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Yes I Can, Yes I Will


By Sheila on Nov 07, 2011 10:00 AM in Success Stories

69lbs lighter, lsk1022 attributes Calorie Count as her major factor in her lifestyle and weight loss change.  She has educated herself that “food is not about emotions, but fuel!”  Her story is very inspirational and she shares many motivating tips from her journey!

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?

Several "Aha!" moments prompted me to lose weight.  Going clothes shopping with my mom, and realizing she was only one size bigger than me was pretty devastating. A friend telling me to look at some pants because they were too big for everyone else was pretty hurtful. Seeing an old friend and him spewing out his coke when I say something about having kids making me big, was painful. But the moment that I finally said, "Yes I can, Yes I will," was when I didn't recognize my friend from behind because of her weight loss. That's when I said, "If she can, so can I."

For the longest time I had used PCOS and being told that I would need knee surgery if I ran as an excuse not to be active. I haven't always been overweight. I gained a lot of weight after I got married. The first year into my marriage, I gained 45 pounds. Then, I gained even more after having our son.

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

Well, before I started this, my husband wanted to do the Atkins diet, but that only lasted for a week. Besides, it wasn't "my idea". Other than that, I never dieted because I've never believed in it. I've watched people do the fad diets all my life, and they never kept the weight off.

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?

My entire life has changed. I'm active instead of sedentary and I eat much better. Not because I'm dieting, but because when you use Calorie Count and the analysis, you realize what's in food, and you just naturally start making better decisions. I just gradually started substituting here and there, like instead of mac n' cheese, I would cook fresh vegetables. I read labels all the time and I strongly believe that knowledge gives you the most power in this battle. I started out this journey having a difficult time walking 1 mile. Now, I'm up to running 10 miles. With the help of free online run schedules, I worked my way up to running my first 5k in September 2010 and my first 10 mile run was completed September 2011.

From May 2010 to March 2011, I had only lost 20 pounds. But since March, I have lost almost 50 pounds with the help of a spreadsheet I built that put all of the information I found here on Calorie Count in one place. With this spreadsheet, I know how much I have to move and eat in order to lose the weight. Also, it has helped me to avoid the dreaded plateau.

The most important change you can make is to move and to be aware of what you are eating. Food is no longer all about emotions. I know food is fuel. When I put good food in, I get great performance out.

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

Calorie Count was and is the key to my weight loss. CC is where I went to log my food, make sure I was eating nutrient rich foods, and get all my numbers for my spreadsheet. Also, I like how I can look at all the charts and see my weight loss progress and so many other great tools.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?

The first 9 months were awful. I felt like I was spinning my wheels. I never knew if I would lose or gain when I stepped on the scale. I was moving more, but the progress was really slow. I had only lost 20 pounds! Once I had my "Aha!" moment and built my spread sheet, the rest of the weight practically fell off.

There are two factors in weight loss, exercise and food. I could do the exercise. Not because it was easy, but just because I only faced that challenge for 30 minutes to an hour everyday. Food has been the biggest obstacle for me. It's everywhere. Plus, I figured out through this that I was battling food addiction. I didn't respect food, but rather I abused it. This will be a battle for the rest of my life. I just have to remember to keep food in its place. Although, with that said, I won't use the word "diet." I refuse to diet. I have simply discovered that all things in moderation works just fine. Mostly because you won't be taking my chocolate from me.

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

It took 30 pounds before anyone else could see results. But for me, I noticed immediately. Of course, that had everything to do with me going from leading a sedentary lifestyle to an active lifestyle. One big moment was when I had lost about 20 pounds and I was able to get down on all fours and chase my son around the floor. That was huge. I could finally move.

I felt like a success about 3 months ago. I took a picture of myself and for the first time, I actually looked thin.

7. How do you prevent relapse?

Well, there is a picture of us in June 2010 on the fridge next to my workout schedule. When I want to skip, I just glance at that picture and remember what it was like to be that big. Also, I started this for me, but it has positively affected my husband (who has lost 30 pounds) and my son.

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

There is nothing in my life that has been left untouched by my weight loss. My marriage is revamped, my son will grow up seeing exercise as a way of life, we eat better, and we move more. And one thing no one mentions is FEET! My feet were disgusting when I was big. But now that I've lost a bunch of weight, my feet are nice and smooth again. I also remember the first time I got in the car and actually had room to readjust my bottom instead of being stuck where I sat. I can move! I felt so immobile before. I can crawl around picking up toys; I am no longer out of breath all the time. I was just so tired of being exhausted all the time. Now I have so much more energy.

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?

Since the beginning of October.

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

  • Self educate yourself on what you are consuming and you will naturally start changing what you are eating.
  • MOVE! I don't care what you do, just move more. Do something that burns calories.
  • Take pictures of yourself. The mirror is a huge deceiver. Not just pictures, but unflattering, straight on pictures to help you get motivated.
  • Do it for you and it will have a positive impact on everything else.
  • Avoid drinking your calories. (Water and unsweetened tea are good options.)

 

 

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Comments


You look absolutely fabulous!!! This is so encouraging I want to cry. I have a son too and lost control of food after that. This is my 1 month on CC and I hope to have a story like your soon. 

NB.

Could you share more light on the use of the spreadsheet. I am interested. 

 



Great Job!!  I like your comment: “food is not about emotions, but fuel!”..so true. Keep up the good work.



Congratulations!  You look marvelous!  Thank you for sharing your story, it's very encouraging and motivating.  One thing that I've always wanted to do is jog.  I would like to incorporate jogging into my daily work outs but find myself too embarrassed and self conscious whenever I get on the treadmill at the gym.  I usually end up "just" walking.  It's really weird and very frustrating.  Did you experience any jogging shyness when you started out?  Also, if you don't mind sharing which site helped you when you started out jogging? 

Again, congrats on your success and thanks for sharing your inspirational story.

 



Hi I fully endorse what she has said about monitoring the food you eat. Its not about going on diets but all about controlling what you eat and having a healthy lifestyle. I'm 34 years old and my Aha! moment was when I discovered that my cholesterol levels are too high and that I'm a pre-diabetic. 3 months down the line, I've lost 17lbs, my cholesterol levels have dropped and my sugar levels have dropped to normal. Calorie Count really enhanced my knowledge on food and the nutrients. I religiously log my food and at the end of the day, I'm happy when I see that I have given my body what it needs to keep me healthy!!!



Congratulations on your success! You look amazing, and your positive outlook is infectious...it's time for me to get moving on my running program :-)



Wahoo!  Love love your story!  Excuses about running!  I hear you!  I was the exact same way!

Awesome!  Way to go!

Chris

(link to my blog and 130lb success story in my profile)



You are ADORABLE!!!!! Nice work, girl!



Yeah, lsk1022!  Such a beautiful person inside and out =)  If I don't tell you enough, you are a true inspiration to me everyday.  Without being able to hear about your success and having you motivate me I would have probably quit my journey already.  Your attitude toward food and activity sticks with me, pushes me to be better than I was yesterday and will hopefully make me as strong as you!  KUDOS!



Wow..you look incredible and beautiful.  I think it's moreso due to how happy you look and the self confidence you have now.  Stay on it, you can keep being an inspiration to people here.



U look mah - velous dah-ling!!! I'm also interested on more about the spreadsheet concept.  Please share!  Thanks and wtg on your success!!!



I like your comment on, "I only faced that challenge for 30 minutes to an hour everyday. Food has been the biggest obstacle for me. It's everywhere. Plus, I figured out through this that I was battling food addiction. I didn't respect food, but rather I abused it. This will be a battle for the rest of my life."  This is so me.

I have lost 60 lbs, and exercise is a big part of my life, facing that challenge daily and accomplishing it feels good to conquer. But, I still struggle everyday with watching what I eat. I have another 30 lbs to go to reach my weight loss goal, this will put me in a healthy BMI range. I often wonder if I was more displined in my eating how much further along I would be in this weight loss journey. Thank You for your story, it helps me to realize that I to may have a food addiction. Great job on your weight loss!!



That's funny about the feet.  My feet have also changed to smooth and healthy since I have been exercising regularly.  You're right about how no one mentions it.  I always thought I just had ugly feet.  Who knew diet and exercise would make them beautiful?  Great job, btw.  You are inspiring!



What a fantastic inspiration and excellent example of a sensible, HEALTHY, snmart and logical weight loss and lifestyle makeover!! You are super and shine a light on of encouragement to everyone on CC!

 



You really do look great!  I am also interested in how you set up your spreadsheet.



Great story or shall I say great new lifestyle change again your story will continue to motivate others and I believe thats the best part about it Im learning everyday how to cook healthier and making better food choices since as a child I didnt know anything outside of fast food and junk food such a inspiratioin to see people who were in my shoes are in thinner shoes now and im looking forward to do the same



I agree with Shafumiki Im so interested in the spreadsheet to



You look great.  Congrats on the new you.  I would like to see the spreadsheet ou used.



Hi

U look great. With CC i lost around 17 pounds in 5 months, I feel light and great.

I want to run 10 k in 1 year currently I can do 5k. Need help can you post the free running guide somewhere and can you please share your spreadsheet to give me insight into your daily plans. I will not copy it but want some more inspiration. The last thing is what was your weight when you started and what is it now.

Thanks for inspirational blog.

Nikky



Love your story and you are looking great!  I have lost 100 lbs in 16 months and I'll be using some of your tips. 

Keep up the great work and like the reason you did it - for you!



Thank you for sharing! I too love using CC.  October was a hard month for me: turning 39 (feeling old), celebrating my 18th wedding anniversary, Halloween, and of couse as always financial stress.  After skipping several days of food logging, I am now back at it.  I also really liked your idea of making a spreadsheet.  What kind of things did you include?

 

Peace!

Jill



You look great!  I need to lose almost the same amount.  I too, am interested in your spreadsheet.  Any tips/methods/motivational hints may help me too.  I hope you will share yours.  Thanks, Suzi in Texas



Can I see your spreadsheet? 



Great job!  CC is a great source on keeping an eye on whats in and calories of your food choices and choosing alternatives.   This is a way of life and not a diet.  You can have plenty to eat if you make proper selection and benefit with more energy and living with better health. 

A friend of mine was counting his calories using weight watchers. I told him about CC and he started using it.   He went from 320 lbs to 155 and has been maintaining his weight for about a year now.  



You were beautiful even as a larger lady, but you are youthful and beautiful now. Could you share your spreadsheet? I am in a rut and need something to jump start me again.


You have a beautiful story. I hope that someday I will have a story that is like yours.



Awesome! So happy for your success and your B4 and after shots are simply wonderful!!!!! 



You look great!  I can relate to your story on a few points including that I have about 70 pounds total till I reach my goal.  Reading about your success is another motivation to continue my journey so I too can have a success story of my very own! 64.6 lbs to go!



Great Story - CC is a great resource



Thanks for sharing.  I loved your story.  I too have tried other diets only to have the weight come back on.  Can you tell us more about your spread sheet?  How was this a help as well.  Way to go!



Loved reading your story. Would you consider emailing me your spreadsheet, so I can analyse it and see how to make one for myself?



This is absolutely inspiring! Congratulations on your lifestyle change! This is the beginning of my journey and stories like yours keep me going day to day.

Pat yourself on the back, you are amazing!



Congrats on your success! I am also very interested in your spreadsheet! Would you mind sharing it? Blessings!


Congrats on your success! I am also very interested in your spreadsheet! Would you mind sharing it? Blessings!


You look absolutely incredible, you shine! Well done! Congratulations!!



Congrats, really inspiring story - also dying to see this spreadsheet please!!! Thanks, keep up the great work! 



lsk1022, your story is a wonderful testimony to having a plan, logging it, and sticking to it!  You look gorgeous -- you could be a model now!  Thank you for your inspiring revelations and tips!  I have 94 pounds still to go, to reach my goal, and your stury really gives me courage to "keep on keeping on". 

It looks as though you have generated widespread interest in your use of a spreadsheet!  I have been using spreadsheets myself, coincidentally, and have several of them going -- one to log the progress of my weight loss, another to log the foods I've had and the times, and the calories, and so on.  It's a creative way to keep yourself motivated -- I use all different colors for different columns, etc. 

Thanks again, for your great story -- and the inspiring pictures of a truly beautiful lady!



I am so very impressed with what you did!  I too would love for you to post your "spreadsheet" I track calories, nutrition and macronutrient combinations.  I lost 50 lbs., going from a size 18 to a size 4.  It took me close to two years because I have fibromyalgia and can't do as much exercise as I was able to do before FM.  I have kept most of the weight off for seven years.  When I slack off, I feel it and SEE it:-(



Thank you for sharing your story! I struggle with PCOS and have used it as an excuse that there is a reason why I cannot lose weight. You are proof that someone can if they're willing to work hard for it. Great job!

 



I too have used PCOS as an excuse for not losing weight. It definitely doesn't help when my doctor tells me it's impossible to lose weight if I don't take medication and cut out carbs! I personally believe in balance and that cutting anything out completely or almost completely is not healthy! I am so glad you have been successful, this gives me faith that I can do it too! Thanks for sharing your story, you're very inspiring! Also, might I ask if you used any medications for PCOS to help with the weight loss? I tried a couple but hated the side effects and so I quit using them.



Congratulations! you look awesome and gorgeous this is really grate news. i impressed


Hi Sheila, you look fabulous. Yes, it'll be great if you could share the spreadsheet you came up with.



I'm happy you had the courage to mention the feet.  I revealed a few things in my story, but I was too ashamed to mention the wretchedness of my feet.  I was so large with severe hip pain that I hadn't reached my feet in years.  They just got washed when the water ran down on them in the shower.  I bought a long handled bath brush to give them the most attention I could which wasn't enough.  They looked so bad that allowing someone else to do a pedicure was out of the question.  Now, my feet look better than my hands do.  Thank you for sharing that.  We all can continue to learn something from others.  I will now put my before photo on my refrigerator.  And I'm so happy for you!!!!  You look fantastic!!!



very impressive gal................Well done! Congratulations!!

u have really shown........nothing is impossible....i would loove to see you spread sheet...would be so kind to show me too, keep it up........you really inspire me. love...Smile



You look absolutely fabulous! Congratulations!! I have been considering lap band surgery as I feel I have reached the end of my rope physically and emotionally.  Your story has given me a renewed sense of "Yes I can, Yes I will" Thank you so much for sharing!  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE MAY WE PLEASE SEE WHAT YOUR SPREAD SHEET LOOKS LIKE??  I have been trying to figure one out for myself but I'm completely lost.



You look good girl!  Way to go!



Wheeeeeet,wheeeeeer!!! your looking great!! and i like your tips but ive always have been camera shy didn't like the truth!! but still working at it hopefully and with your thinking yes i can yes i will!!



Congratulations! You look amazing and your story is inspiring. Smile



Original Post by: shelleyann_

I'm happy you had the courage to mention the feet.  I revealed a few things in my story, but I was too ashamed to mention the wretchedness of my feet.  I was so large with severe hip pain that I hadn't reached my feet in years.  They just got washed when the water ran down on them in the shower.  I bought a long handled bath brush to give them the most attention I could which wasn't enough.  They looked so bad that allowing someone else to do a pedicure was out of the question.  Now, my feet look better than my hands do.  Thank you for sharing that.  We all can continue to learn something from others.  I will now put my before photo on my refrigerator.  And I'm so happy for you!!!!  You look fantastic!!!


"We all can continue to learn something from others."

 

That is so true ShelleyAnn!!!! I even learn things from my toddlers!! Smile



Original Post by: enitayo

You look absolutely fabulous!!! This is so encouraging I want to cry. I have a son too and lost control of food after that. This is my 1 month on CC and I hope to have a story like your soon. 

NB.

Could you share more light on the use of the spreadsheet. I am interested. 

 


I would also like to know more about the spreadsheet. You look amazing!



very well done! 

 



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