Minnesota Bob - before
BEFORE
Minnesota Bob - after
AFTER

Minnesota Bob lost 98 lbs!

Q&A

What were your weight-control goals?
Initially, I only wanted to lose 40 pounds, because I suspected even that was beyond my ability. When 40 came and went, I started getting more motivated to reach a weight that was healthy or even ideal for me. The information on the web is a little confusing, but my current goal is to weigh about 180 pounds, which would represent a 107.5 pound loss and would be a good distance away from the healthy/overweight boundary.
What motivated you to lose weight?
I was planning a family vacation to Florida, and wanted to feel better, have more endurance at the theme parks, and look better on the beach. Once the vacation was over, my motivation was to become a more healthy person; to be around long enough to be able to walk my daughter down the aisle without having to drag an O2 canister alongside me. To be able to bounce a grandchild on my knee... maybe even a great grandchild.
What was your weight-loss method?
I used the web to determine a healthy weight for someone my height, then determined how many calories I would need to maintain that weight. Then I subtracted 500 from that, and tried to keep my daily intake at or at least near that number. I also started using a treadmill at home. At first, the most I could do was 20 minutes at 2.3 mph every other day. When I saw how few calories I was burning doing that, I was motivated to increase my time and pace. Lately I've been doing 4 mph for an hour, 4-5 days a week. Many people have suggested that a better approach is to determine how many calories you're currently consuming daily, and cut back 500 from that number until your weight stabilizes, then cut back another 500, until you finally reach your goal. This approach is probably easier to start with, but I couldn't see myself "rewarding" my weight loss by depriving myself of yet another doughnut or something. Remember, at CalorieKing, we're about what works best for ourselves.
What were some obstacles you encountered while losing weight?
The biggest obstacles were the holidays ('nuff said?) and business travel - I spent most of August alone in hotel rooms, eating every meal in a restaurant. The urge for "comfort food" was strong, the challenges of monitoring calories without knowing exactly how the food was prepared, the fact that no one else was watching me eat... All those things combined resulted in some poor choices for which I definitely paid a price.
What tips do you have for others who are trying to lose weight?
Forget about dieting. Instead, find ways that you can change your lifestyle, things that you honestly believe you can do for the rest of your life, things that may not have a lot of impact by themselves, but in concert with everything else, add up to a smarter, healthier life. Count calories. Walk more. Share a restaurant entree, or take half of it home. Drink lots of water. And above all, if you succumb to the temptation to eat something you really couldn't afford, remember that you don't have to wait till tomorrow to get back on the straight and narrow. You can't uneat the cheesecake, but that doesn't mean that you might as well eat four more pieces.
How do you feel now that you've lost weight?
Having lost nearly 100 pounds, I feel more healthy; I can go up a flight of stairs without feeling winded; I'm more self-confident - nothing is too hard for someone who has managed to drop 98 pounds and a foot of waistline! But the biggest reward of all is that when one of my kids hugs me, their hands can clasp behind my back and really squeeze me tight!
How have the products or services offered by CalorieKing assisted you in your weigh-loss journey?
I first visited CalorieKing when I was trying to find out how many calories I had eaten during a breakfast meeting at a restaurant. I've found the food database to be an incredibly helpful tool. But what keeps me coming back here is the genuine camaraderie I find in the message forums. The mutual encouragement, the understanding, the true friendship expressed in those message groups is beyond compare. I've also made good use of the weekly check-in feature, which keeps me honest: on weekends I face the worst temptation to overconsume, but when I take a moment to remember that come Monday morning I have a check-in due, that's usually enough to short-circuit the binge-eating impulse. I'm so glad CalorieKing.com is here for all of us who need help maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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