A Step in the Right Direction
At 334 pounds, Cindysharp1977 was practically immobile – especially after breaking her ankle. Here’s how she lost 115 pounds, took control, and got back on her feet.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
I broke my ankle in the fall of 2010. I was not able to use crutches, because I could not support my own body weight. I was forced to use a walker and wheelchair to get around. It was humiliating. I could not imagine what growing old was going to be like at the weight that I was.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
TOPS, Weight Watchers and counting calories on my own.
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?
I am still between 39 and 44 pounds from my goal weight (I have set this goal with my personal physician). It is a weight that gets me into the high normal category, but is manageable in both of our opinions. I have become a gym “rat” and drastically changed my diet to get to the point that I am right now. Working out is no longer just something I think about, I actually do it. I really have reduced the amount of refined sugar that I eat. Sweets were a huge challenge for me, so the first 5 months I just did not eat sweets at all. I needed to shake the addiction to sugar. I believe I have beat that addiction. I now can eat just a bite of dessert and be satisfied, but still do not do so regularly.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Counts keeps it real for me. I am able to see how many calories are really in the foods I choose. I am also much more nutrition conscious than ever before. I try to meet all of my nutritional goals each day. Sodium is and always has been a challenge to me. I love the encouragement from fellow members and also love to help encourage fellow members. I especially have a heart for anyone who has over 100 pounds to lose. It seems insurmountable when you start, so I set 10 pound goals for myself in the early days. One day at a time, one goal at a time.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
It has been relatively smooth. I recently had a 7 week plateau. It led up to my daughter’s wedding and within 2 weeks dropped 10 pounds. I believe the plateau was as much stress related as anything. I also need to make sure I adjust my intake when I burn extra calories, or my body just holds onto the weight.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
It took much longer for me to see it, than it took for my family and friends to see it. I think I had lost about 75lbs when I began feeling successful. You would ask why it would take that long and I think it is because I have lost 50 plus pounds in the past with other programs. I needed to get past that loss to feel successful. Seeing it in the mirror is another story. I still don’t always see it in the mirror, even though I have gone from a size 26 down to a 16.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I am determined to keep the weight off. We recently were blessed with our first grandchild and I want to be healthy for him and able to keep up with him. I am only 53, so I want to stay young and enjoy him as long as I can.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I am active. Life does not revolve around food anymore for me. I have completely changed my lifestyle.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I am not finished yet with my journey, so I can’t say yet that I have maintained my weight, however, I have maintained this lifestyle change for 15 months!
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Find a support system.
- Don’t let one bad meal or day discourage you.
- Be as honest as you can when you log.
- Find an exercise you like or you are able to do and stick with it
- Make sure you don’t wait until you are “done” to buy new clothes…well fitting clothes make all the difference in how you look and feel….reward yourself with new items as you need them.
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