Get Your Head in the Game

has lost 50 pounds thanks largely to a mindset change, new eating habits and incorporating daily exercise. The biggest change for her was her mental attitude which involved major lifestyle changes that she managed to stick with.

1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?  For many years, I was overweight and unhappy. I was tired of being stuck in this emotional limbo; tired of being ridiculed for my physical appearance. I hated photos, mirrors- anything that would show me the truth. Once I moved for college I decided that I was going to recreate myself- no one else could do this for me. I got myself into this mess, it was high time I got myself out. I basically reached my saturation point when I noticed I had reached 210lbs.

2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?  I tried slim fast, and a couple other unhealthy approaches thinking I should have lost the weight yesterday. Ultimately I ate too little and it did next to nothing in the long run. If anything it did more damage than good.

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?  Well, first I’d like to establish that I’m more concerned about clothing size than I am about weight- especially after I started taking up weight/strength training (muscle being heavier than fat). I think the biggest change was when I decided to consult a gym instructor/nutritionist. I felt like I was shooting in the dark and wanted to know exactly what I needed to do to reach my goals. I started noticing a change in the first two weeks.

Instead of having three big meals a day, I was having 5-6 smaller ones- each with lean protein included. I reduced my carb intake and would only eat low glycemic/complex carbohydrates. Vegetables were to be included in breakfast, lunch and dinner- and snacks, had yogurt, nuts, whey protein, fruit and the like included.

I was weight training 4-6 times a week and doing cardio 3 or more times per week. I was also permitted one cheat day each week where I could have whatever I wanted for one meal and one snack.

4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.  Calorie Count helped me see the overall progression of my goals and keep my diet in check. I had become much more attuned of what I was putting into my body.

The support forums were great as well, because I managed to chat with people from other parts of the world who were dealing with similar issues to my own.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?  It’s always been 50% physical and 50% mental. If your heads not in the game- you don’t have the will power for it- you can buckle. I struggled the most in the evening as I was just mentally exhausted. What I would do to counter act this is remind myself of what I was doing this for- if I eat this cake, for example- how would I feel in ten minutes? Pretty good! Ten hours-ten days? A year from now if I continued…? It just wasn’t worth it.

I started to stock my fridge and cupboards up with healthy food, only. I was not going to have any temptation at my finger tips. I needed to concentrate.

6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?  I first notice of a dramatic change a month after I joined the gym I realized I was successful last summer when my new coach asked me if I might be interested in competing in a body sculpting competition. I also received grand amount of compliments from strangers and coworkers alike.

7. How do you prevent relapse?  I try and keep things interesting. I make alterations to my diet (keeping the same principals) and to my training regime. My regime should be swapped out every three months or so, that way my body won’t completely adapt. Having a training partner with similar goals and a positive outlook really helps as well. They’ll push you and you push back. You keep one another in line.

8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?  For the first time, I feel confident. It was a massive self esteem booster. It wasn’t just weight loss though; it was a complete lifestyle change – a mental change… I am not the same person that I was then.

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?  I’ve maintained my weight for a little over a year now.

10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Don’t rush, be reasonable. You may overdo it and injure yourself or over eat.
  • Balance- 7-8 hours of sleep, exercise 3-4x per week, eat healthy.
  • Do not drink your calories. Avoid diet sodas as well or anything with artificial sweeteners. Coffee, tea or water is the best bet.
  • If you fall off the horse, don’t beat yourself up about it. Accept what happened and focus on the future.
  • Surround yourself with supportive friends and family members as they can sometimes influence your decisions.