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Walking Circles Around My Former Self


By Sheila on Mar 19, 2012 10:00 AM in Success Stories

A medical problem was the deciding factor in Cmcc497417653’s decision to start losing weight.  She started with the Wii Fit program and with the help of Calorie Count she’s lost over 105 lbs. 

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 didn't decide to lose weight; because of an illness I dropped 50 pounds. After the surgery I then gained back 27 pounds of the 50 and caused an incisional hernia and I guess that was my "Aha!" moment. So trying to not have to have the hernia surgery I researched and found that walking could possibly help. So I figured what could it hurt.

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

I've tried numerous diets including Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, and every other fad diet there was. Sure I lost weight but always put it back on.

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 I went and bought the Wii Fit and my husband laughed and said that will be collecting dust soon, well this morning was my 419th day of using it. My walks are now 3 miles or more. Before I had a very sedentary life, eat and sit and watch TV. Now I love exercise and do it almost daily.

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

Calorie Count was the best thing that ever happened to me. I now know why I shouldn't eat that food, what foods are really good for you and how to really balance my meals.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?

The holidays have been the worst, I put dieting aside and just maintained. The worst part of losing weight is I gave up all drinks with calories or fake sugars including all alcohol.

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

I saw results in the first few weeks; I was walking and had to keep pulling up my pants realizing that it was time to buy smaller clothes. Going from a size 24 to a 12 has been my measure of success.

7. How do you prevent relapse?

Pictures and my fat pants keep me from relapsing. It's a good reminder of where you don't want to go!

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

More active, feel really good, and I'm no longer invisible.

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?

Still losing have 35 more to go to reach where I want to be.

10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Log your food.
  • Get off your butt.
  • Be 80% good.
  • If you have one bad food day it's OK...Just don't let it be too often.
  • Love yourself!

 

 

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That is inspiring and so amazing to read.

I think I should search that Wii Fit :) .. I have a treadmill and I like it so far, walking with music is good . I hope I will achieve my goals .. Everyone is telling me I am only lying to myself and will never be my old size or less. 

I try to keep my strength daily ... it is step by step journey and I hope i always remember, that I am only doing this for myself :)

 

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and I wish you all the best 



I love this story and I love my WII.

Choco Angel: You need to disregard and stop hanging out with ANYONE who tells you that your lying to yourself! You can be a previous dress size with the right mind set and support!



My Wii is what got me started too! This blog threw me off, my Success Story headline was 'Running Circles around my former self' haha

I love reading these and a big HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you and your success! Keep it up!

I love your tips too!



Thank you for sharing a great story. It is the sharing of real life stories (not celebrities pushing products and making big $$) that inspire me. Your message is clear; common sense, advancing nutritional knowledge, healthy habits, realistic goals and loving yourself are the key to successful weight loss. Congratulations. You look beautiful!



Chocoangel - you need new friends!  I have joked that I had to stop saying "I'm still losing the baby weight" when my baby turned 18!  But in all honesty, my husband and I committed to one another that we would work together to reach our wedding day weights before our 21st wedding anniversary (which is May 4) - and I'm only 3 pounds away, and he is only 6! 

You can do it, too!  It's a marathon, not a sprint.  With dedication, willpower, and a little self-love, you can meet all your weight loss goals!



Congratulations!  I LOVE reading other peoples SUCCESS stories, too!

You barely look like the same person, although you look great in both pictures, you're just much healthier and younger looking in the second one. Laughing

Doesn't it feel good to be able to enjoy a more 'moveable' lifestyle? 

You're a great inspiration!



It would be good to have a person's age posted as well. I am 53 and menopausal and having a horrible time shifting an ounce, let alone anything more. I used to walk to keep in shape - then came chronic plantar faciitis, edema, high blood pressure - and so the weight packed on after meno hit. And it hit hard. Now I have hypothyroid to top it off. 30 pounds each year in the period of about 3-4 years. Very depressed.



Sorry - I meant to add - congratulations to you!!!



I love your 5 ideas for other dieters, especially "be 80% good", and "love yourself".  Love yourself is sooo important and people don't always give enough effort to it.  Thank you for reminding me of this today, and for letting me read your wonderful story!  You are very inspiring!  :)



I love this, thank you for all your great comments. I hope it inspires at least one person to get healthy! anya229 I'm 54 and I had a hysterectomy at 52. I did realize that menopause is just an imbalance in your system, once you get that right no more hot flashes and the weight does come off. Pay attention to the analysis and try to hit it at 100% some of them you won't without taking a supplement, but you will be amazed at the difference in how you feel, when you are getting the correct balance.



I love it. I have the Wii fit as well. I haven't been using it as often, now I will with the addition of my gym workouts. Congrats!! You look great! Cool



@anaya, I am 55, 5'7" and started my weight loss journey last year at 275 and have lost 80 lbs. with very little exercise--so far. I still have about 50 lbs. to go which I know will take longer since I am getting closer to my goal.   I started being more active by taking advantage of outings (at the mall, the parking lot, or cemetery or picnics at the park) to walk even if it is 5 minutes.  Now, that I've lost some weight, I even FEEL like moving more.  I am not the gym type, so I exercise by cleaning house and doing yard work a bit more intensely (washing windows, mowing grass with a push mower, pulling weeds).  I also do more things for myself, for instance, I will fetch an item in the basement instead of asking my husband to do it.   I can still feel "the burn" even if I don't use a treadmill and I have something to show for it. Besides just a healthier body, I have clean windows too. lol   As time goes on and wanting to firm (if that's possible) some sagging skin, I will probably add some weight lifting (maybe it's time to move the concrete blocks and re-stacked them behind the barn and I could help hubby get in some firewood . . .)

I had the menopause weight gain too, plus a life changing event sent me into a tailspin!  I felt very sluggish and depressed. I also felt much older than I was.  One morning I woke up feeling so bad, I thought "If I feel like this now, I won't last till I'm 60 and/or quality of life will suck. I might even end up in a wheelchair"  So, that day I began my trip to better health, first by counting calories -- 1300 a day and making healthy food choices and it has worked!  Some days I eat less (1,000 calories), but usually it is in anticipation of a special meal where I might splurge or some days it is after a slip up.  I still try to aim for 9,100 calories a week (1,300 x 7 days = 9,100).

Make your exercise something you can live with in spite of your limitations. 

I hope for your sake, you can accomplish your goals too!  Good Luck!



I love this, thank you for all your great comments. I hope it inspires at least one person to get healthy! anya229 I'm 54 and I had a hysterectomy at 52. I did realize that menopause is just an imbalance in your system, once you get that right no more hot flashes and the weight does come off. Pay attention to the analysis and try to hit it at 100% some of them you won't without taking a supplement, but you will be amazed at the difference in how you feel, when you are getting the correct balance.



Sorry - I am new here - but what analysis? (Thanks for responding).



I'm actually smaller than I've been in my life! I was a size 16 in highschool and now i'm a 12 So you can do it! The treadmill is great but their is nothing like taking a long walk and smelling the fresh air and seeing the different flowers, the squirrels playing the trees budding. It's amazing if you just pay attention you'll start looking forward too it. May 5th I do my second 5K, I'm looking so forward too it. The first time I did one I did it in 55 mins, can't wait to beat my time ("I'm not a runner so I walk it, but hey, I do it) aiming for 45 mins this time. 



Original Post by: cmcc497417653

I'm actually smaller than I've been in my life! I was a size 16 in highschool and now i'm a 12 So you can do it! The treadmill is great but their is nothing like taking a long walk and smelling the fresh air and seeing the different flowers, the squirrels playing the trees budding. It's amazing if you just pay attention you'll start looking forward too it. May 5th I do my second 5K, I'm looking so forward too it. The first time I did one I did it in 55 mins, can't wait to beat my time ("I'm not a runner so I walk it, but hey, I do it) aiming for 45 mins this time. 


When you are logging food after you log your mean their is a tab at top that says analysis, click on that and it will give you a break down of everything you've eaten and how much fiber, different vitamins etc.... It's a great tool. Plug in sweet potato and you'll be amazed at how healthy it is!

 



Thanks to a new digital scale, I have been horrified to find out I am 10 pounds heavier than I thought. So @pccoo.... - I am starting exactly where you did. Because I have a lot of pain when I walk due to plantar faciitis, I have just now bought one of those dinky little cyclers for seniors (quite good and solid, actually) - it is sitting under my desk at work, and my intention is to do a bit here and there. After first unpacking it, I was amazed that after only 2 minutes, I was "feeling it". Everything that is wrong with me: a recent diagnosis of osteoarthritis/porosis, high blood pressure, edema, - the recommendation first and foremost is to bring the weight down. So - that is where I'm at. @pcoo: your story is so similar to mine: feeling sluggish etc, and fear of landing up in a wheelchair (as I watched my mother did).



I bought a new scale about a month and a half into my 'diet' and was horrified to find that I had 'gained' lbs when I had actually lost 10 lbs.  Luckily, I had weighed myself at the hospital about a week after I started and knew that my old scales were off. Nevertheless, it still is very unmotivating to see a bigger number than you had thought it would be.  I got over it and kept on going.  Mind over matter I keep telling myself.

Best of luck to everyone!  Thanks again, cmcc, for your story. I hope we ALL reach our goals.



These are all great stories and helpful information. Thank you to everyone for sharing. I am just wondering if anyone has an idea for someone 50 who has severe knee pain when they are walking, exercising, etc. I used to love to walk when I was younger. I would walk 10-15 miles just for fun and relaxation. Now I can't even walk down the hall in my building w/out stopping several times due to the pain. It is very frustrating. And yes, I weigh more than I should (sz 22) and going through the "fun" menopausal time of my life.  I am trying to use portion control and doing yoga a little. But even that hurts.

Again, any helpful hints would be appreciated. Cry



Original Post by: slhart1

These are all great stories and helpful information. Thank you to everyone for sharing. I am just wondering if anyone has an idea for someone 50 who has severe knee pain when they are walking, exercising, etc. I used to love to walk when I was younger. I would walk 10-15 miles just for fun and relaxation. Now I can't even walk down the hall in my building w/out stopping several times due to the pain. It is very frustrating. And yes, I weigh more than I should (sz 22) and going through the "fun" menopausal time of my life.  I am trying to use portion control and doing yoga a little. But even that hurts.

Again, any helpful hints would be appreciated. Cry


I've been where your at, I've had 3 knee surgeries over the last 30 yrs and I had knee pain everyday. I started out simple on the Wii I don't think I could of walked before losing the first 30 pounds. I built up my muscles in my leg also with simple leg lifts instead of bending it. Since the weight loss the pain is gone in my knee and my back, I think the yoga has something to do with that also. 

Have you seen your doctor about the knee pain? Maybe a brace would help support it or just some anti inflamatories for awhile. My life now is amazing since losing weight, I can bend LOL....Walk and even do pushups now...some people will laugh at this but some know all too well what I'm talking about. I love watching the biggest loser seeing where all those people have been and where they are now. No excuses there is always away to get around everything. 



Original Post by: slhart1

These are all great stories and helpful information. Thank you to everyone for sharing. I am just wondering if anyone has an idea for someone 50 who has severe knee pain when they are walking, exercising, etc. I used to love to walk when I was younger. I would walk 10-15 miles just for fun and relaxation. Now I can't even walk down the hall in my building w/out stopping several times due to the pain. It is very frustrating. And yes, I weigh more than I should (sz 22) and going through the "fun" menopausal time of my life.  I am trying to use portion control and doing yoga a little. But even that hurts.

Again, any helpful hints would be appreciated. Cry


In addition to what cmcc497417653 said you should try swimming or exercise in the water ( dont know what they call it). It puts little to no pressure on your knees. You should try it, plus its fun :)


I have seen the dr. They x-rayed both knees and I have very little cartilage left in either of them. I have had shots but they don't last very long. I take anti-inflamitory meds daily. They help a little. I had back surgery a few years ago too (started all the weight gain) and I guess I'm afraid of messing it up again too. I'm nervous about anything that can cause more pain anywhere. I have all I can handle now. I will try the leg lifts w/out bending them, and see how it works. If I can build up the thigh muscles maybe that will help.

I do try to do water exercises during the summer when the weather allows. I live in TX so I have a good amount of warm/hot weather to be outside. I do agree, it's fun and it helps. Thanks for the suggestions. Keep your fingers crossed. Smile



@anya - I understand your frustration. I have also been hypothyroid. Are you getting the extra hormones that you need? Are they the right dosage? I also understand not being able to exercise because of injury :( Can you try to do upper body exercises - weight training and such? I know it gets harder with age but I have seen people over and over do it and you can too. Keeping my thoughts with you. Good luck! And the thing is that once you lose more weight, the fasciities may get better too!



Thanks pcoo750452863 & Kwalla03 for your encouragement ,, 

I should say if it was a friend or someone I can turn my back to, it would be easier. It is sometimes someone from your own family that cause you all the stress and hard times. I've been going in circles for 2 years .. falling down then when I try to come up, I wouldn't find a hand to hold me but instead something I prefer not to share the details of his behavior. I ended up gaining more than what I gained basically and from circle to another until I woke up one day with a clear mind and just realised: it is my battle and my fight and if needed, I will go through it alone.

Why would I wait for support if it wasn't meant to happen?!

Now I closed my ears and I follow my guts, my heart and my awaken mind :) .. and I pray for god to give me all the strength I need to complete my journey :)



I got excited reading your story.  It made me feel good.  Well done sister.  Hallelujah!!!



Great story and a great job.  Never though much about the Wii.  May be worth giving it a second thought.



Such a good story, it motivates me more to reach on my goal. I used to be size 12 and tried everything to lose weight for many years but twas frustrating. I thought I wasn't doing enough until I found out the Wii Zumba, actually my kids just recommended me this one. I tried it and it worked, I lost 10 pounds in less than 4 months and I felt great. I still do Zumba and trying to lose some more until I reach my goal. Right now I'm enjoying wearing size 4 pants.


Now I closed my ears and I follow my guts, my heart and my awaken mind :) .. and I pray for god to give me all the strength I need to complete my journey :)

 



What is the difference between the two photos? the first photo just looks like she is wearing a loose garment to imitate a large body. 105lbs? If this is true, then I hope people take good genuine photos to compare the difference when they start the program.



@ayarayaful - re. the hypothyroid - I have been afraid to go on synthroid - as I've heard horrible things about it. I resist synthetic drugs in general due to effects on kidney and liver. But maybe I will have to succumb....  You say you have been hypo - does that mean you are ok now? Any words of advice much much appreciated.



Thank you! I was thinking how right you are and how ironic it is that the bigger we are the more invisible we feel! For a lot of us, and I sure know I am one, it actually took a lot of courage to be successful at weight loss.

As far as pain and exercise, that has been a challenge. I have a bad knee and back and have to be careful. But, amazingly, I am starting to walk more and faster and feel a lot less pain. It took awhile for that to happen.

Thank you for sharing your story! And best to you in the future!

 



Hi Anya, I haven't had to go on the medicine. Mine was transient but I expect that it will become permanent in the future (Hashimotos) and I will take the drugs. I also dislike synthetic drugs but with thyroid medications, it is not an option for me - those hormones regulate practically everything in your body and most importantly your metabolism. I was hyper-thyroid for 1.5 months before I became hypothyroid for a month (inflammation of the thyroid causes both to happen successively). In my hyperthyroid phase I would eat like a pig and lost 15 lbs in a month and a half without adding exercise or anything. In the hypothyroid phase, gained all that weight back +8 lbs with eating less than before (since my appetite was so bad and I was tired, sleepy and generally depressed from the low hormones). 

What bad things have you heard about Synthroid? I know it takes some trial and error to get to the right dosage but if you are in the right dosage, you will quickly shed the lbs if you eat as much as you eat now. I would strongly urge you to try it. You don't have to commit to it before you are convinced of its benefits, but try it for a few months and see. Given that the extra weight can cause many more problems, I think I would take the risk of side-effects with Synthroid. You need the right thyroid hormones to regulate everything in your body, including your heart (it doesn't pump as fast when you are low on the hormone and I had to take heart medicine beta-blockers in the hyperthyroid phase because it was overworking my heart).

I am so sorry you have to go through all this. Take care and let me know if I can be of help at all. I am new here and not sure if there is a PM option.



I have Hashimoto's hypothyroiditis, and have been symptomatic since I was 8 years old.  I am now 23 years old, and have been on Synthroid this entire time.  I never had problems with this medication, but I know my body well enough that if it starts to change and resembles symptoms of going back toward hypo, then my dose probably needs to be adjusted.  When I was first put on the medication, I was definitely overweight, though I hardly ate and was never hungry.  I was still incredibly active, so my Mom, the nurse, decided something was wrong. Doctors told her I had to be hoarding and hiding food (HOW ABSURD), but finally after blood tests, they discovered my TSH was off big-time. Due to the fact that my mom has the same disease, she knew how she managed it, and I think that is why I have never been scared of Synthroid. I have heard of problems with Armour, the medication of real cow thyroid hormone, being that there are some problems with uniformity of the pills themselves.  As a nursing student, you better believe I've done my homework, too.  I also take selenium and vitamin D, as those can especially be lacking in hypothyroid-inflicted folks.  I am now, at 5'7" and 131 lbs., a healthy weight.  My goal is about 120, and I know I can get there as long as my body isn't sabotaging my efforts- another reason I am adamantly for Synthroid.  I did experience a period of "thyroid leak" about a year ago. I switched to hyperthyroid temporarily, but I didn't understand my symptoms at the time as that had never happened to me before, and I simply associated them with stress.  I am back to healthy TSH, T3 and T4 levels now.  SORRY if this response is super long or out of place on this FABULOUS woman's post, but I really wanted to put this info out there. GOOD LUCK to everyone!!!



Good work!  Losing weight is, for me, the most difficult thing that I have to do.  It requires commitment, strength of character, and organization - sometimes I feel it is a job all in itself.  Good for you for choosing to avoid surgery by developing a healthy lifestyle.  If more people would do that, the high heart disease and cancer rates in North America would plummet. 

You should be very proud - good luck getting to your goal!



CONGRATULATIONS....Your story is inspiring and lets me know that I can also go from size 24 to 12.   Thanks for sharing. 



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