Marcy tried to lose weight on and off for 15 years. She’s even used Calorie Count before. It wasn’t until she decided to get healthy – and not just lose the weight – that she reached her goals. By focusing on nutrition, making exercise a part of her routine, and still eating her favorite things in moderation, Marcy lost over 80 pounds. She first knew she was a success, however, when she strayed for the first time from her diet – but instead of viewing it as a slip-up from a diet, she saw it as a normal part of making a lifestyle change, and got right back on track.
1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an “Aha!” moment Unfortunately, I’ve had several. I’ve been on Calorie Count on and off for several years. I lose, and then I re-gain. However, this time is my last!
I don’t know that there was one, particular “Aha!” moment. It was things like going to the movies and having the arm rests cut into my legs. Or, sitting on a chair and feeling myself hanging over the sides.
Or, not having any clothes that fit. These moments all led me to begin (and finish) this journey.
2. What other “diets” (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past? My weight has been an issue (on and off) for 15 years. I tried some pills, but they gave me heart palpitations, so those quickly went in the trash. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve used CC before to count calories, but this is the first time I’ve used it to get “healthy.”
This means making sure I’m exercising and getting the nutrients my body needs to last me for another 43 years.
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 to realize that if I didn’t make a change, I wasn’t going to be around to see my grandchildren. So, instead of just cutting calories, it became a daily goal of mine to hit all of the nutritional goals that CC sets for me. It’s more important to be healthy than to be “thin.” After a while, I began to understand that if I achieved a healthy lifestyle, the weight would take care of itself.
I started out walking last summer. I tried running, but I couldn’t do it for more than a minute or two. I’ve worked my way up to running several miles at least four times a week. About the time I reached 65 pounds lost, I started to notice the extra skin I had hanging around. So I bought a resistance band and began to try to firm things up a little.
These days, I rarely eat red meat. I am a real pasta and potato lover, so getting rid of those entirely wasn’t an option without me feeling deprived. Everything in moderation! I also have a sweet tooth, but I’ve discovered ways to satisfy it and not go overboard. I do think the most important change was the way I viewed this journey. It has to be for life or I’ll end up right back where I was. And I’m never going back!
4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss. I love the nutritional tools! I can add things up without having to jot down numbers and keep track. I know exactly how many different nutrients I need to be successful each and every day. It becomes like a checklist for me. What I think is different this time is the ability to post every day and reflect on how I’m doing. I love hearing all of the things other CC members have to say. There are so many yummy ideas out there!
Editor’s Note: Calorie Camp launched in the fall of 2011. It’s a great way to share your experiences with the Calorie Count community.
5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight? Like I mentioned before, I love my carbs! I’ve had to learn there are “smart” carbs, and some that aren’t so “smart.” My sweet tooth was a real hurdle. It still is, each and every day. But I’ve learned that I can satisfy that sweet tooth with strawberries and sugar free chocolate sauce, or bananas with a little peanut butter. I still eat an M&M or two every now and then, but once again – everything in moderation.
6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success? I noticed right away on the scale, but that’s because I had gotten so heavy. It took probably the first twenty pounds before I started to notice that my clothes were getting loose. However, I think I realized I was a success right away, probably as soon as I had my first slip and then got right back on it. It’s human to make mistakes. However, the important thing is to make corrections and move on.
7. How do you prevent relapse? I check my CC several times a day. I don’t wait until the end of the day to enter things, because I don’t want the day to get away from me without realizing it. I’ve given away or sold all of the clothes I used to wear. I’m learning to make exercise a habit, not just something I’m doing to lose weight.
8. How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight? I feel awesome! I’ve noticed at work that I have a real spring in my step. The increase in energy is great. Walking/running/exercise has become an important part of my life. I competed in a 5K with my daughter and a friend back in December and I can hardly wait for the first Color Run to come up this spring. Now that two of my four children have left home, I can focus more on my health and my needs.
It is now a priority.
9. How long have you maintained your current weight? Well, my current weight is as of this morning. I still have a few pounds to go to my first goal, so I’m not quite there yet. People keep asking me how much more I want to lose. I try to explain to them it’s not a matter of hitting a goal and stopping. This is a journey I’m on to get healthy.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
1. Get moving, especially if you’re having trouble cutting back. The more you move, the more you can enjoy your food.
2. It’s also important to realize that you don’t have to start full-steam ahead to be successful. As the saying goes, “You’re lapping everyone who’s sitting on the couch.”
3. Eat veggies and fruit! For those with a large appetite, you can eat more if you eat healthy.
4. Strive not to compare yourself to others. Only look at how far you’ve come.
5. And last but most important, take care of yourself. You are the only you that you’re going to have.