My Second Chance at Life
Chatty53 weighed 400 pounds and was unable to walk more than a few feet at a time. Her doctor recommended gastric bypass surgery, however she chose to lose weight on her own. It has been a long journey, one step at a time, but she has successfully lost 152 pounds and is ready to begin reliving her life!
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
I came to the conclusion I needed some help when my surgeon told me I had only two years to live. That was a big “Aha!” moment for me. This is when I decided I needed to get off the back burner and jump head on into the Fire of Healthy Living.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
Oh my gosh it’s better to ask me what haven’t I tried. There have been so many crazy diets I tried that now when I look back I wonder what the heck was I thinking? I thought I could find a quick fix and boy was I wrong.
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 war began at 400 lbs and being immobile. I used a scooter to get around and hardly ever ventured out into society. People are so cruel to the obese and I had no backbone or esteem in 2009 when it all began. I was going to do the gastric bypass like my surgeon highly suggested but just couldn’t go through with it. This was a personal choice, so I sought out Calorie Count and support from the website. I love how I’m not alone here and that makes such a big difference. I count my calories but I don’t eliminate anything. I learnt early on that if I did eliminate something, that’s the first thing I wanted. So now it’s all about portion control, a lot of self talk and wanting to be a better person than I had been. I have lost so much in my time so far on this earth and so I now am ready to begin my life again…one step at a time.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
CC is very beneficial to my mental health. The Forums are fantastic and I can always come to the website and find someone going through what I am or I might be able to help someone with their struggles through sharing my own experience. People here understand that being fat isn’t what we planned for ourselves it’s just a way of life that we fell into overtime. Our choices weren’t always the best but coming to CC I have learnt that I can do it and not be hungry or alone. SUPPORT is the best part of CC and I hope that more people seek out this site to help in their journey too.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Many obstacles faced me as I went through trying to lose the weight. It didn’t come off fast like I wanted. I struggled with exercise since I couldn’t move around I had to find some way of doing any sort I could. I have found no matter what size you are there is always something you can do to exercise and move your joints. It doesn’t have to be in gym. I started off walking my ramp up and down. I sat and did knee bends and I lifted bleach bottles for weights.
People are harsh and that’s sad too. If they see you they judge the outer you not who you are. They don’t give themselves a chance to see who you really are. Doctors have been a big problem for me as well because many see the body first not the illness. I could walk into a doctor’s office with my arm half hanging off and the first thing they would want to tell me is to lose weight!!! Obesity is not an easy life to live and I hope that I can educate while I lose that it doesn’t have to feel like a prison if we all help one another instead of judging us.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
It took me 2 1/2 yrs to reach my goal of 250 lbs. I have lost 152 lbs and I have so much energy it’s unbelievable. I am walking now without a scooter. I have lots of damage in my knees but that can be corrected in time. I have learnt that eating healthy can be fun. So many foods out there I would never have dared to try until now…it’s fun to experiment and learning to look at labels has really opened up my eyes.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I pray a lot and ask God to keep me going. I turn to my friends here at CC for the great support and care they all give. I still gain weight off and on but the main thing is I never GIVE UP on myself. Before when I started to gain I caved in and then I really gained, but not now…I log my food, journal my thoughts and I speak out instead of hiding.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have been given a second change to live again. I don’t give into hiding at home I go and I enjoy being in public. I even went swimming for the first time in a bathing suit. Never wore one in my life! I have even traveled now in a plane. Before at 400 lbs I would never have dared to, but not now I love meeting new people and I try to share my journey to help others.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I am going on over 1 1/2 yrs now maintaining. It’s not easy, but it’s a way of life.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Self talk.
- No depriving yourself (moderation).
- Support from family and friends.
- Pay it forward by sharing your story to give hope to those who felt like I did!
Originally posted 2014-08-06 11:00:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter