There’s No Stopping Me Now
Being in the right emotional and psychological condition is a vital part of losing weight, as Bratton423 has discovered. He takes care of his body by eating right and engaging in more physical activities; he motivates himself by making his weight loss program a positive experience. Here, he talks about the importance of setting realistic goals and provides some tips on dealing with weight loss challenges. Having lost 55lbs, his smile says it all
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?
I came to college wearing a medium shirt and four years later, I was wearing an XL. I realized that I needed to change, but I kept putting it off. I always said “I’m starting a diet on Monday”, but I never stuck with it for that long. I was my heaviest on graduation day weighing in at 236 lbs. This was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life, but my weight was making me miserable. It was time to make a change!
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
Diet pills, weight-loss drinks, and even starvation. I tried these while I was in college, but I never stuck with any of them. Actually, all of them caused me to eat more.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I actually made A LOT of changes. I realized that I had gained all of my weight due to poor eating habits such as over-consumption of calories, eating fast-food on a daily basis, and snacking on junk food multiple times a day. I adapted an excellent meal plan that helped me lose the weight. I counted my calories (Calorie Count helped a lot), ate 6 times a day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack) to keep my metabolism going, and I drank plenty of water. I also had to surround myself by positive people that were going to encourage me to lose the weight, rather than pressure me into eating out and making poor decisions. I also joined a gym and worked out 5 times a week. There were times that I wanted to give up, but I started to lose the weight and then I adapted a “no stopping me now” attitude. My weight loss has boosted my confidence and I can honestly say that I’m a different person physically and mentally.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I joined Calorie Count because I was starting to keep track of my calorie consumption. I would go on the website to see how many calories were in the food that I was eating throughout the day. The data was very accurate and it served as a great tool for my weight loss journey.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging part about losing weight was not being able to eat exactly what I felt like eating when I wanted it. However, I realized that I got overweight because of my poor eating habits and I had to resist temptation or I was going to be back to square one.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
My weight loss journey was from May 2008-May 2010. It took me a couple weeks to see minor results. However, during that first year, I didn’t belong to a gym. There was a small fitness center at my apartment complex, but it was very limited on equipment. So, I was eating healthier, counting calories, and working out on an elliptical and treadmill for my first year. In May 2009, I joined a gym which pretty much had everything. That’s when I really saw results! Like I said though, it was a two year process and it’s not over yet.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I realized that I was a success when I gained confidence in myself and was a much happier person.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I think about how miserable I was when I was overweight. I also think about all of the hard work and dedication that I put into getting where I am today. I didn’t come this far to go back to the person that I used to be.
9. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
My weight loss has changed my life physically and mentally. I have gained so much confidence through all of this. Because of my success, I try to motivate and guide people that are trying to lose weight. It’s not an easy thing to do and sometimes people need that extra push to get them going.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Believe in yourself and keep a positive attitude!
- Set realistic goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. It
took me two years to lose 55 lbs. You don’t want to lose weight too
- Resist temptations. Realize what caused you to gain weight. You
will need to surround yourself with people who are going to encourage
you to reach your goals.
- Take pictures of yourself before your weight loss journey. You can look back on these pictures and they will serve as great motivation. Ask yourself if you really want to look like that.
- Drink a lot of water. I started drinking a gallon or more a day and it helped me lose a lot of my weight.