Taking My Life Back, Body and Mind
After the devastating loss of her mother and all the emotional obstacles that followed, ledNdn_princess to change her lifestyle. She is now using Calorie Count to put herself back on track, physically and emotionally. She’s successfully lost 40 lbs and loves herself for making the decision to get healthy again.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?
The “Aha!” moment for me was when I had waited so long in my career to have a child. Leaving my mother’s nest at 16 I took the challenge of starting it out “on my own”. As it turned out, it was a lot harder than I thought. When my single mother passed away, I was faced with devastation. I recently learned that I had been in and out of foster homes since I was a year old. So looking back now, I can see why for me having a “Mother” was truly a gift from heaven. After she passed, it seemed easier to me to be with her in heaven. It was here, I had my first “Aha!” moment. If I could no longer trust my brain and body to make wise decisions for me, I would put myself in a “hospital”. For that period of time, other people could help me straighten my brain out and persuade me that a bright future was what I had to look forward to. That future took some hills and valleys, but it turned out ok. Now, I have a wonderful man, wonderful house and a wonderful job, the one thing lacking….a child. I realized that my life had been tough, and since losing my mother at a young age, I lacked a lot of knowledge. So for me, going to College and University has been a savior. But the one thing I missed learning along the way was nutrition. Calorie Count I give you a round of applause. Since starting this program I started off weighing 260 lbs and now I weigh 220 lbs. I feel better, look better, and my boyfriend can’t keep his hands off me. It’s this “feeling” that makes my goal achievable. There is no magic weight loss pill that can duplicate it.
We are going to New Zealand in July and then when we come back we both want to try having a child. My weight loss in not only been wonderful, but to have a child and be healthy doing it, is the greatest gift to me.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I did ‘Herbal Magic”. I paid tons of money for it, products were so expensive and working out was encouraged, but not to the point where it should be.
For me, I needed to change my way of thinking and then I could look forward to my goal.
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 just logged everything I ate. Calorie Count was able to show me, where to cut down, what to eat more of, and more importantly it was extremely visual. I think this is the reason for my success.
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.
Calorie Count was instrumental to my weight loss because, it’s extremely visual. I love how it charts everything, and I can see what I need to eat more of and less of. With having this aid, I’m able now to buy healthy foods at the grocery store. My boyfriend has recently lost 30 lbs and loves it. He sees how I prepare nutritious meals, but more importantly he loves eating them.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?
Not being able to visually see what I’m consuming on a chart. This helps the most.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?
When I stepped on the scale this morning!!! I rejoiced by buying a subscription to “Women’s Health” magazine.
7. How do you prevent relapse?
Just look at my first photo, that’s “prevention”.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have more motivation, feel better, sex is better and I just feel wonderful!
9. How long have you maintained your current weight?
So far, it’s been a gradual loss. I’ll be continuing to log even after I reach my goal weight of 180 lbs.
10. What tips do you have for other dieters?
- Don’t eat after 6, if you do, just drink water.
- Try to exercise at least three times a week, the more you do it, the better you will feel.
- Eat whatever you want…in moderation. Feel satisfied just not “Thanksgiving” full.
- When I get tired at work or need to stretch, I do 15 squats (something to get the heart pumping).
- Log everything into Calorie Count, it shows you EXACTLY what you need to eat more of, or less of.
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