So far Beth has lost an amazing 50 lbs and feels great!
Before: 264 lbs
After: 214 lbs
I just wanted to know what I eat. I want to have value to what I put in my mouth. I think if I can do this for the rest of my life I will be fine. It's very difficult being the FAT person. People treated me differently, and typically that meant that I was ignored. I just really want to be a "normal" size. I want to buy "normal" clothes. So my goal was to control what I eat, and increase my activity so I could do that.
Mostly my friends and husband. Don't get me wrong, there was jealousy. My friends struggled with the fact that I lost weight, but overall they are proud of me. I need to hear people tell me they see the accomplishment. Also, when I started exercising my legs would go numb. It really scared me. I assume my heart just couldn't work that hard. Now I don't have that, and it motivates me even more to keep going.
I don't necessarily watch what I eat always but I do watch how much. I always measure my food with a scale, and I make sure I keep my calories even. It is such a habit now that if I eat too much, I get uncomfortable. I also LOVE to run in 5k's. It keeps me motivated to always be beating my personal best. I want to be a runner, and I like to read about how I can achieve this.
Jealousy. I also felt a lot of guilt taking the time away from my family. My friends and I often went out to eat, and we would eat a lot of garbage. We try to make it a physical activity now, and we try not to focus on food.
Count and weigh! It is the only thing that has ever worked for me. I think it is good to over-estimate if you have to estimate. That way you will be wrong in a way that will benefit you. If you are honest with yourself you can have success. Also, I think you need to have an exercise you love, that you can work toward accomplishing something in. If you have exercise goals, you can succeed and be motivated to always try your best.
GREAT! My joints feel amazing. I feel taller. I can run and play with my kids. I can run around and my friends will say, WOW, I wish I could do that. I have seen my weight loss inspire others to do better as well, and it feels good to be helping others. I do struggle with one thing though, I don't really see the weight I've lost. I know that as I lose more, I will, but right now, I wish I could see it better. I am sure that that will come with time though.
I love the education which shows how we can WASTE our calorie allowance. It helps to put everything into perspective. I especially love that I can see the nutritional value of what I eat. I look forward to CalorieKing and I tell my friends they should try it and see what it can do for them, because it is the only thing that has worked for me. It is worth EVERY penny.