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Loving Myself Again

By Sheila on Dec 13, 2010 10:00 AM in Success Stories

After having children, N_riddick decided to lose her baby weight and found the motivation she needed with Calorie Count.  She succeeded in losing 44 pounds in just six months and has become the healthy and fit mom she’s always wanted to be.

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?

I've struggled with my weight over the past 5 years due to being pregnant and having children. I reached a final limit where I was just so tired of having to buy bigger and bigger clothing. I was the largest I've ever been and finally realized how unhappy I was with whom I saw in the mirror, not only that I also had high blood pressure causing problems for my body and lifestyle.

2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?

I tried everything: Weight Watchers, The Cabbage Soup Diet, Slimquick diet supplements, Hydroxycut.  Nothing worked, and everything was discouraging. This all changed when I found Calorie Count.

3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?

I made a lifestyle change. I don't consider this to be a diet, rather it be healthy living choices based around a healthy lifestyle plan.

4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?

I never realized how many calories I was consuming. When I finally started logging my foods and seeing just how much I consumed I was blown away. I nearly cut my calories in half.

5. What was most challenging about losing weight?

The most challenging was to remember to not "pick" at foods. I also had to make an effort to let go of my tremendous sweet tooth which was definitely not easy but well worth it.

6. How long did it take you to see results?

I began to see results within the first 2 weeks. Once I made a plan for myself and stuck to it, the weight nearly melted off. The main thing to remember is that diet and exercise go hand in hand; you can't do one without the other and expect a significant change.

7. When did you realize that you were a success?

I realized I was success when I made my first goal weight of 130 lbs and passed it. I made a second goal weight of 125 and passed that too. I went on to make a third goal weight of 120 and passed that and now my goal is 115 or so.  I'm not so much worried about losing weight anymore as I am wanting to feel good and be healthy and enjoy myself.

8. How do you prevent relapse?

I'm not going to lie and say that I haven't had my moments of "cheating" on my diet. I think the number one thing to do is allow yourself small pleasures in food at least once a week. If you deprive yourself you are much more likely to binge eat or relapse altogether. Just because you are dieting doesn't mean you can't enjoy your food.

9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?

Everything has changed. I have finally learned to love myself again. I don't get teary eyed in disgust and disapointment anymore when I look in the mirror. I feel good, and my back and knee problems have significantly decreased since I've lost weight. I also have more energy and can keep up with my kids.

10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?

  • Make your lifestyle change and take it on full force.
  • Never give up, sometimes it may feel like you aren't making any progress, but everyone reaches plateaus; you just have to see what works for you to get past it.
  • Don't deprive yourself of treats and things you love.
  • Wake up every day with a positive attitude. You can and will concur a weight loss struggle.
  • Reward yourself, you deserve it.


If you would like us to feature your success story, you can submit it here. The most insightful stories will be featured on this blog and in the weekly "Success Stories" newsletter.


You look fantastic and happy!  Congratulations and enjoy the new you.

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Yeah way to go!  Love your "healthy lifestyle plan" attitude!  Its the only way to go!

I am down almost 115lbs this year with the same attitude!


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yes.  you look mahhhhvelous!  congratulations!

Well done you! You look great :) 

I just wish I could allow my self little treats, my experience is that once I have a small amount of a  treat, I don't/can't stop until finished. Therefore for me it's easiest to abstain completely.

And yes I am aware that this means I have no will power!

Thank you everyone! rosl- different things work for different people... if you are putting in the effort to be healthy, you have a lot more will power than most people i know :). snacker_chris- A life style change is the only way to be successful!Congratulations on all your success!!

Aww... That's a great successful story ever! I tried to loose weight but it seems my eating more and more now I'm 60kg! Last time I was so slim 50kg, now my boyfriend and family asked me to diet as well... I just can't, I'm not sure why but not motivate. I would eat more and more . I wish I can resist .. :(

Hello conn1e... I completely understand what you are going through... Before i finally found what worked for me here on calorie count, i struggled for over a year, wanting so badly to lose weight, but failing with everything i tried.  With each fail i think i ate more, like stress or depression eating.  I don't even think i totally realized i was doing it until i stepped up on my scale. I finally just cracked down on my self, made healthy meal plans, i stopped buying junk food, and the main thing that helped was setting goals for myself.  When i set them they were'nt to outrageous so i wouldn't me discouraged at the length of time it took to get there. I know you can be a success too! When you are ready to make the lifestyle change nothing will get in your way! Keep your head up! Stay positive! And take life one day at a time! You'll do great!

You look great! Congrats on your success! You have given your kids the gift of a healthy happy mommy!


You're doing great, but remember.  Even if you were to gain the weight back, you are lovable.  We often think we're less worthy when we're heavy, but you have gifts regardless of your waistline.

I'd say congrats, but I think it's more like "Great Job!" ^__^ You're story and aim is similar to my own goals, and it's really inspiring.  Thank you.

Thank you everyone!

Congratulations! After having gone from 215 down to 175 in 2006, and then letting myself gradually get back to 215, I have decided to change my view as well. This is no longer a diet, this is a life change. Yes, I'm dieting to get back down to my target weight, but then I'm changing my eating habits to maintain that weight. And I also agree that rewarding yourself is important too. Ultimately it boils down to discipline, and you did it! Great job!

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Thanks! Good luck with your lifestyle change! You can do it, just be strong and never give up! I'm here if you need support!

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I  too had to face my reality of my weight gain when I realized I only had limited amount of pants to wear ( which was the most miserable feeling) and I also was tired of buying bigger sizes only to end up with at least 3 different size jeans in my closet. I refused to buy anything else and attempt to loose weight so I could wear what I already have.

Not only do I plan to wear my old jeans that I haven't worn in about 3yrs but I also want to shed enough weight to give those clothes away and get into a smaller size.


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