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How Judy Became a “Hot Mama”

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Judy_45PoundsJudy AKA tiedyejudy tried diets and even another food tracking program through her employer in the past but nothing really stuck until she found Calorie Count. Since reaching her goal weight, she continues to be an active part of the community and the “Hot Mamas 60+” group which keeps her on track and enjoying life at a healthy weight.

What was your “AHA!” moment which inspired you to lose weight in the first place?
I was on a trip to New Mexico with a friend in September, 2011, and noticed that I was having a lot of back pain while strolling around looking at the shops. We weren’t over exerting ourselves, but I was having to sit down frequently to take the pressure off my back. At 5’ 3”, I weighed 176, the most I have ever weighed. I decided it was definitely time for me to take off the excess weight!

What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past? 
I tried a program through my employer back in 2003 that helped us track our portions and encouraged us to eat healthy and get more exercise. I also tried Weight Watchers for about 6 months in 2010. I did not stick with either program for more than 6 months.

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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 began tracking each meal on a daily basis, then started working toward a calorie goal each day. I also joined a group called Hot Mamas 60+, and began participating in their monthly weight loss/maintenance challenge. We each set our own goals and weigh-in weekly, and lend each other support and encouragement. I would say the most important changes I have made are 1) sticking to tracking my food daily, and 2) actively participating in the support group.

Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Count has given me the tools and format to adjust my eating habits, work toward improving my nutrition, and stay on track to reach and maintain my goal weight. It’s so easy!

Were you worried about weight maintenance? What did the transition look like from weight loss to maintenance? What helped you during that time? 
I was concerned at first about how to go about maintaining my weight once I reached my goal. But what I learned was that I needed to increase my calories a little, and aim for a range. I have maintained my weight at between 129-133 for about the last 6 months, which tells me that using calorie count is working! My support group is helping me a lot, and I think my experience is helping them to know that maintaining is possible, using the same tools we used to lose weight.

What are the most challenging aspects of maintaining your weight? What aspects are even more difficult than during a weight loss phase? 
My greatest challenge is keeping a rein on my sweet tooth! I am a life-long chocoholic, and have had to let go of a couple of treats that are just too tempting. And I would say the aspect that is more difficult than during the weight loss phase has been keeping my enthusiasm going to do the daily tracking, so I don’t fall back into bad habits. But I know what will happen if I do, so I stick it out!

Have you ever been tempted to renounce your new healthy lifestyle? Do you still log your food? How do you stay motivated? How do you prevent relapse?
No, I have not had the temptation to fall back, because this time around it was harder to lose the weight than ever before. Yes, I still log daily because I finally realized that this is just something I need to do if I want to keep the weight off and stay healthy. Checking in with my fellow “Hot Mamas 60+” group has been very important… they are a great bunch of gals, and we have formed friendships in the time that I have been a part of them. I have seen some drop out for a time, then they come back and wish they had stuck it out. We love having them come back… we’re all in this together, and want each other to succeed!

How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have been maintaining since September, 2012.

How has Calorie Count been instrumental in helping you maintain a healthy weight?
The big thing for me is how easy it is to see how many calories I have consumed, and it tracks my nutrients so I can make better choices. My portion control has improved, and I think I am eating healthier.

What new healthy habits have evolved in the past year? What else can you tell us about your journey?
We haven’t even talked about keeping track of my activities that help me to burn calories! I do enjoy being physically active, although I need to be reminded to get up from the computer or sewing machine So I recently started a weekly activity challenge in my support group, so we could keep better track of how many minutes we exercise and how many calories we burn as a result. I have gone from light, infrequent exercise a few times a week, to moderate exercise at least 4 times a week over the past few weeks.

What advice would you give to people as they are losing or maintaining weight loss?
What worked for me was to accept that this is not a temporary plan… it’s a change in my way of life, something I will always need to do if I want to maximize my health and get the most out of life. My advice would be: if you want to feel better and enjoy your life more, use the tools, make friends along the way, and don’t give up! It took me about a year to drop 45 pounds, and I have kept it off for about 7 months now doing the same thing I did during the weight loss phase. It’s not complicated, just something I had to get used to doing every day.

Source: http://caloriecount.about.com/judy-became-hot-mama-b605546

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