I Lost 145 Pounds: Shirley Had An Aha Moment And Changed Her Lifestyle To Lose Weight
After a couple of “Aha!” moments, Shirley realized she was gaining weight and vowed to do something about it. She started gradually by cutting out sugary drinks, drinking more water, and logging her foods. Shirley tracked her progress and stayed motivated by reading about the struggles and successes of other Calorie Counter members. She reached her goal and lost 145 pounds. Now, she wakes up in the morning full of energy, she can keep up with her 3-year-old, and she teases her husband that after 15 years of marriage, he has a new wife!
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
My “Aha!” moment occurred twice last year. I only took my own bait the second time around. The first one occurred in May of 2012 on my 13-year wedding anniversary. My daughter took a picture of me all dressed up before heading out on a date with my husband. Later that night, I looked at the photo and was mortified at the way I looked. One of my friends currently refers to it as a mugshot.
The second time occurred when I had two weddings to attend in one week. I bought two dresses to wear, one for each wedding, and one fit and the other was skin tight. I was disappointed and very unhappy that the dress in the largest size I had ever purchased was too small. I wore the other dress for both weddings, one week apart, and vowed to lose some weight before another wedding two months later.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have tried to just not eat, the pretzel and water diet, and Atkins. I lost on Atkins, but as soon as I reintroduced carbohydrates like rice and bread into my diet, I gained all of the weight back plus a bit extra.
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 this a bit gradually. First, I cut out all juices and sugary soda. I switched to Crystal Light and MiO in order to satisfy the sweet tastes that I loved while increasing my daily water intake.
Next, I started to log my food while cutting down my calories. I started by changing from regular bread to light bread, whole eggs to egg whites, and ate a lot of Lean Cuisine. As time passed, I started cooking more. When I became used to this and the weight started to fall off, I joined an all women’s gym. I still attend this gym and I love it.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Being able to see everything I put into my mouth, and track calories and my nutrition for the day, is extremely valuable. It gives me something to aim for. Also, reading other peoples struggles and successes encourages me to continue every day. You make really good friends that understand what you’re going through.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Resisting baked goods. They are absolutely my favorite. In the beginning, I just avoided them. For my children’s birthdays I would literally take one forkful while making sure that I gave all of the leftovers away. These days, I will eat the cake and plan my daily intake around it. If I’ve gone over calories for that day, I just plan on heading to the gym a little early to do some extra running and balance it out.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
I didn’t weigh myself until I started to go to the gym. The weight I started out with was my last known weight measured at my doctor’s office in June 2012. I know that I gained weight after that because my jeans that I wore that day no longer fit. When I decided to go to the gym I had already bought some new clothes because my old size 24 clothing was hanging off. This was in October of 2012. The second dress that I had purchased in August now fit properly.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
Sometimes I eat extra. I tend to not eat so much the next day which balances it out. I still track all of my food everyday using CC and I don’t feel right when I eat and I haven’t logged. It’s great knowing how I’m doing. I also got a Fitbit which helps me track how many calories I’ve burned during the day and night.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have so much energy. I wake up every morning rearing to go workout. I can run after my three-year-old when we’re playing. I love the way that I look and now enjoy shopping. I now feel that I match my husband. He’s never complained about my weight but he is 5’9″ and at his heaviest weighs 160 pounds. I feel like I have become more alive in our now almost 15-year marriage. I like to tease him by saying that after almost 15 years of marriage he got a new wife who is also younger!
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
I’ve been in my weight range goal for the last 7 months. It goes up and down but I work nights and it affects my weigh-ins.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
1. Log your food.
2. Don’t cut out anything because when you get it again, you will binge
3. Weigh yourself early in the morning at the same time after using the facilities
4. Talk about you weight loss goals, it will keep you accountable
5. Drink 2 cups of water before every meal to fill you up a bit
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