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60 + Pounds Lost - VeeVee's Success Story
Our Calorie Count member of the week is VeeVee, who has been a member since June 2006 and has lost over 60 lbs. She says that the key to her success was counting calories and leaning on her CC friends for support. 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?
My "Ah Ha" moment came when I was at the gastric doctors and my weight had shot up to 284 lbs. I could see 300 lbs staring me in the face and I would rather have died than become that heavy.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
You name it, I've done it. I have tried every diet imaginable; some under doctor's care, some on my own. One year I was on prescription diet medicine and under strict doctor's care and didn't lose any weight. My husband, his boss and I did Atkins for a year together; I never cheated and they did. They lost about 100 lbs each and I didn't lose an ounce. The story goes on and on as you can well imagine.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
I am now working with a team of people who specialize in working with pre-diabetic and diabetic people to get their sugars balanced and the weight off. They have been very successful with all their patients. They have promised me that, with their help, I will lose weight and get my sugars under control.
Having the team of doctors and professionals behind me has been great as they keep track of what I am doing. However, the most important aspect of this journey has been the community here at Calorie Count. I could not have done any of this without the love, support, care and concern of my friends here at CC.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
Again, it has been the community and support of loving members here that has kept me going. Logging my food and weight has also been extremely important, but the support is the most important factor in succeeding.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
Extremely slow metabolism. The slow to non-existent weight loss and, even worse, the weight gains. When I would get in a slump over this, I could always count on my CC family to boost me up and make me see I had come too far to accept defeat and quit.
6. How long did it take you to see results?
First loss recorded was 5/13/2008, one month after the "Big One" at the gastric doctor's office.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
Just this past weekend when we took "after" pictures. We found a picture taken before the all time high weight and it is gross. These pictures as well as my recorded weight log are in my photo gallery here. I still have a long way to go, but I really do feel like a success even now.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
Keep logging and logging. You have to see what is happening every day or you will lose track and the weight will slip back up on you. As I mentioned, I have a long way to go, but even after I reach my goal weight, logging will always be a daily part of my life. The other thing is, don't lose track of the support system you have put together, this is a lifetime commitment for you and them; they need your support as much as you need them.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
Less weight on my body has meant less pressure on my bad knees and less pain. I move better and faster and I do not have as many medical challenges as I had a year ago. I have actually cut my prescription medications down to less than half of what I was taking a year ago and I am actually healthier.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Get a good support system in place, here on Calorie Count, at home, at work, at church, wherever you socialize.
- Log every bite that goes into your mouth, the good and the bad. Log your weight, and keep track of your stats in your journal (blood pressure, lab test results, measurements).
- Journal - this has been a hard one for me. I have started journaling in the past and never even made it a week. Here, I journal most every day; the reason is I view it as a report to my support system.
- Don't get discouraged. You will have plateaus, and bounces, it is part of the process. Just keep on plugging away at what you are doing.
- Lean on your friends and support system. They are here for you and they truly care and want to help.
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