Weight Loss Success Stories: I Quit Yo-Yo Dieting And Lost 70 Pounds
Many previous diet attempts did nothing to help Tnanavaldez control her weight, and by the time she gave birth to her daughter, she was carrying more than 236 pounds (at her heaviest) on her 5’8″ frame. In 2007, she got down to business and with the help of Calorie Count has lost 70lbs. In her before picture she weighed 210lbs and is currently maintaining her weight of 140lbs.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
After giving birth to my daughter I realized I weighed in at a whopping 236 pounds. I realized I needed to get it together and teach my new daughter what healthy living meant.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
Everything you can imagine, Weight Watchers, diet pills, weight loss shakes, prepackaged meals, anything I could try I did, and finally I decided to just go to school to be a personal trainer and nutritional specialist.
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 started counting my calories and walking once a week, the weight came off slowly. I then began to work out more, but the final change came when I started really watching what I ate, sticking to high fiber, almost all natural and whole foods, and cut out high sodium foods. Diet was the key, it then fell off quickly.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
I learned about serving sizes, sodium, and how many calories were in things I once thought to be healthy. I have used the site religiously and even to this day, I can’t live without it.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
I think that I had difficulty with how quickly it was coming off. It seemed so slow at first, but when the diet part clicked in my head I really got on track. I love to eat food, and would go way out of control if it wasn’t for logging everything. My husband eats anything he wants and that really was difficult when all the things I loved were around all of the time.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
It took about 3 years to see the results I wanted. You really have to be determined. It wasn’t put on overnight, and it won’t come off that fast either. I feel guilty if I eat something that is bad for me now, it is just natural to be healthy now.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
I made a lifestyle change. I changed to a career in fitness, promised to raise my daughter with healthy values and vowed to never put myself in the same situation again. My family is too important to me for me to make them worry about my health.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I feel a lot more confident, I give advice in healthy living all of the time, and I am more satisfied with myself and the direction my life is going now. I feel happy and healthy.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have been maintaining this weight for one and a half years.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Watch your food intake.
- Keep busy and active.
- Find a sport you love to participate in and do it often.
- Make choices that benefit you in the long run, not to temporarily please.
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