A Work in Progress
Losing weight isn't easy, as Tomting knows. He hasn't let a setback get in the way of his quest for better health. As he says, "don't let a minor setback end your diet - they will happen and you can get past it". Read on for more about his motivations, and ways he maintains accountability for his actions through social networking. He has successfully lost 72lbs!
He 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
Nothing specific, I reached a point where I just decided I needed to make some changes and get on a healthier track. Maybe it was the last hole in the belt that really did it for me. But I know I was too big to exercise effectively and there for I had to start with weight loss.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I tried Calorie Count before, but wasn't ready to commit myself to making the changes that I would needed to make it work.
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?
The biggest changes for me were in setting a calorie limit and then adjusting my portions to conform with the limits. Because of other health factors, I also needed to reduce my sodium intake and lower my cholesterol. I would adjust recipes to fit my needs. That was important, because if I didn't like what I was eating I know I wouldn't stick with the program I set up.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Count played a big part in this because of the tools available. That included the number of foods already in their data base, how easy it is to add new foods, the recipe creator that would analyze the entire recipe and the several ways you could enter your foods, in serving, grams, ounces and others. Another important feature was the activity logs with what seems like very realistic calorie burn figures, even for what might be considered every day activities.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
The cravings for my favorite foods and then big holiday or family gatherings. They made it hard to track the intake or lead me to eat the foods that were not keeping me losing. But, that was ok, if I got back to my plan.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
Like most I saw results almost right away, but once I really got into the groove with staying on my calorie limits, found I was able to make things work pretty well. I would say within a week, I was seeing actual weight loss and could see what foods were working for me.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
Calorie Counts ability to post on Facebook played a big part here. When I posted my weight loss, I got good feedback from friends and family and encouragement to continue. When there was not much movement and I would comment about a wall or falling off the diet for a day. They were also there to urge me back in line.
8. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I have become more active. I have a better choice of clothing which make me feel better I feel healthier, even though I know I am still overweight.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I am still losing, but because of the changes I have made in how I am eating, I think I will be able to maintain once I get there.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Be realistic in your goals - you won't lose 150 pounds in a couple months. Set a long term goal and then set short term goals.
- Involve your family and friends - without them, you are on your own and the chances of making it work are pretty slim. Family and friends are your closest support system and they will be most honest with you if you tell them that is what you want.
- Don't let a minor setback end your diet - they will happen and you can get past it. Just set that aside and keep going.
- Look at this as an opportunity to explore new foods and activities - My favorite pizza was full of meat and extra cheese, I would never have considered a veggie pizza, but now I order a veggie pizza, with chicken breast and found I really like the taste. I have also tried foods I don't like, but I tried them.
- Walls are not then end, look for the doors and windows and find a way through them - change your calorie intake level, or your output level, a small change can made a big difference
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