I Decided to Do It For Me
After losing weight for weddings, vacations, and other events, Julie finally decided to lose weight for herself. She’d tried other weight loss programs, but felt that calorie counting was right for her. Now, at over 70 lbs. lost, she’s horseback riding again, feels better, and has more energy. Julie has 30 more lbs. to go until her goal weight, but we think she’s already a great success!
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
I have been doing the up and down thing for over 30 years, only to gain back more than I lost. Before, I always lost weight because of something. I would have a vacation planned so I would want to lose weight, or a vacation, weddings, etc. Last year, I finally got fed up and decided to do it for “me”. Now that I know it’s for me, I finally think I am in the right mind set to lose and keep it off.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have been on Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast, Nutrisystem, counting calories. I lost on all of them, and feel they all have a place in helping people lose weight.
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 haven’t reached my goal…yet. It may still take another year or two, but I am heading there and will get there. I have lost 78 pounds since I decided to do this for me. I have changed a lot, as you have to in order to be able to lose the weight. I always liked calorie counting so that’s what I knew would work for me. I also started walking. I could only walk about 5-10 minutes before being too tired or hurting, but I worked on building my time and speed up. A few months ago, I joined a gym because I was getting bored with walking as my only form of exercise and I needed to work on building muscles. I think, though, that my most important change was my attitude and the desire to lose for me and not for someone or something else.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
I have always been a numbers person, so I knew counting calories was best for me. Calorie Count makes it easy to log and keep track of the calories I eat and what I burn using the exercise guide. I also like how it gives you nutritional guides, so you can work on eating the right things. I like all the tools, and the support system. I also love the recipes from others who have been where I am.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
My greatest difficulty is myself. I have a tendency to want things now, so the times I was not losing as fast as I wanted, frustrated me. I had and still have to realize I have done a lot. I remind myself constantly not to go back to how I was eating. One thing I find difficult is having a cheat day once in awhile. Even my doctor told me that once a week I should eat what I want without beating myself up about it, but I find that hard to do. But, about once every 6 weeks, I have just gone out and gotten what I wanted to eat. It’s all about portions and not depriving yourself.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
It was probably 4-6 months from when I started that I finally had one of those moments where I realized, “Hey, I am smaller.” I saw the weight loss but it didn’t hit me right away. Even now sometimes when I look in the mirror I am shocked about how much smaller I look. I still have a long way to go but know I am getting there.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
So far I haven’t had any real relapses. I have allowed myself a day once in awhile to “pig out,” but then back to the guidelines given to me by Calorie Count. I know in the future I may have a relapse, and not log things, and gain back some weight, but I feel that if that happens I will be able to just forgive myself and jump right back in to what I know works for me…counting calories.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have, and still do have, self-esteem issues, but looking at what I have done so far really helps. One major change is that I love horseback riding. I hadn’t ridden in years since I retired my horse. Then I gained more weight, so I felt I was too heavy to ride, that it would be cruel to the horse. But, now that I have lost some weight, I have been riding again and it’s great. There is nothing better for me than riding a horse. It’s such freedom. I feel better now that I have stuck to this for a year, and I still feel I can stay on track. I am buying smaller clothes and looking at what is in my closet for smaller sizes. Overall, I just feel better and have more energy. I know now I can go for a hike with family or friends and not worry about keeping up.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I’m still losing, so I haven’t had to work on maintaining yet.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
1. Log everything. It helps to look at what, and how much, you are really eating
2. Be honest when logging, get a postal scale and measure everything. The scale helps me eat an actual serving and not what I think a serving should be.
3. Try not to get discouraged, you will have ups and downs. Just keep at it.
4. Exercise, even if it’s just a 5 minute walk, it’s better than nothing.
5. Be around people that support you. It helps so much to have others say you look good and to keep it up.
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