If You Snack It, Track It!
The title is advice that our this week's featured member, kellic2174, would like to share with you. She has lost 69 pounds by logging her foods and daily activities. She 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 "Ah Ha!" moment?
Last year, while going through a miserable pregnancy with preeclampsia and high blood pressure, I gained a substantial amount of weight. As a result, I was placed on bed rest a month before having my daughter, who was born in October. I went from 179 lbs pre-pregnancy to 249 lbs the day she was born. When I was going to my prenatal doctor visits, I was so embarrassed to weigh, that I actually turned around on the scale so I wouldn’t see the number! I wasn't aware that I had gained so much until I went to the hospital for delivery. One nurse yelled out to another nurse across the room, "I got 249 for her weight!" I was in shock, and about to die of embarrassment since my husband also got to hear it!
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
The Weight Watchers program has helped me re-learn what I should be eating and how to control my portions. I tried the Atkins diet a few times, but always regained the weight! With Calorie Count, I can easily track my foods in their database, and even look back to previous weeks when I have lost more weight and see what I ate that week, how much exercise I did, and then I can see what really worked for me that week.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I still eat the foods I love, just in moderation. I have stepped up my exercising and tried several different aerobics classes. There is a "Bodypump" class at my gym, which is a great overall workout. I also love the Zumba classes and the elliptical machines. If you are able to have a little fun while you exercise, it really helps keep you motivated! Listening to your favorite upbeat music helps the time during a workout go faster! Since I started, I have lost 69 lbs, and feel like I am on top of the world. It's empowering! After all, you are the only one who is control of your life and what you accomplish! The most important (and most difficult) change for me was to keep track of what I am eating each day. If you can make it through the first 6 weeks, it gets much easier!
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
By helping me monitor my food intake (calories, fat grams, fiber, etc.) in the Food Log and what percentages of each type of food I am eating. I figured out that I am a carbaholic and really need to focus on eating more vegetables. Calorie Count makes it easy to see what I am eating too much/too little of, and even gives a nutritional grade to let me know how I am doing each day. The Burn Meter helps me stay under my allotted calorie amount each day, and the Activity Log lets me know how many calories I have burned each day for whatever type of exercise I do. I also get excited every time I get to enter a weight loss in the Weight Log!
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Not completely eliminating food groups. I usually weigh myself on Fridays, to keep it consistent, and use Saturday as a "day off" and I eat what I want within reason! I really love to go to Applebee's and get their wings, which is my usual cheat meal. I look forward to it every week, and it keeps me going! You also have to vary your exercise routine, since your muscles have a memory, you need to keep challenging them to build.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
Within one week, I had lost 5 lbs. Some weeks I can lose 3 or 4 lbs, but the next week will be less. I just know that if I don't drop much this week, that next week I will drop more to make up for it. It all evens out, you just have to keep going.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
When I won a Biggest Loser Contest for losing 23 pounds in 8 weeks. I beat almost 60 people, and it really gave me a sense of accomplishment. I had an article and my picture in the local newspaper, and won 3 months memberships at a local gym, 5 free personal training sessions, a massage, and a metacheck test.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I just remind myself how unhappy I was and how bad I felt, and refuse to let myself get there again. It's just not worth it! Staying in good health is also a major deterrent in gaining the weight back!
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I feel incredible! I feel like a new woman! I have more energy, have more confidence, and am definitely happier. I was like a cloud has been lifted from my head! I think that if a person can lose a substantial amount of weight, they can do anything they set their mind too!
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- If you bite it, write it. If you snack it, track it. If you hog it, log it! Write down every thing you eat and make yourself accountable. Calorie Count is a great tool to help you with this, since they have so many foods in their database with their nutritional information already listed.
- Only weigh yourself once per week, and don't worry about the daily
ups and downs on the scale.
- Still incorporate the foods you love that are unhealthy, just eat
- Get active. Find activities you love to do and do them. Try to change it up and not get bored with the same routine. Your muscles have a great memory, so to make them grow you must change things up
every now and then.
- Try to find some kind of support, whether it be a friend who will go on walks with you, or just someone who will ask how you are doing with your weight loss and keep you motivated.
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