“I Know I Can Do Anything Now”
Terri decided she needed a change after seeing a good friend suffer from health issues related to her weight. Through trial and error, finding balance, and with an inherited stubbornness from her mother, Terri has made healthy changes to her lifestyle, cut down on cravings, and gained energy and confidence. After losing 100 pounds – over halfway to her goal weight – she knows she can accomplish anything.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I’m only in my 20’s – not really a good time to start having cardiovascular issues. You would think that would be the real wake-up call, but it wasn’t until one of my long-time friends started having serious health issues related to her weight that I decided it was time for a change.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
When I was in my early teens I tried Meridia with limited success. I would try to cut my eating down (by not eating) and would end up gorging myself.
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, I still have quite a ways to go. But, the first thing I did was get rid of my candy, cookies, chips, etc. I allow myself some sweets and junk every now and then, but I limit it to a couple of servings a week. In my job I’m always on the run and in need of quick snacks, so I started making veggie and fruit cups to take on the road. Thankfully, my job provides a majority of my exercise – hauling 300-400 lbs. of bread through crowded stores.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
I had already lost around 15 lbs. before I discovered Calorie Count by accident. It was a wonderful accident because it was the one tool I was missing. By being able to log my intake both at home and on the run I wasn’t overeating. It was also the eye-opener I really needed. I saw how many calories I was taking in from a burger and fries, and this started helping me make better food choices.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
The first two weeks felt like I was quitting smoking all over again except instead of wanting a cigarette, I wanted a candy bar. I also had a hard time figuring out how to balance my intake with my output. More than a few times in the beginning I nearly passed out while working.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
Honestly, I didn’t “see” results until just a few weeks ago. Despite having the evidence on the scale and in the way my once too-tight, favorite shirt now hung on me, all I saw in the mirror was the same fat kid I had seen all my life. It wasn’t until my mother made me take a picture, and then put it up to one that had been taken just days before I started, that I saw it. After that picture was taken, I not only realized I was now smaller than I had been as a freshman in high school, but it was also time for some new clothes.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
My family in their loving, crazy way keeps me moving forward. And an inherited stubbornness (from my dear mother) also keeps me on the right path.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have way more energy than I used to, which is great when it comes to playtime with the nieces and nephews. I also have more confidence – not just in my appearance, but in everything I do. Not because I look better, but because I know I can do anything now.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I’m not maintaining, I’m still losing. I don’t plan on staying this weight for long!
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
1. Know that the beginning is trial and error. What works for one person may not work for another, but don’t give up.
2. You’re going to have bad days, and you won’t always be right on the money with your counts. It’s okay, you’ll survive.
3. Bad weigh-ins happen to all of us. Don’t let it stop you. Just stand back up, dust yourself off, and get back in the fight.
4. If you have a killer sweet tooth, like me, find healthy alternatives for most days (strawberries, frozen grapes, etc.) but allow yourself a bit every now and then. If you don’t, you just end up more frustrated.
5. And lastly, KNOW that you can do this. Don’t just think you can, but know it. Make it a fact, not a hypothesis.
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