Winning My Last Battle
Giving up bad habits, including unhealthy eating, is not easy to do, but Brandyb77 has conquered all of these and has successfully lost 100 lbs.
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?
For me it went hand and hand with getting into recovery. I quit using drugs and alcohol and knew that food was my last battle to win. I looked at the pictures from my sister's wedding and was so ashamed at how I looked. I knew I could change it as I weighed much less when my son was a baby. I let a divorce get the best of me and I knew I needed to get my life back.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
I have tried just about everything, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, pills and powders. Nothing worked for me.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
The first thing I did was cut out all alcohol and fast food. I started paying attention to the calories in food and started myself on a 1200 calorie diet. I also slowly increased my activity by doing lots of walking. I knew I had to get the weight off before I could start running again. I decided I had to learn how to love myself and treat my body like it was important. I also saw a dietitian to make sure my body was getting the right kind of nutrition.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
Calorie Count has played a huge role in being accountable to my daily calories and workouts. I use it daily and couldn't even imagine trying to do it on my own again.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Staying focused at BBQ's and family gatherings. For the most part my family was not on board with the low calorie foods. I had to learn to eat for nourishment and not for enjoyment. I had to redirect my emotional eating and turn to exercise when I needed to release stress.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I saw results right away. Within about two weeks the weight started dropping off. It has been a long run for me. I lost about 45 pounds the first year and about equal this last year. My goal is another 24 pounds which I will give myself time for. I know the slower the better for me.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
Actually just recently I realized I was a true success. I was able to put on a size I never thought I would wear again. I looked at myself in the mirror and for the first time in a VERY long time I felt beautiful!
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I allow for days that aren't so good by keeping my food log up to date and by keeping my workouts very regular. Even when I feel lazy I will get up and do a 2 mile run - it only takes a few about 20 minutes and it keeps my mind on track.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I feel fantastic about myself and I found that my son has lost a lot of weight too. He is 7 and weighed more than 120 pounds. He is now slimmed down so much and I see him making better food choices. I also see him encouraged to work out with me and it makes me happy to be a good influence on him.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Make one right choice at a time.
- Love yourself for who you are no matter what size you wear or how
much you weigh.
- Don't give up if you slip up, get back on track the next meal or
the next day.
- Gather as much support as possible especially from the people you
live with. This is key.
- The most important thing is make your house a safe food
environment. Don't have junk food stashed around. Clear it all out and
fill your house with good, healthy snacks.
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