Work Hard, There is No Magic Pill

Nicole is committed to her diet, but she is also realistic. She knows dieting takes hard work and patience. She doesn’t weight herself every day, she makes smart choices, and she finds ways to get moving. Now, after losing over 90 pounds, Nicole is already feeling better, and well on her way to her goal weight.

1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment?  Seeing holiday pictures really made me feel horrible, and being in the process of adopting I wanted to finally make a change that would allow me to be active. Plus I was sick of eating overly processed foods!

2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?  I’ve never tried any diets other than calorie counting. It worked well in the past, and definitely worked its charm again!

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?  Basically, I am overly committed and refuse to break my diet. I started eating way better, consuming veggies and fruit every day, and exercise at least an hour a day.

4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.  Net calories is what I mostly used, and it always put things in perspective for me. I know that I can slack a little bit here, and make up for it there. Entering the foods and activities is definitely the most helpful part. I also very much enjoy the weight charts.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?  None. As I said before, I am very committed. I eat what I want (much better foods though), and just make sure my calories are in check. The only hard part is between my work, couponing, doing online surveys, and a resale business, I usually only have two hours to spare before bed and half that time is spent exercising. It’s very tiring.

6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?  I started seeing results at about 45 lbs lost. I realized I was a success when I told a dressing room attendant at Target that I lost 65 lbs. She made such a huge deal about it, and on top of that, the clothes I tried on…FIT! And I looked great. It was an amazing feeling.

7. How do you prevent relapse?  I am still working hard but mostly knowing that you MUST exercise prevents any other relapsing moments. You have to do it, so move past the thoughts of temptation!

8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?  I feel better. I am more active and flexible. And I actually enjoy playing tennis, swimming, and hiking!

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?  I am not yet at my desired weight, so I’m still losing weight at this time.

10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?

1) Be realistic. Stop thinking, “It won’t hurt me.” Or, “I’ll start on the first.” The time is now. Make changes and stick to it. You are the only one making yourself look that way.

2) Healthy food does taste way better than processed foods. Don’t believe me? Go eat a veggie wrap with grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, and carrots, and tell me that it doesn’t make you feel better than a double cheeseburger!

3) Exercise! There is no magical secret to losing weight. There is only hard work. Exercise and diet will make you lose weight, and the healthy way at that. Stop thinking a magic pill will do the trick. Get outside and sweat and run, and do whatever it takes to get your heart racing for 60 minutes.

4) Don’t feel like you’re left out. Avoid situations where people are eating cheesecake and drinking mochas. Go somewhere with healthy options, or bring your own healthy snack. If you find something you like to eat, focus on that, not on everyone else’s food.

5) Don’t weigh yourself everyday! This is key! Some days you will fluctuate. If you ate dinner late and never went to the bathroom, then chances are that pound of food is still rolling around in there.

Make a plan to weigh in once a week, or even longer! My husband had to remove the batteries from our digital scale for me because I would obsess about my weight going up or not moving at all. It will drop, give your body time to balance out.