I Chose To Live And Lost 227 Pounds
Spnicander weighed 600 pounds was bed-ridden with several health problems. Realizing his weight was slowly killing him, he chose to seek professional help. He has lost 227 pounds and well on his way to his goal weight of 240lbs.
He contacted us through our Share Your Story feature and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.
1. What made you decide to lose weight this time? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?
I had become bed-ridden with severe neuropathy, arthritis and back pain. I checked into the hospital last year and it was there that I had my "Aha!" moment, realizing that there were only two ways to go with this - LIVE or DIE! I chose the former.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I've tried almost every diet, pills (over the counter & prescription), Weight Watchers, Deal-a-Meal, Grapefruit Diet, South Beach, Bomb Soup, ect. You name it! I've done it... So many it makes your head spin.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
Well after about 150 hours of research on many trusted websites and after reading many teachings by famous Doctors, I drew a parallel between all the information and decided to first try all the things that everyone of those people kept emphasizing... drastically reduce the Big 3 (Fats, Sugars and Sodium), cut out all "white" foods and all "white flour" products... drink ungodly amounts of water (I prefer sparkling non-caloric flavors like DeerPark), start eating as much fiber from various food sources, especially veggies, fruits, raw nuts, hard unleavened bread like the Scandinavian varieties, and eat a BIG salad with raw veggies, organic greens, spinach, baby carrots, etc. EVERYDAY and then start moving and at first it was just in my recliner by turning on music and using my legs and arms, then I bought some ankle/wrist weights and a 3.5lb & 10 lb dumbbell and used them. This dramatically raised my heart rate and the sweating began and I was able to finally stand and march in place to the music!
Then with the use of a walker I started to walk small distances. After several months I was able to move better and my arthritis pain started to dwindle, this was the sign to me that the exercise was the KEY! After watching the Biggest Loser workout sessions on YouTube and other exercise tips from other sources, I created a plan to fit my limitations and very soon I was able to keep increasing reps and adding different methods. Next I added resistance tubing and could start to duplicate some of the stuff you would do at a real gym, which by the way I cannot afford, with the first 3 month weigh in coming in at a whopping 154 lb LOST! It was all I needed to boost my confidence, and since then I have not looked back. I am now biking 10 miles on a recumbent bike and will shortly join the YMCA (pool & gym) and take it to the next level - yeah baby!
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
Calorie Count was the most important online tool I have utilized! It not only gives you the exact count of everything you put in your mouth, but then breaks it all down into categories so you can see if you are meeting all your daily required values on everything including vitamins, minerals ect. It keeps the products you input in memory (food list) which makes it easy to track calories and nutrients. This was essential for me because I wanted to drastically reduce the fat, sugar and sodium and over time it also teaches you the calorie counts, so that when you dine out you can easily assess the amount you would consume in a restaurant. In addition, they now have a cell phone feature which enables you to input on the go and receive totals anywhere you get reception. Priceless! I highly commend the creators of this site because they have enabled anyone to self teach themselves about what and how to eat the right foods.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Of course the exercise! That's what everyone hates, but it's the key to success! I'm not going to lie to you - anyone my size is going to experience pain but that begins to subside the more and the longer you keep it up.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
After only 3 month's, people! This is possible! If I can do it, anyone can!
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
After the first weigh-in when seeing the results, I knew that the only thing standing between me and optimum health was time... that's it.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I close my eyes and keep envisioning the way I WANT to look like and keep that in my head. As I work out I use that as a motivator and also I suggest getting involved with a social networking site where you might be able to get support from friends and others... I know that it has helped me tremendously... to get those daily affirmations, it keeps your fire stoked so to speak!
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
It's still ongoing but I have improved 200% in just a year so I know once I have conquered this... I can do anything I put my mind to!
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Drink water a lot and just when you think you can't drink anymore... keep drinking! It sounds weird but it absolutely works.
- Drastically reduce those Big 3 (Fats, Sugars and Sodium).
- Become an avid label reader. Yes I know it takes a little more time, but if you are serious about losing, it is essential to do this.
- Try to, if you can, eliminate all "white flour" and white foods in general (rice, potatoes, noodles, breads, cereals, etc).
- Get movin' people!! Turn on the tunes and start today! You can do this! I am living proof!
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