Abby - BC (Canada) lost 30 lbs!

Q&A

What were your weight-control goals?
Originally my goal was to lose 30 lbs (I started at 170lbs), but now that I have done that....I would like to lose another 5-10.
What motivated you to lose weight?
To feel better about myself mainly and to look better and fit into nice trendy clothes again.
What was your weight-loss method?
Counting calories....keeping a journal of everything I eat and planning meals in advance. (I started doing this even before I stumbled across the Calorie King site.) If I have it written down, I'm more likely to stick to the plan... not to say that I never eat anything that wasn't laid out in my 'plan', but but for the most part I plan my meals a week in advance (which also helps keep me organized and prepared as I am a pretty active person). OH... and excersize, excersize, excersize... it really is half of the battle...
What were some obstacles you encountered while losing weight?
Getting started. I am the queen of procrastination and kept saying tomorrow I'll start... once I actually committed to this it has been pretty easy to stay motivated and keep it up. Dining out can also be a challenge, but I've learned to try and choose as sensibly as possible and control my portions, and most importantly accept that there may be days that you go a little overboard, but the most important thing is getting back on board the next day.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
Plan ahead or at the very least keep a diary of everything you eat as you eat it or right after. Get a good idea of how many calories your body needs in a day based on your size and activity level (and weight loss goals) and try and stick close to that every day. The Electronic Diary on the Calorie King site makes this easy and almost fun! Measure your portions out before you put the food on your plate....you will be surprized at the difference between the amount of food YOU think is one portion and the actual amount in one portion. Trust me if you start guesstimating how much a 1/2 cup of rice or pasta is or 3 oz of meat, chances are you will probably be overestimating. I found that this only got worse over time - my 1/2 cup portion estimate got larger and larger! Excersize. I can't stress the importance of this enough! You do the math... food is energy... if that energy isn't used up it is stored as fat. True our body needs a certain amount of food just to exist... but most of us eat a lot more than what our body needs just to sustain itself from day to day. Keep track of your progress. The check-in feature on Calorie King is great because it gives you short-term goals and shows you your progress in nice easy to read charts and graphs. If you don't use this feature (or even if you do), find a buddy - someone to share your success and encourage you when things are not progressing as you'd hoped!
How do you feel now that you've lost weight?
I feel great! I had to go out and buy new clothes. I have been getting a lot of positive feedback from friends and co-workers.
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing assisted you in your weigh-loss journey?
The Electronic Diary is SUCH a time saver!! I was keeping a diary on paper before and it took up a lot of my time... writing it down, getting all of the nutrition info out of books or off labels, adding everything up... now most of the foods that I eat from day to day are in the database and I can plan out an entire week's worth of meals in less than an hour! The Check-in feature is great too... it motivates me when I look at the charts and see the progess that I've made so far! My husband has been using the site as well and thinks that it is great (he has also lost approx. 30lbs as well).

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