I am aiming for 210 lbs at this point. I've never been in such good shape at this height, so I am going to see how I feel and look at 210 lbs. I do want to lower my percent body fat into a healthy range, and I would like my BMI to be healthier.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
Initially, it was because I had hit 300 lbs and decided that I needed to do something about my body. Now my motivation stems from several areas.
My health is a large concern. I have asthma and my paternal line has a history of diabetes. I hope to minimize these problems through living a healthier life. I also simply want to look better. My obese body was sending the wrong message to people that I met and knew, such as sloth, among other things. I want to be more attractive, of course. Losing weight also makes me feel more confident in all areas of my life, because I know that if I can control and shape my body, I can control the other areas of my life as well. I feel more energetic and youthful, as I should at 20, now that I've lost weight, and I look forward to even more energy as I become more fit.
I am also motivated because a lot of my friends know that I am doing this, that I have dedicated myself to it, and I don't want to disappoint my or their expectations. I also love to run into old friends and have them be surprised at my weight loss.
What is your weight-loss method?
People ask me that often, directly after commenting on my weight loss. It is nothing revolutionary; it is just common sense. I follow many of the suggestions that CalorieKing.com provides. Over the summer I used to eat five smaller meals a day, but can no longer do that in my current environment. Now I simply tally my calories every day, so I have a good sense of what the food in the on-campus dining halls has in it. I try to keep healthy, balanced levels of fat, protein, and carbs coming in, aiming typically for 30% of my calories from fat, 30% from protein, and 40% from carbs.
I also aim to exercise at least five times a week, alternating between cardiovascular exercise and strength training. I plan on adding more flexibility focused exercises in the future.
So, my weight loss method consists of diet, exercise, and determination.
What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
The main obstacle I have is switching environments and therefore falling out of routine. I am going to college right now and have a comfortable routine going there that I find easy to maintain. When I leave on a break from school and go home or visit some other location, I feel disoriented and often gain a slight bit back. However, I am always able to get back on my feet and continue losing more weight once I am back at school.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
You need to tally your calories. It can feel obsessive and routine and boring, but it is extremely important to do this honestly and consistently.
If you have a bad week or day, do not feel discouraged. Plan for the next day and conquer it instead. If you don't lose one week, it's alright. Just figure out why you did not, and tweak your plans for the next. The important thing is to keep progressing.
Finally, take time to seriously consider why you are doing this, what motivates you. Make realistic goals for yourself, and reward yourself for them in whatever way you can. Losing weight is ten times more mental than physical.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
Awesome. I feel awesome. I feel like I have done myself a great favor. I am proud and happy. It also feels surreal. It's hard to believe that I've been at this for six months and have lost 60lbs; it hasn't quite sunk in yet. It still sounds fresh and new when I say "I've lost 63lbs." It's wonderful, and I'm not through.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing assisted you in your weigh-loss journey?
CalorieKing.com has been a huge help to me. My abstract motivation and persistance count for something, but CalorieKing.com has given me the realistic tools needed to lose weight. I have used another calorie tracking program before and found it extremely burdensome. The desktop program on my computer is wonderfully convenient. Being able to save My Foods, My Exercises, and My Meals cuts down on the amount of time spent finding the foods I eat often. The charts provided are also very useful. I print out the weight chart every week and post it in my room. Every day I can look at the downward slope on the graph and be proud.
The online forums, journal, university, and library have all been a great help as well. The forums are full of friendly and helpful members who are dealing with the same issues that I am. The public journal makes me feel accountable. The university and library are full of the information needed to make this "life change."