Lori (in Atlanta) lost 95 lbs!

Q&A

What were your weight-control goals?
My original goal was to weigh 133 (a loss of 102 lbs). I may reconsider and go for a goal of 128.
What motivated you to lose weight?
There was no defining moment but a series of events that added up over a year. People often ask me what made me do it and my answer is "I ran out of reasons not to". In late 1999, I heard Dr. Phil tell an Oprah audience member that losing weight was clearly possible because others had done it. The only difference was that those who did lose weight obviously wanted it more. He basically told the lady - you need to figure out why you don't want it bad enough. I wish I could say that I woke up the next day a changed women but it wasn't until a year later. But everyday I would ask myself "Why don't I want this bad enough"? During that same year, my mother would often remind me that I have always been able to accomplish anything I put my mind to. She was right, so those words also kept repeating in my head "I can do anything I put my mind to". Finally, I was having a variety of minor health problems but for someone who had always been healthy, there was clearly a negative pattern developing. One day my doctor made a simple comment about whether I was getting exercise like walking. I answered "Of course!" Well I lied and I knew it was a lie. I felt sick to my stomach because I had always considered myself a straight talker, especially with myself.
What was your weight-loss method?
There was an article in USA Today in Jan 2001 where they coined the phrase CRE or Chronic Restrained Eating. The article was basically about the National Weight Control Registry and the habits that are common with members including keeping a food diary and exercising regularly. This article just made sense to me and I used this as a guide to develop a plan. I average 1400-1500 calories with about 20% fat, 20% protein and 60% carbs. I run about 3 miles 5x per week and strength train 2-3x per week.
What were some obstacles you encountered while losing weight?
My job requires me to travel almost 100% Mon-Fri. I often travel to different cities each week, getting stuck in airports due to delays. I am meeting with clients and often have little control over my schedule, choice of hotels and where my next meal might come from. Recently, I have also been given responsibility for a critical and stressful project at work that for now requires me to work round the clock.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
#1 We have a tendancy to be people pleasers and go with the flow or the crowd rather than do what we know is best for ourselves. If you want this bad enough, don't be afraid to get a little selfish and stop worrying about what other might say. #2 You will not fail or succeed by what you eat or do in a single meal or a single day. It is all about averages. #3 There are lots of different opinions on what you should or should not eat and when. In the end, you must find what works for you. There are some common themes among the different advice - calories count, you must exercise, numbers don't lie, stop the excuses ...
How do you feel now that you've lost weight?
I feel great - my blood pressure has dropped 25+ points and those minor health problems are all but gone. We tend to blame aches and pains on getting older but the reality is most of us have gained a few lbs and gotten out of shape. Age is not the real factor.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing assisted you in your weigh-loss journey?
Since I eat out often, the food database is an important tool for making better decisions when ordering from a menu. I also check in with the message boards as often as I can to stay focused and motivated. It is amazing how accountable you can feel towards individuals you may never meet in person.

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