A Work in Progress
Having to lose 200 pounds seemed like a daunting task for Warnerd5 who suffered a spinal injury. She devised a creative way to incorporate daily exercise and has successfully lost 100 pounds.
She 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?
I decided to work on my weight when I went to visit my grandchildren two years ago. I had to sit to hold them for fear of dropping them. I had been in an accident several years before and used it as an excuse to not have to work on my weight.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I was big into eating all I wanted and then starving myself to maintain my weight but it never worked. I also tried Weight Watchers and diet pills. Again not successful.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I first saw my doctor and was put on a supervised diet of 1000 calories per day and maintained this for about a month. This jump-started my metabolism and I started losing weight. In this process I found Calorie Count and slowly upped my calories to 1700 a day. I still had a problem with exercising due to my spinal problems, so I started exercising in my bed. I know it sounds funny, but the bottom line is I couldn't get on the floor and I at least wanted to make an effort to exercise.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I would love to say I always stayed within my calorie range for the day, but this wasn't the case in the beginning. So I started using Calorie Count to track myself and make myself accountable, and over time this helped me to balance my eating and exercise. Also, I focused my weight loss goals on nutrition grades rather than weight scale readings, and I made it one of my goals to be consistently graded B- or above. Finally, Calorie Count put me on a journey with other members who have been there and done that. With all this support it has helped me to keep going.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The thought that I had to lose over 200 pounds, I had to break it down to 10 pounds a month.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I started to really notice results in about two months, and it was great to see my hard work starting to pay off.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
This has come slow for me as I still have to do this daily, so I try to look at myself as a "work in progress." If I can do this, anyone can!
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I have a list of things I have to do each day and this helps me to stay on track.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I can play with my grandchildren without the fear of dropping them. I can move my body and even tie my shoes. I also have an attitude of gratitude, this helps me to keep what I have.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters
- Use the tools provided by Calorie Count
- Aim for progress instead of for perfection
- Stick with the winners and learn from them
- Never give up on yourself
- Incorporate any form of exercise
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