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Get Off the Couch!
Quitting smoking and being physically active were the keys to success of Troutlake3339’s weight loss journey. Having lost 40 lbs, she's now hovering at a level near her target weight and she doesn't plan on stopping what she's doing anytime soon.
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?
Back in October of 2008 I quit smoking after 35 years. I then had a hysterectomy in November. I thought the reason I was overweight was because of the fibroid tumor I had. After the surgery I was still overweight! I was shocked. I decided that if I could quit smoking I could do anything. So I started my journey to become thinner.
2. What other "diets" (programs, products, plans, or services) had you tried in the past?
None. I never realized how overweight I had become over time.
3. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?
The most important change was quitting smoking. I was then able to become more active. I started by completely changing my diet and started doing more walking and other exercises. I don't think I had exercised in 30 years.
4. How did Calorie Count help you to lose weight?
Calorie Count helped by providing delicious recipes and this was the original reason for joining. It also provides the calories and nutrition information about different foods.
5. What was most challenging about losing weight?
The most challenging and frustrating part about my weight loss has been getting stuck on a plateau. It seems I am able to lose 10 lbs, then I plateau and I'm not able to lose anymore for quite some time. I joined a gym when I was 150lbs and managed to get to 130lbs which is where I have been for the last 3 months. I can't seem to lose the last 10 lbs!
6. How long did it take you to see results?
I saw results immediately. I hadn't ever been on a diet or exercised in my life. So being 49 years old with a very inactive life style, once I started moving and eating right the first 15 lbs was easy.
7. When did you realize that you were a success?
When I went shopping for new clothes.
8. How do you prevent relapse?
I haven't attained my goal yet - so I just keep exercising and eating right. Hopefully, I have been doing this long enough, so that it has become a new way of life at this point.
9. How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I enjoy walking my dog and he loves it too. He was gaining weight as well, so he is now getting back into shape together with me. My husband and I are eating much healthier and trying new foods and enjoying being active.
10. What five tips do you have for other dieters?
- Get off the couch and exercise. Start slow and increase your activity.
- Count calories.
- Look for new exciting recipes and try new foods.
- Set small goals. Once you achieve your first goal, it motivates
you to try harder and achieve your next goal.
- Do things and eat foods that your enjoy and you will succeed in losing weight and changing your life.
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