Taking Control of My Health!

I had gained weight after many major medical problems that started in 2008. Eager to get her body and health back, she immediately regained her focus and became determined to be healthy. She’s made an amazing comeback by losing 30 pounds and is well on her way to her weight loss goal.

1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?  In 2008 I had a full abdominal hysterectomy and colon cancer at the same time. With the surgery, several colonoscopies and meds I started spiraling up weight wise. Emotionally I was a mess. I also have had several breast biopsies over an 8 year period with suspicious calcifications in the right breast. Then in August of 2011 I had the third biopsy and in both breasts the cancer bomb was dropped again. I had stage 0 in my right breast. Stage 0 which means that it is non invasive. Also they saw some suspicious calcifications in the left breast and I decided to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I was blessed that I never had radiation or chemo. However, that August 2012 was the wake up call. I was 185 pounds at 5′ 4″ and very unhealthy. That’s when I decided that I need to regain my health.

2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?  I have tried Slim Fast and Nutri System.

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 was always a picky eater.  I started by trying one healthy food a month and incorporating it into my diet. 98% of what I tried I liked and I was shocked. One year later I cut out soda, white sugar, white flour and processed foods. I also started juicing and making smoothies. I now cook healthy rather than nuke a package. Also along the way my taste buds changed and I can’t stand soda or fast food. That was a surprise and now I don’t struggle with most bad cravings. About the time I was going through my breast surgeries I was losing maybe a 1/2 pound a week. I was frustrated because I couldn’t exercise. I started with an exercise video doing 15 minutes at a time and that was hard.

4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.  Calorie Count helps to keep me honest by tracking my food. If I don’t track for a while I start eating snacks and my weight goes up. I’m trying to get off cholesterol medication so tracking is important.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?  One major difficulty was when I got vertigo. It was a virus that knocked me down from July until November. I am now healthy and over 30 pounds lighter. The hardest daily part is making good choices when I go out to eat. I usually doggie bag half for another meal.

6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?  I saw results after the first 20 pounds came off and stayed off!

7. How do you prevent relapse?  By remembering what being unhealthy did to my body. I also change my exercise routine every once in a while so I don’t get bored.

8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?  I am a 55 year old grandma and I’m training for my first 5K in Feb.  Now for the kicker…my long distance goal is for September.  God willing I want to do a half marathon in Hawaii.

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?  I am only half way to my goal weight so I’m not in maintenance mode yet.

10. What tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Try new foods.
  • Cut out soda and sugar.
  • Experiment with juicing or smoothies. Find a support system personally and/or online.
  • Make a short term goal and make it verbal so you can’t back out.
  • Post on Calorie Count so friends can encourage you.

Source: http://caloriecount.about.com/taking-control-my-health-b599121