My Journey to Wellness
Vonda2u’s diabetes almost took her life and this prompted her to act on her weight issues. She cleaned up her eating, started exercising, shed 90 pounds and turned around her health.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
Yes, my “Aha!” moment was on my 56 birthday. I am diabetic and I woke up on that day with my left foot swollen and black! Two days later my other foot was the same way. My blood glucose level was 400. I thought I was going to die.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have tried Atkins, Weight Watchers and just going it alone.
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 changed my complete diet and food plans, I have increased my activity, and I went from being almost disabled to being very active. My attitude has changed tremendously, I was depressed and ready to die now I am looking forward to every day. Deciding to use Calorie Count was the most important change.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
My doctor told me about Calorie Count and I was able to track my weight, see the vitamins that I needed and the nutrients that I was missing. This gave me a complete picture of everything. I also eat out a lot and was able to stay on my diet without any problems. I am diabetic so all of this was very important to me. When I started my A1C was at 7.5 now it is down to 5.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Stress at work is very hard for me as I am an emotional eater. I would tell my friends that I needed two Twinkies a day. Those Twinkies would be covered with half a can of cake frosting! My husband is also very thin and always has been. So getting him on board with my diet was hard. He still thinks I am getting too thin. Staying on a diet with him offering me snacks and things was very hard. I am a very social person and have to eat out a lot so learning how to order and still stay on my diet was also very hard.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
It took me about 6 months before I really believed that this was something than just a short term thing. I had made a plan with my doctor and intended to stick to it, but I am a food addict and had lost weight before but would relapse after about 20 pounds. I just decided that I am a success because my last A1C was 5.7 and my doctor took me off a lot of medicine.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
Every time I think about how diabetes almost took my life and how in denial I was it helps me to continue to be strong. I was very close to having my feet amputated because of the diabetes. I have also lost most of my large intestine. I have had so many operations that the only things left are the organs that you can’t live without. One year, I was in the hospital every month.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
My patients all notice how much I have changed. I am able to go on trips without worrying about having to go in the hospital and I can walk again without any pain. I play with my grandchildren. I take line dancing lessons every week. I am not depressed anymore and look forward to doing new things. I am thinking about learning to scuba dive. I now ride a motor scooter with my husband. I am a totally different person.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I have not maintained my current weight because I am still losing. I have at least 15 more pounds my doctor wants me to lose, but I am confident that it is going to happen.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Believe you can do it, and then do it.
- Don’t let anyone stop you from doing what you know is healthy.
- Set small goals, don’t take on too much. Celebrate a loss if only a pound.
- Continue to go on with life, don’t stop going out to eat, just learn how to control your food choices.
- Never, Never, Never, give up!!! If you start to lose weight and can’t keep it up, remember tomorrow is another day. Also, make your weight loss something for you not anyone else.
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