Vianne lost 53 lbs!
What were your weight-control goals?
When I first started at 236, my initial goal was 190lbs. Different sites were talking 152, but I just thought - yea right LOL. Of course, now that this whole change of lifestyle has come about, the 152 is not too far off, and is a goal I think I can reach. But first, there are other goals I want to reach, and they will help me get closer to my final goal. My new goal now is 173... that is when I will be in that 'normal' weight class. My next goal after that will be 165, which is 75kgs, and my new maximum.
What motivated you to lose weight?
For convenience, I always just halved pounds to get to kgs, so when I saw the scale at 236, I halved it and saw 118kgs. In growing up, I always had this unconscious notion that 120kgs was the limit that noone should go beyond. I was shocked to be only 2kgs from that upper limit I didn't know I had. I felt then that I had a decision to make. Would I accept breaking that 120kgs line and gain more, or would I get that weight down. Well, you know what my answer was :)
What was your weight-loss method?
I started on the SlimFast plan. I had seen the ads, and I had tried some of the shakes at a friend's house. I liked the taste, so I thought, why not. I did that for 3 months, got on a scale to see how I was doing, and hey, 30lbs gone... with seemingly no effort... This is cool :)
Then of course I got cocky and trusted the SlimFast shakes too much and gained back 8lbs... uh-huh, not going to happen. What else can I do. I read something about a 90/10 diet where you have one treat a day, and for the rest of the time you stay under 1600 cals. I thought, hey I can do that, and started counting. When it came to finding out how many cals in an onion though, I was at a loss. A quick search led me to this magnificent site.
The people here are so great. They got me drinking the water and starting the exercise and taught me about the lifestyle thing. Now I eat 1400 cals a day, drink a minimum of 2qts of water a day, walk 5m a day along with several other activities during the week.
What were some obstacles you encountered while losing weight?
The biggest obstacle was probably lack of education. Trying to do this without research. Trusting in the SlimFast plan without any other backup of what else I should be doing. Once I decided to use the 'Net to my advantage, I learned a wealth of information that makes this a complete lifestyle change instead of a diet.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
Oh gosh, there are so many. Definitely research. Ask questions, ask lots of questions. Learn all you can. Knowledge is power.
Really think of this as a lifestyle change and get out of that diet mentality. It's the little, permanent changes that count. Do what works for you.
Treat yourself like a child. You would not allow your child to eat a gallon of ice cream a day, nor would you allow your child to live on bread and cabbages. Love yourself, take care of yourself, FEED yourself. Drink the water.
Don't expect your household to jump for joy, and don't expect them to change their lives just because you're changing yours. In many ways, make your dieting invisible. Don't deprive, but manage your food. Don't force salads on people, just cook healthier versions of their favorite meals.
There are so many things, but most of all, be proud of the fact that you are changing your life. You are doing something better for you, and no matter what anyone says, you know you are doing the right thing :)
How do you feel now that you've lost weight?
Well, I haven't lost it all yet, but I did get past that 50lbs milestone. All downhill from here, right?
I have a lot more energy. Through the walking, I have built up a lot of fitness, and there's not as much of me to move around :)
I like the way I am shaping up, and I love it when an item of clothing has to be packed up in the 'too big' pile. I like browsing the clothing stores to see all the things I could be wearing. I never buy anything as I have tried to not spend too much money on things I can only wear for a season.
I love the challenge of cooking healthy foods. We still have our favorites, just healthier versions or smaller portions.
Weight loss is not easy, but I wouldn't say it's difficult either. So long as you are doing all the right things (something I am working up to), the weight should come off.
Adopt a 'no excuses' and 'no whining' attitude, and think about problems and solutions. It's empowering and makes the problems almost instantly disappear.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing assisted you in your weigh-loss journey?
This site is a lifesaver. The food database is what got me here, so thank you very much for that. The food diary is my bible, and I study it religiously. The exercise section is great, and got a couch potato setting small but achievable goals and now far exceeding them. The forum is just the best source of information and great people.
Thank you so much for a great site :)