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Make the Decision to Commit

By Sheila on Feb 20, 2012 10:00 AM in Success Stories

Ewinemt has succeeded in her weight loss goal. She's lost 115 pounds! She was at her heaviest of 252 pounds and is now in the 130's. In her story she explains the importance of making the decision to get healthy and committing to that decision.

She contacted us through our Share Your Story feature, and provided the following answers to our questionnaire.

1. What prompted you to begin this weight loss journey? Did you have an "Aha!" moment?

Going back to work after sons hip surgery, he wore a full body cast for 8 weeks. I thought if we survived that I could lose weight. My children have had a lot of medical hardships (lead poisoning, food allergies, heart condition, and hip dysplasia). Both my 11 year old and my 7 year old have had each of these conditions, and they had the most severe form of the condition.

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

I tried fat free everything, only eating dinner, jogging 3 miles a day and Weight Watchers.

3. Please describe how you reached your weight loss goal. What changes did you make to your usual diet, activity, lifestyle, and attitude?  Did you implement any other strategies besides Calorie Count?  What was the most important change?

I made a conscious decision that losing weight and keeping it off was going to be my priority. I weigh myself every other day to check my status, I've joined LA Fitness gym and I love their classes. I've found so many friends and new things to do that I don't have anytime to be hungry. I have become happier, more confident and a better communicator in every aspect of my life.

4. Please describe how Calorie Count was instrumental to your weight loss.

I'm online all the time and this website is so easy that I can update it from my phone. Which means even if I go to dinner I can change what I'm going to have to eat and do for more exercise.

5. What difficulties did you experience losing weight?

Adjusting to trauma with my family life. Life is a roller coaster. I needed to understand packing food and getting up at 500am to go running at the gym.

6. How long did it take you to see results? When did you realize that you were a success?

I saw results in maybe two weeks once I kept accurate records.

7. How do you prevent relapse?

I log my food every day, also I always go to the gym at least once a day. I love that I can use Calorie Count from anywhere.

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

I breathe better, I'm less sick and even when I'm sick I can go workout mildly. I am happy with life and people want to be around me more.

9. How long have you maintained your current weight?

I've maintained my current weight for about two months now. I want another 10 lbs but I'm thinking it might be too skinny. I'm a size 0 now; I was a size 18-20.

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

  • Make the decision.
  • Commit to the decision.
  • Modify your life to make the decision come through.
  • Have the family and friends commit with you.
  • Follow though because once you get hooked you won't go back!


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.


What a great story to wake up to! You look terrific, not just thin but also FIT! Congratulations on your success, and I know you will continue the journey of good health. Can't wait to start my running program! Thanks for sharing :-)

You look great!!! What an amazing and inspirational story.  You are so right in that once you commit you will succeed!  Keep up the great work.


Modify your life to make the decision come through.



What great advice ! Thank you ! Best of luck ;-)

Thanks for writing your story. I am inspired. and happy for you

You look amazing - Congratulations!!  Thanks for the inspiration this morning. :)

I commend you highly you look fabulous and very fit indeed.  I'm inspired esp as I've decided today is the day to push for those last 7lbs just so I can say I completed what I started.  I shall keep you in mind as I push forward.  Well done!!!!!!!!!

Well, well done.  You certainly have more than enough excuses to fail and  you don't take any of them.  Good luck.  Thanks for sharing your story.

Thank so much for the inspiration you look fabulous well fit indeed.


This story is so inspiring, you look fabulous!!!

Thanks so much for sharing your story.  You look fantastic and since you starting weight was within 15 lbs of mine, you inspire me to stay the course myself. I'm nearer the beginning than the end of that journey, but you make me want to stay committed to the life style change.

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Congrats. Very inspiring!

Wow!  I have been stuck exactly where I'm at for about a year now and have been getting so frustrated because my goal has been to loose 30 lbs.  I read everywhere that keeping count is what works best but I have been terrible about actually logging all my food every day.  I have been exercising more but still not enough.  Friday was my birthday - and I always make my new years resolutions on my birthday.  Just this weekend I decided I would do yoga every day, cardio 3 times a week, in addition to my extra-curricular dancing on the weekend.  After reading this I am adding logging ALL MY FOOD.  In fact I was thinking about adding this anyway just this morning, but your story is so inspiring it's like the universe is telling me to do that.  THANK YOU so much for sharing your story!  My goal weight is 130 also - and if you can loose 115 lbs to get to 130 lbs I can certainly loose 30 lbs to get to 130!  Thank you thank you thank you.   And congratulations, you look fabulous.

Wow, you really inspire me.  Congratulations girl, you look marvelous!

Great work! Its so awesome that you didn't let you family situation be an excuse.

The word "WholeHeartedly" is my word right now! And you are a living example of that. So, seeing this story this morning after my morning reflection time is serendipity. Up until now, I lived my life with one foot in and one foot out- but not anymore, so making that commitment is what makes the difference even with so many distractions- you again are a living example that it can be done. Laughing

You are truly an inspiration!  Congrats! COMMIT! That's my word for today!!

Congratulations!!  And what an amazing role model you are for your children! :)


You have inspired me I just started and it is day 11 for me.

You should be very proud of yourself...thank you for the tips....


Commit is my new word today too! At 290lbs I am heavier than you when you started out, but you are definitely an inspiration to me to get committed to losing my weight! I know that I can do it 90% of it is getting committed from the start. Thanks for sharing your story with us!!  

Great job!  You inspire me to keep going with my weight loss.  I joined curves two months ago and I am losing inches and weight.  Some days are really hard,but I want to keep on track.  I don't want to quit now. Thank you!

Hi!  u look really great.  my starting weight was 271 and I'm down to 258 in just a few weeks.  i'm really nervous about sagging skin.  did u have any problems with it with how much u lost?  any tips to prevent it?  thanks and great work!

You Go Girl!

Thanks for sharing your success story and inspiring us! You look great! It is true that logging all our calories is the best wake-up call we can have. Sometimes, we don't realize that we're overeating already. Seeing it on paper or on the screen will give us a whole other picture. At the same time, when we eat just the right amount of calories, our bodies will also reflect our commitment and dedication -- just as yours does now. Congratulations!

You worked it!!! Congratulations!!

The weight loss referred to in this story occurred over a 12 year period. Her heaviest weight was when she was pregnant with her first child 12 years ago. I feel that people should know the truth. Notice she isn't showing a full body shot in her before picture, it's because she's pregnant. She was not 252 pounds when she started with this particular program.

Oh, my goodness! 12 years is certainly enough time to lose 122 pounds. Still, I guess she counted calories and exercised like the rest of us to get to her present weight. Well, in that case, we can treat this story as a lesson in persistence. Let's just say that slow and steady wins the race in the end. Cool

Wow you are a very inspiring lady.  I am very proud of you.  I have 32 pounds to lose and I am going to make my commitment today and stick with it too.  I plan to do this by September 2, my big brother's birthday.  I will do it in his honor.  He lost his battle with food at too young an age.  I dedicate each day to my brother John's memory.  Everyone loved him and I still think of him every day.  Anyway....Congrats to you Sheila.  YOU LOOK TOTALLY AMAZING.  I THINK YOU ARE GREAT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.  GOD BLESS YOU... GIRL AND THANKS AGAIN FOR INSPIRING ME.  IZZY

Original Post by: queenbea1226

The weight loss referred to in this story occurred over a 12 year period. Her heaviest weight was when she was pregnant with her first child 12 years ago. I feel that people should know the truth. Notice she isn't showing a full body shot in her before picture, it's because she's pregnant. She was not 252 pounds when she started with this particular program.

Golly...does it matter that it took 12 years? I mean, if she spent a lifetime getting fit, would that make her perseverence any less amazing? There is no reason to undermine her determination and fortitude by trying to "throw her under the bus". If it took her longer than everyone else, so what? If you tell me she had gastric bypass, I would feel we were hoodwinked. Otherwise, take it easy, please.

congratulations Sheila! you did it. Keep on truckin' (at the gym & table)!LaughingLaughing

Awesome job! Very motivational. Keep up the great job!

Good Morning Shelia:  Twelve years ago I weighed 160 pounds. Today I weigh 160 pounds.  Twenty pounds over my BMI.  Congratulations to you.  You did it.  Unfortunately, I didn't.  But you so inspire me.  Most people who were in your boat, never lost the weight.  Today is a new day for me!!


I missed this last week!

You have done amazing! Well done you and a huge CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

wooow you look great , congratulations



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