look forward to a lifetime of health and happiness.  Thanks so much for sharing your story!



Ohh that's amazing !! 
Can anyone help me !! Am new and i don't understand anything !!
How am i going to do this ?? Any suggestion please ??



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