Danielle tried losing weight with quick fixes, supplements, and fad diets. Finally, she decided to find the combination of diet and exercise that would work for her, and incorporated these choices into her life. Danielle also learned that she has polycystic ovary syndrome, which can make it even harder to lose weight. Learning this made her even more determined, and since then she has lost over 70 pounds.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment? I have always had a weight problem, and over the years I tried diet after diet. I knew I needed to eat healthy foods and be active, I just didn’t know how to manage both diet and exercise in a way to be successful. One day, I decided enough with trying things that I knew wouldn’t work for me. I began researching different diets and exercise programs and just came up with a combination that I felt would work for me. I was determined to change my life.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past? I have tried so many different products and diets I really could not count them all. I tried fad diets like “the grapefruit diet” or “the soup diet”. I tried weight-loss supplements that would just make me jittery and nauseous. I even tried the sprinkles you put on your food (and I actually gained 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 stopped drinking soda, removed junk foods from my home, and started drinking a lot more water. I fill my plate with veggies. I also limit starches like white rice and potatoes. I stopped going to fast food places for lunch and began packing healthy lunches. I keep healthy snacks in my car or at my desk at work.
I began working out regularly. I started out at a few times a week, and worked up to daily workouts. I also switched from ground beef to ground turkey and use lean cuts of meats.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss. Calorie Count has really been a tremendous help with my success. I have learned how to be accountable, how to portion my food, and how to use my calories wisely. I like to eat, and by using calorie counts I learned how I could eat more foods with fewer calories. It is also great to have the support of people going through the same struggle. It is a great feeling to know that even when you need a little motivation you have supporters telling you to “keep up the great work” or “don’t worry about the failures of yesterday, just look towards the successes of today”.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight? I have an endocrine disorder, polycystic ovary syndrome – 10 percent of women have it. It makes it extremely difficult to lose weight and maintain the weight loss. I didn’t know about it until June 2012. After that I was even more determined to lose the weight.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success? It took several months for me to see results, and it was only because my clothes no longer fit. They were beginning to fall off and I had no choice but to go shopping. I hated shopping because nothing I liked fit. During this forced shopping trip I was truly shocked because I had dropped 4 sizes! That’s when I realized I was on my way to success!
7. How do you prevent relapse? I have totally revised my cooking methods and have made it a lifestyle change rather than a “diet”. It also helps that I have a lot of “before” pictures on my walls. It helps keep me motivated because I never want to be unhealthy again!
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight? I just feel better all around! I am healthier. I have more energy. I feel lightened both physically and emotionally. I am much happier because I can do anything I want to do without feeling limited by my body.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight? I have maintained my current weight for about six months. I would like to get down to 140 pounds, but I am happy with my current weight. I also know that as those numbers get smaller it gets harder to lose, so it may take some time and I’m okay with that.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
1. Don’t drink your calories.
2. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, they fill you up with fewer calories.
3. Get a support team.
4. Drink plenty of water.