"I am so grateful that I found CK. It has been a lifesaver - literally!"
Before: 296 lbs After: 245 lbs
What are your weight-control goals?
I want to be able to enjoy my twenties while they last. I also want to be healthier and athletic again, as I used to play sports in high school. I had gained a significant amount of weight in college and I just was hiding a lot of issues in my weight.
What is your motivation for losing weight?
My motivation is wanting my mom to see me healthy. She's seen me at my worst, and I want her to see me at my best. Also, I want to improve my self-esteem, and losing weight has helped me face a lot of the issues that have been hiding behind the fat. I also just want to appear more approachable and less like an oompa loompa! Lastly, I just want to push myself to the limit of what I think I can do and prove that I am capable of WAY more than I often allow myself to be.
What is your weight-loss method?
I don't know if it's a "method", but I pretty much count my calories (I aim between 1300 - 1700) and eat within reason. I have substituted most refined carbs with whole wheats. I don't really eat much beef anymore (unless I get the urge to splurge) but mostly chicken, seafood, and turkey. I don't eat out often, and sometimes try to plan my meals ahead of time. I also drink lots of water and try to follow CK's weekly recommendation of a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise per week. I try to maintain variation in my exercise and in my diet so I rarely feel bored.
What obstacles have you encountered while losing weight?
One of my biggest obstacles has been myself. I'd tell myself, "You can't do this" and I'd sabotage myself to the point where I'd just want to quit. Also, I'd overwhelm myself thinking of this big goal instead of worrying about the small one.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
- Don't think about the big picture, especially if you have a lot to lose. Set little goals for yourself so that everything you strive for seems close and within reach.
- Don't deprive yourself. Find ways around eating foods you love. Honestly, a lot of the foods I thought I "loved" were really just convenient.
- Redefine your relationship with food. If you are a serial binge eater (as I am), find out what emotions trigger you losing your control to the food.
- BE ACCOUNTABLE! Set goals and strive to achieve them. If you don't reach them, reassess why not and change accordingly.
- Lastly, remember losing weight is NOT a diet. It's a lifestyle change. I'm not done yet, but I know that what I am doing now can DEFINITELY continue to be done in the future.
How do you feel now that you're achieving success?
I feel speechless because I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be able to lose 50 lbs. I feel really good and I have no doubts that I will continue. I have totally redefined what food means to me and I absolutely LOVE working out, so at this point, it's just something that has to go into my schedule. I am so excited to continue to lose weight and continue to be a success story.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing assisted you in your weigh-loss journey?
I love Calorie King! This site has taught me so much about diet and nutrition that I often find myself teaching others. In addition, being able to blog daily and check the forums to interact with other members has been absolutely CRUCIAL. Without some of the people I've met here, I don't know if I would have been nearly as successful and as motivated as I am now. I am going to praise CK for a very long time. I am so grateful that I found CK. It has been a lifesaver - literally!