From PCOS Struggle To PCOS Success – My 85 Pound Weight Loss Journey
Fears about her health motivated Kortniew to lose weight and adopt a healthy and balanced diet. She has lost 85 lbs and also acquired new found self confidence. She tells us “I am still trying to tone up and lose a few more pounds, but I think I’m well on my way!” We think so too!
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time?
I had been having a difficult time with my body image. I didn’t like being in public places or meeting new people because I was afraid of what people would think of me. I then decided it was time to change this. Shortly after I decided to change things I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and told that if I don’t lose weight that I could risk dying in my sleep. I realized then that it was way more serious than I thought.
I had been making great progress and when I reached the 200lbs mark I was diagnosed with Polly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and I was on the verge of a break down. I then realized why I had gained so much weight and knew what I needed to do.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I had tried a lot of silly crash diet programs that always resulted in me gaining everything back and then some.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I started off eating better and then joined a boxing class. I had always been afraid to do sports in a group setting in fear of what others would think, but I realized that I needed to make changes and that accountability (by attending a class) was my best option.
I then added running into my schedule; working my way up to 8km runs every other day. I then decided to try a yoga class and have been hooked ever since.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
I have been using the forms for advice mostly and making use of nutritional information that this site has to offer. I don’t always have the time to plug my daily activities into a log, so I just keep a journal handy at home.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Wanting to eat things that I know I shouldn’t on a regular basis. I went from a lifestyle where I thought it was “ok” to eat deep fried foods a few times a week and consumed more than 2500 calories a day. I ate when I wanted and ate whatever I wanted. It was hard to transition into a healthier lifestyle, but it has been well worth it.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
It took about 20lbs. I didn’t notice anything until I was 220lbs and even then it wasn’t much. I still managed to work my way through it and lose even more weight.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
I realized that I was a success when I hit 199lbs and vowed to NEVER go over the 200lbs range again.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I allow myself a treat once in a while and I carry gum around to crush my cravings. I worked so hard to get to where I am right now and I just can’t turn around and wreck the progress that I have made.
9. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have so much more energy for day to day activities. I don’t care what people think of me and I am not afraid to go out there and do things. I am very confident and have adapted a “go getter” attitude.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Eat foods that you like.
- Pick an exercise that you enjoy doing.
- Make yourself accountable.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
- Do one thing every day that makes you proud.
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