The Magic Mirror
One of the best methods for finding motivation to lose weight is to look in the mirror. This is precisely what Migwell463 did. He has lost 46 lbs, 5 inches off his waist, and acquired new self-confidence.
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?
The thing that most motivated me to lose weight was the magic mirror in the bathroom. I have hovered in the 190 to 200 pound range for many years, though I knew that I was way over a healthy weight. Not liking how I looked generally and when at the pool with my sons was the main motivating factor.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
In the past I have used Nutrisystem with some success, having lost about 25 pounds, but I was never able to keep the weight off.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I changed a lot about the way I eat and the way I live my life. The biggest change was not in cutting foods out of my diet, though I did some of that. The biggest change was in cutting down the size of the portions I eat, eating healthy snacks, and deciding to buckle down and do a little exercise every other day or so.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
Calorie Count was the single biggest help to me in losing weight. I was determined to try calorie counting as a way of losing weight and had been using some web sites that were sort of helpful in that way. When I found Calorie Count, I found a place that would help me comprehensively in my efforts. I am able to check my BMI whenever I want, enter my exercise, weight, and also use the extensive database to keep track of my calories. I was particularly happy that Calorie Count told me what my daily BMR was and what I needed to hit by way of calorie intake in order to lose weight. The fact that the site had EVERYTHING I needed to keep track of was what really sold me on it.
I will also tell you that I recently spoke to the mother of one of my son’s friends and she is a Nurse Practitioner. When she asked me how I lost the weight and I told her about my efforts and the use of Calorie Count, she immediately told me that she has had many clients who have also used the site and that she recommends it to those who ask her about losing weight.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
I think the most challenging thing was changing my eating habits to eliminate some foods and to limit my portions all around. I had to re-teach my body how to eat.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I lost twenty pounds in the first two months and I started seeing results within the first couple of weeks. I could tell by the way my clothes were fitting. It took me six months to lose the 40 – 45 pounds that I was looking to lose. I have maintained my weight loss for two and one-half months now.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I think when I dropped below my previous low weight (170 lbs.) that I had reached on Nutrisystem I knew that I was succeeding because it was all me and not gimmicks or special, expensive plans.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I weigh myself at the nurse’s office at my job every day. That keeps me honest. I also allow myself some small indulgences food-wise to stave off cravings.
9. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I love the fact that I weigh what I weighed when I was 19. My new clothes are more stylish than they were, since I lost about five inches in waist size, and I am very confident when I take my shirt off to go to the pool. I have a lot more energy and I enjoy physical activities way more than I used to.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Don’t worry about little setbacks like a week where you don’t lose
much or any weight. Your weight loss is like a Wall Street investment
and the benefits don’t happen in one day or one week, but with patience
they happen over time.
- Get on the scale often. I found that the best way to keep motivated was to see results or the lack thereof. If you don’t weigh yourself you CAN’T know if you are doing the right things.
- Stop eating fast foods, they are loaded in calories and sodium. If you have to grab a bite, look at the nutrition guide in the restaurant and pick something that is tasty but at the low end of their calorie range. This is true of ANY time you eat out whether it’s fast food or a sit down restaurant.
- Be honest with Calorie Count in what you ate. If you are not
sure of quantities, estimate on the high end. Enter your food intake
as often as you can so you will know how many calories you have left
in the day when it comes time for your next meal.
- A little bit of vigorous exercise goes a long way. Thirty minutes of cardio exercise (I like the elliptical) three or four days a week does not take much time but can use up as much as 400 calories on that day. In one week that is as much as 1600 calories or almost an entire day’s worth of caloric intake.