55 Pounds Lighter, A Few More to Go
Katherync, age 24, is elated that she’s lost 55 pounds. Two years ago she weighed 220 pounds and she often felt fatigued. She slowly started changing her eating habits, incorporating daily exercise and sought support for her emotional eating. She’s now living a healthier, happier lifestyle and will continue working on reaching her goal weight of 150 pounds.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
I wouldn’t say there was one definitive “Aha!” moment, it was more like a series of events. One that’s standing out in my mind right now was when I went hiking with two of my good friends about two summers ago. They had to slow down or frequently stop because I was so tired from the hike. When we were about halfway up the hill, they decided to climb into this huge tree to rest. The spot that you could sit on was relatively low to the ground and they climbed up with ease. I tried, but just could not. They couldn’t help me up either, because I was too heavy. I had to sit at the base of the tree and rest.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
When I was in high school I tried Atkins and lost about 30lbs. I do remember being hungry all the time though. I gained it back within a year.
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 weight loss has been a slow process, and not always consistent. I have completely changed how I look at food- which means I strive to eat as much whole, raw, and meatless food as possible. I cut out soda and processed foods. I started exercising, at first just a couple of times a week, now I work out 5-6 days a week in conjunction with recreational expressive dance and hula hooping. I sought support through counseling for other food related issues- because I realized that I am (was) an emotional eater and I have been since I can remember. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. I drink as much water as possible.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Count opened my eyes to a lot of things, including the actual nutritional value of the foods I was consuming. It is an extremely helpful tool.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
I have experienced some frustration and self-sabotage along the way- in the past I have had a habit of beating myself up for things but I have learned to let that go.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I noticed my body really changing when I had lost about 30lbs and had been working out consistently for about four months. I noticed my muscle tone improving, which amazed me because I have never considered myself athletic.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I have a very strong and encouraging support system, which helps me a lot. I surround myself with positive people instead of negative ones. I still enjoy the things I love, occasionally. Everything in moderation.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I feel so much better about myself. This journey has taught me that I am capable of working hard, dedicating myself and accomplishing my goals.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have maintained this weight for about a month now, but I am not done. I would like to weigh about 150lbs ideally.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Educate yourself beyond how many calories are in your food, read about how food works in your body.
- Pay attention to how you feel when you are eating.
- It’s a whole lifestyle change- not a diet.
- Don’t beat yourself up.
- Drink lots and lots of water