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Losing 97 Pounds – One Step at a Time

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Princessparis_97PoundsPrincessparis50 has lost an astounding 97 pounds. She used to weigh over 236 lbs and now weighs about 139 lbs. She started her determined weight loss journey in April 2010.  It’s been a lot of exercise and a big change in eating habits, all of which have produced incredible results.

1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?

My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009. My dad had never drank and only smoked for about a year of his life. He did, however, abuse food and was very overweight. The doctor suggested that my dad’s cancer had come from his bad eating habits which had caused sugar diabetes and eventually the pancreatic cancer. He also told the family that this type of cancer is more likely to be hereditary than most cancers. This shook me up because at the time, I weighed 236 pounds and I’m barely 5’4″ I was almost as wide as I was tall. I vowed to lose the weight and to get healthy. I lost a total of 97 pounds, getting down to 139.

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2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?

About every diet that’s out there. To name a few – Weight Watchers, 17-day Diet, Paleo Diet, etc.

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?

When I first started on my weight loss journey, I followed my own diet. I didn’t look at it as a “diet” but as a life-style change. I cut sugar out of my diet as much as possible and cut back on the carbs I ingested. I also drank lots and lots of water! I started an exercise program on my own by climbing 6 flights of steps at the place where I work – 88 steps total and very steep. When I first started climbing the steps, I could hardly do it one time but by the time I stopped (only because I joined a local gym because I wanted to jog), I could run up and down the steps 10 times without stopping in between.

4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.

I have been encouraged throughout my weight loss journey by Calorie Count and the real-life stories they post about real-life people that are on the same journey I am. These stories have helped me to keep going when I’ve wanted to give up.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?

I hit a plateau about 50 pounds into my weight loss journey and became very despondent about it. I decided, however, to switch up my exercise routine and to change my diet. I believe that your body becomes accustom to the same thing day after day, so you have to change it up when it’s no longer working for you.

6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?

It took a few months before I really starting “seeing” results, but it only took a week or so before I started “feeling” results. I realized I had been successful when I was able to walk into a clothing store and shop in the Juniors and Misses sections instead of the Women’s section. I went from sizes 18-20 to 4-6.

7. How do you prevent relapse?

I read the encouraging stories that Calorie Count posts as well as look at the photos of when I was heavy so that I’m certain never to go there again.

8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?

I am able to jog farther than I ever imagined. I’ve given up smoking and I’m able to sleep a lot better without the sleeping problems I had that were caused by my excess weight. It has also boosted my self esteem tremendously.

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?

I’ve put on a few pounds over the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) that I’m currently working on removing, but until then, it had been well over 2 years.

10. What tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Sign up for Calorie Count and use its resources.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Cut out sugar and excess carbs.
  • Exercise daily.

Source: http://caloriecount.about.com/losing-97-pounds-one-step-time-b601385

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