Get Your Head In the Game
Several earlier attempts to lose weight proved unsuccessful for Andreacanada, but then she switched her strategy and took matters into her own hands. After losing 60 pounds, Andreacanada shares with us the difficulties she experienced during her journey, and some words of wisdom on having a health-oriented attitude.
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?
I was on the brink of 300 lbs and was feeling like such a failure. How did I let this happen! I literally said “enough is enough” and just got on board with a healthier lifestyle.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I’ve tried various diet pills, programs such as Weight Watchers and Herbal Magic. I have had an unhealthy relationship with food since I was 13 years old. My mother was anorexic and bulimic, and I adopted her unhealthy practices. My weight has yo-yo’ed for most of my life.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
The most important change was surely my attitude. I awoke in January with a belief in myself that I have never had. I knew what I had to do from all my years of dieting. This could not be a “diet” but a new lifestyle. Since then I have been managing my eating through calorie counting and finding foods that satisfy my hunger. I introduced exercise into my life by hitting the gym at least 4 times a week.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
By keeping track of my calories and helping me to find out what fills me up the most. I believe that you can only manage what you measure. Counting calories helps me be accountable and make modifications necessary to lose the weight.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
What continues to challenge me is keeping my eating interesting. I need to find healthy and easy recipes so that I don’t get bored with my menus. The recipe finder has been helpful in this regard.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I started feeling it in my clothes in the first 2 months. After that, I have received constant positive feedback from my coworkers and friends. My coworkers are so fabulous that they were stopping me and telling me how great I’m looking and how much weight I’ve obviously lost. I noticed it in my clothes quite early too and that has also been a constant source of pride for me.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
Again, a couple of months into it. I had never gone more then about 3 weeks on a “diet” successfully. I believe it is because I tackled my mental attitude first before actually dealing with the eating and exercising. As long as I’m not on a diet and I’m just living a healthy lifestyle, I find that I can be successful. You see the pressure is gone and all that is left is getting up every day and doing my thing.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I don’t beat myself up if I eat something that I typically shouldn’t, i.e. I had poutine yesteday and ice cream. I just got up today and had my yogurt and granola crunchers, packed my sandwhich and fruit and went to work. Just another normal day. The poutine was good but that was yesterday and today is today.
9. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I feel physically better, I breathe easier and can take the stairs! I still have a ways to go to get to my goal weight but I will get there. I have a belief in myself and my abilities like never before. I will be 40 in September and I have never felt more in control of my life than I do today. I am a success and nothing will stop this amazing path I am on.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Get your head in the game. No diet or exercise program will ever work if you don’t believe you can do it. Success starts with your attitude.
- Get all of the temptation food out of your house and replace it with good healthy food you like.
- Eat breakfast.
- Plan your meals – its easy to fall off the wagon when you are tired at the end of the day and don’t feel like preparing.
- Finally, write it down or use Calorie Count for tracking your eating and exercising – what you can measure you can manage.
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